“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.”

George Bernard Shaw

Thursday nights hold a special charm, a charm that transcends the mundane and the ordinary. For most people, Thursday is simply a stepping stone to the much-anticipated weekend. Yet, for Shelley and me, it’s a significant milestone in our weekly journey, a time specifically carved out for us. We call it… ‘Date Night.’

Now, let’s fast-forward to the current situation—this evening, our highly anticipated ‘Date Night.’ Our chosen location? None other than the widely adored culinary wonderland, the Cheesecake Factory. We’ve created a sort of tradition around this gastronomical paradise.

It’s true that the Cheesecake Factory, much like an overzealous novelist, boasts a menu that’s borderline excessive. Yet, in an Alanis-Morrisette-like twist of irony, I rarely veer from one of my two staple dishes:

  1. The Crusted Chicken Romano (sauce on the side, please—I must control the sauce distribution).
  2. The Chicken Avocado Club (sans mayo).

The mere mention of these delectable dishes sends my taste buds into a state of euphoric recall.

But there’s a plot twist in the story. Tonight, I find myself standing on the edge of a culinary precipice, contemplating a daring leap of faith into the unknown. I’m toying with the idea of tasting something new from the Factory’s myriad offerings.

You, the magnificent dwellers of the digital world, play a crucial role in this venture. Do you, too, find joy in the cuisine of the Cheesecake Factory? If so, I urge you to share your favorite items from this gastronomic treasure trove. Unbeknownst to you, your usual day now has the power to shape my dinner choice.

There are a few caveats to consider before sending your suggestions my way. While I consider myself a gastronome with a fairly broad palette, there are a few elements I avoid: mayo, pickles, chocolate, clowns, chocolate clowns (yes, you read that right), and the use of straws. So, with those minor exceptions, I eagerly await your mouthwatering suggestions.

What say you?


Update

We started off with the sweet corn tamale cakes that Rosa recommended. They sounded good. They looked good. And Rosa…. they were as sweet as you. Excellent choice!

For the main course, I went with the pepperoni pizza as recommended by the pizza-consuming-legend himself, Matt Moore. And it was Moore than I could have asked for. Delicioso!

Stephen Boudreau serves as VP of Product + Content Marketing at Virtuous Software. For over two decades, he has helped nonprofits leverage the digital space to grow their impact. To that end, Stephen co-founded RaiseDonors, a platform that provides nonprofits with technology and experiences that remove barriers to successful online fundraising. He is an avid (but aging) soccer player, audiobook enthusiast, and the heavily-disputed UNO champion of his household.

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