Love Food Fashion was the theme of an elegant Valentine’s Day pop-up dinner hosted by Atlanta catering and event decor company chez Montier, featuring the food of Chef Juan Montier. It was sponsored by Bloomingdales Lenox Square.
There are many ways to celebrate love. In my opinion the very best is creating special memories that will last beyond the day into months and years.
So when I was invited to attend this Valentine’s Day pop-up, I wondered how chez Montier would create that unique environment in the setting of a department store — even though the store was upscale Bloomingdales. Walking into the Love Food Fashion space, set among beautiful designer garments, guests were greeted by mannequin models. There were signature cocktails and imaginative appetizers to nibble on during the First Course Happy Hour.
Japan was the inspiration for Chef Juan Montier’s six course Valentine’s Day menu complete with wine pairings.
And there was great music playing which set a festive mood. We were off to a wonderful start!
The decor, including flowers and table setting, turned a hidden alcove off the Bloomingdales’ retail floor into a cozy but stylish dining space.
Love was in the air when Chef Juan began his Second Course – Soup Stone Crab and Spider Greens in a Dashi Ginger Broth. A plain tofu was the perfect foil to the ocean notes of the crab and under tones of spice from the ginger.
A 2011 Bagueri Sauvignon Blanc from Klet Brda of Slovenia was a perfect pairing. The wine was crisp with a hint of pear that was delightful. All of the wines served were from Klet Brda. This was my first experience enjoying Slovenia wine and I trust it will not be my last.
Chef Juan continued to delight us with his delicious food. One of my favorites was the Four Dimensional Fourth Course – The Palette Cleanser Honey-Sweetened Black Berry, Ginger and Elderflower Granita. I would love, love, love this as a dessert on a hot summer night. Note: click on the video to see why I referred to this as “four dimensional.”
Calling this one – "Four Dimensional" Honey-sweetened black berry, ginger and elderflower granita by @ChezMontier. Divalicious! pic.twitter.com/QUcffB7A4B
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@DivaFoodies It's always fun to treat guests to something that's #cool and #effervescent https://t.co/w7WOpB3Svu
— Juan Montier (@ChezMontier) March 11, 2017
Lucky us that Chef Juan did not make us decide between the two Fifth Course – Main Entrees! I challenge you to decide –
While were sipping our wine and enjoying the last bites of Chef’s entree course
Bloomingdales put on a spring fashion show for us.
Continuing the theme of Japan —
Chef had one more surprise for us … Sixth Course Dessert! OMG. Totally Divialicious.
A peak before the pop-up. Chef Juan and his son Austin prepping. chez Montier is a family affair small business!
Chef Juan and Judith Service Montier with Tracey Lloyd, Operating Vice President, Bloomingdales.
If the goal of chez Montier’s pop-up Valentine’s Day event was to create a life time memorable experience, I do believe that all who attended would agreed that chez Montier succeeded!
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Disclaimer: The chez Montier popup Valentine’s event was complementary as part of a blogger influence program affiliated with Culinary Local. chez Montier is also a Diva Foodies client. No monetary compensation was involved. All opinions are those of the author.