Enjoy a night of swing, Champagne and classy food at the Grand Gatsby Dinner & Garden Party hosted by Bedford Village Inn on Thursday, Aug. 4. The Inn’s Courtyard Gardens will be transformed into a 1920s wonderland with decor, music, drinks and a dinner menu inspired by the parties in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby.
This will be BVI’s second time throwing a Gatsby-themed event.
“We’re always trying to think about new things we can do with the spaces we have available,” Jack Carnevale, BVI president, said.
The courtyard will be adorned with strung lights, large floral arrangements and vintage cars. A band will play jazz and swing music from a deck overlooking the courtyard, and guests are welcome to get up and dance at any point of the evening. 1920s period attire is also encouraged.
“It’s fun for people to get dressed up in that kind of garb,” Carnevale said. “It’s one of those things where people like to see if they can outdo each other with how they dress up.”
The evening will begin at 6 p.m., with a cocktail hour featuring stationary hors d’oeuvres like a crudité and fruit display and crackers and breads with assorted dips. There will also be passed plates including Cape Cod oysters, smoked salmon, truffled beef tartare, roasted pepper-stuffed mushrooms and more. A full bar will be available with cocktails and Scotch, and a toast will be made with Champagne poured fountain-style over a pyramid of ’20s-era Champagne glasses.
After the cocktail hour, guests will be seated for dinner at a single long table.
“We set it up with one table this year so it’s a more convivial event,” Carnevale said. “People can sit across from each other and get to know each other while they eat, then get up and dance if they want to.”
Dinner will consist of three courses: chilled olive oil poached shrimp for the first course, grilled stone fruit salad for the second and prosciutto-wrapped filet mignon for the entree. The courses will be paired with wines, and the BVI staff will be dressed in tuxedos and formal attire as they serve the food to add to the posh ambience.
“We tried to go back to the period and pick food that they’d serve at Gatsby’s event and that’s reminiscent of the ’20s and ’30s. That’s how our chef designed the menu,” Carnevale said.
Following dinner, there will be passed dessert selections including chocolate bourbon pecan tartlets, mini pineapple upside down cakes, dark rum and peach doughnut holes and raspberry lime mousse cakes.
The band will continue to play for guests to dance and mingle until the event wraps up at 10 p.m.
“People had so much fun the first time we did it,” Carnevale said. “It’s just a perfect atmosphere and a beautiful summer evening to enjoy great food and great music.”