Hands got dirty last Thursday as we hosted our second annual Dinner on a Beach. Guests dined under blue skies with sand between their toes and seafood in the fingertips.
Dinner goers gathered at Sandpoint Beach in the east end of Windsor, Ontario, for a feast fit for a seafood loving king or queen.
Blankets were offered up to dinner guests to lay out on the beach prior to and after dinner.
Some guests took that opportunity to enjoy the sun, the waves and some good conversation with with a drink in their hands, watching the sunset.
Motor Craft Ales launched a brand new beer for the 2018 Dinner on a Beach. Their Cuban Chrome creation was a classic hefeweizen with a refreshing, summery twist. Flavours and aromas of mint and lemon-lime gave the beer a refreshing fruity, mojito-like element and was a hit with dinner goers.
While guests mingled with drinks before dinner, Chef Ted Dimoglou of Tiki Sushi worked his magic in some big cauldrons. Along with mussels, clams, shrimp, corn and potatoes, he used Andouille sausage from local sausage making legend, Robbie’s Gourmet Sausage Co.
While dinner was being prepared, guests dug their toes in the sand and mingled over some drinks and laughter, as well as the sounds of Cape Breton royalty, Marion and Kenneth MacLeod, who filled the evening with the sounds of the east coast.
Guests tasted several treats in advance of the boil, including oysters, pickled herring with Great Lakes caviar and lobster rolls.
The main course added to the communal dining experience. Buckets of the seafood boil were simply dumped down the centre of the long table where dinner guests dove in and ate with their hands. They were even given cornbread so soak up all the juices.
Just as dinner ended, fireworks erupted over the lake on the American side of the border to celebrate the Memorial weekend, providing a beautiful backdrop and the perfect conclusion to the evening.
We at WindsorEats absolutely love bringing people together and having them bond over unique experiences like our Dinner on a Beach.
A special thanks goes out to Chef Ted Dimoglou and his skills in the kitchen (err…on the beach). The food was world class.
If you missed our or had such a great time you can’t wait to come back, tickets are already available for the 2019 Dinner on a Beach. It takes place on Thursday, May 23, 2019. Tickets are $135 per person.