Readers will often call or email and ask for a restaurant recommendation. Depending on the occasion, the price point or the expectations, I will usually suggest two or three places I think will work out.
A few days ago, a woman named Margaret Khan called and asked for a couple of suggestions. The occasion? She had mportant clients she wanted to impress. Margaret is in real estate.
This time, I gave her a rundown of five or six options, and she decided to go to Slocum House in Fair Oaks. The venerable restaurant recently went through a big change in the kitchen, hiring rising star Gabriel Glasier, formerly of Redbud Cafe in Cameron Park, the restaurant he owned until closing down several months ago.
Turns out, Margaret and Slocum House hit it off. With her permission, I thought I'd share a few excerpts from her email:
I went there ahead of time, previewed the menu and found out they had a rather good jazz singer and combo that night. Lindsey, the Receptionist (Maitre d'?) reserved the choice table next to the band for us, and brought out Chef Gabriel to describe the evening specials. How could we not reserve?
Dinner was exceptional! Gabriel very graciously came out to introduce himself and describe his creations and -- nice touch! -- a young man took the mic to propose to his girlfriend and then played an original composition on keyboard (rather good) to her. Good evidence for "Sacramento's Most Romantic Restaurant"?
...We had a memorable evening, our guests were exuberant, and I looked great to my clients. Really appreciate your recommendation.