The FourCoursemen is an underground sensation with limited means, which translates to "really difficult to get in to." The reservation process is extremely difficult as they only do dinners twice a month, and the reservations typically sell out within a minute of their opening. Thankfully for me, I have been following these guys for a long time and was waiting with fingers ready as the clock struck 11:30 a.m. on the day the email list instructed me to log on. Just as I expected, the reservation window lasted under 60 seconds, and thankfully my name got on the list.
Since I made a reservation for 2, I invited my friend Mary (another local foodie who manages Transmetropolitan on Oglethorpe) to join me for an evening I was sure was to be full great food and great company. As instructed by the email, we arrived at the super secret location around 7:30 p.m. with wine in tow, completely unaware of the culinary journey we'd be taking that night. When we arrived at the house, we were greeting by their friendly hostess, Erin, who took care to keep everyone's glasses full and faces smiling throughout the night.
After pouring a glass of the Pinot Noir we brought for pre and post meal consumption, we mingled with the other guests who were just as excited as we were. Mary and I were by far the youngest attendees (both 22 year old recent college grads), and we enjoyed the eclectic group of people and interesting conversation. The crowd was mostly Athens locals between 22 and 60 years old, all with a passion for great food. One couple had trekked all the way from LaGrange for an evening they had apprently been waiting a long time to attend. As we we're instructed to take our seats around 8 p.m., our excitement built as our stomachs growled.
After the guys introduced themselves (Nancy was out of town), they introduced the first course: Chilled Vidalia Onion Soup with Roasted Tomato, Crisp Lardo (similar to bacon), and Basil Oil. It was paired with a Pinot Gris, and the combination was magical. I had never tried chilled onion soup before, and it was beyond divine. The wine was perfect, and the soup amazing.
Round three introduced me to a fish we were all unfamiliar with, yet very intrigued: Sablefish with Roasted Patty Pan Squash, Eggplant Puree, Curried Carrot Cream, and Shallot Rings. It was served with a Chardonnay, and the combination of flavors with surprising, interesting, and genious.
Our meal culminated with a dessert course that pleased the palate, cooled us down, and settled our bellies. We enjoyed a Spiced Banana Chocolate Ice Cream bar with Coffee Dust, Oatmeal Cookie Fingers, and Fruit Coulis served alongside a delicious Corn Whisky, which was, as Damien said jokingly, diluted with simple syrup and mint to make sure everyone made it home safely. They described the dessert as a play on a Klondike bar, and it was awesome. Simple, cute, and delicious. The perfect ending.
If you're from the Athens area and love great food, you need to try to get on the list for this amazing supper club that has been praised by the likes of Food & Wine Magazine. It was beyond worth the suggested $70 donation, and between the food and the great company it was truly one of the most memorable nights I've had in Athens over the last four years.
If you live in Atlanta or anywhere in North Georgia, it's worth the trek to Athens for a night. Click here to learn more about The FourCoursemen and see how to make a reservation.