We created The Perfect Valentine's Day night, away from the maddening crowds...at the Cottage B&B restaurant, in Monticello, Fla -- a comfy 20-30 minute ride from Tallahassee...Three couples of friends left the driving to our favorite limousine service.......two glasses of good champagne during the drive brought us to the unrivaled hospitality of Martha and Jean-Michel Cravanzola, at The Cottage. As first-timers visiting their wonderful home, business, restaurant, we were delighted with the great surprise that awaited.
What a refreshing pleasure and contrast it was to come and visit there -- and avoid the holiday crowds of over-booked turn-the-tables-quickly Tallahassee restaurants. It was such a lovely and relaxing evening…….beautiful setting……terrific service and special attention…..gourmet-level customized meal…..fine spirits……..awesome dessert……and, we were just so happily wowed.
Martha spent time on the phone with us days in advance of our visit to help guide us to a perfect, special menu customized just for us.......Amazing shrimp cocktail with a most flavorful butter-tangerine drizzle........soft, melt-in-your mouth large-portion top-line steaks with incredibly flavorful french-recipe topping........the best sweet potatoes in the world (infused with Gran Marnier)....great wines......and a dessert of homemade decadent chocolate cake, with an overpour of brandy...
We know that we'll always remember our 'first time' --- but it will be just that…..only the first time. We expect to be back -- regularly…….Thanks to Martha and Jean-Michel for our new friendship and their wonderful treatment of us all for a unique and memorable Valentine's Day….
For friends who love good food, spirits, service and great hosts, do yourself a favor -- and call them.....and leave the details to them for planning a most memorable night to remember...Any visit to The Cottage will become a most special occasion thanks to Martha & Jean-Michel.
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