Interesting topic. Personally, I'm there for the food and I'd rather dress down somewhat but not to the level of sweatpants and flip flops. I think that, in general, the death of dress codes is a good thing as clothing as a signifier of status is slowly on its way out in the culture.
I guess people have many expectations from a night out and indulging in some sort of romantic fantasy is perfectly valid. I'm just not sure that what others are wearing is an important point. If you would prefer to be around folks in a dinner jacket, join a country club.
Brad - I usually remove the turkey from the roasting pan, add flour to the fat as needed to make a light roux, and then add broth and maybe a splash of white wine. I don't discard the "bad" fat for Thanksgiving...tastes absolutely delicious and is quick and easy.
I've been twice...was really hoping to support a local chef trying to do the right thing. I wouldn't mind the prices if the food was of high quality but it most assuredly is not. The chicken breading is incredibly heavy and tasteless, the chicken itself tastes of poultry seasoning from the brine instead of bird (why disguise the great flavor free range delivers?) and the macaroni and cheese is mealy. Sad to say, it isn't as good as the greasy junk Popeyes serves (which isn't fantastic but should be a pretty low hurdle to hop over.)
I would suggest a simple flour and cayenne coating on the chicken instead of the thick batter, and perhaps a bit less seasoning in the brine so that you can actually taste chicken flavor.
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