Alonna, age 12, a self-proclaimed foodie and little ray of sunshine, knew exactly what her Dream was when we met her last spring. A 757 Restaurant Tour! ‘I’m a big foodie – I love food!’ she exclaimed.
We got right to work contacting local restaurants and planning some big foodie surprises for Alonna. With the help of Martha Davenport from the Virginia Beach Restaurant Association, we were able to pull together over a dozen donations from area restaurants. Then, our friends at Zoes Restaurant got involved and collected even more amazing fine dining experiences for this young foodie. Marc Sauter from Zoes said, ‘It’s a really cool Dream and close to our hearts, for sure.’
But that’s not where Zoes stopped – they planned a 7-course meal for Alonna and her mother! They enjoyed octopus, wagyu beef steaks, scallops, coconut sorbet, a fish, and some fun non-alcoholic cocktails. Alonna said this has been the highlight of her experiences so far. ‘Zoes was top notch!’ she said. Her mother added, ‘Everyone was so pleasant and so nice! They treated us like royalty. They were so attentive to Alonna – all eyes were on her! We sat at the chef’s table and just really enjoyed ourselves.’
When we presented Alonna with her Dream experience, she was whisked away to a special lunch atop Virginia Beach’s beautiful coastline at Orion’s Roof. ‘It was awesome,’ Alonna said. ‘We loved the pork buns – they just melted in our mouths! And the view was so pretty.’ Before they even hit the interstate headed home, Alonna was fast asleep in the back seat after such a big day!