Food is a necessity created in heaven, and dining is the pleasure man mastered. Fine dining is not just an occasional treat for the taste buds but a little ball (dance) for one’s soul too! People step into these fancy restaurants to be instantly transported to a world of classic themed ambiances. Fine food, dim romantic lighting, and subtle music not only tantalize the senses, but they say make the soul sing, “When the world seems to shine, like you’ve had too much wine, that’s amore…”
It’s like poetry on a table, crisp white cloths adorned with fine china and a line of glittering silverware giving that pinch of royalty. Ah! And how could one forget sparkling wine in crystal that occasionally turns out to be a ring holder for the lucky lady! Patrons enjoy gourmet style food cooked by professional chefs, and served in all sophistication by impeccably dressed waiters. Apart from all this, the part that excites fancy restaurant loves is its formal dress code rule. The kind that is Kate Middleton, beautiful tailored gowns, chandelier earrings, and Jimmy Choos, while the gentleman suit up in Armani’s & Canali’s with ties and cufflinks.
Having said that, casual dining cannot be considered as just a comparatively cheaper option but rather branded as a grab a beer, relax, and banter family dining experience. What’s the point of wearing your little black dress every weekend, it is just going to get boring, right?
Casual dining is preferred by diners for a time to unwind and loosen up over a “yummy” meal while cheering for favourite sports teams, celebrating kids birthdays or just having a non-virtual “hangout” with friends. The chefs stir up recipes with creative ingredients that tickle ones senses as much as a fine dining meal. The ambiance is more laid-back with no hushes and no dress code restrictions (of course! one cannot turn up shirtless!!).
A fine dining chef is more like a passionate jeweler working in his secret lab gratifying his desires of a mad scientist, while on the other hand being served by a chef who prefers casual dining, also known “good comfort food”, is like a trip to your grandma’s place. The best way to get a gist of what is what, one should watch “The Butler”, and “Julie & Julia” for fine dining and the latter for casual dining.
Fine Dining vs. Casual Dining
Dress code: Formal to semi formal vs. Informal
Kids friendly: Not really (you know a child who can enjoy silence?) vs. Yes
Famous chef: Rene Redzepi vs. Jamie Oliver
Ambiance: pulled in from the “Queen Elizabeth” movie vs. “The Hobbit”
Menu: Gourmet style vs. Regular with a creative pinch
Portion size: Calorie conscious vs. Treat to the tummy
Ingredients: Highest quality, rare vs. Creative use of every day ingredients
We live in times of rich creativity and talent, and fortunately diners appreciate a meal by its quality and not the price. With the increasing popularity of food shows on television, the trend is moving towards “Fun” dining than just fine. All said and done, in the grand scheme of our hectic lives, each of us deserve to treat ourselves to a splendid dining experience, sometimes maybe without an occasion too.
All this reading must have gotten your tummy rumbling for a great meal! So are you in for a royal pampering or just plain kick-back fun? Go ahead and choose a a great private chef of your choice for Fine or Casual dining affair, and invite guests to your home to play the perfect host for a memorable and delightful private dining experience of great food and wine.