|Surveying the damages after everyone had left!|
The second annual Erwin winter shindig was last Saturday, and the only casualty was a clear plastic platter.
At the party's peak, when about two dozen people were crammed into the kitchen scrambling for food, it felt like I might be a casualty, too. But of course everything went smoothly, with enough food and beer -- the essentials -- for everyone.
This year's theme: A Feast of Midwestern Delicacies. The menu:
- Cincinnati-style chili, with spaghetti, cheddar cheese and oyster crackers
- Chicago-style deep dish pizza
- Sausage gravy and biscuits
- Fried cheese curds
- Green bean casserole
- Cheesy potatoes
- Homemade bread with herb butter
- Spinach salad
- Graham crackers with vanilla frosting
- Freshly fried donuts
The two dozen friends who appeared traveled from three of New York's five boroughs and three states -- a co-worker came from New Jersey, and one of my college roommates, Sarah, even came from Philadelphia (more about that next week!).Surprisingly, quite a few had Midwest connections -- they either grew up there, went to college there, or both. I was happy to see how many people wore theme-appropriate shirts. I wore my "OH How I Love You" Ohio shirt, but my favorite was probably Sarah's-- a pink t-shirt that proclaimed "Ohio-licious." I wish I would have taken a photo.
Five hours after the party started, after a good half of the crowd had departed, I finally got out my photo and snapped a few shots. Oh well. I enjoyed the party nonetheless, and I guess I don't need pictures to prove it.
Last year's party was smaller, with just a few of my coworkers. This year we opened it up, and I'm glad we did. It was fun to see all of our friends all mixed up together -- my coworkers, Paul's coworkers, college friends, other friends and even friends of friends.
I'm already contemplating next year's theme.