The Distinguished Gourmand: Atrium
Dinner Club For Day People! What a concept, am I right? I still credit Sari with its conception (inception? invention?) way back in 2007. I think it was shortly after our bruschetta brunch party that descended into some less-than-desirables smoking crack in the downstairs bedroom. Maybe she’d met them at Little Joy. Maybe she’d met them elsewhere. The point was, it turned out they were not – as she put it -Â day people. You know, the people you want to see in the harsh light of day. They were the kinds of people you get drunk with at a corner booth in a dimly lit dive bar. After that day, Sari said we should start a club forÂ day people, where we do very mature things like host champagne brunches or try out new restaurants. It took a few years, but Dinner Club For Day People officially formed (without Sari, oops!) in 2011. And since then – through fits and starts – it’s chugged along like a sad locomotive. Our last meeting was at Bavel in January. Man, it’s been a while. I’m not updating this page enough, am I? Whatever. I’ll do better. I’ve been saying since 2005 “I’ll do better,” but maybe I mean it this time.
As usual, I arrived at Atrium in Los Feliz first. I tried really hard to show up at the exact minute of our reservation, but I live like a mile from the restaurant so even if I left home “late” I still managed to beat everyone else there. I went to the bar and perused the drink menu. A couple of minutes later Mark and David arrived. The three of us ordered cocktails. I went with theÂ About Last Night (five spice infused Suntory Toki, Disaronno, Licor 43, Eden ice cider, almond cordial, lemon oleo). Mark went with very Hunter S. ThompsonÂ Rum Diaries (Plantation Pineapple, Smith and Cross, Pedro Ximinez, oolong tea, clarified milk, lemon oleo). David chose wisest,Â Shift Drink (szechuan infused tequila, pineapple cordial, amontillado, ginger, lime). Maybe 20 minutes after my arrival the rest of the party waltzed in and we were seated.
And that, my friends. Is the latest meeting of Dinner Club For Day People (now formally known as “Dinner Club”). Next month we have a reservation at Nightshade, so I’ll update the blog after that meal. And since this is the month of June — and 2019 is officially half over — I need to share with you all my favorite albums and beers of the year…so far. Stay tuned for that.
Lastly, we’re going away next month for a little July 4th weekend out-of-town, so anticipate a post about my travels in the not-too-distant future. That’s it for me. Bye bye for now.
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