After a nearly 1.5 year hiatus, the return of the monster cable hit Mad Men
to TV screens on Sunday night was greeted with such enthusiasm by D.C. residents, that even the most ardent Hunger Games fan could be found tuned to AMC.
Even Georgetown’s posh Four Seasons
got caught-up in the ‘60s-era fun, with the hotel’s prized Bourbon Steak
restaurant hosting a special viewing party for the evening.
The sequel to the playful bash held in October 2010
which marked the finale of Mad Men’s fourth season, Sunday’s gathering picked things up right where Washingtonians left them.
Guests were treated to a carefully planned menu by Executive Chef Adam Sobel
designed to complement the character and time period of the TV show. While sipping chilled Manhattans and Moscow Mules, diners began their small screen journey with a trio of passed canapés, including Lollipop Buffalo Wings (1964 being the birth year of the buffalo wing), Swedish Meatballs, and Shrimp Toast.
A full three-course menu then followed, which sandwiched a decadent Beef Wellington (Mushroom Duxelle, Foie Gras, Red Wine Sauce) between a New Style Waldorf Salad (Celery, Grapes, Walnuts, Bibb Lettuce) and a plate of Butter Pound Cake (Tang Sorbet, Vanilla Meringues, Orange Curd).
Like Bourbon Steak’s last Mad Men viewing party, attendees were encouraged to don costumes in keeping with the time period of the show. One non-smoking couple from Baltimore more than rose to the occasion, for example, by purchasing a prop pack of cigarettes on their way to dinner.
Why can’t all TV dinners be this way?