Never been Italian nor have I ever been to Italy, but had plenty of Italian friends over the years. Got an invite from my friend Mikey Dino to celebrate with him and a bunch of familiar faces from the local karaoke scene and decided to take him up on it (since my Valentine’s Day gig got canceled).
I’ll go through the play by play since that is the best way to take it all in. Picked up two bottles of Gabbiano and made my way to the event around 4 PM. The wine was to compliment plates near the size of what you see below:
Turns out that those who weren’t able to provide a dish came from the same school of thought as I had: Bring wine if you have nothing to bring to eat. The red started flowing and never stopped the whole night long.
Plates and glasses were continually full and you had a mixture of faces smiling with plates in hand,
faces smiling during food preparation,
and the smiles of those just glad to enjoy the event (which were plenty in both group and number):
The party started at 2 PM but ran WELL into the night. The night actually gave the REAL spirit (or spirits, haha) of the event. Here’s what the camera has to show from that evening:
When there was a small lull in the kitchen, there were more hands on deck to continue the feeding process!
The fruit of these hands
Feed these people and then some.
Much respect to the taste tester, Mikey Dino.
As the party progressed and the voices and vitality begin to rise, we got to the proper part of the party:
And just like that, I had to leave the event. Met a ton of new faces and learned everything from anthems and songs, to Rocky Horror memes and themes, found out how many ex-Houstonians escape to Dallas as I did, along with a host of other crazy facts and ideas.
The fact that it had to end really did bum me out. I think it hit some of us a little harder than others.
There’s always next year! No need for tears or worry, folks!
For the remainder of the pics that I did not put up here, check here: