It all started with a unique idea, brought about by the owner's wife--hosting an event to showcase our outdoor showroom while partnering with other local entrepreneurs in Omaha. Thus was born the idea of an outdoor cooking and dining event! We partnered with local Chef Gene Cammorata, who formerly owned the (sorely missed) Brass Grille. Together, we created this concept to host a small group of people to enjoy the comforts of outdoor living & dining, while making it attainable for the average person to re-create the experience in the comfort of their own home.
Since Antiquity Outdoor Supply retails a range of products, from the basic landscape material to affordable outdoor kitchen accessories and everything in between, we wanted to highlight the ease of cooking outdoors. Of course cooking outside without any type of shelter was a gamble, we went all in and set a date. To my great anxiety, the day came to host the event and it rained all morning! And yet, lo and behold, an hour and a half before go time, the clouds parted over our shop, the sun came out and it turned out to be a beautiful, crisp fall evening.
Our lovely guests started arriving just as Gene was taking the first of many scrumptious foodie entrees off of our Summerset grill--homemade corn fritters! Our guests included but were not limited to, goat herders, a pastor and his wife, and an occupational therapist--just to name a few. No one foreknew each other, but our intimate and diverse group quickly came to exchange names and life stories while completely abandoning their seating arrangements. It was the sweetest time.
Bottles of wine started flowing and the guests were whisked away by the concoctions our chef was creating on the grill. I don't think I've seen more amazed and satisfied people literally inhale ginger-infused grilled peaches (and other assorted fruits and vegetables.) The crowd-pleaser was the wild salmon from Absolutely Fresh Seafood accompanied by large portions of NY steaks. And just as the sun was setting, the coffee was passed around the fire along with an assortment of chocolates for s'mores. I think the mini Snickers roasting over the fire was the ingenious idea of one of the goat cheese experts.
Everyone went home with something--either a wine barrel, an appointment for design consultation, exchange of numbers between new friends and all left with recipes that were used that night. By demand of our guests, we will most definitely be hosting another event soon!