If you’ve ever dined at a Brazilian steakhouse, you’re well aware that meat is on the menu. Meat. Meat. And more meat. Above and beyond the slabs of beef parading around the restaurant, however, my first meal at Fogo de Chao was more about the experience than the carnivorous lineup. Lauren and I attended the industry dinner for Nolcha Fashion Week, and I must say, we savored every minute.
More than two hundred fashion-inspired people came together to indulge in an all-you-can-eat evening with gauchos, live music, and Caipirinhas. I can’t forget the Caipirinha. My cocktail was the strongest drink of my life, and I’m not exaggerating. Mixed using cachaca –– a rum made with sugarcane juice rather than molasses –– this tasty libation is probably best sipped with your meal if you want to be standing by the end of the night.
After quaffing Fogo’s Caipirinha for about 15 minutes, I knew I needed to make my way to the pre-meat course –– the gourmet salad bar with a selection of cold vegetable dishes, imported cheeses, and other appetizers. Phew! I decided that I’d place the cocktail to the side and finish it on a full stomach, so I ordered my everyday drink –– a glass of red wine. Now, onto the meat.
We turned over our table cards to green, so we were ready to begin. In minutes, gentlemen arrived at our two-top, ready to slice. We chose from about a dozen rotating cuts, each served “the gaucho way,” as well as accompanying delicious Brazilian side dishes like cheese-topped mashed potatoes. Favorites of the night included Filet Mignon, Beef Ancho (rib eye), Alcatra (top sirloin), and Linguica (sausage). We ate and ate, but the meat kept coming, even though our plates were still filled.
We had no space left for dessert, so we moved upstairs to the gorgeous bar to finish our Caipirinhas, and stayed until the restaurant closed at midnight. What a fun evening for a first time dining Brazilian style. Thank you, Fogo de Chao!
|John Simon and I hung out until the restaurant closed. Good night Fogo!|