Shhh…it (was) a Secret! 1840’s City Lites

By Anna McCoy On Wednesday, May 30 th, 2012 · no Comments · In Featured Venue ,Secret Supper Society ,Wine & Food ,Wine Suppers

On Friday, May 18th, Chef’s Expressions hosted our first Secret Supper Society event! It wasn’t easy to keep the location and menu a secret, we were so excited in the office. Even our band and fire dancers (yes, there were fire dancers) didn’t know the location until we told our guests the day before.

We were familiar with the location, as we host many amazing weddings and events at the 1840’s – on all four levels! For our ‘Up in Smoke’ Secret Supper, we decided to keep it on the first two floors – 1840’s Caberet & 1840’s City Lites.

Guests started to arrive at 6:30pm and enjoyed an amazing cocktail reception with our special guest, Brendan Dorr, head bartender at the B&O Brasserie and founder of the Baltimore Bartender’s Guild.

Opening Cocktails

Smoke & Mirrors
Charles de Ferre, Smoke Bitters, Lemon Bitters, Lump of Sugar

Corn Cob Pipe
Lapsang infused Angel’s Envy, Falernum Bitters, Molasses, Root

Butler Passed Hors D’oeuvres

Hoisin infused Duck Cigars

Cinnamon and Star Anise Braised Short Rib Wellington

Honey Pepper Shrimp

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Bar Snacks

Lemongrass Truffle Popcorn

Five Spice Popcorn

We then went upstairs for a great ‘smoky’ supper!

Up in Smoke Supper


Sloop Betty Ice Pick Salmon
Spinach Roulade
Leek Sauce
2007 Jean Luc Colombo Les Abeilles Blanc, Cotes du Rhone France


Grand Marnier infused Braised Pork Belly with an Orange Gremolata
Baby Peas in Mint Pistou
2009 Picket Fence Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley California


Spiced Orange Rum Cake with Smoked Sea Salt
Spicy Orange Scotch Glaze
Smoke on the Water – Flor de Cana 12 yr. Centenario, Sauternes, Compass Box Peat Monster

Sloop Betty Ice Pick Salmon
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Smoke on the Water – Flor de Cana 12 yr. Centenario, Sauternes, Compass Box Peat Monster

After dinner, guests were in for one more surprise! What would an ‘Up in Smoke’ Secret Supper be without FIRE DANCERS! Smokin’ cigars and the imbibing the last cocktail of the evening –

Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em
Cognac, Smokes Plums, Ginger, Lemon Juice, Honey Syrup, Benedictine

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Many thanks to our wonderful partners: 1840’s Plaza, Brendan Dorr of the Baltimore Bartenders’ Guild, Paul Snyder Jazz, and Fire Dancers – Laura Dress & Kelly Ann Richmond !

Secret Supper Society

Join us at our June 22nd Secret Supper!

‘Farm to Fork’ Secret Supper with our guest Chef, Ben Simpkins of Richardson Farms on Friday, June 22nd, 2012 at 6:30pm.


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