Summer is full of celebrations- birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and family. As you know, I adore gathering large groups of friends together for cocktails, excellent food and lively convo. I was invited by Fogo de Chão to take part in their Celebrations at Fogo experience, and my husband and I hit the town last Saturday night to participate.
If you aren’t familiar with the Fogo dining concept, it is a unique whirlwind feast full of culture, flavor and fabulous food. Fogo de Chão is a Brazilian Steakhouse, founded in 1979 in Porto Alegre, Brazil and expanded into the U.S. in 1997. In Brazil, communities come together to celebrate with a churrasco feast, and Fogo aims to share this tradition with patrons of it’s restaurants.
As soon as we sat down, we were immersed in the experience. You receive a small disc that has a red side and a green side- green for go and red for stop. As soon as you flip the disc to green, gauchos stop by with a wide selection of chicken, beef, lamb and pork on skewers that they carve to your specifications and serve immediately.
In addition to this delicious spread, they also have a market table, which is a culinary experience unto itself. It is full of divine gourmet salads, vegetables, cured meats, rich cheeses, and more. My absolute favorite are the hearts of palm- I think I usually fill my plate with half of these, and the rest piled high with an incredibly fresh variety of greens.
While we dined, there were celebrations happening all around us- birthdays, graduations, coworkers gathering to celebrate summer, grandchildren serenading their grandfather in a raucous rendition of “Happy Birthday.” At our table, we soaked in the scene and chatted about our 7 years of marriage since our wedding anniversary is fast approaching. Kids, homes, jobs, so many changes and so many reasons to celebrate.
To add to the celebration, Fogo is hosting a giveaway for those who dine with them by June 28th. At the end of your meal, you will receive a small card with a unique code you can enter at fogo.com/celebrations. Check out the prizes available:
Three grand prize winners will receive a trip to Rio de Janeiro for themselves and three guests, which will include hotel, airfare, a $250 voucher (Visa gift card), an authentic churrasco celebration at a Fogo de Chão Rio, and a guided tour of the city.
Additional prizes include Fogo de Chão gift cards ranging in value from $25 to $500.
And of course, I always have to chat about the fashion. For this particular dinner, I wanted to embrace the lively spirit of the venue and go all out. I am ALL about the long sleeved maxi dress this summer- it is versatile, sexy and incredibly comfortable! This particular dress is what I call my “Slash Dress”- it is my Mother’s Day gift/Anniversary gift from my husband. It is the Diane von Furstenberg Abigail wrap dress, and currently on discount at The Outnet. A huge thank you to my husband for reading my Mother’s Day post and gifting this to me!
I paired it with my favorite Carlos Santana white leather tasseled bucket bag, which I picked up for under $15 at Burlinton (available at Macy’s right now for $79) and BCBGirls perforated leather peep toe pumps that I found at Crossroads Trading last year for a steal. As for the earrings, I picked these cuties up at Macy’s last year for around $10. TIP: Make sure to order the Passionate Caipirinha- you won’t be disappointed!
As for the manicure, I truly love the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel- no light needed, and the mani lasts for up to 14 days (which, if I am going to put the effort in, I need it to LAST!). I found a color that matched perfectly- Purplexed.
Disclosure: I was provided with a gift card to Fogo de Chão for review purposes; all opinions are honest and my own.