Every job I’ve had in my lifetime I have loved and have learned so much from them. And for a few of them, I have had the great pleasure to do amazing things and meet spectacular people. I have gone to quite a few events in my time but this one I attended Friday night was so wonderful, I just had to share it. From the decor, to the appetizers, to the music, to the food. Everything was top notch.
I felt so awful for the hosts because you could tell they had worked so hard on the outside decor but it started raining about two hours before the event was to start.
That didn’t dampen their spirits, or ours. My boss/friend and I went around snapping pictures of everything because it was simply too adorable for words!
They moved everything inside and it was absolutely perfect. I went crazy taking pictures because everything was so beautifully done. Absolutely beautiful. I loved it so much I’m on the hunt for that fabric for a table runner.
The food. Oh the food. The evening started upstairs with appetizers from different vendors.
My favorite were the pecan bites and lettuce wraps. I sat right down and ate those babies up. Then went and asked for more bites. Oh yes I did.
Each vendor had a wine pairing with it. On Doctors orders I am not allowed to drink but my dinner companions raved about the wines served. The sip I did have I enjoyed.
Then we went down for dinner. Everything up until then would have been enough for a perfect evening, well besides the handsome man missing on my arm, but then they served dinner.
Have you ever heard of the Penini Ranch? Have you ever heard of Buffalo Gap, Texas?
Me either! This is a world-renowned steakhouse, well except for me not knowing it, and one of former President Bush’s favorite places to eat. Now I’ve been to a BBQ at the White House before (see above for amazing things I’ve been able to do in my life) with the other President Bush (the dad) and he did not serve this food! No he didn’t. I would have remembered it.
Here is what we were served.
I tried the salad first and it was scrumptious. The dressing was sinfully good and creamy. Next was the shrimp. Now, I’m on Weight Watchers so I was only going to eat one but couldn’t stop myself! I ate all three! It’s ok though because I skipped the bread. The shrimp was fried to perfection. Perfection. The crust had the perfect crispiness to it and stayed adhered to the shrimp.
When I saw hominy on the menu I thought, where’s the menudo? What can I say? I’m a Latina and I associate hominy with menudo. I can honestly say I’ve never had it as its own dish. Well, that has changed. I will definitely be recreating this for my dad soon. And I almost traded what was left of my hominy for another shrimp with one of my table mates. But we refrained. Although we both really wanted to.
Now for the tenderloin. Run out the door and shut that front door folks! You have got to take a trip to the Perini Ranch to try their beef. Unbelievable. Like seriously. I feel an “oh bless their hearts” for all the other beef I’ve had in my life it was that good. The beef was so tender you could cut it with a fork. And I did. The pepper and spices added were ah-mazing. The way everyone was oohing and ahhing each serving was cooked to perfection. Perfection.
I wish I would have taken other pictures of the dinner but, seriously, I was too busy stuffing my face. I am already thinking of when I can take a trip to the Perini Ranch.
So I hope you can use some of the decor items shown here for your next gathering. I took away so many ideas to incorporate in my own place and patio. If only I had a huge tree, I would definitely dress it up like this one we were treated to on our way out.
And I hope if you ever are within a 6-hour drive from Perini Ranch, you will plan a stop there. Seriously. Plan a trip there. You’re welcome.