Just because the meal is over doesn’t mean you’ve taken your last bite. Restaurants are sending lucky guests away with complimentary goodies galore. These extras turn a special dinner into an extended epicurean experience.
Everyone who makes the pilgrimage out to Bryan Voltaggio’s five-star flagship in Frederick, Maryland walks out the door with a large double chocolate chip cookie (no judgments if you eat it on the ride home). Diners who enjoy the tasting menu at Table 21 get a bonus box packed with chocolates and confections, which currently include a Concord grape pate de fruit, chocolate mint truffle, passion fruit macaron and salted chewy caramel.
Indulge yourself with executive chef Austin Fausett’s tasting menu for dinner and he’ll throw in breakfast, too. Guests score a bag of pecan pepita granola sweetened with honey, maple syrup, and port. Watch out, it hides a delicate cayenne kick, which will put a little pep in your morning step.
Expect a seasonal surprise as you leave. Currently, diners receive a bottle of sacred basil syrup or anise hyssop syrup made with herbs from the restaurant’s L’Abeille Garden at RdV Vineyards in Delaplane, Virginia. Both work well as nuanced sweeteners for cocktails or coffee.
You could call it a basket of adorables. That’s because it’s filled with a seasonal selection of sweets. Right now, there is a maple pecan cookie, coconut cookie, orange shortbread and a trio of chocolates.
Come for dinner, leave with breakfast. Diners depart with a bottle of cold brew coffee and not-too-sweet pistachio shortbread cookies to nibble on the next day. It’s the perfect treat to enjoy while uploading all the pictures you took of your meal to Instagram. #areyoujealousyet
Guests who inform the restaurant they are celebrating a special occasion – anniversary, birthday, the first date night alone without the kids in six months – score a DIY breakfast kit. It includes scone mix, Kerrygold butter, and Ceremony Coffee.
Woodworker Caleb Woodard (we swear we’re not making up his last name) handcrafted the custom woodwork throughout the restaurant. As a thank you to guests, he made wooden spreaders, which are given with a specially made foodstuff. Recently, it was a sunchoke jam, but it changes regularly.
Do your after dinner plans include Netflix and your couch? Perfect, because pastry chef Justin Roche will send you off with a baggy of caramel corn. Blanket and snuggle buddy not included.