Well I saw a whole lot of people last night at the Best of Party and I tasted a whole lot of food. From mushrooms stuffed with escargots in cream sauce prepared by chef Russell Brown, now at O’Learys Seafood Restaurant ( Annapolis winner of Best Seafood) to the shrimp served over grits prepared by Fisherman’s Inn ( Eastern Shore winner of Best Shore food, crab cakes, and seafood) it was all yummy.
Tempting too were all those auction items to bid on. Hopefully lots of money was raised for Wellness House in Annapolis which provides support services for the children of parents undergoing cancer treatments and for a variety of charities on the Eastern Shore. One of my duties last night was “standing guard” in the silent auction room when the bidding was underway and it was amusing to watch people visiting and revisiting their bid sheets, when they thought no one else was looking, to make certain they had the winning bid. At times the competition was intense. Staff at the check-out station informed me, yes there were some folks who were disappointed they missed out on a winning bid when they were certain they had succeeded in being the last bidder. Those last few minutes can count, just like at an Ebay auction.
There were quick sketch artists capturing people’s likeness in caricature, and glamorous ladies dressed to dance the “can-can” and greeting you with Bon Soir, because after all, the theme was Paris in Annapolis, We are “Creme de la Creme” ie The best of the best!
This weekend the fun continues this Saturday night at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Headquarters, the Philip Merrill Environmental Center. Dance in the sand to the tunes of Misspent Youth and The Rovers, all to benefit the CBF. Call 410-268-8816 or go to cbf.org/bandinthesand for more information.
Sunday is Father’s Day. I haven’t planned the dinner menu yet but I did buy a gift way ahead of time, when I read about something I thought my husband would like and I’m sure will be fielding a number of phone calls from children far away. Skype anyone? Have a great weekend and try out some of those Best restaurants and retailers!