"Around 9, our third seating was beginning. The place was jamming. This was high season and everyone wanted a table. But we had a problem. A 15-top had been sitting since 4:30. This was a small restaurant -- only 19 tables -- and we had to devote four of them to the 15. However, despite three and a half hours being an unreasonable amount of time for a table of any size to stay on an August Saturday, I was reluctant to speed them along.
"Their selection went as follows:
"A dozen-plus cocktails to begin the evening (Belvedere, Grey Goose, Macallan 25, and so on); then three bottles of Domaines Ott Provence rosé. This was followed by an enormous platter of shrimp cocktail, escargot, arancini, tuna tataki, and more. Then came another round of cocktails. For entrees the group all ordered our signature steaks, lobsters, veal saltimbocca, etc., etc. ad nauseum. Money was not an object for these people and this was only underscored by the $1,000 worth of red wines they proceeded to order (Gevrey-Chambertin, Margaux, Barolo). Dessert consisted of two entire cakes, and 15 of our signature "flaming pineapple" desserts which requires the server to light a blend of rum and sauce on fire as they're pouring it over a quarter pineapple, singeing it golden, sweet, and delicious. And of course 20-year ports, multiple bottles of vintage Sauternes, Scotches, Cognacs, espressos, Spanish coffees -- holy crap.