Atera this Friday - 2 questions!
I'm so excited to be going to Atera this Friday for my birthday dinner, and after reading through the other Atera threads I just have 2 questions.
I'm planning to wear a sweater dress and nice heels, but I was not sure what the appropriate dress would be for my husband? Should he wear a suit, just dress pants and a button down with a tie, dress pants and a button down with no tie? I just don't want him to feel out of place if everybody or nobody else is wearing a jacket.
I am a little confused about the wine/drink pairings (I think I've seen some mention of certain courses coming with a beer or sake instead of wine). We're not sure if we want to pay the $105 for pairings, but I also wasn't sure how it works since there are so many courses. Do they give you one drink to pair with a couple of courses? Last year we did a beer pairing at EMP and it was amazing. I think we may just ask for beer and/or wine recommendations and get a couple of glasses rather than doing the full pairing this time, but I'd love to hear feedback from people who have enjoyed their meal with or without the pairing.
My husband & I went to Atera 10 days ago. Although it was not full (only 14 of the 18 seats were filled), there was only one gentleman in a suit. Maybe one sports jacket in the room (without a tie) - the other men "casual elegant". My husband had (& was happy with) the wine pairing, which consisted of 11 alcoholic beverages including a beer cocktail & 2 sakes. The sommelier indicated whenever the beverage was geared towards 2 courses. I, on the other hand, opted for 2 glasses of wine that were enough for me to enjoy the meal. (The sommelier even offered to pour a half-glass towards the end of the savories, but I declined.) Were I a sweet wine lover, I would have had a third to go with the various desserts. Hope this helps.