Taste of Kismet
by Bradlee White
Big kudos to Joanne Agoglia and Krysia Lambe for heading up a very
successful second annual Taste of Kismet. Kismet cooks and volunteers
worked very hard to make this event both tasty and fun. In the face of
potential disaster – a broken toile6t in the ladies room – Cody came to the
rescue. Krysia and I swept and mopped at three, the tables were set up a
four and the ticket sellers – Myrna Ussach, Helen Quenzer and Regina English –
arrived shortly after that.
Myrna Ussach, Helen Quenzer and Regina English sold tickets
Serving Food to appreciative customers
Chef John did not disappoint
Neither did Jack and Anna with their Extraordinary Brownies
The Spollens made Chicken and Waffles
These lovely ladies from the Kismet Hilton made Grilled Cheese
Skewers with Heirloom tomatoes and Kismet Basil
Brooke Lambe, Lola and Aidan Flores served Ginnie Butler’s Chicken
Nuggets for Children
Joanne, with help from her sister Jaime and brother-in-law Tony,
made Couscous with Apricots, Lemons and Pistachio; Crab Cakes with
Chipotle Mayo; Pasta with Cauliflower; Crust less Spinach Quiche; and
Stuffed Mini Peppers with Goat Cheese and Prosciutto.
Tony Flores made Indian Tikka Marsala
Other fabulous dishes included Swedish Meat Balls by Wendy Schou
of Fruits de Mer; Puff Pastries with Manchego, Honey and Truffles from
Krysia; Shrimp Jambalya from Bob & Marie of Forget About It;
White Cheese Mac from Amy Wood and Judy Phelan; Caviar with Crème Freche
on a Belini by Linda Novachek; Pasta with Tomatoes etc by Dana;
Vegetarian grape leaves and Tabouleft from Barbara Leeds; Emmie Ryan’s
Jeny’s Mareguento deviled eggs.
There were desserts of course:
Peach Cobbler by Charlene Gibbs
Baked Bosc Pears with Vanilla Ice Cream by Kelli Bertucci
There was also Alyson’s Brownies and Strawberries with Blue
Cheese, Pine Nuts and Honey by Sharon and Kim Sitone.
And, lots to drink:
Boozin with Buffie and Danielle – dirty Martinis
Cheryl Licari and Gary Leone created the Kismet Sunset
Sandy Romaka of Fruits de Mer brought Jello Shots; Mark &
Kirk, friends of Joann’s made Rum Coffee.
and there was beer and wine from the KFD Wine Cooler.
Everyone had a wonderful time.
A few found seats but most stood and schmoozed
Arlene Hirst and Arthur Goldberg
Charlie Untracht, Gene McGovern and Maureen Kaley
Nancy Tuck and friends
Peter Engleman and Maureen Kaley
It was sooo fabulous
The 50-50 raffle was won by Geri Proust, a friend of Geri
We'd like to thank each and every one of you for making the second
annual Taste of Kismet an even greater success than last year. The food
contributions were wonderful as were the dessert and cocktail selections. We
may even have a few new recipes to share with the bartenders at the Inn and
A very large part of the success is attributable to Krysia, who
pushed and prodded for participation from anyone and everyone. We of course
have to mention Joan McKeehan who made last year's event happen and gave us the
blueprint to work from.
Many thanks to the Fire Department for use of the building,
their assistance moving out the trucks and picking up boxes of restaurant supplies from
the freight boat all week. Now if someone can explain how the sound system
works (!) we'll be all set for next year.
In addition to the food contributors, we also thank Carmine P. for
assisting with wine selections, Myrna, Helen Q and Regina English for manning
the front door; selling tickets, handing out wristbands and drumming up
participation in the 50/50.
We also greatly appreciate Kevin and Ginny Butler sweating out the
last few cooking chores in the kitchen and handling dish washing duties.
Here's to an even bigger and better event in 2015