365 Days of Writing Prompts: Day 53
Describe the most satisfying meal you’ve ever eaten, in glorious
The dinner began with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. A delightful taste of apples and pears. A salad followed, served with crisp romaine lettuce, plump juicy tomatoes, a few slivers of sweet red onion, top with some Parmesan cheese and creamy Italian dressing – tangy and sweet. Warm Italian rolls with herbed butter were served with the salad.
Next came four large ricotta-filled raviolis with a tomato and basil sauce. A glass of Sangiovese rich with a berry and plum flavor accompanied them.
We rested with the wine while we waited for the main course, conversation flowed as much as did the wine. The four of us, all students, all writers were unaccustomed to such fine dining, but we were guests and so we did our best to fit in. Our hosts, a renown English college professor and his wife, were determined to show us a good time since we’d all won such prestigious awards for our writing.
Finally the main course arrived, as did glasses of Merlot, full-bodied with the flavor of black cherries. Plates of Chicken Parmesan and angel-hair pasta were passed around. The chicken was lightly breaded in an herb mixture, covered with a tomato and basil sauce, topped with Parmesan cheese and more fresh basil. The pasta was al dente, just enough of a chewy bite to it. Grilled asparagus in a light garlic sauce was served on the side. More warm Italian rolls and herbed butter completed the meal.
We ate and chatted, discussed our upcoming writing projects. Received advice and feedback from both the professor and his wife, who was also a gifted novelist. The conversation was light-hearted and rich. Soft classical Italian music played in the background.
Dessert followed with cups of rich, full-bodied Italian espresso and squares of Tiramisu – tender coffee-infused cookies in incredibly rich mascarpone cream with a gentle dusting of cocoa powder. We were all in heaven.
The evening ended with a quiet walk along the Pavilion. I’d never been treated to such an elegant meal and never have since. Those were the days of intense writing and long discussions into the night. The highlight of my college years.
What was the best meal you’ve ever had? Share your thoughts with me in comments.