Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

Our Saturday Night...

...ended up not being as busy as expected. That was a good thing.

Susan and I just returned home from Geneva, Illinois. We took Samantha, our 10-year-old niece, out for her birthday present dinner. Her birthday was back in late September. One of favorite restaurants, Niche, is located in downtown Geneva just west of the Fox River. I know most Humzooers are not from Illinois, so Geneva is located about 40 miles directly west of Chicago.

Niche hosted a special early evening called, "Introduction to Fine Dining." It was designed as a kid's first night out at a nice restaurant. The chef talked to the kids and adults about trying different foods and bit about dining etiquette. Everyone received a quick tour of the kitchen and met the cooking staff. Kids were encouraged to ask questions. We had a five-course meal. Much to our amazement, Samantha ate her whole serving of spinach. During the ride home, she evens claimed that the spinach was her favorite part of dinner. Naturally, she thought the chocolate mousse dessert was the best.

Originally, this meal was scheduled for last Tuesday. For some reason, the restaurant had to reschedule the evening for tonight. Normally, that wouldn't be a big deal. However, Susan and I had tickets to see the Smashing Pumpkins at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre. Once we received news that the meal was moved to Saturday, we made special arrangements to start a few minutes earlier than the rest.

Earlier this afternoon, I checked the Chicago Tribune's website for usual updates. Good news. Billy Corgan had become sick and postponed tonight's show. Though I am bummed the show was rescheduled for Monday, December 8, we were glad not to be rushed through dinner.

Now, I have the rest of the evening to spend checking Humzoo.

Tags:  food
I bet you made your niece fell like a princess this evening.
dannie   Saturday, November 22, 2008
What a cool idea! I've never heard of a restaurant doing that but it's a great thing for kids to learn about food and good behavior and having fun learning about things they might not have known before. And look how much she like the spinach! It will definitely be an event she won't ever forget. That's a pretty special birthday gift!
LGrant   Saturday, November 22, 2008
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