Taste of Kismet: Kismet’s Kreative Kulinary
Photos & text by Jeannie
On a gorgeous summer weekend Kismet cooks gave up the beach to slave
over hot stoves creating their culinary masterpieces - to show off and sell at
the new, bold event created by the KFDA (Kismet Fire Department Auxiliary)
under the guidance of KFD liaison Joan McKeehan. The beloved Pancake breakfast
was swapped for a sophisticated no holds barred “tasting”. Their only
instruction: Cook for 100
There were last minute entries so no one knew what exactly was
coming and/or how it would be received.
Well – (spoiler alert) it was a smashing success!!!
People lined up promptly at 6PM and the food was gone by 7:15
But many reluctant to leave such a community friendly event
lingered as spirits poured and soared around the Dirty Martini table,
then on to the bar for champagne and wine then off to an after party at Joanie
& Jimmie’s house and finally, an impromptu celebratory Bloody Mary morning
at the McKeehan’s. Well done!
Note from event organizer Joan McKeehan:
Being a first time event for Kismet I had no idea how it
would come off although I should have known from past events that Kismet folks
always step up. First thanks to my co-organizer, the unbelievable war
horse Joe McKeehan who took up the reins when I was elsewhere. Lauren
Dennis, Joanne Scellato and Joanne Agoglia were of insurmountable help having
tons of catering experience. Gregg Weisser had the original concept and
did procure the raffled off Surf's Out gift certificate as well as
some chef participation. Thank You Surf's Out for your support.
The chefs ranged from Buffy (shaking her booty) making dirty Martini
shots all the way to Frank Robandos's fab pecan Pie.
In between were:
The Lambies on kids' food keeping them in their own
little happy world.
Dr Janet's RedOnion/Parmesan Bites
Lauren Dennis' Spinach balls
Tom Licari's Summer Cerviche
Caryn Burke's Steamed Mussels
Jimmy Sposato's Roasted Oysters with shrimp moule
Jane Mooney's stuffed figs and dates
McKeehans Pulled pork served over a Dunkin' Munchkin (or hero
bread for the less adventurous)
Joe Mck made a rockin' red sangria & Agoglia family the
Bradlee White's fab broccoli and fruit slaw
Geri Phillips Corn Souffle (plain and southwestern style)
Rosie's baked ziti (as only a Liotto can do it)
Tony Manzo's lasagne with Puttanesca Sauce
JoAnn Padovano's home made Ciopinno in a very fancy Tureen
Linda Barkan's tossed salad ( for those with lighter tastes)
Chef (really) John Benninzoni's chicken Tostados
Wendy Schau's yummy pot stickers
Joanne Agoglia''s short ribs, her sister Jamie's outrageous White
Sangria and son in law Lou's Mac & Cheese with Lobster. (really??? all
that from one family?)Oh I think they made a salad too).
To round out the dessert table Kellie Bertucci made some wild Oreo
coookie brownies and sweet Joanie Esposito made mini cupcakes.
And then it was back to Buffy's station for more dirty martini
As always my go-to people Gary & Dawn Leone and Patti Romanzi
came thru at the last minute to work the door because Kevin & Ginny Butler
had to back out due the new arrival of their granddaughter (congrats), Dr Linda
is always there to help hawk tickets (she's so good at that)
Added props go to Victor Liotta for his hawking the 50/50
and Bonnie Metcalf who did whatever was needed and then some. Cody Baker
made sure the trucks were out of the bays so we could set up and Chief
Dominic provided music for us all to groove on. Rusty Phelan as always was
there to offer his low-key help- thank you Rusta-Roni.........
As you can tell by the LONG list of people to
acknowledge - it takes a town of Kismetians to pull something like this
off - especially the first time.
Love and Thanks to you all. This one is a keeper, look
for it again next year in some shape or form!
Joanie & Joe McKeehan
They lined up to get in
Suoer Salesman Vic L selling 50-50’s
And his helpers learning the sales pitch
Service with a smile
Its really good!
Jenks kitchen secrets to the Xanadus?
A giggly charming Soirse
And her sidekick
Lucky day trippers got into the event
Hmm – wonder what’s in this……
Even the kids voiced their opinions
Bradley pushing her cole slaw
Towards the end there was a run on the Dirty Martini table
And the 50-50 winner is…….
To the approval of the crowd
Uh! Is this the winner for the Gift Certificate?
Gary & Dawn L’s
winning ticket sold to her by their daughter Lauren
The keeper of the green!
Is there a Kismet Cook Book in the future? Hm……………………