After my grandfather died, his wife started going to a nightclub in a hotel bar in Dallas called Swan Court. She said she went so she could dance as she did in her youth. She also started to date again, with which she had limited experience even before marrying Grandpa.
Grandma grew up in Texas, a preacher's daughter with fair skin and a sailor's mouth. She loved any opportunity to shock, so she had great fun announcing her new romance with a black man. "Guess who's coming to dinner," she'd rib my aunts. "I said to them, 'guess who's coming to dinner,'" she recounted to me.
In the spirit of the holiday this week, and to celebrate loves that triumphed over taboo, we're hosting a Valentine's dinner party on Saturday in the theme of Forbidden Love. Chef Lori Hill and her Haute Food team will prepare 5 courses, each an homage to a familiar forbidden love and an appropriate wine pairing. You will receive a menu at the time of the meal.
Unfortunately, we cannot accomodate vegetarian substitutions at this time. We're asking for the cost of ingredients and libations which totals $40 per guest. Please let me know no later than Wednesday whether you will attend, and alert us to any food allergies.