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Hush Dinner Club is creation of Bea Lewis. She has been hosting dinners at trendy restaurants around the city for a little over six months now. Bea has traveled extensively and wanted to bring diners together to try some of Atlanta’s hot spots. I was invited to accompany Bea on her most recent adventure at Lusca restaurant in Buckhead. I was super excited to be trying Lusca for the first time. And with a good sampling of the menu too.
Hush Dinner Club visits one new destination a month. Though the date is revealed ahead of time, the restaurant name isn’t revealed until closer to the day of the event. To get in on these dinners, sign up for the email list. If you are interested in attending reply to the email with the number in your party to secure your seat(s). But be quick – they fill up fast! Ours was at capacity within 24 hours. Bea said she usually caps the dinners at fourteen but I think there were about sixteen at our dinner.
It was extremely loud at Lusca even though we really only got started around 9:30. The restaurant was relatively empty yet I had to shout to talk to my table mate across from me. While Lusca is a pretty space, the acoustics are terrible.
The prix fixe meal includes choice of appetizer, salad / vegetable, entree and dessert. I never turn down crab, but there was something about the Rabbit Agnolotti with mortadella and shiitake that piqued my interest. I just had to have it. And it was quite delicious, but a rather small portion.
Talk about size difference between the two appetizers! I was just about done with my two tiny pieces of pasta before my friend finished slicing through her Rock Crab. Lucky for me, she was nice enough to share a taste. The crab was good from what I could discern, but the burnt toast it sat on top of ruined my bite. I’d like to head back to Lusca at some point to have it sans any toast, burnt or not.
Thank goodness the was the most disappointing part of the meal. I made the right choice with the second course, choosing the English pea salad with avocado, mint and butter lettuce instead of the asparagus with garlic aioli. I wouldn’t have thought mint would be so good with peas and avocado but it really upped the taste. If they added the crab to this salad it would make for a wonderful light meal.
For entrees, given the choice between steak and Halibut, Halibut will always win with me. And this was certainly delicious with a crisp outside and tender, flaky inside, albeit a small piece. For the price point of $28, I would have expected it to be larger. I’m told the only dish that was reduced in size for our party was the rabbit pasta.
I could have left satisfied, but surprisingly, the dessert course was my absolute favorite of the evening. A Chevre tart with honey and pistachios was outstanding. As you can surmise, it wasn’t too sugary – but just a little sweet and creamy with the honey and fruit adding the perfect topping to this small, unexpected treat.
There were many repeat attendees of past Hush Supper Club gatherings, so obviously it remains quite popular. The grouping consisted of twosomes – both couples and friends. Several began attending as new transplants to Atlanta that were also foodies wanting to explore the food scene and really like Bea’s dinners to Atlanta hot spots. Bea is certainly an entertaining and gregarious hostess as you’ll see if you attend a Hush Dinner Club outing.
Prices for the supper club include food and wine. Tax and gratuity are extra. The price for each dinner varies, but the are under $100. Bea tells me she works with the restaurant to pick wines (one white and one red) that pair well with the entrees. Visit the Hush Dinner Club to sign up for email updates and attend the next dinner on June 21st.