Too often dessert looks better than it tastes. Think about a dessert that's better than it looks: a dense chocolate cake base with a caramel and pecan topped with a scoop of vanilla gelato and fresh whipped cream served with a stout Italian coffee.
Had we not made the two-hour cross country drive for the Appalachian Wine Festival, the dessert alone would have been worth the trip.
Michaelee's is a gem in the North Georgia hills, a marvelous truffle at the foot of a pine in the Chattahoochee National Forest. An Italian theme infused with creativity and magic by an Irishman from Connecticut who has called Georgia home for more than three decades. The menu can be as simple as you wish but the fun is sampling things like the bourbon shrimp or the pillows of cheese and mushroom in a delicate savory sauce.
Most intriguing is the use of chocolate in the most unexpected manners such a a shrimp appetizer.
Each plate was prepared with care with fresh ingredients. Another highlight of our meal this evening was the marvelous dressing served with the Caesar salad.
After an afternoon of tasting Georgia wines, the meal at Michaelee's was the perfect finish to the day capped by dessert and coffee, which alone might be worth another trip soon.