What do pirates have to do with paradise? Apparently they go together quite well. Tuesday night, NACE hosted a meeting aboard the Berkeley, complete with Capt’n Jack, a Loren Smith Productions pirate band, great music provided by Sunset Mobile Music, and an assortment of delicacies. To compliment the pirate festivities, a tour of the Cook-Melville-Gauguin Three Voyages to Paradise exhibit transported guests to the South Pacific.
As the evening progressed, members of the National Association of Catering Executives (NACE) mingled and enjoyed the ambiance. The upper deck of the Berkeley was filled with friendly smiles and laughter. I had the privilege of meeting many fascinating people including bakers, caterers, photographers, a DJ, a florist, a magician, and all kinds of special event professionals.
Flowers and set-up provided by Lois Mathews Design and kool. party rentals completed the festive decor for the evening. The crowd grew hungry, and instead of mutinying, was satiated by the concoctions of Continental Catering. They provided an elegant Pirate Buffet complete with a Spanish Galleon Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup station, a Barbossa Braised Beef Short Rib Pot Roast station, a Pirate’s Potato Pillage station, a Root Beer Floats-a-Boat dessert station that could be made with root beer or Stone Brewing Co. beer, and other delicious appetizers and coffee. I thought the grilled cheese was to die for and the floats were pretty tasty as well.
Grove Pastry Shop provided delectable desserts, tempting even the most devout of dieters.All in all it was a fantastic evening. Thank you to everyone who was involved! A special thank you to Emilio Azevedo for the photos!