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Monday, April 16, 2007

Taking stock of Woodstock

I'm not a member of Woodstock Country Club, but I do go there several times a year for dinners held by the amateur theatrical clubs to which I belong. It's a comfortable place, like an overgrown Meridan-Kessler house with hardwood floors, Oriental rugs and tastefully elegant furnishings, and I enjoy being there.

The food and service haven't always been up to the standards of the rest of the place, though. I can remember many times when mediocre dinners were served barely warm, and the house wine wasn't worth drinking.

That has changed for the better. The last couple of times I went to a dinner there (last Saturday, and about a month earlier), the food was excellent and so was the service. It's no small task to serve and clear for 200 diners all at once -- especially while maintaining regular dinner service for the membership -- but the personable and bright staff there has it down.

The wine has improved, too -- at last month's dinner they were pouring Snoqualmie wines, and last Saturday a very pleasant Beringer Merlot. (I didn't check to see what the white was.) Maybe I'll be able to become a member one of these days -- but having just filed my taxes, I think I'll be sticking with the much more affordable White River Yacht Club for the foreseeable future....
M. Zane Grey, 10:58 AM