The newest Classic sits among the new and existing homes of the Buckhorn subdivision, a neighborhood designed and planned by Angel’s company, Calhoun Development. The restaurant is nestled at the subdivision’s entrance inside the community clubhouse, which offers a clear view of beautiful Angel Lake.
Guests invited to enjoy a sneak preview of the new eatery included James and Sandra Hobbs, Amy and Slade Booth, Anita Burns, Laverne and Susan Barrs, Butch and Penny Welch, Bill and Sandra Stone, Haley Welch, Steve and Linda Baswell, Al and Joyce Searway, Murlis and Diane Boozer, Floyd and Kitty Kirby, Brad Angel and Summer Welch.
All were enchanted by the cozy atmosphere enhanced by the wooden planked walls and dark grained flooring. An enclosed end stage is perfect for live entertainment or, on this New Year’s Eve occasion, a DJ spinning everyone’s favorite dance tunes.
And, of course, no one could overlook the real star of the show — the food, which included an appetizer buffet featuring a selection of antipasto, fresh fruit, assorted cheeses, Classic's famous fried green tomatoes and the popular Noble Fry oysters.
Other friends and relatives thrilled to help launch the new eatery were Donna and Brent Quinn, Joe Albright, Bobby and Jewell Mashburn and Mary Wisdom.
The Mashburn’s daughter, Crystal, who was on hand to tend to details for the event, considered the evening a success: “If this party is any indication, 2014 is going to be a great year for Buckhorn.”
After touring the premises, guests settled in the dining hall where they were invited to order from a special menu that included Fish & Grits, a signature entrée to be offered exclusively at the Buckhorn location. The dish consists of hand-battered, crispy-fried tilapia over cheddar garlic grits with shrimp and andouille sausage in a Creole sauce, garnished with spring onions and fried collard greens.
Other menu choices for the New Year’s bash were herb-marinated roasted chicken, a grilled ribeye drizzled with cabernet demi-glace or — get this — a bacon-wrapped, fruit-stuffed pork loin covered with pecans in a praline sauce. Sigh.
The DJ began the entertainment as dinner ended, but before hitting the dance floor guests couldn’t resist visiting the dessert buffet featuring truffles, macaroons and cannoli as well as individual teacup cakes decorated with sauces, nuts and candies.
Later in the evening, guests and staff alike gathered on the front patio to enjoy a spectacular fireworks display over the lake. As the clock struck midnight, everyone lifted their glasses to toast a new year filled with health, happiness and lots more good eats.
SAVE THE DATE
It’s a book lover’s dream come true. Friends of the Library will hold a book sale at the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All hardback books are $2 and paperbacks are $1. Friends members pay only 50 cents per hardback and 25 cents per paperback. Membership starts as low as $10 and can be purchased at the sale.