Last night, as a VIP, I attended Savor the Flavor of Savannah–a delicious local food tasting event benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association of Coastal Georgia and hosted by the beautiful and talented Deborah Hargroves of Dancing Stars of Georgia.
(Okay, okay, EVERYBODY who bought a ticket possessed VIP status there. But I was the only person with a vest.)
Savor the Flavor was held at the beautiful and historic Victory Drive home of Dale and Pamela Karacostas.
Deborah is a local dance enthusiast, who recently told Savannah Now, “I do all kinds of dancing: salsa, merengue, Argentine tango and ballroom.” (Read the entire article at http://savannahnow.com/accent/2011-04-24/savannah-high-teacher-deborah-hargroves-loves-dance.) The idea for raising funds for Alzheimer’s began when … wait, just listen to Deborah explain the event:
I wish I had not eaten for about a week before coming because an incredible smorgasbord of Savannah-area cuisine met me at every turn once I entered the house.
(Oh my gosh, this chocolate mousse! It made me think I was SO VIP.)
Restaurants and businesses providing speciality dishes included Sisters of the New South, Blue Turtle Bistro, Spanky’s Southside, Toucan Cafe, Sweet Potatoes, Bayou Cafe, Rancho Allegre, Southern Graces Bistro, Leopold’s Ice Cream, Basil’s, Circa, Brighter Day, Harris Baking Company, Rum Runners Bakery and Meinhardt Vineyards.
Here I am with vivacious matriarch Beulah Harper Nettles–she’s the mother of both Deborah and Pamela. And by the way, this event was held in their childhood home. (Remind me to tell you the story sometime of my childhood home, The Wizard of Oz and hiding under my bed for four hours.)
Even though she is obviously a genteel Southern lady, Ms. Beluah told me to make good use of her picture, that she might be little and have a few years on her, but she was wiry and could easily take me on. (I want to stay on her good side.)
Walking into yet another beautifully decorated and food-laden room (and at this point paying no attention to people, only aromas, textures and colors of all things edible), I nearly ran into my pastor’s wife, Cheri Hester:
Followed quickly by Pastor Billy:
(I’m so glad my conduct at that moment displayed no outwardly reprobate tendencies.)
I finally made it out back (and my ultimate destination) to a porch where Leopold’s had set up shop. Here are ice cream specialists Murphy McDonald and Kenneth Carr.
A little later I had the opportunity to thank owners Stratton and Mary Leopold for their support of such a deserving cause. What a gracious couple.
Care for a chocolate?
I soon found myself sitting alone, dazed and confused, having passed beyond the sugar high to the sugar low. I don’t know where I am, or even who I am.
Some of the very cool artwork which was part of the silent auction (although I did hear some people talking, I have to say):
Storyteller extraordinaire Dottie Kluttz (I will be sharing a post of Dottie telling one of her stories soon):
Below is Sandy Ligneel, Deborah’s childhood friend since the eighth grade! (Remind me to tell you sometime my eighth grade story when I got a dart stuck in my scalp.)
Some other Savor the Flavor VIP’s (without vests and apparently with better self control than I have. I never saw a SINGLE one of them sitting on a couch gorged to the hilt, with food stains all over their clothes):
Deborah’s friend and motivator for the fundraiser, Dot Wallace:
Manchester, England’s Jacqueline Lordnum and Rafael Davo:
For some reason, I’ve always wanted a staircase like this:
What a really, really fun and worthwhile evening. So after deciding they would probably say no if I asked if I could take this cool, hip nic-nac home …
… I said goodnight.
But it’s not too late to make a donation to Deborah’s dancing efforts on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Association. You can contact her at email@example.com. Let’s all join in this “dance” to fight this debilitating condition.
Deborah’s Website: http://sites.google.com/site/deborahhargroves/
The Alzheimer’s Association – Georgia Chapter Website: http://www.alz.org/georgia/
Dancing Stars of Georgia Page: http://www.alz.org/georgia/in_my_community_58613.asp
Sign the petition for a strong national Alzheimer’s plan: http://www.alz.org/