Don’t worry, I’ll wait.
If you were hard pressed for an answer like me or want to try something different from the hidden gems you know of, here’s something you can get excited about.
Throughout the month of February, Art “Chat Daddy” Sims will host the “Sip, Chat & Chew” four-course brunch and dinner series on Sundays at the award-winning Brown Sugar Bakery.
I had an opportunity to attend the kickoff brunch on January 26 and no lie, I waddled out of there! Like I mention in the video (VIEW VIDEO HERE: http://youtu.be/dc-KDBS4Idw), I really was “stuffed”. Not only will you get full on food, but you’ll feel full from the energy of good people, good conversation, good service and from supporting something good in the ‘hood.
Art “Chat Daddy” Sims, a familiar face and voice in media for nearly two decades, was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia in March 2010 (currently in remission, praise God). Eating healthier has become a lifestyle for Art and he wants to share that, along with his passion and skill for getting people talking.
“Food trends are ever changing but one thing is for sure, people love and adore great comfort foods. My menu will combine the best of both worlds. I will create comfort meals that you will enjoy but with a healthier twist.” – Chat Daddy
The first time doing anything can be rough with kinks and surprises, but I left the brunch experience super satisfied and excited about coming back again. Here’s how it went down for me:
My sipping started early! I was one of the first to arrive and they offered me a glass of wine while I waited for things to begin. Don’t mind if I do – red, please! From there, I sipped on a pear mimosa, the host’s special blend of sweet tea and coffee with my dessert. Oh, and water. I was feeling niiiiiice. The event is BYOB (champagne, wine or beer only), but trust that your beverage needs will be well taken care of if you come empty handed like me.
The 2 p.m. brunch seating was an intimate group of about eight. Most of the guests came solo and I loved that. For an introvert like myself, the intimate vibe was inviting and it was easier to connect and not feel out of place. The food was a great conversation starter. We couldn’t stop raving about the food! It just kept coming and coming (I secretly think we had more than four courses, but I definitely wasn’t complaining).
We also talked about how we all ended up attending, other things we liked to do, what we do for work. The conversations happened naturally. In between working behind the scenes and being a gracious host, “Chat” sat with us to chat.
You already know. It was pretty much two hours of nonstop chewing. The menu included a spinach dip appetizer, mixed greens salad, curry soup, chicken tortilla soup, shrimp & grits, a vegetable medley, fish, greens and potatoes.
They were able to accommodate me and my girl Relana with vegetarian remixes to some of the dishes, which was great. We didn’t miss out on a thing.
As stuffed as we were, nobody could say no to dessert. You can’t be in Brown Sugar - 2013 winner of the Steve Harvey “Best Bakery” Neighborhood Award - and NOT eat cake. That’s just crazy!
Three impossible to choose options were given: Caramel, turtle and lemon. It’s a win-win-win no matter how you slice it and I went with the caramel. Thankfully, they were kind enough to let us box up what we didn’t finish.
I HIGHLY recommend you check out “Sip, Chat & Chew” for yourself. Each week, the menu and guests will be different, so your experience will have a unique flavor from mine. If you go, let me know what you think!