Monday, June 30, 2014

A Wine and Food Party…

It was our turn to hold our group’s wine tasting event…and of course it became a significant food event as well!

But first I want to give credit for my blog writing assistant..!

J.D. is always ready to help me whenever I use the computer to work on any project!  In this photo he’d given me some feedback and he was waiting for my response… If he’s satisfied, he’ll lay down so I can actually see the screen.

Now on to the party!

Our bar selection is somewhat limited…but after all this is a wine tasting function.  The initial big bottles of house wine are staged and ready to go!  There is ice in the bucket and we have the basic hard liquors available if desired…

We brought out our extra chairs, put coasters all around and then we placed a bowl of mixed nuts and a bowl of candy on the ottoman for all to enjoy… But guess what?!  No one ever even sat down in this room!

Here are some of the appetizers that folks brought to this gathering…fresh vegetables, fruit, a spread and crackers with a great assortment of cheese! 

Add these nice meatballs to the list of appetizers… All of the food groups were included in our initial food offerings! 

Then, after some conversation and a bit of house wine, Laurie and I laid out our buffet.  One of our guests furnished the potato salad.  Our offerings included torta buns, 3 different kinds of slices cheese (Swiss, cheddar and Havarti); 4 different deli meats (Genoa salami, deli ham, roasted turkey and bologna from Benton’s); plus a plethora of condiments, lettuce, fresh tomatoes, olives and potato chips.  

It was a small gathering… The group never left the dining room, sitting at the table or on the window bench the whole time. 

Larry and Bev as well as Jenny and Fred were all out of town.  Martha’s husband Irv was working in Tampa.  Charlie is at the head of the table, with Karen to the right.  Susan is talking to Karen and Susan’s husband Dick is next to her.

In this photo, Laurie is stroking Dick’s beard!  This leads to a question on my part… I too am follicle challenged.  Does this mean that I’d be more attractive if I too grew a beard?

No one was sitting on the window bench when I took this photo… From the left we have Holly and her husband Joel, then Martha and then Charlie.  The group was about done eating at this point and the actual wine tasting was about to begin.  However, many of the world’s problems had been discussed and resolved by this point in time!

We can’t forget the cookies!  Laurie and I purchased these great cookies at the Tellico Grains Bakery in Tellico Plains Tennessee. (Website: From the left we had chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin and coconut… No one left this party hungry, that’s for sure!

“Sadly”, we had a fair amount of leftover cookies, buns, cheese and deli meat.  We ‘forced’ ourselves to consume these leftovers… As they say, “Waste Not, Want Not!”  We were happy campers for the next few days…stretching the extra cookies out for a couple of weeks!

Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them…

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave


  1. Nice party guys and very typical - everyone convenes in the kitchen.

  2. Looks like we missed a fun time.

  3. Hi There, We are home from a trip to the gorgeous West VA mountains –where we celebrated our anniversary… I’ll be blogging about this time for awhile –since it was so special.

    Sounds like a great group and loads of fun and food... Those cookies look fantastic... YUM....AND--from what I saw of your home, it is beautiful!!



  4. This was fun! But I love the JD pic helping you in the computer:)