Sunday afternoon while North Texas was suffering from a tornado warning, 60 people (pictured) sampled the good life as if they were enjoying Tuscany. But instead of traveling to Italy, they found their Holy Grail at Tom Spicer‘s FM 4510 Market Garden. The TACA Custom Auction had offered 30 couples the opportunity to join in for a “Back to the Garden” package where they would shuck off the stilettos and pearls for flats and oh-so-comfy outfits for a one-of-a-kind meal. It was smartly scheduled for a Sunday when the Cowboys weren’t playing, but, alas, Mother Nature slated a downpour the day before. But, no problemo! Hay was strewn all over the place adding to the feel of the country-within-the-urban bubble.
Old familiars mixed it up with “this is their first timers” and Tom strolled the lineup describing his staff and their results. The food either came from his acreage (pictured) or from Louisiana. And there were a couple of items like the endive that came from elsewhere.
But who cared?
Arriving through the grocery store entrance with generators gyrating like Lady Gaga, guests entered the wonderful world of Spicerman with rows of produce merrily being pampered and nurtured for feasting. After being greeted with flutes of champagne and a couple of clouds overhead, guests spent a civilized period of being charming and getting to know each other. Diane Brierley after hearing about Ana and Don Carty‘s car connection with Jeff and Nicolette Marcus at Two X Two, recalled the Brierleys’ Mercedes mixing it up with John Eagle‘s Bentley at the recent Annette Strauss Square dedication due to valet coordination. It’s all fine and the cars are in tip-top condition, but Diane admitted that the PAC valets now spot them coming immediately.
Then it was time to settle down to a grand meal. Settling the most was former Tracy Locke/current artist Cindy Hennessey, who had bought 10 of the dinners for her and her gal pals. Even Cindy’s sister Julia Wallace (pictured right with, from the right, Deborah Kish, Cindy Hennessy and Kathy Leonard) of Vail was in town for the occasion. Dallas’ Timberly Padden of Tracy Locke (pictured on the left with, from the left Donna Barnett, Nancy Burke, Diane Seimetz and Kim Branthoover), Diane Seimetz, Kim Branthoover, Deborah Kish and Kathy Leonard plus Donna Barnett of Little Rock and Nancy Burke of Louisville, Ky.
Just down the table was Wells Fargo’s Michael Marasco who was describing his plans for Dayle Binder‘s (pictured right with Michael Marasco) upcoming birthday celebration. He’ll be whipping up the pre-dinner appetizers for the party at Tara Lewis‘ place. When it came to the dinner itself, Tara, Michael and Dayle were pretty much in agreement. Bolsa, be prepared.
- Amuse bouche – Sweet potato vishyssoise
- Appetizer – Oysters en brochette
- Salad – Caesar salad
- Potage — Smoked duck and andoullie gumbo
- Entre — flounder en papillote
- Dessert — Happy hour bread pudding
As guests finished their meals and began to collect their place settings to take home, the only problem was leaving. Who wants to leave a garden paradise?