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Mission Epicurious: Dance Alive opening night

Mission Epicurious: Dance Alive opening night

Friday night, full moon, top down on the Mustang, the GLOB Master and two fellow GOBLers (that's a GLOBer in action) left Harry's (our favorite watering hole) on a lively arts adventure.

Our destination this Friday evening was the season opening Dance Alive National Ballet performance of 'The Olympic Trilogy: Fire & Ice.'

We pulled into the back lot of the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (CPA) and quickly noticed the sign outside announcing Fire and Ice - Olympians, Dancers, Musicians. That sounded exciting, but we were drawn to Fackler Foyer East of the CPA and the opening night epicurean feast of hors d'oeuvres, refreshments, and camaraderie accompanied by the beautiful music of the piano man and the hum of the excited audience revelers.

DApic1Blue Water Bay primed our palates with the broadest assortment of fine wines it has ever been my pleasure to sample. I understand that every wine can be tasted at their grand opening October 28th.

O!O's chef, Ryan Long, dazzled us with cold and hot hors d'oeuvres. Tropical fruits, prosciutto and cheese, tangy hummus and pita DApic3wedges, skewered mozzarella balls and grape tomatoes with a balsamic drizzle.  He won us over with preparation, presentation and, most importantly, wondrous flavor.

DApic2If that wasn't enough, we headed to the hot tables. Here I must take a moment to compose myself as I call to mind the meatballs on beds of Napa cabbage and the gingery soy sauce glaze--perfection--I was in love, but then the mini crab cakes caught my eye with their corn relish topping. I was at once loyal, yet fickle as I spotted the oh so fresh guacamole and indulged my yen for south of the border fajitas. Oh my, what delights!.  More photos are available in the photo gallery below.

Desserts (stressed spelled backwards:) from Cakes by Jenny (now called Cakes by JW & Co) were served with Starbucks coffee during intermission.

Much applause to Dance Alive for a stupendous performance featuring magnificent dance interpretations and a piano solo and dance accompaniment by pianist Kevin Sharpe. A special treat was Olympic celebrities, Bob Beamon and Cathy Oerter from the Art of the Olympians Al Oerter Center for Excellence. Also much applause to Gainesville's own glowing Olympian, Marty Liquori, recognized by Bob Beamon.

-- Written by two very happy GLOBers

Last modified onTuesday, 23 April 2013 11:16

2 comments

  • Harold Benson
    Harold Benson Wednesday, 19 October 2011 13:53 Comment Link

    MANY THANKS TO DIANE SHULBACH, TALENTED SWEET LADY, BALLERINA, PIANIST AND HARD WORKER, FOR THE HONOR OF LETTING ME JAM AWAY ON THE KEYBOARDS IN THE FOYER. ALSO MANY THANKS FOR MIKE SANFORD, BLOGGER SUPREME, WHO PUBLICIZED DANCE ALIVE EVENT OF FRIDAY IN THE NEWS RIGHT AWAY THE FOLLOWING MONDAY. I WAS HONORED BY PHOTO OF ME THERE AND HIS SO KIND COMMENTS REGARDING MY PLAYING.

    Harold Benson, Piano Player During the Reception and Intermission of Dance Alive Benefit of Oct. 14, 2011 at Phillips.

    I'm at: subgradient9635@gmail.com
    Ready to do your party, get together, celebrations with my Yamaha keyboard and amp!

  • Kimmy Keck
    Kimmy Keck Tuesday, 18 October 2011 09:52 Comment Link

    Love it! and LOVE that we saw our friendly GLOBing neighbor, Mike there. :)

    So surprised that Taiko made it through the whole night - but when the music and dance filled the stage, he be came spellbound.

    Blue Skies~
    Kimmy

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