Saturday, November 29, 2008

Roy's 20th Anniversary Dinners Naples Florida

It's been a wonderful 20th celebration of Roy's 20th anniversary, from the start of the celebration May 28th, when I met Roy in person in Naples. What a genuinely nice, down-to earth guy-so unlike some other celebrity chefs. This Nov 11 dinner is a special 20th tribute to Roy, with the various courses created by his friends and fellow chefs, accompanied by four wines. This same dinner is served at all of Roy's ~40 restaurants. Roy's consistently has beautifully prepared, tasty food with a Hawaiian Fusion style-I've been a regular for years.

Sheila and Ike
The guests were seated outdoors, along Roy's Naples, Florida's waterfront location. The evening started with a 15" silent video showing unidentifed staffers at all of Roy's Restaurants. I wish they'd have a voice over, telling who the people were. A good PR person would have had Roy and his chef friends's voices telling how Roy started, how they became friends, and let us know of and share in Roy's friendships and his accomplishments.

Some 60 people watching the video, and sharing a great 5 course meal, paired with wines. Andrew and Judi catching up on old times!
Father and Son Intent on the Video-the Dinner gets "Thumbs Up". Roy's goes out of their way to stay "kid friendly", and it works!
Serving the Chandon Rosé
Chef Javier Vasquez-the best!
Regulars Ernie and Sarah Wu
Happy Guests, with a Shirly Temple
Tuna Sashimi Tempura Roll with Yuzu Rosé Sauce-Chef Nobu Matsuhisa's Crunchy Creation, served with Chandon RoséInternational Guests and "Roy's Regulars"
Sea Scallop Salad with Pinot Grigio Grape Seed Vinaigrette (by Chef Tetsuya Wakuda), served with 2007 Livio Felluga Pinot Grigio
Crispy Pan Seared & Steamed Hawaiian Snapper with Chawan Mushi ( a Savory Japanese Steamed Egg Custard) and Crab Salad (Chef Alan Wong's) served with 2006 Casa Lapostelle Cuvee Alexandre Chardonnay. The snapper truly melts in your mouth, with Chef Javier's talents.
Guava Grilled Wild Boar in its own Jus with Sweet Potato Dressing (Chef Gordon Hopkins) served with 2006 Terrazas Reserva Malbec. I like the slight gaminess of tender boar. Gina Birch, the Voice of of WINK 96.9
Warm Peanut Butter Chocolate Soufflé (Kaethe Krasner) A great dessert ending, with Kona coffee, to a wonderful evening by the waterfront in Naples .
A Friendly Smile!
Stop in for lunch or dinner, and enjoy Roy's "Aloha" friendly staff and consistently great food. Roy's Naples Restaurant- 475 Bayfront Place, Naples, FL 239- 261-1416


Kansas City Traveller said...

i love the food, for how many person, did the place can handle??

Ivan Seligman said...

Glad you liked!

They can handle about 220 people, inside and outside. You can put 60 on the outdoor terrace.