Thursday night, our amazing friends began to arrive for the GTG weekend. Gail, John and Sandi landed in Palm Springs shortly after 9, and arrived just as I had made the last of the 48 panna cottas. We enjoyed some wine on the patio while we waited for Brad and Jerry to get home from the Ontario airport. It was a 2:30 a.m. bedtime.
I crawled out at 6:30, after 4 hours of sleep, to find Jerry up and blogging. After enough coffee, a print out of today's list, and a light breakfast for my guests, Jerry and I took off for Bristal Farms. We bought cheeses for the cheese tray, picked up the ordered pork roasts, chose veggies for Jerry to grill, chocolate "pencils" to decorate the cheesecake, and a few flatbreads and breadsticks. We sampled a few cheeses for a snack, and ran into Sandi on our way out. Jerry managed to pick up a few goodies to take home.
I had a great team! The tables, chairs and linens arrived from the rental company, and in seconds, the tables were set up. I did various prep jobs, marinated the roasts, and took frequent coffee/smoke breaks. Sandi picked up Kathy and Terry from the airport, dropped their stuff off at their condo, and they arrived with our phone ordered list of sandwiches from the sub shop. Jerry helped me brilliantly manage refridgerator space at home, and my neighbor, Diana, took home whatever didn't quite fit in one of mine.
John cools off:
I put the ladies to work stuffing mushrooms, and the guys took naps.
THEN we were able to have a Slowchick rehearsal! We had time for a shower before leaving for dinner at Acqua Pazza.