Friday, September 19, 2008

Review: Rogue Apron at Starlight Drive-In Theater

When I heard that Rogue Apron was doing their next event at the Starlight 6 Drive In Movie Theater, I was excited. After all, the boyfriend and I had been talking about checking the old fashioned movie theater out, and what better way to do it than with a group of like-minded foodies and some grub?

We showed up early lawn chairs in hand. From what I understand, the Rogue Apron crew had selected the least likely to be popular movie so that we'd have room to mingle and dine without annoying other movie-viewers. That meant we were there to see The Family That Preys, which was definitely not a film I would ever have purposely gone to see. Before I get into the food part, let me say that this film was schlocky crap, and I believe the takeaway message was that over-educated types are bad and the downtrodden worker is good and that the hobo you scoff at might secretly be a millionaire. Deep.

Rogue Apron's concept for the event was great. They had candy and popcorn available in addition to the grill they set up to make burgers on homemade pretzel buns. As usual, East Atlanta Brewery was there serving up a selection of beers. The boyfriend and I definitely enjoyed munching on Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Almond Joys and popcorn while we waited for things to get going.

Before we knew it, it was dark out, so mingling was tough. It's hard to chat up strangers in the dark, so unlike our last Rogue Apron event, we didn't get to meet anyone new. The real let down, though, was the food. I can imagine it was tough for the volunteer chefs to make so many veggie and regular burgers on one grill in the dark in such a short period of time.

That said, my burger was a hockey puck of utterly flavorless, well-done meat. A little cheese or seasoning would have gone a long way. I am a great lover of burgers, but I couldn't even finish this one. I'd been excited to try the pretzel buns, too, but I didn't get any of the salty, buttery flavor I associate with pretzel bread. Instead it was just too much bread and nothing special.

I admire Rogue Apron for continuing to come up with clever events, but this one just didn't work for me. I didn't get to meet anyone, my burger was disappointing and even the movie sucked. Oh well, you win some you lose some, and I'm glad I at least checked out the drive-in. Next time, I think it would be ideal to make it a double-date and bring our own food. I can imagine how that could be a really fun, unique night out.

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