2011 Avalon Ball Friday Evening Dinner Page Three

It's time for dinner at the Avalon Grille

The Dinner Bell Has Chimed... We Are Off To The Avalon Grille

Avalon Ball 2011
Page 1 - Overview | Page 2 - Trip Over /Pre-Dinner Activities | Page 3 - Friday Dinner
Page 4 - Saturday Breakfast | Page 5 - Saturday Golf | Page 6 - To The Roof | Page 7 - Dressed To Go
Page 8 - Saturday Dinner | Page 9 - The Dance | Page 10 - After The Dance | Page 11 - Coming Home

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner
They removed the sign AFTER we all promised to behave

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner
Herbie led the way.... We finally found it a few minutes later

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We made Herbie walk behind us so he would NOT find another Avalon Grille

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner
Beautiful setting

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner
We sat "outside"... It was shielded from the winds... Well, the outside wind


Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner
Notice how the drinks arrived so quickly?

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner
We heard the gurgle of wine coming form the other table,,,

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Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner
They are toasting us... Donna uses a stealth glass

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner
"Hold it... I gots an idea"

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner
This must be Margaritaville

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner
Fred and John served in the same Marine Unit... The Purple Foxes

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner
When you belong to an elite unit within an elite organization such as the Marine Corps, pride shows every day within and without. The Purple Foxes of today have acquitted themselves well in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM in the same excellent tradition and spirit of their Vietnam era predecessors - and the Purple Foxes continue on as one proud unit.

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner
The food presentation was magnificent

Did You Know? - Food Presentation is the art of modifying, processing, arranging, or decorating food to enhance its aesthetic appeal.

The visual presentation of foods is often considered by chefs at many different stages of food preparation, from the manner of tying or sewing meats, to the type of cut used in chopping and slicing meats or vegetables, to the style of mold used in a poured dish. The food itself may be decorated as in elaborately iced cakes, topped with ornamental sometimes sculptural consumables, drizzled with sauces, sprinkled with seeds, powders, or other toppings, or it may be accompanied by edible or inedible garnishes.

The arrangement and overall styling of food upon bringing it to the plate is termed plating. Some common styles of plating include a 'classic' arrangement of the main item in the front of the plate with vegetables or starches in the back, a 'stacked' arrangement of the various items, or the main item leaning or 'shingled' upon a vegetable bed or side item. Item location on the plate is often referenced as for the face of a clock, with six o'clock the position closest to the diner.

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner
Salmon was excellent

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner
This is pretty big Irene

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner
Dang... This is good

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner
The Road kill was done just right

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner
Brenda is enjoying scallops

Did You Know? - Like the true oysters (family Ostreidae), scallops have a central adductor muscle, and thus the inside of their shells has a characteristic central scar, marking the point of attachment for this muscle. The adductor muscle of scallops is larger and more developed than that of oysters, because they are active swimmers; scallops are in fact the only migratory bivalve. Their shell shape tends to be highly regular, recalling one archetypal form of a seashell, and because of this pleasing geometric shape, the scallop shell is a common decorative motif.

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner
OK, pass the plate and no one gets hurt

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner
The sauce was excellent... And the Ravioli, GONE

Did You Know? - The earliest mention of ravioli appear in the writings of Francesco di Marco, a merchant of Venice in the 14th century. In Venice, the mid-14th century manuscript Libro per cuoco offers ravioli of green herbs blanched and minced, mixed with beaten egg and fresh cheese, simmered in broth, a recipe that would be familiar today save for its medieval powdering of "sweet and strong spices".

In Tuscany, some of the earliest mentions of the dish come from the personal letters of Francesco di Marco Datini, a merchant of Prato in the 14th century. In Rome, ravioli were already well-known when Bartolomeo Scappi served them with boiled chicken to the papal conclave of 1549.

Ravioli were already known in 14th century England, appearing in the Anglo-Norman vellum manuscript Forme of Cury under the name of rauioles. Sicilian ravioli and Malta's ravjul may thus be older than North Italian ones. Maltese ravjul are stuffed with rikotta, the locally produced sheep's-milk ricotta, or with gbejna, the traditional fresh sheep's-milk cheese.

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Bob warns the cameraman away from his plate

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner
What an outstanding looking crowd

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner
Fred and Paul find the flavor additive and use it NOT sparingly....
It does look funny mixed in the wine but...

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner
After dinner cavorting must begin

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner
Paul uses the secret laser beam

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner
Hurray!!

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner
Who wants to go drinking tonight... Raise your hand!

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner
John shows his official Marine wine glass

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner
The salad will be going home this evening...

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner
I need wine to wash it down

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner
Donna and Herbie

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner
The bottom is round on purpose

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner
Dueling lasers

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Wine tasting begins here

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner
Nice size glasses

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner
Hello... The cameraman escaped

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Hello

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner
One more drink for the road

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner
Do we have to go home????

Time To Walk Home

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner
It's getting dark out....

Avalonball 2011 Friday night dinner

Avalon Ball 2011
Page 1 - Overview | Page 2 - Trip Over /Pre-Dinner Activities | Page 3 - Friday Dinner
Page 4 - Saturday Breakfast | Page 5 - Saturday Golf | Page 6 - To The Roof | Page 7 - Dressed To Go
Page 8 - Saturday Dinner | Page 9 - The Dance | Page 10 - After The Dance | Page 11 - Coming Home