Friends of Gil (FOG) Dinner: A Great Time Had By All
go to someone’s house and eat with him…
the people who give you their food give you their heart.
~ Cesar Chavez
“There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.” For the fifteen foodies who gathered at Joe’s Pasta House on Saturday evening, February 22nd, the inaugural “Friends of Gil” dinner started off as a foodie summit, but would up as a celebration among new friends. it was a night of rich laughter, convivial gaiety and great food. It was a night we ended long after the restaurant’s closing hours and only after we noticed we were the only ones left at the restaurant.
Joe and Kassie Guzzardi were the consummate hosts, making everyone feel like welcome guests at their home. They graced us with their warmth and hospitality, mingling with everyone at our table and earning several new devotees. The menu showcased some of the Pasta House’s most delicious dishes, meals fit for the most discerning of gastronomes.
The conclave of culinarians included some of the most prolific contributors of commentary on the New Mexico dining scene: Bob of the Village of Los Ranchos (407 comments), the ebullient Jim Millington (226 comments), Larry McGoldrick (143 comments), Edward Sung (57 comments) and Foodie Star (50 comments). It also included Axel, a full-time university student who’s tally now includes a grand total of two comments. Michael Gonzales, the effusive operating partner of Cafe Bella was in attendance as was fellow blogger Eric Castillo whose work also graces the Alibi. If Suzie Queue was in attendance, she didn’t reveal herself.
The group of new friends all agreed that more Friends of Gil dinners need to happen. Stay tuned to this blog for more details.