Greece was the word last Wednesday night as the Citrus City Grille in Orange got an early jumpstart on holiday cheer–complete with Greek dinner, specialty wines and dancing.
Following up on last month’s tango themed dinner where dancers were engaged to demonstrate Argentine routines, owners Steve Xenos and Steve Tsirtisis decided this month to do their own performing, with a little help from their friends. The two personally demonstrated a variety of Greek dances, looking, I must say, terrific! There are few things as poetically masculine as manly men doing the Greek steps together, and these guys did Zorba proud with every stomp and kick. The ladies especially loved it, but the gentlemen got equal time when an adroit belly dancer stepped in to shake her bootie, snapping her veil at a number of lucky guys who were invited to join her. You can imagine the general vibe of fun and camaraderie that permeated the Grille as the dancing progressed and the wine flowed.
And how it flowed! Four courses were offered, each accompanied with generous servings of a different wine tailored to each dish. We started with feta cheese, olives and greek taramosalata paired with a refreshing white Moschofilero ’09 wine and then moved to a course that included stuffed dates, sausage wonderfully flavored with orange peel and an accompanying Nemea/St. George wine from the Hercules Region of Greece. Then lamb chops, roasted lemon potatoes and finally a superb orange cake soufflé with lemon sorbet for dessert. The accompanying Kortaki-Muskat served with dessert was so good, I was tempted to put some on my wrists and temples and wear it as perfume!
Before long the restaurant became a dance floor, when Steve Xenos taked about romantic nights in Greece and invited couples to join him for some traditional sweetheart coupling. The magic worked, even extending itself to my husband who demanded we join the other couples, and a delightful time was had by all.
Doing Zorba Proud
Citrus City Grille has an established reputation for the finest of dining, but with events like this it’s also earning a name as the place to go for high class, friendly adult fun. Steve and Steve know all too well the value of a good cheer in the midst of a stressful work week, and when it comes to the kind of robust, cheerful hosting required to make such nights happen, it just doesn’t get any better than these guys.
Our thanks to them and the always top-notch staff for providing the perfect winter kick off. We hear there’s an Italian night in the works for December, so don’t forget to check back for the time, the place, and yes… the motion.