Patrón Tequila, considered the world’s ultra premium tequila, created the Patrón Social Club and any person of legal drinking age can join. It is through the Patrón Social Club one has an opportunity to vie for a seat at their pop-up Patrón Secret Dining Society events. Trust me when I say they are well worth vying for a spot. If you are lucky enough to be one of 20 plus people chosen, you’ll be enjoy an evening of creative food styling from a regional chef to one of the city’s leading mixologist who will create cocktails with any one of the Patrón top shelf tequilas. Price of admission – FREE.
Prior to the green flag being waived to kick off the Grand Prix of Baltimore racing, Patrón sent out emails notifying members of their Social Club advising of a Secret Dining Society dinner to be held the night prior to the Grand Prix races.Those whose itineraries worked with the date and time answered a question to be in que for the coveted spaces. They know not where the evening’s festivities will be held, where to meet, who the chef and mixologist will be. It becomes a treasure hunt atmosphere with clues along the way.
For this specific Patrón Secret Dining Society event there were over 400 entrees and only 22 lucky winners. Winners were notified the day of the event where to meet (Marriott Inner Harbor) and from there to text for further instructions at a specific time. Guests, including me (media), hopped on awaiting Baltimore City Trolleys after answering the text question “Bambino’s house” and we were off to Babe Ruth’s first home and museum.
Signature cocktails and hors d’ouevres were proffered at star spangled decorated tables across the narrow street from the Babe Ruth’s museum. The chef for this evening was Patrick Fanning chef/chef owner of The High Spot and Stoked in Cambridge, Maryland and the mixologist was Aaron Joseph from Wit & Wisdom, Baltimore, MD. Musicians played, a singer sang the Star Spangled Banner a cappella (watch the video) and two lovely model-like young ladies carrying black and white racing flags led the group via foot to our next secret destination.
What was not so apparent initially became crystal clear as the Patrón Social Club members upon entering Pratt Street, cordoned off as part of the Grand Prix of Baltimore track, were greeted by the drivers of the Tequila Patrón Extreme Speed Motorsports (ESM Racing) team. Lanyards with passes were dispersed to the restricted race track area by the ESM Racing drivers; Anthony Lazzaro, Johannes van Overbeek and Scott Sharp. We all hear an engine roaring and coming up the track. Ed Brown, not only the driver for Tequila Patrón ESM Racing, he is the President and CEO of Patrón in the Acura AHR 03B race car.
While another photo opportunity presented itself with the gals having their pictures snapped with drivers, the men drooled all over ESM Racing’s race car.
Onward to the finish line, the lucky winners of the evening’s festivities were led through Camden Yards to part of Baltimore’s Grand Prix track in front of the Sports Legends Museum. There, on the track, was one long table awaiting its guests, black and white themed, even down to the temporary flooring. Candles and hanging chandeliers glowed as the evening progressed to the dark night sky. Four courses plus an intermezzo along with matching Patrón cocktails were the heart of the evening (see the menu below and check out the slideshow).
Lively conversation with ESM team drivers and other guests brightened the evening. Lucky me, I got to sit next to ESM driver Scott Sharp, who started his career at 8 years of age racing go-carts. Conversations were diverse from the two Hopkins students, who by a lucky horseshoe were given these seats from a Patrón Social Club member friend who is now living in Mumbai. The regional manager for Sur La Tables stores when hearing that the ESM racing team, in the midst of the race, can change drivers in 22 seconds wondered out loud, “Why does it takes forever for Starbucks baristas to process your coffee order?”
Tiny replicas of ESM’s race car and orchid filled Patrón bottles decorated the tables and became favors but the evening in a whole was more intangible and a joyful memory for years to come.Patrón Secret Dining Society
Food and Drink Menu ~ Baltimore, Maryland
Appetizers + Cocktails
Kobe Beef Tartar
A5 Filet Mignon | Chef Patrick’s Kiamichi Vinaigrette | Duck Hollandaise
Cold Water Tail | Patrón Beer Battered | Lobster Cream | Flying Fish Roe
Choptank Raised | Bubba Shucked | Rice Wine Ceviche
Chesapeake Rickey I Patrón Silver
Negroni Fictional I Patrón Silver
Crème Brule | Caramelized Scallops | Habanera Pearls |Clipped Greens
Hun Punch I Patrón Resposado
OC Black Bass
Patrón Poached | Wasabi Foam | Spicy Pistachios
Shore on My Mind I Patrón Reposado
Wild Boar Rib Chop
Peppered | Grille Peach and Morel Salad | 3 Lions Añejo Jus | Roasted Serrano
A Peach for Old Times I Patrón Añejo
Drunken Cranberry Puree with Tequila Foam
White Chocolate | Flourless Tort | Butter Toffee Pecan Carmel Drops | Orange Rind Compote | Tahitian Vanilla Cream
Flipping Charming I Patrón XO