Last night some gals and I attended a pre-Opera Ball event at M. Penner. I hadn’t ever checked out one of these events, and it was quite nice! It was great since we were a gaggle of young ladies, that everyone wanted to take our photo and talk with us! I got to meet Donna Bruni, this year’s Opera Ball chair and socialite extraordinaire, who seemed to be very sweet and just adorable.
This was a self-portrait of us taken by me! I think it turned out great! El looks like she might be naked, but really she is just wearing a strapless top.
And the best part of the whole event…
Look at all these adorable Valentine’s Day cookies, made by Lily’s Cookies. I love the “Bee Mine” ones – I had to search the entire store at the end to find one – and we did basically stay ’til the very end. They had lovely apps from The Tasting Room, and of course I loved (and was a little amazed by) the champagne they were serving (my favorite):
YUMMY! I was loving it! Not your typical champagne to serve to the masses – well, I guess there weren’t “masses” there, and the donors expect such treatment, I suppose. Only the best!
After the event, we tried to go to Uptown Sushi, but the wait was going to be 45 minutes+! Then we headed to the Tasting Room, and – wow – that place was packed! And quite a scene. We were getting looked over like we were pieces of meat!
Finally we ended up at the original Carabba’s – I guess the family that started it still controls the original, unlike the others that are just part of the chain. I had linguine and clams in a spicy tomato sauce – quite yummy (esp. since I had only had a salad for lunch!). and we got a bottle of wine between the 4 of us, which was just perfect! Enough to relax, but not enough to feel bad the next morning. Good times!