The Quatro de Meow to benefit Happy Tails was held on Friday evening at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria downtown. There were four caterers present, as well as a bartending service, Bar Masters. A special "pomegranate margarita" was created for the event, and Peirano Estate wines (Lodi) were poured.
Gold Rush Grille also catered the event with beef tamales, beans, and mexican hot chocolate. The hot chocolate was wonderful--not too sweet, with just a hint of cinnamon.
Massapeal Catering appealed to our taste buds with their ORGANIC provisions, which also happened to be raw. Did I mention their food was organic? Well the server did mention it about FOUR times to me as she was describing the food. The organic part is nice, sure, but I think to a certain extent, organic is a term that is tossed around to make people feel better about what they are eating, and hence, a selling point on food--used TOO OFTEN to jack up the price. This makes my skin crawl a little, but the food was great, so I digress *sigh*... Massapeal also dished out ceviche in raddichio lettuce cups (very pretty, but my least favorite), and beautiful toastadas with bean dip and guacamole on them. They were each crowned with a flower. The crisp portion of the tostada was also "raw", but still crispy, prepared by a dehaydration method.
The tostada dish was easily one of the most impressive items served, but it was not to be outdone by the dessert--a duo custard with raw chocolate, banana, and coconut. I really loved the textures... the creaminess of the custard and the tiny crunch of the coconut along with the dried banana garnish.
There were salsa demonstrations and a raffle drawing held. The DJs later played what I like to refer to as the "wedding trifecta"*, Shout! by The Isley Brothers, Love Shack by the B52s, and Old Time Rock and Roll by Bob Seger, to encourage attendees to strap on their boogie shoes and burn off that extra dollop of sour cream.
*wedding trifecta can be swapped with other notoriously overplayed wedding songs such as: Celebratation by Kool and the Gang, Electric Slide by Marcia Griffiths, or the Macarena by Los del Río.
Good times, especially after Wired For Sound kicked it up with Don't Cha by the Pussycat Dolls and Push It by Salt n Pepa "So all you fly mothers, get on out there and dance! Dance, I said!".
Oh, I did. No wallflower here... :)