Seafood & sips of wine under the night’s sky

Bottles of Moet & Chandon. SAMANTHA DELLILO/Keys Weekly

To celebrate the end of summer, Pierre’s put together a soiree they appropriately named “En Blanc.” As someone who used to frequent the famous Morada Bay/Pierre’s full moon parties, you know I couldn’t wait to attend this reimagining. 

Upon arriving, the first thing I noticed and appreciated was every single attendee went above and beyond to wear all white from head to toe. In fact, I never realized until this event how many tones of white there really are. One minute a dress that you were sure was bleach white now looks like a tint of ivory next to the other dress that walked up.

The sand, the décor and the coordinated outfits really made for a breath-taking scene the minute you stepped in. As soon as I arrived, I was welcomed with a glass of Moet and a really fun light-up bracelet. The first two food booths in sight were the raw bar and the Caesar salad station. The sun wasn’t quite set yet, and with the warm air, I was excited to cool down with these offerings. 

Paella offerings brought a seafood option with big local lobster chunks. SAMANATHA DELLILO/Keys Weekly

Oysters on ice with all the fixings, cocktail shrimp, fish dip, big cuts of crispy romaine lettuce, and things were off to a good start. The next booth was a New York strip carving station. The crust on this cut of meat was executed so well. My camera then pulled me over to the paella. Everything about this area was “Instagram-able.” Sky-high flames cooking up the meat and seafood with roasted lobster heads donning the bottom of the grill. Two paella offerings were available: a seafood option with big local lobster chunks, mussels and shrimp; and a hearty meat option with lamb, duck breast and chorizo. 

All of this was followed by another carving station with fresh blocks of ahi tuna, serve-yourself sauces and seaweed salad. I headed over to the open bar to get some more champagne and a cosmopolitan martini; I was a happy gal. They had a live DJ playing all sorts of hits. My favorite spot of the night was the cigar rolling booth. I got myself two fingers of whiskey from their Heavens Door whiskey tasting area and had my cigar cut and lit. I felt like I was in the show “Bloodline” about solving a case. 

The night was capped off with bite-size desserts which made it that much more fun so you could try them all without getting full. All in all, I’d definitely go again. Hopefully these sorts of events will become a regular occurrence for Pierre’s and Morada Bay again in the future.

Samantha Dellilo has been in the Keys since she was 1 day old, so definitely consider her a Conch. Holding a passion for food since she can remember, while most kids were watching Barney, she was watching Emeril. "Being half Cuban and half Italian, food in those cultures is considered a love language. It's a total experience whether eating out or cooking." She's been with her other half, Marky, going on 17 years. The two met when they were 9 years old at Key Largo School. Samantha owns Florida Keys Eats, which is a blog of "must eat, must see, and must dos" from Key Largo to Key West.