Man oh man. Black coffee and blogging at 6 am? This is the LIFE. In other news, I don’t recognize the productive morning person I am becoming. But, faced with a super busy week (husband out of town traveling, our black tie 250th gala tonight, hair appointment at Blo for said gala during my lunch break) I am fitting things in where I can, as one does as a mommy, a blogger, and a working professional. And that includes setting my alarm an hour and a half early in order to recap the amazing time Leeanne and I enjoyed at the Riverview in Simsbury last week, for the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Gala! If you missed this one, there will be another in Fairfield on November 5th too – right around the corner.
A recipe for healthy babies! Awwww
Let’s back up for just a minute and look at what the March of Dimes accomplishes. They are the premiere charity dedicated to eradicating, whenever possible, premature delivery (which leads, naturally to health complications for mamas and their babies) as well as for providing the best possible care for preemies? What a good cause, is my point. I was honored to get an email requesting I attend the event as a blogger, and I did receive a free ticket (plus a guest – ie/ the lovely Leeanne) from the charity.
A rare Leeanne selfie. I’d like to thank Suzie Hunter for making this possible
The Signature Chef’s Auction takes place annually, with a bunch of big hearted chefs joining forces to offer gourmet bites of food and small samples of cocktails, while guests mingle and enjoy a silent and live auction:
I didn’t bid, but if I had, it would have definitely been on this Disney experience package. So fun. P is excited to meet Mickey Mouse. Someday (soon) it’s going to happen.
In addition to the silent auction, guests enjoyed a live bidding, which Leeanne and I unfortunately missed as we were both tired and didn’t stay for more than an hour or two, although we thoroughly enjoyed circling the gorgeous Riverview space during the time that we were present, and saying hello to a bunch of our friends who were there working the event:
Starting with Plan B burgers. Quite simply the best. I snatched a ‘to go’ second burger on the way out because I’m obsessed and they were quite kind about my greed, ha. Also, mini is the perfect size/shape for a burger, in my opinion, and I love that Plan B will make any of their regular burgers with toppings into minis upon request in their restaurants! OK, end burger rant.
Having started with beef, we moved onto seafood:
Seared tuna FTW
The above delicate bite was from Bobby V’s, an upscale sports bar and lounge located in Windsor Locks:
Kudos for the signature table settings too! Very cool.
Next up, we sampled a delectable and complex serving of short rib stuffed in pepper from Barcelona:
So very pretty
Side note: Leeanne seriously has a photographic memory when it comes to dishes/ingredients. I was having difficulty taking notes and balancing the plates (plus I was distracted/excited by all the wonderful food and cute baby photos) and she repeated all the ingredients to me, which was seriously nice and also seriously impressive!
And she took this nice picture of the back of my dress/necklace detail! She is the best
In addition to the food stuffs, there were plenty of libations being poured. Our friends at Onyx are always nice to see out and about:
The lovely Linley pouring several options for the Onyx (my favorite was the cider/apple Onyx combo – so very good)
Another high note for drinks came form Rizutto’s, who were present with a lovely bite of braised lamb and parsnip/potato mash:
Paired with it was a really delightful cocktail called “The Orchard.” I didn’t snap a picture of it and the event, but I may or may not have ordered a full sized version of the same drink at lunch today:
The Orchard – house infused apple vodka, Lillet, sage garnish
So yes, very very nice. We also enjoyed burnt ends sliders from Bear’s Smokehouse:
Thanks Jamie – delicious as always
What goes well with BBQ? Beer, naturally. And Hooker Beer was conveniently located next to Bears (nice placement)
I sampled the Munich Style – even tho Watermelon Ale is my favorite – it just seemed like a better seasonal choice (it was the right call, especially to pair with the burnt ends)
There were many more plates to try, but I was filling up fast, so I went straight to dessert and enjoyed a really, really, really, really good cookiewich from Taste by Spellbound:
Choose your cookie, choose your filling. I did red velvet with maple frosting and regretted nothing
But let’s not lose sight of what the event was all about – a fundraiser to help babies! There were plenty of adorable baby photos everywhere to make sure that was top of mind during the evening:
Thanks again to the March of Dimes for the invite. I’ve been connecting more with the coordinators, and I’m looking forward to walking in their March for Babies Greater Hartford in 2015!