Prohibition and Cellar 56

Spent a delightful evening with Hank and Hylan at Prohibition, the sophisticated and cool new speakeasy in Buckhead. While lounging on soft leather couches next to a soothing fireplace, we enjoyed the always tasty libations of master mixologists Darrel and Kevin.  Hank and I have both recently read Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin.  A scintillating read about the inner workings of the campaigns.  I thought one of the most interesting parts of the book was how well run the Obama campaign was compared to the others, and how Hillary ended up playing catch-up when Obama transitioned from being a presidential wanna be to a “movement.”  Hank also regaled us with some tidbits from Hank Paulson‘s book, On the Brink: Inside the Race to Stop the Collapse of the Global Financial System. From everything I’ve read and heard, some very smart people kept us from going down the drink in a swirl.  Meanwhile, our friend Hylan, director and choreographer extraordinaire, is on the road between Atlanta and Birmingham, currently choreographing Jason Robert Brown’s 13 at the Red Top Mountain Theatre in Birmingham.  He also recently choreographed Mulan, the Disney musical, at the Alliance Theatre and conceived and directed a very interesting piece at Seven Stages called Rising Sons.  After the cocktail hour, tasty treats at Cellar 56 with lots of small plates to share.  Our favorites: heirloom tomatoes, grilled corn, flatbread with duck confit and fig jam, grilled lamb pops, and the best — guiness braised short ribs.