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A Very Unique Experience That You MUST Try!

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Full Moon Dinner

Last year, my husband and I were having dinner with our friends, Tiffany and Shankar, and they told us about a really cool experience that Shankar’s sister participated in.  The Full Moon Dinner in Bryan, Texas sounded really neat.  There is a chef that hosts these dinners outdoors every month but only during a full moon.  Shankar said that his sister loved it so this made Brad and I decide that we would go to one.

 
Where is it located?
moon 3Bryan, Texas is known for a lot of things but I think that it is most known as being the home of Texas A&M, the Aggies.  Bryan is located northwest of Houston.  I live in Cypress, Texas which is on the northwest part of Houston so Bryan is only 78 miles from my house.  It is about 100 miles from downtown Houston.

About the chefs

(information and picture directly from their website)

HWFlowerMoon-682x1024We are a husband and wife team. Brian, the chef, spent over ten years working in professional kitchens and Amanda, who manages the services, gracefully organizes and maintains operations. Together, we strive to encourage and foster a thoughtful and jovial approach to dining.  Our aim is to offer an experience with the purpose of getting back to what it was all about in the first place — celebrating life, feasting on great food with friends and family.  We also employ a number of wonderful folks whose contributions allow our vision to possible. All are with the aspiration to live life closely connected to the land and its offerings.

With this in mind, we serendipitously settled on a 15 acre piece of land. On it, the late Don Ganter’s work – hand built old barns, a workshop, coops, and hutches – was entrusted to us and we have revived and repurposed them to give home to our ducks, guinea fowl, chickens, turkeys, roosters, and roaming heritage breed pigs. We are content to let nature do what she intends so our practices do not include the use of harmful pesticides or chemicals. We hope to provide the community with the benefits of our land and our hard work.

Do they just offer the moonlight dinner?
No, Brian and Amanda offer lots of different events and services.  Some of these include cooking classes, dinner parties, dinners for two, weddings, and community events such as cooking at a months market event in Brenham. 

What is their website?
http://ronincooking.com/

This looks very neat, can I buy a gift card to the dinner for someone?
Yes, they offer gift cards so that you can give this experience as a gift to someone.
 Brad and I bought his parents a gift card to this dinner and a night at a bed and breakfast last year for Christmas and they loved it.  If you are looking for a gift to give someone who has everything, you should check this out!

What does a full moon dinner experience look like?
( pictures and information from their website:)
Each month, during the full moon, we serve a seven to nine course tasting menu in the forest space located next to the barn we’ve converted into a commercial kitchen. Guests arrive, take a tour of the grounds, and are then seated for the meal. The menu is ever changing and reflects the best of each month’s harvest.
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Near the conclusion of this communal evening, all are encouraged to take the candlelit walk to the garden for dessert and coffee where there is a clear view of the moon rising in the night sky

What is the cost of the full moon dinner and what does it include?
Individual Seat :  $100 plus a $3.49 fee                   

This ticket is for one seat at the Cold Moon Dinner in December. The price includes the nine course meal at $80.00, taxes, and a 20% gratuity charge of $16.00. Once your ticket is purchased you will be sent a confirmation e-mail with the location of the farm. Our cancellation policy is as follows: full refund up to 7 days before event. This is when farm product is purchased. Please note: The e-mail address used at the time of checkout will be the point of contact unless guest specifies otherwise.

 

Cold Moon Dinners
December 5th & 6th, 2014
Join us with December’s full moon for a nine course tasting menu based on seasonal ingredients from our gardens and local farms. The gate will open at 5:00, we will take a tour of our property at 5:30, and dinner will be served promptly at 6:00. The first portion of the meal will be served in the forest space located next to the barn we converted into a commercial kitchen. Then, you will be guided down a candlelit path to our garden, where dessert and coffee will be served as the moon rises. 
We are a BYO establishment, and invite you to bring along that which suits your tastes. 
The menu with pairing recommendations will be announced the week of the dinner.
Dinner will be held rain or shine.
If there is rain, dinner will be served in the long horse barn on the property.
Please wear closed toed shoes and consider the weather of the current season.
 
My experience:
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Eight of us traveled to Bryan on a Saturday afternoon.  We stopped at a local winery, Messina Hof, where some of the group participated in a wine tasting. (Funny note: Corrin had a colonoscopy the day before and our gasterologist who performed it was at the winery with his wife.  Dave kept making jokes that he probably wouldn’t recognize her face.)
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We headed to our bed and breakfast, Clary House, to drop off our belongings and to freshen up.  We highly recommend the Clary House and would definitely stay there again.
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We took a cab to the Moonlight dinner because we were not familiar with its location.  It is a few miles outside of Bryan.
 
We got there a few minutes late.  I recommend you get there early in order to get situated.  The dinner is BYOB so don’t forget your drinks!
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When we arrived, we were greeted with a cup of hot cider.  We then were taken on a tour of the farm by Brian and Amanda as we drank our cider.  They explained all the different interesting tidbits of running a farm.
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We returned to our tables where the servers began brining out the different courses of our nine course dinner. 
 
The menu is a tasting menu so the serving sizes are small but enough to fill you up. 
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The food taste and variety were amazing and we appreciated that the dishes served were things we would not normally eat. 
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The servers passed out blankets to anyone who was cold.
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After the eighth course, we were taken to another part of the farm where we had coffee and dessert.
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Would I go again?
Absolutely.  The menu is never the same so I know I would have another unique experience on another trip out to the farm.  I have been very blessed with doing some cool things in my lifetime.  Sliding down waterfalls in Slovenia, skiing in Switzerland, and going to Africa are three examples.  I also LOVE going to Fredericksburg, Texas.  If I listed my top favorite ten life experiences (not including marriage and births) I would include the Moonlight Dinner on my list.  It doesn’t cost a lot of money and is just a cool night out.  All eight of us had a great time.  One of the couples had to drive home after the dinner because they had a newborn baby.  If you live near Houston, I think it would be fun to get a group of people and rent a bus to take there. If you don’t go with a group, don’t worry!  You will be sitting with other people and can socialize with them! Our group sat together and another group was also at our table.  It was actually Amanda’s dad and family.
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My question for you is this:  Who thinks they will try out the Full Moon Dinner?
 
 

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