Today the temperature is a very cold 16 degrees outside, ice has formed on the entire lake, snow is covering the ground and it’s very cloudy. Our memories take us back to last September when the sky was blue, the sun was shining, the lake breeze made little ripples and it was in the high 70′s. On that day we were invited by Bill Rini and his wife Dawn to dinner at their Atwood Lake summer home. We were very excited because Bill is a renown chef from the Cleveland, Ohio area who owns A Taste of Excellence. They have three lovely children and a dog, but this September day their children were with grand parents.
I spend a lot of time in my kitchen at Whispering Pines Bed & Breakfast, so I was especially thrilled at the thought of having dinner served to me.
We began our wonderful dinner with, as you can see the most unusual plating of a salad that we had ever seen. The rose was shaped with tomato skin, the huge croutons were exceptional as well as the hollowed out cucumber filled with tomato salsa and drizzled with his home made caesar dressing. Then came the masterpiece – beef wellington with a mound of garlic mashed potatoes, perfectly steamed asparagus, all swimming in a plate of his made from scratch gravy.
Can you tell from the photo that it tastes as good as it looks? Yes, that is chef Bill sitting down to enjoy the fruits of his labor. Bill’s wife Dawn, my husband Bill and myself were so immersed in eating we almost forgot to snap this picture.
Chef Bill then took us all for a boat ride on his pontoon. It was a beautiful night, the air was cool and there were just a few boats passing us by. When we returned to their lake house, we finished off the night with an apple pie topped with vanilla ice cream – delicious.
Another piece of the story is Bill and Dawn were our guests at Whispering Pines Bed & Breakfast on several occasions. They fell in love with Atwood Lake and purchased a home right on the water. They have become great friends and we really enjoy their energy level.
Thank you Bill and Dawn, it was a night to remember.
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Hope to see you soon,
Whispering Pines Bed & Breakfast