Margaret attended My Hungry Valentine
First of all, the venue was pretty cool--using a gallery space is always a fun idea. However, I was disappointed with the overall experience. I was expecting a much younger crowd; my friend and I were two of a handful of others under 35, which was awkward. Thankfully, we did not get there early... The appetizers were good, but they were extremely unfriendly to being eaten as hors d'oeuvres without plates. Given the scarcity of napkins, I was left with shrimp tails and slimy onions in my hands. Yuck. Then there was the issue of seating. Apparently everyone just decided to save their own seats, a la the movie theater. This meant that my friend and I were initially separated and forced to ask a bunch of people to move so that we could actually sit together. I bet there is a better way to arrange the seating. It was a little too competitive. Then dinner began, and the chef came out to do an introduction. Now, this is when a microphone or some other amplification system is appropriate--ear-shattering whistles are not. I am not a dog. The chef's presentation was a bit much. I don't need to know that you haven't slept in three days, thanks. These kinds of events are all about illusion. Later on this kind of barking continued, and it would have been nice if the remarks were more enlightening (since she basically repeated what was already on the written menu). The food itself was beautifully presented--I will give her points for that. Caesar salad to start? Boring. The soup was better, but the crab had an overwhelming flavor to it. Chicken florentine? Also boring. Now, I do realize that she was cooking in a temporary setup for a large group of people, but I have seen much more interesting things done with less. The s'mores idea was cute, but it was too gimmicky. It was store-bought cookies and marshmellows, albeit gourmet marshmellows (quite tasty), put on a plate with a burner. Really, I would have preferred a more spectacular single course of dessert than two. The next dessert was way too sweet and pretty sloppy looking. We were done with the whole thing at that point. It was not an experience I would repeat. I would have preferred popping over to Pete's, just a block away, for better food for less money.
Elizabeth attended My Hungry Valentine
My hungry valentine was this amazing magical event in this beautiful space on one of the best streets Downtown. You feel like you're with friends on a culinary adventure that is just amazing. The bathroom in this space was down the hall, but I actually didnt find that to be terrible, cause eating in a gallery was such an amazing experience.
Hats off to the chef and staff who I know faced more difficulties with limited cooking facilities, but made for a lovely pre-Valentine's affair!
craig attended Grills Gone Wild!
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Great food, good wine, nice people in a pleasant backyard setting complete with live entertainment.
We have attended several of Amy's Underground Dinners and we love them! The food is outstanding, the environments are spectacular and the attendees are always interesting.
To get together with a group of food and wine lovers to enjoy great food, conversation in an extraordinary location... what could be better. cannot recommend enough!
Amy Jurist combines fabulous food, with plenty of alcohol and friendly people in gorgeous venues. The food is as amazing as it looks. Her underground dinners are always a night to remember. All you have to do is show up! Pig out at "A Bacon Affair" or skip the jetlag and spend "One Night in Paris" at her themed events. Yum!
Amy's dinner's are the perfect combo....amazing food, great ambience, gorgeous decor and always fun and interesting people to chat with. If you get the chance to go to one of her dinners don't miss it you'll have the time of your life.
Amy's Under Ground Dinners are awesome. The food is wonderful and the atmosphere and guests are an added bonus. Don't miss the next one!
Each underground dinner that Chef Amy creates is a unique experience, so you don't want to attend just one. Her events bring together a warm and friendly group of people who share a similar passion for good food. The locations she chooses are always unusual, the decor is eye-popping, but the star is always the food. As a chef, she is truly talented.
Gold stars for food, fun and experience. Terrific over-the-top interesting, eclectic, magical, wonderment evenings.
I discovered these events on the TV news. What a find! The food is exquisite and would cost twice the prix fixe at any Beverly Hills eatery. Plus they're in a different location every time! Adds an extra thrill. I enjoyed talking with Chef Amy so much that I asked her to cater a dinner party for eight (and I landed the account). I've already reserved two seats for "Grills Gone Wild" (you won't believe what she does with meats and sauces).
My wife and I have had the opportunity to attend a few of Chef Amy's decadent underground dinners and we feel that puts us in the unique position of knowing more about them from a multitude of experiences. My wife and I have found that what Chef Amy provides is simply amazing. The settings are always unique. The decor is always filled with theme related colors, pictures, flowers and centerpieces which only add to the fresh ambiance... When it comes to the fellow diners, we're always amazed at how friendly, warm and open they are -- no pretensions among her guests. You'll meet people from all walks of life -- but all with a common love -- great food in a unique setting. Everyone's there for a good time, and all go home with a great experience -- and some new friends. But finally there's Chef Amy herself... Affable, gracious, modest and most accomplished, she personally makes sure you are comfortable and have everything that you need... She's even catered to my one food allergy. When a particular dish may come up which had that ingredient, she always prepared an optional dish to accommodate me. She mingles, educates, tells fantastic stories of the dishes she's chosen. She's a larger than life personality and we encourage anyone who wants the most magnificent food, the most amazing experience and a fabulously unique time to visit one of Chef Amy's Decadent Underground dinners... Once they do, they will be back for more. David & Hava G.
I LOVE these dinners! They are always in a different location and we don't know where it will be until a few days before. I enjoy that spontaneity! The food has been so delectable. I have been to the Bacon Dinner (twice), Mushroom, A Night in Paris and am going to the Grills Gone Wild coming up this month. I can't wait to see what Chef Amy does with this one!