Mini MeFi Meetup for dinner at Talula's Table? November 14, 2008 7:21 AM   Subscribe

Through sheer dumb luck and cosmically awesome timing my husband and I managed to score a last-minute reservation to Talula's Table (MeFi'ed here) this coming Tuesday, November 18th. Someone cancelled just a few minutes before we were there in the store, so we greedily accepted Aimee's offer to take that night's dinner. We have three seats currently available.

The details are as follows:

- Dinner is at 7:00 sharp
- BYOB, $10 corking fee for the entire table
- $90 prix fixe per person, which, after tax and gratuity, typically comes to around $120-$125 per person.

My husband and I, and our friends, are lots of fun and totally not creepy, so we can pretty much guarantee a lovely evening.

If you're interested in joining us, please MeMail me. We haven't gotten the menu yet, but I believe Aimee said she'd send it to us on Sunday. We have to let Talula's know our final headcount on Sunday, so this offer is valid until 5:00 EST on Saturday the 15th.

We're offering the seats on a first-come first-serve basis, so before you respond please be absolutely certain that you are a) available and b) ok with the price.

Any takers?
posted by shiu mai baby to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:21 AM (40 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

From Google Maps:
Driving directions to Kennett Square, PA
1,244 mi – about 20 hours 1 min


Sorry. Twenty hours was my limit.
posted by ColdChef at 7:54 AM on November 14, 2008 [13 favorites]


Aw, come on, ColdChef: where is your sense of adventure? (heh)
posted by shiu mai baby at 7:55 AM on November 14, 2008


Oh man! If only I had a car! And slightly more money!
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 7:58 AM on November 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


I'm nowhere near enough but I just had to tell you that I love you for doing this.
posted by melissa may at 8:17 AM on November 14, 2008


Oh man! If only I had a jet and lots more money!
posted by like_neon at 8:18 AM on November 14, 2008


Oh man! If only this wonderful, tiny restaurant was on my street!
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:22 AM on November 14, 2008


This is awesome, I really hope you get someone nearby to be able to join you. Take photos!
posted by odinsdream at 8:31 AM on November 14, 2008


"Sorry. Twenty hours was my limit."

What are you, some kind of pussy? 62.2 mph? That some kind of joke? Some kind of commie 'conservation' strategy? If you're not averaging at least—at least—75 mph, then go back to Russia or wherever you came from, Borat.
posted by Eideteker at 8:45 AM on November 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


Please report back on the experience. I'm jealous!
posted by languagehat at 8:46 AM on November 14, 2008


If I didn't have company in town this weekend, I would come from New York. Please report back!
posted by kosem at 9:01 AM on November 14, 2008


(If anyone is considering this and wants a little more info on what the meal is like, please let me know. I've been. I would go again in a heartbeat if I weren't away on business next week.)
posted by desuetude at 9:08 AM on November 14, 2008


ColdChef it will only take you a "few" more minutes to come to the Hill Country and pick me up! Too bad this is my one weekend a month to work:(
posted by bjgeiger at 9:27 AM on November 14, 2008


Wow. I'm interested. It's a bit above my budget but the place sounds pretty keen. Of course, odds are good that being mostly vegetarian makes it a somewhat less exciting proposition...
posted by Deathalicious at 9:39 AM on November 14, 2008


Ok, we tentatively have all spots filled, but if that changes, I'll let y'all know. Regardless, I'm so happy that so many people were interested -- it definitely makes me even more eager to snap up future last-minute cancellations that we might hear about.

And hell, we really could just pick a date and try calling for 2009. Probably best to aim for a Saturday next year, just to make it easy for folks. Bonus: Save up $10/month and you'll have it paid for by the time the evening rolls around. Heh.
posted by shiu mai baby at 9:53 AM on November 14, 2008


Arghargharghargh. This is one of the times I wish I lived in PA again. Then again, it's too late! Grrr.
posted by ooga_booga at 10:52 AM on November 14, 2008


Oh, and good on you, shiu mai baby! That's really cool of you to make such an offer in the first place. Please post with updates afterwards!
posted by ooga_booga at 10:54 AM on November 14, 2008


This thread is useless without appetizers.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 11:00 AM on November 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


How about pictures? Because, you know, this has now become a Meetup!
posted by Lynsey at 11:41 AM on November 14, 2008


You shouldn't have to pay the corking fee; this post is a corker enough!
posted by not_on_display at 1:17 PM on November 14, 2008


Shameless placeholder comment begging for pics of every dish and a blow-by-blow review. Possibly also recipes.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 1:19 PM on November 14, 2008


Most awesome meetup ever.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 1:20 PM on November 14, 2008


