Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Mardi Gras at Anthony Jack's

Jambalaya, a spicy concoction of rice with crawfish, chicken, ham and sausage, together with a glass of Greg Norman Shiraz, was just one of the gastronomical delights awaiting the Fat Tuesday revelers on Bourbon Street in Southington. Good evening, welcome to Mardi Gras!

For four hours on Tuesday night, Anthony Jack's Wood-fired Grille was transformed into a hot Bourbon Street jazz club as a fundraiser for the Rotary Foundation. Guests dressed to kill or in wildly festive costumes as the Southington Rotary Club hosted a gumbo of hot jazz, creative appetizers, tasty entree stations and interesting wines specially selected for the evening.

Billy Cofrances and his energetic quartet (Billy on sax, Steve Taylor/bass, Artie Dixson/drums, Doug Schlink/keyboards) , featuring gifted vocalist Nicole Pasternack, had just the right musical compliment to the cuisine, playing all sorts of New Orleans jazz favorites including Nicole's amazing rendition of "Wonderful World" in full Louis Armstrong voice. The 'streets' of Anthony Jack's were filled with music and boisterous revelry as the attendees sampled their way around the 'Quarter.'

The Southington Rotary would like to thank Barry and Cheryl for offering Anthony Jack's to us and for being such gracious hosts. We also thank Brett Powell/Beringer Blass Wine Estates for the wine selection, Rose to the Occasion for the giftbasket doorprize, Billy Cofrances and the gang for a wonderful performance and John Salerno/Tops Market for supplying the tasty dessert pastries. A special thank-you to Dolores Fanelli, who envisioned the Mardi Gras theme for the event, designed the posters/programs and oversaw the transformation which gave the restaurant its Mardi Gras flavor.

All this fun and a nice contribution to the Rotary Foundation. Oh, what a wonderful world!

Nicole Pasternak croons
while Billy's band cooks
Fat Tuesday Pics 2
Fat Tuesday Pics 3
Fat Tuesday Pics 4

Jazz 'N Ribs- October, 2002

New Orleans R&B...

Billy Cofrances
relaxing between sets - website...


Blackened Shrimp with honey mustard sauce
Sirloin Bruschetta
Mini Crab Cakes with tomato aioli
Pork Satays with peanut dipping sauce
Mini Oyster Po’ Boys
Chicken Crunch with a Creole mustard sauce
Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms
Crawfish Popcorn
Salmon Mousse Canapes
Mini Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Spanakopita – spinach & cheese turnovers

Suggested wines: Meridian Santa Barbara Chardonnay
Campanile Pinot Grigio

Carving Station
Roast Sirloin with a sour cream horseradish sauce
Suggested wine: Chateau St. Jean California Cabernet

Pasta Station
Spinach & Egg Ravioli with a vodka sauce
Suggested wines: Meridian Santa Barbara Chardonnay
Beringer Founders Estate Pinot Noir

Jambalaya Station
Rice with crawfish, chicken, ham & sausage
Suggested wine: Greg Norman Shiraz


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Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans

Do you know what it means to miss new orleans
And miss her each night and day
I know i'm not wrong because the feeling's
Getting stronger the longer i stay away

Co-chairs John Ryan/John Kennedy
By golly, I think we did it!

The colorful duo of Steve & Cindy Parsons

Oh, just something we threw on.....

Rod Greaves, sporting his hard earned beads,
digging the music

Miss the moss-covered vines, tall sugar pines
Where mockingbirds used to sing
I'd love to see that old lazy mississippi
Running in the spring

Girls justa wanna have.....

their picture taken

Moonlight on the bayous
Creole tunes fill the air
I dream about magnolias in june
And i'm wishin i was there

Do you know what it means to miss new orleans
When that's where you left your heart
And there's one thing more, i miss the one i care for
More than i miss new orleans

Basin Street Blues
Basin street is the street
Where all the white and the black folk meet
Down in new orleans, the land of dreams
You never know how much it seems
Not just how much it really means
I'm glad to be, yessirree, in the land of reverie
I can't lose my basin street blues

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