Yesterday I went to Chris and Micki's baby shower in Atlanta. Micki's still so tiny it's hard to believe she's eight months along -- but she is, as always, utterly adorable. The guests were an eclectic assortment -- understandable given that we are all friend with Chris and Micki via their restaurant. Coupled with family who had flown in from Texas and Biloxi, and the room bubbled with bright, cheery people.
Our host, John, lives in a gorgeous apartment overlooking Peachtree Street with a superb view of the Fox Theater -- windows opened to a blue sky and filling every single room with light.
One of Chris' friends is the owner of a noted restaurant in town -- he catered the event and brought his executive chef to prepare what I think was one of the most luxurious buffets I've ever raided: scallop ceviche, sauteed mushrooms, steamed, crisp asparagus, grilled squash and zucchini, olive infused Israeli couscous salad, lemon infused shrimp, baby artichokes tossed in a vinaigrette, prosciutto and a peppery salami, frisee salad with grated Parmigiano and lightly coated with a Balsamic vinaigrette, and oh yes, my favorite: lobster medaillons in a citrus sauce. I think I raided the lobster tray at least three times but every time I went back, it was filled up again. The flowers were prepared by another friend who is a local florist who provides Chris with flowers for his restaurant.
John and another of their friends, Bill, are wine connoisseurs and John had chosen four superb bottles of red wine to go with our buffet. The 1999 Dom Perignon was served to accompany the cake.
Having friends who are foodies is a wonderful thing; having friends who are in the food business is another level of joy altogether.