Last weekend, the tables were turned just a bit. With our sparkling Chorale staff personalities, we went forth bravely, singing an African folksong and playing drums in front of an intimate audience of 40. Then, we went right back to the kitchen to put the finishing touches on the meal we had just prepared.
The story begins almost two years ago while brainstorming over unique auction items for our 35th Anniversary Celebration. “We could make a special dinner!” someone cried. Hmmmm. We’re decent cooks. Our families are still alive, anyway. Surely they would attest to our culinary talents. But, would people actually PAY for us to make dinner for them?
“It’s a one-time special event. In honor of our 35th anniversary,” another added. The “one-time” part sealed the deal. We agreed that we could make this happen.
Fast forward to last Friday night, August 27 at the 2nd Annual Eat, Drink and Be Merry event to benefit the Colorado Children’s Chorale. (Did you take note of the “2nd ANNUAL” part?) Forty Chorale friends joined us at Diane and Chuck Newcom’s lovely Pinehurst home for an international feast, South African style, in honor of National Tour Choir’s upcoming performance tour next spring. In true Chorale fashion, staff wore black and there was an interactive component to our entertainment as we taught our guests an African folk song “Siyahamba”. Add a few drums and you get the picture.
The menu contained foods that none of us knew how to pronounce, but with good recipes and a taste test, it all came together. A hearty “thank you” goes to Chorale parent May Claire Hetzel for her guidance and sharing of her South African culture.
Who knows what’s in store for next year’s event, but the word “annual” means that we’ll be there again, putting together a feast for those generous (brave!) souls who have decided to support our newest hobby as caterers.
Speaking of catering, we have another eating/drinking Chorale story to share. Same weekend, different day (Sunday), Chorale founder Duain Wolfe graciously hosted a cocktail reception for 30 Chorale supporters (we are so lucky to have so many good friends!) in his fabulous downtown Denver apartment. Alumni from the “old” days quickly found each other and reminisced about the early years of the Chorale. Alumni parents and former Chorale trustees connected with current parents and trustees. And everyone had fun visiting with “Mr. Wolfe”, Diane Newcom, Mary Louise Burke, Travis Branam and trustee president Meg Steitz.
For this event, Chorale trustee and alumnus Sami Ibrahim did the cooking, donating his resources and talent for the event. By day, Sami deals with numbers and clients, running his own business. The catering part? “That’s for fun,” he says.
Thanks to the Newcoms, Duain Wolfe and Sami Ibrahim for a successful weekend of good food and drink and great Chorale friendships.