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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Last night was the Ostler turn to host gourmet dinner club.  We were in the middle of painting the inside of the house and taking care of our sick, pregnant Amy and Emerson so we elected to go to the UVU culinary arts restaurant called "Greg's" instead.  The cuisine theme was the "Southern United States".  I was a little nervous because they didn't post the menu and when we got there I had a right to be.  The appetizers were great, the salads fun, and soups and rolls delicious but the main entrees to choose from were:  Alligator, Frog Legs, Catfish, Pulled Pork, or Jambalaya.
Now I did not want a full course of any of them except pulled pork, so that's what I got.  My friend Susan shocked me (first for even coming because she is a health nut), and second for ordering the frog legs.  Guess what?.....She liked them. 

Paul and Susan

These were the frog legs.  The red in the top of the plate were dried beets and Wayne tasted them and said they were really good. Do they taste like chicken? Not really.  More like pork to me but with a very tiny bit of fish taste.

 Paul had the Jambalaya.  It was spicy and contained everything but the kitchen sink.  He said it was really good.  I had a taste and it was, but a little too spicy for me.

This was the brave couple for the night.  Doug had the frog legs and Julie had the alligator.  They liked them so I had a taste of both.  Really, they were both pretty good.  I just couldn't get my mind around wanting a whole dinner of either one. The idea stills creeps me out a little.

This is the alligator dish.

Lori had the pulled pork and Scott had the catfish. Safer and good.

This is the catfish dish.  Isn't it pretty?  Half the fun of eating here is the beautiful presentation.  Click to enlarge this one.

This is Rick and Laura.  I took 5 pictures of them and Laura would not give me a good shot so this is the one I'm using and I think it's cute.  Her eyes are closed but how fun she is, so this one fit her personality.  I think Rick had the catfish and Laura had the pork.

This was one of the desserts of the night.  Fresh made vanilla bean ice cream and pecan pie.  I think there was bourbon flavoring and chocolate in it too.  It was delicious.

I forgot to take a photo of the pork but it included greens and good old mashed potatoes.
Wayne had the catfish.

Several of us had the begniets with fruit and whipped cream.  They were really worth waiting for.

Scott had the cinnamon bread pudding with the vanilla bean ice cream.
By the time we got to the dessert we were all pretty full.  Some take out boxes were part of our fun night.
Some of the other things we all tried were shrimp with grits, quail, watermelon/watercress salad with citrus dressing, sweet potato/ham salad, and some kind of little fried fish appetizer.
We also had artichoke spread on a baguette, ham and bean soup, and creole onion soup. I had major indigestion last night.  We didn't finish until 9.  My old system usually doesn't eat past 8.  Would I do it again?  Yes!  I'd like to try Italian night or French night or Mexican night or.........