However, it was $300 per person, which... was too rich for my blood, even for charity. And I didn't want to go alone, so it would be $600 to attend. No matter how epic, I would be sitting this one out. (I'm not sure why I am not being paid to attend these things due to my general awesomeness on a daily basis.)
Happily, toward the end of February, I was alerted by Rene that the ticket prices for folks under 40 (YES! Just squeaked by!) were half price for a limited time. That appeared to be just rich enough for my blood, and I got 2 tickets. A bit of a splurge, but it was for a good cause and I had good reason to believe it would be worth it.
Come Friday night, I was ready to eat some delicious meat!
|Porcelain Porcine Greeter|
|Festive party goers|
|The gala table|
|There were also auctions!|
|Animals on a spit over an open flame|
|Magic Table 23|
|Snacks - IT'S A TRAP! (I know now after all the food in the near future.)|
|Ham in aspic|
|stuffed burlap pig & Tom, sitting in a tree...|
|Beer (from NOLA Brewing), wine, and general merriment|
|OK, the fish looks a bit picked over here, but it was super delicious and served whole|
|Smoked/roasted chicken and delicious Brussels sprouts|
|Goat! Goat cheese! Beets!|
|Some of the best lamb I've ever had|
|Pulled pork and coleslaw|
Both were DELICIOUS.
I took a little walk and laid eyes on the most beautiful sight:
Flasks of to-go cocktails! Provided by Cure (who also created the pre-dinner "Hogtails") called "One For My Piggy & One For the Road" with bourbon, rye, and deliciousness. Salut!
In conclusion, it was as epic as promised. And I had to go to sleep and get up and go judge several categories of pork the next day. To be continued...