Twelve guests, approximately four courses, once a month, under the stars in the hills of Hollywood. The food is seasonal and sourced primarily from local farmers' markets and whatever I can yank from my garden. Guests arrive for a cocktail and then dinner is served.

For reservations or inquiries email Dinner at Eight. Confirmation will be sent immediately upon receipt of e-mail reservation, and a reminder (address included) will be sent one day prior. Whether you decide to collect your most special friends and make a reservation, bring a date, or fly solo and meet a pile of new friends is entirely up to you. Either way this culinary adventure will be sure to satisfy and delight the taste buds. Just a suggestion: wouldn't this make a great surprise birthday or anniversary present?

Saturday, June 26, 2010: The Night of the Blogger

Photo credit: Ravenous Couple.
For more photos of this evening, visit e*starLA's Flickr & The Minty's Flickr pages.

Another great night. I wish I could know that will be the case during the 7am-12pm time period of that day. During that time nothing seems like it will turn out at all. Then, magically, around Noon, I can see it all clearly. Everything will be fine.

And it was.

The blogger posse seemed to enjoy everything (I guess we shall see soon enough). I was happy with the food, the presentation and the pacing. And I was in a dither about plating that trout for about a week.

A ginormous thank you to Stew and Katie, who served and poured wine and helped me out in the back of the house so very, very much. I hope they'll be back for future dinners!

Thanks, everyone, for another memorable night, and I can't wait for the next one!


Sweet Corn & Buttermilk Soup, Fresh Mint & Curry, Topped with Creme Fraiche & Prosciutto Crisp
2009 Josef Leitz "Leitz Out" Riesling, Rheingau, Germany

Green Duchess Salad with Romaine, Avocado, Cucumber & Pine Nuts
2008 Geyerhoff "Rosensteig" Vineyard Gruner Veltliner, Kremstal, Austria

Baby Spinach & Shallot - Stuffed Whole Trout, Shiso Leaf Lemon Butter over Potato Fennel Hash
2008 Monestero Suore Cistercensi Coenobium Bianco, Lazio, Italy

  Rustic Cherry Tart with Almond Ice Cream 
    2005 Tschida Muskat Ottonel Eiswein, Burgenland, Austria

Executive Chef: Elliott Shaffner
Pastry Chef: Kathy Emerson

Wine Pairings by: Jill at Domaine LA
6801 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 932-0280

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