above: Here I sit, at the edge of the fire pit, enjoying a glass of Cabernet under the desert sky...
above: The stately palm trees on the grounds of their estate provided an elegant yet cozy atmosphere.
Bring on the food!
above: Chilled jumbo shrimp cocktail were a perfect way to start the evening. Meanwhile, the server passed hot hors' d'ouevres that were oh-so-delicious.
above: A work of art. This was the starter salad, with poached pear, candied pecans, heart of romaine topped with a slice of bleu cheese and a mild dressing. The fresh orchid garnish and cheese bread stick was a nice touch.
above: The finale: hot molten chocolate cake, drizzled with a white chocolate vanilla sauce, garnished with beautiful fresh strawberries.