All Steak’s Dueling Pianos a hit

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Wes Graham performs as one half of the Dueling Pianos. (Cheyenne Sharp)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Known across the state for its orange rolls, longtime Cullman staple All Steak held the first in a new series of public events with Dueling Pianos on Thursday, June 20. The banquet room of the popular steakhouse was bustling with laughter and live music.

“Overall, the night went really well,” said All Steak General Manager Garrett Masters. “We easily had 150 people come and go throughout the night just for the event.”

The restaurant’s first Dueling Pianos event was a hit. Two pianists, Wes Graham and Brian Kirk, collected song requests and wishes from the crowd, and without prior knowledge of the chosen songs, the artists were expected to play – and sing – each song as it came through the queue. For a cool $20, guests could skip the long line of requests and have the pianists play their choice next, however wild and crazy it might be. The featured genres were almost as diverse as the packed group of attendees.  

“It’s kind of like karaoke on pianos,” said guest Tanya Douglas. “They have no clue what the next song they’re going to play is.”

As the tunes played on, team members bustled about the room as guests were invited to order off of a special appetizer menu, curated for the evening by Executive Chef Anthony Barnes. It included marinated olives, Alabama blue crab claws and the ever popular Southern charcuterie with its spread of handmade pimento cheese, seared Conecuh Sausage and a savory bacon jam.

Masters shared, “The special appetizer menu went over well. We sold an overwhelming amount of Southern charcuterie boards.”

After reviewing the night with his team later, Masters made notes for possible improvements for future events, saying “Hindsight, though, we would have liked to have offered some dinner options as well.”

The restaurant touted a cash bar, and bartenders Wes Douglas, Erica Rennenberg and MaKayla Wilson kept the spirits flowing, not only with beverages and cocktails, but also with smiles, jokes and the occasional belted line of a featured song.

Reflecting on the event as a whole, Masters said there are some kinks to be worked out; however, the success tastes sweet for the team.

“We are still digesting the night and there are a few kinks that we need ironed out, but we’re looking at doing this more often,” he smiled. “This just gives everyone the opportunity to keep an eye on our social media.”

The All Steak is located at 323 Third Ave. NE. Future events will be announced on the restaurant’s official Facebook page.

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