Merle’s Art Exhibit Dinner Celebration — June 29 – July 1, 2022

ULC Logbook, Wednesday, June 29th, 2022:

We started with 85 covers (25 inside, 20 outside, 22 in the Sherman Room, 18 in the Clubroom). The only cancellation was for 2 guests at 8:30PM who did not show. We had several same-day reservations, and were joined by a solo walk-in guest at 6:30PM, and 2 at 8:15PM. We finished with 91 guests (29 inside, 22 outside, 22 in the Sherman Room, 18 in the Clubroom).

For BA’s, we were joined by: Arthur and Merle N., who were joined by several additional BA’s as part of their Sherman Room party, including T., from Merwin’s Art Framing, which was the venue that had featured Merle’s art (22 guests, Sherman Room); Don E. (party of 6, tbl. 77); Jeff P. (party of 6, tbl. 5); Kathleen and Keith K., celebrating their anniversary (party of 2, tbl. 63); Daphne E. (party of 2, tbl. 61).

In the Clubroom, we were joined by 18 guests from the Yale School of Medicine. In the Sherman Room, we were joined by 22 guests for Arthur N.’s party celebrating his wife Merle N.’s art.

Stephanie T. (party of 4, tbl. 13, served by D.) said it had been many years since they’d last joined us. When the party was leaving after dinner, Ms. T. commented that, “Everything was even more delicious than I remember.” Bravo Chef, D., and team!

J. trained in the back with M., and on the floor with C.

R. I.’s table 78 appetizers ran to 15 minutes due to the Sherman Room party being served. G. received friction from R. I. when he arrived to help; there were empty glasses on table 78 to be bussed, and the table had been set backwards, with the soup and salad on the wrong sides. G. noted an unprofessional attitude towards management and the inattentive service.

Thursday: mostly sunny; high of 86F. Friday: partly cloudy; high of 89F. Saturday: scattered thunderstorms; 60 percent chance of precipitation; high of 84F.

ULC Logbook, Thursday, June 30th, 2022:

We started with 66 covers (35 outside, 31 inside). We had two parties cancel, for a total of 7 covers, which included the reservation under the name of N. N. — I have learned that in French, “Naveh,” means, “turnip.” We were joined by the following walk-in parties: 2 at 5:05PM (drinks and apps); 2 at 5:20PM (drinks and apps); 1 at 6:40PM; 2 at 7:40PM; 1 at 7:45PM (bar). We finished with 82 guests (34 outside, 48 inside).

We had two orders for takeout: Barbara G. ordered on the web; a guest named C. ordered 2 creme brûlées over the phone.

For BA’s, we were joined by: E.’s mom and aunt, Sarah E. (party of 2, tbl. 3); R. F. / G. M., Yale Dept. of Immunobiology (party of 5, tbl. 17); A. C. / R. S., Yale School of Medicine (party of 6, tbl. 75+); James S., pre-celebrating a family wedding taking place on Saturday (party of 6, tbl. 5); the family R. (party of 3, tbl. 1); Dr. John A. (party of 2, tbl. 37); Reed S. and Jill C., for their wedding tasting (party of 3, tbl. 16).

Peter B. (party of 4, tbl. 77) called the restaurant at 2PM today and spoke to C, requesting a custom cake. When C. responded with our 48-hour policy for special orders, Mr. B. apologized profusely, saying that over the years, he has cultivated something of a reputation for waiting until the last moment. Mr. B. practically begged C. to see if anything could be possible, particularly in light of his party joining us to celebrate Mrs. B.’s milestone 70th birthday. Fortunately for all, Chef T. knows how to do magic. Despite it being for the same day, Chef T. crafted a BEAUTIFUL buttercream birthday cake for the B. party. Bravo Chef T. — you are above-and-beyond amazing!

J. trained in the back station: it was also J.’s birthday.

All of our Saturday patio reservations were notified about Saturday’s forecasted rain; Saturday patio tables have been blocked from further reservations.

Friday: partly cloudy; high of 89F. Saturday: scattered thunderstorms; 60 percent chance of precipitation; high of 84F.

ULC Logbook, Friday, July 1st, 2022:

We started with 71 covers (42 inside, 29 outside). Two parties cancelled, for a total of 6 covers. We were joined by the following walk-in parties: 2 at 5:50PM; the BA K.’s at 8PM (bar). We finished with 72 guests (46 inside, 26 outside).

There were two orders for takeout: for Ms. P., by phone; for BA Mr. B., by web (with 2 orders of the pecan tart — bravo!)

For BA’s, we were joined by: Michael R. (party of 3, tbl. 1); Adam B. (party of 5, tbl. 5); John A., for whom I drew an elaborate map to help them get back to the Temple Street Garage (party of 2, tbl. 6); Prof. Gary H. (party of 2, tbl. 63); Dr. C. G. (party of 2, tbl. 78); Lauren P., celebrating moving home to New Haven from California (party of 2, tbl. 61); the K.’s (party of 2, at the bar).

Arthur N. successfully picked up his vases, yellow roses, and Ms. A.’s Patagonia jacket.

Adam B. (party of 5, tbl. 5, served by R.) said: “Tell the Chef that the food was just phenomenal. It was apparent how much time and care had gone into each and every preparation. From service to cuisine, our whole experience was so relaxing and enjoyable.” Bravo to Chef J., Chef G., Chef T., kitchen squad, R., and team!

I (this is Arthur) was 20 minutes late due to a thoroughly-documented (on my iPhone, anyway) multi-car accident which occurred ahead of me on I-95S. N. was 30 minutes late; perhaps delayed by the same traffic situation; A. helped set up the bar. For his excellent taste in classic rock “deep cuts,” his native New Haven knowledge, his “alpha dog” leadership on the floor, and most of all, for helping N. set up the bar, A. was today’s MVP, in my book at least! According to G., everybody gets MVP because everybody did a great job.

G.’s new pineapple-rum cocktail, “The Beachcomber,” debuted on the menu and was a hit with guests.

Saturday: scattered thunderstorms; all guests on patio successfully contacted and moved to tables inside; high of 84F. Sunday: scattered showers; high of 84F. Monday: mostly sunny; high of 84F.

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