Eleven island ladies used their skills to support a friend this week.
A group of women from St. George Island, Apalachicola and Tallahassee has regularly attended Tuesday Trivia Night at Tamara’s Tapas Bar for almost a year. When trivia caller Dayle Flynt announced she was taking a break for medical reasons, these island divas decided to help, so when they learned a fundraiser was planned at Eddy Teach’s Raw Bar, they put an item in the silent auction.
Bunnie Ison suggested they auction off a hand-prepared gourmet meal. She said such contributions are commonly made to auctions in her native Knoxville, Tennessee. The group decided to offer an Italian dinner for six, complete with wine.
Ken Fessey of St. George Island was high bidder and, on Friday, he and his bride Kit were joined by Vicky and Jim Frost for dinner at Glynda Ratliff’s bayside home.
The table on a west-facing porch was elegantly appointed by Pat O’Connell with fresh flowers contributed by Mary Stutzman and Ratliff and arranged by Ratliff and tableware in shades of blue and white. There were candles everywhere. Linda Jones prepared shell table favors as a souvenir for the diners.
The revelers arrived at 7 p.m. and began the evening with chilled Prosecco, a sparkling Italian white wine, and hors d’oeuvres prepared by Jo Ann Russell. There was an antipasto tray, a hand-prepared cheese ball and fresh asparagus wrapped in thick sheets of prosciutto. During the appetizer course, the party was serenaded by Shirley Richardson on hammer dulcimer.
The divas and their guests mingled until the sun began to dip below the horizon. Then, the Fesseys and Frosts made their way to the table where Pat Gore served the salad course prepared by Linda Jones, an Italian creation featuring ham and mozzarella. The guests were served a second wine with the cold course.
Connie Dehner, Glynda Ratliff and Cecilia Harris all contributed to the wines and cordials served during the meal.
The salad was followed by wonderfully rich lasagna prepared by Ison served with a robust red wine. For dessert, the guests were offered Tiramisu from the kitchen of Adele Colston, and a dessert wine or a selection of cordials.
O’Connell, Dehner, Gore and Ratliff worked late to clear away the plates and wash the dishes.
Ratliff said the group plans to auction off more meals in the future to benefit worthwhile causes. Ison said the fundraiser at Eddy Teaches to benefit Flynt netted over $10,000.