Irwin hosted a wonderful luncheon at the Western Culinary Institute.
We had a private room, where the menu was excellent and the service
impeccable. We feasted on Gravlox spring rolls with
cucumbers and capers; roasted butternut squash soup; margarita shrimp
salad, poulet boursin (a fabulous chicken dish); and a chocolate
made place cards for each table and tried to have as many people sit
with others they did not know in order to cultivate new friendships.
It worked! The door prizes were the beautiful daffodils on each table.
lunch Christopher Vetter, editor of on-line publication Inside
Portland, came over to talk with us and find out about the Red Hat
Society. He interviewed some of the ladies and plans to do
a follow-up interview in the near future, after which he will publish
an article about the Red Hat Society. Christopher was accompanied by a co-worker and his mother, Laura.
When Laura saw how much fun we were all having, she joined the Red
Hat Society the very next day.
the entree and before the chocolate decadence dessert was served, Executive
Chef Jon Wirtis came in to see how we enjoyed our lunch.
His face lit up at our raves and accolades, and he immediately
arranged to have pictures taken of him surrounded by all of
us. In one of the pictures he even donned a red hat.