On Sunday, I received an invitation from OpenTable and Kia Motors to enjoy the “Cadenza Experience”. This included being able to test-drive the all-new 2014 Cadenza, followed by a complimentary three-course dinner with wine pairings at Fiola, an Italian restaurant in Penn Quarter that was ranked #4 in the Washingtonian 100’s Very Best Restaurants. It was later explained to me that it was OpenTable and Kia that had the partnership and Fiola was the restaurant that had been chosen to participate in this event.
What was not explained to me was how I got on this invite list, as it was an experience I was not expecting, nor was my friend Liz who accompanied me as my guest as my invitation allowed. Good thing we decided to dress up a little bit!
As we walked up to Fiola, we noticed that other guests were really decked out (cocktail dresses and heels), there was a red carpet for guests to walk on, as well as photographers, mocktails and appetizers all before you entered the restaurant.
We did our test-drive first (I let Liz drive) around a small loop. I found myself being quite impressed with the Cadenza as my only other experience/knowledge of Kia cars had been “more on the cheap side of automobiles”. However I thought the car drove very smoothly, it was quite spacious, and had all the latest and greatest tech perks. I also liked the leather interior. After we were done we filled out a short survey about our driving experience and then posed for a picture before sipping a mocktail and eating some appetizers.
Then we were escorted into the restaurant.
Our Antipasto course was the La Burrata – Burrata of Buffalo Mozzarella, Red Peppers, Radish & Mache Salad, Pesto of Basil Genovese. This appetizer was paired with a glass of Prosecco Zardetto Veneto.
The Primo course was Ravioli of Pipe Dreams Goat Cheese, Summer Squash, Corn, Cherry Tomatoes, Basil, and Pine Nuts. This was paired with a glass of Vermentino Argiolas Sardenga.
Followed by the Dal Mare o Della Terra. For this course we got to choose between a fish dish or a beef tenderloin dish. Liz and I both chose the Extra Virgin Olive Oil Poached Branzino, Manila Clams, and Risotto of Tuscan Grain Farro. This was paired with a glass of Toscana.
Finally the Dolce was the Macedonia – Peaches, Raspberries, Blackberries, and White Peach Sorbetto. Our waiter refilled our flutes of Prosecco for this!
It was a wonderful (yet unexpected) Sunday evening to say the least! I hope I get invited to more of these types of events in the future. 😉