First of all, it's now Perigee and has been for a while, so I wish Trip Advisor would eliminate the references to Sweet Basil, it's former incarnation.
We had stopped by the Bershire Theater Festival, just up the road, to pick up our tickets for that evening's performance. We asked the guy in the box office if he could recommend a nearby place to eat. Without hesitation, he named Perigee. We stopped and looked at the menu, which was really interesting, and made reservations for 6:00 PM.
We chose the less formal downstairs because it looked like more fun than the more formal upstairs. I started with a classic Martini. Then an Iceberg Lettuce Wedge (a vastly underated green) with Applewood Smoked Bacon, Currants and Blue Cheese Dressing. Follwed by Pan-fried Shrimp and Scallops over Sweet Pea Polenta with Horseradish Cilentro Pesto. My wife had Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup followed by Orange-Marinated Cornish Game Hen with Blue Cheese Polenta and Market Fresh Vegetable. Everything was perfectly prepared. Eric Anderson is a fine chef. We had a bottle of Firesteed Reisling '08 fom Oregon. I'm from Oregon and I usually don't order Oregon Reisling but decided to take a chance. It was excellent. As good as the best from Washington.
Our waiter was efficent and friendly but it was our busboy that really impressed us. How often do you find a truely profestional busboy nowadays? I clipped the edge of my Martini glass (empty, thank heavens) on the rim my water glass and it exploded, scattering glass snards all over the place. Our busboy instantly appeared and, with in two minutes, all evidence of my clumsiness had disapeared.
We had just started eating when a young lady walked in accompanied by a young boy. She was about 5'3" and looked to be in her late teens. I thought she might be the owners daughter. She sat the boy at the bar, where he as greated by our waiter and entertained by the bartender and the customer he was sitting beside. I thought, "what a friendly place." Then she started visiting various table. "Maybe she's the hostess," I thought. When she came to our table I discovered that she was Dawn LaRochelle, the owner and driving force behind the Perigee and a catering service, Epogee. She is also the mother of two other children. I had underestimated her age by at least a decade. She's a very interesting and knowledgeable person. Read her website at www.perigee-restaurant.com.
We had as good a meal as we've had in the Bekshires and we've had a lot of good meals there. We where so pleased that we a piece of Triple Chocolte Explosion Cake back to the guy at the box office as a reward.
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