It’s easy to impress me. I don’t need a fancy party to be happy.
Just good friends, good food, and good laughs. I’m happy. I’m satisfied. I’m content.
So just what goes on at a Friends of Gil (FOG) dinner? If you’re thinking it’s a gathering of a bunch of pretentious food snobs and aesthetes getting together to try one-upping one another with our highfalutin knowledge of the culinary arts, nothing could be further from the truth. True, the Friends of Gil are all passionate and knowledgeable food enthusiasts who appreciate and understand great food, but we’re all ordinary people with a broad and diverse range of interests and backgrounds. We’re people who enjoy great conversation and great humor as much as we enjoy great food.
On Friday, April 10th, 2015 at 7PM, the Friends of Gil (FOG) converged upon M’Tucci’s Kitchina for an evening good friends, good food and good laughs. It’s the fourth FOG event over the past two years and it may have been the very best.
Several FOG members were making their inaugural visit to M’Tucci’s Kitchina. To say they were impressed is an understatement. By night’s end, several of them were placing M’Tucci’s in rarefied company with Torinos @ Home and Joe’s Pasta House as the best Italian restaurants in the metropolitan area. Executive Chef John Haas and his staff deftly prepared culinary masterpieces delivered efficiently and with alacrity by one of the best wait staffs in Albuquerque. Our hosts, owners Katie Gardner and husband Jeff Spiegel outdid themselves with their hospitality.
Dinner was held on the restaurant’s grotto. The diversity of items ordered from both the menu and the evening’s specials reflected the diversity and adventuresome nature of our group. Exclamations of “ooh” and “ah” were uttered as generously portioned and artfully plated dishes were delivered to our tables. Thanks to the sharing which went on, most of us know what we’ll be ordering the next time we visit M’Tucci’s Kitchina.
Our thanks to Child Bride Janet Millington and her chauffeur Jim for organizing a very fun and enjoyable event. Our next event, tentatively scheduled for July is being planned by Bob of the Village of Los Ranchos . We hope many more of you are able to join the friendliest group of foodies in the Duke City.