I'll be watching this thread, waiting to greet you as a member of the exclusive Have Eaten At Talula's Club.
posted by desuetude at 2:00 PM on November 14, 2008


I can sell you a 100% authentic membership in that club for $5. Guaranteed.
posted by Science! at 2:11 PM on November 14, 2008


Cosmetically awesome timing ?
posted by Astro Zombie at 3:51 PM on November 14, 2008


Stop glossing over the subject, AZ, you're making me blush. And stop acting like this post didn't have a strong foundation to begin with.
posted by shiu mai baby at 5:12 PM on November 14, 2008


pics of every dish

Food bloggers are going to hate me for this, but I'm having a hard time imagining any behavior more tacky than pulling out a camera and taking pictures of all of your food during dinner at a warm, personal and fabulously delicious small eating establishment operated and frequented by people who truly appreciate fine dining.

Seriously. It's tough.
posted by mediareport at 5:16 PM on November 14, 2008


Oh, and so totally jealous.
posted by mediareport at 5:17 PM on November 14, 2008


Oh I agree, it's rather gauche.

I still wanna see om nom nom nom food though :/
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 6:55 PM on November 14, 2008


dnab: Here. But don't play with your food. Eat it. Food is for eating, not looking at.

Looks like one of them tiny food on a big plate places. If you're going to give me a tiny portion, put it on a little plate. Makes it look less tiny.

It's probably the kind of place where if you order a burger, you get "sliders" instead.
posted by Eideteker at 5:28 AM on November 15, 2008


Eideteker, it might be "one of them tiny food on a big plate places," but keep in mind that you get eight courses of tiny food on a big plate. That shit adds up, yo.
posted by shiu mai baby at 6:03 AM on November 15, 2008


OMG, as a foodie, I am so incredibly jealous.
posted by dejah420 at 9:59 AM on November 15, 2008


yay i love the world right now
posted by CitizenD at 12:17 PM on November 15, 2008


Eideiker, you don't order. It's not really a restaurant, more like a dinner party. And it's a LOT of food. Brilliant food. Ohhhhhh nom nom wanna go back...
posted by desuetude at 4:12 PM on November 15, 2008


Uh, Eideteker. Sorry about what my typing fingers did to your name, there.
posted by desuetude at 4:13 PM on November 15, 2008


It's okay. I kinda liked it.
posted by Eideteker at 12:40 PM on November 16, 2008


We're waiting....
posted by odinsdream at 6:52 PM on November 18, 2008


It was fabulous, really, way more than I could have anticipated, but also in ways I didn't expect. I'll let Greg Nog give the culinary blow-by-blow, because I just got slammed at work with the Worst Project Of All Time, which will consume me for the next week.

But I will take a moment to say this: back in the days of Django, Aimee and Brian recognized that the environment in which you serve your guests is just as important as the food itself, and it's clear that they've carried this philosophy to Talula's. I can't quite articulate it, but they are incredibly good at creating an atmosphere that is warm, welcoming, accessible, elegant but not remotely stuffy -- put plainly: it feels like home. Every single facet, from the dinnerware to the background music to the lighting to the plating of each course, served the singular purpose of delighting all five senses.

And obviously, the food was amazing. The gougeres were perfect, airy puffs of cheesy goodness. The bison tenderloin was earthy, smoky, and melted in your mouth. The quail risotto in a peppercorn Syrah sauce is something I could happily eat every single day I have left on this earth. Each course was a master class in contrasting textures and flavors. Seriously, y'all. It was staggeringly good.

So yeah, it was a flawless evening, and one I'll be dreaming about for a long time to come.
posted by shiu mai baby at 4:06 AM on November 19, 2008 [2 favorites]


So I'm also wicked busy at work today, which means a description of the food, and my personal meal highlights, will have to wait (not that I think my descriptions are going to be as welcome as shiu mai baby's photos of the meal, which was as pretty as it was tasty).

However, before saying anything about Talula's Table, I wanted to pop in and say that shiu mai baby and her husband are wonderful, upstanding human beings who were incredibly rad in person. Any Philly-area folk looking into future meetups should definitely try to meet with them, because they are like seven kinds of awesome.
posted by Greg Nog at 8:25 AM on November 19, 2008


And for the record: Greg Nog is quite possibly the most considerate house guest we've ever had and a spectacularly charming guy to boot. Highly Recommended! A+++++++++++++++!!!!!!!!111!!
posted by shiu mai baby at 4:34 AM on November 20, 2008


Ok. Pictures and a full recap, written by my husband, can be found here.
posted by shiu mai baby at 2:25 PM on November 22, 2008


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