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Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 11/20/2007

Erin's Wish List: Make My Dinner

By Erin

Visions of sugarplums are for wimps. My ultimate holiday gift would satisfy bigger dining dreams. I want a catered dinner with wine pairings as I gaze out over the monuments. I want to sit inside a kitchen and listen to the sounds of my meal being prepared by a James Beard Award-winning chef. I would even settle for finding a whole banana cream pie with my name on it.

Light up my Christmas with dinner at Citronelle.(Michel Richard Citronelle)

I would stuff myself like a Thanksgiving turkey at the chef's table of Citronelle. This exclusive table seats a party of between six and eight people inside the restaurant's busy kitchen. Sure, most of the restaurant's tables can see into the open kitchen, but this is the only table situated so that diners can hear the sizzles, smell the cooking and watch the chef-artists at work. The meal is customized to each party by chef Michel Richard or his executive chef Davis Deshaies with wine pairings by James Beard Award-winning sommelier Mark Slater. It's a marathon of 10 to 12 courses involving some combination of amuse bouche, soup, vegetable, three or four seafood courses, possibly a game bird, meat, cheese and a round of desserts. The chefs interact with diners and describe the courses as they're served. Of course, such a unique treat doesn't come cheap. The dinner starts at $370 per person including tax and gratuity.

A monumental dinner awaits in this Presidential Suite. (Mandarin Oriental)

Eating at CityZen is a dream-come-true in itself, but for my holiday wish, I would have chef Eric Ziebold cook my dinner in the Mandarin Oriental's Presidential Suite. The 3,500 square-foot suite is located on the top floor of the hotel with panoramic views of the monuments and Tidal Basin. I love Ziebold's thoughtful, creative cooking. Sharing dinner and wine pairings with my seven dearest friends would be close to transcendent. It can be mine for a mere $10,000.

For more realistic indulgences I am happy to partake in the lobster burger at Central ($32) and the pan-roasted Maine lobster at the Source ($58). For a splurge of a whole different sort, I'll take a whole banana cream pie at the Majestic (as part of Nana's Sunday Dinner; $68 for four people) any day of the week.


By Erin  | November 20, 2007; 11:50 AM ET
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I can contribute $100 so we can enjoy the Presidential Suite (hey, that's all I've got right now!!) We just need to find 100 more people to put that in, and we're golden!

Posted by: sigmagrrl | November 23, 2007 1:29 PM | Report abuse

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