Bella Sera

Bella Sera 2010

A few days ago, Mom told me that I would have more fun at this if I had someone to go with. She might be right, but I had part of dinner with Jay, the event accountant, another part of dinner with a nice young man who walked over the river from his house, dessert with a nice couple and several nice conversations with other people I just met. As well as seeing a few I already knew from work.

The event was poorly organized, there were many more volunteers than needed so they told me I could go home. I just made a face and asked “Are you kidding?” so I bought a ticket and stayed and didn’t even have to work. Plus I got to go home early- the heat and the noise and the wine gave me a headache after a while.

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Going In

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Constructed Wetlands

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and their explanation…

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A really cool piece of art that I don’t even know what to call!

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Tennessee Leaf, 2010 by Terry Allen

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I thought this poster was great…

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Same view, no zoom.

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Path down to the waterside

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Getting set up

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A mulberry tree

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Alleia Booth
Ricotta & Georgia Peach Brushetta with Vincotto, Housemade Penne Pasta with Spring Peas, Grilled Pancetta and Mint
Wine: Ruffino Lumina Pinot Grigio

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Blue Orleans Creole Restaurant Booth
To get a string of beads, you had to tell a joke- I was tempted to stand there all night! Since I couldn’t remember a joke off the top of my head, I told the story of Eliz and the cats in fur coats and earned two strings of beads- I gave one to Emily when I got home.

Crawfish Pasta Salad, Abita Shrimp Skewers, Raspberry Napoleon
Wine: San Huberto Malbec and Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay

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Niedlov’s Breadworks
Assorted handcrafted artisan breads

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Niko’s
Riverview Farms Corncake with Sequatchie Cove spicy pork and pickled Crabtree Farms Kolhrabi, Piperies (Stuffed) Peppers, whipped feta and capers, Semolina Cake with honey thyme syrup
Wine: Estancia Shiraz

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Chili! (Yes, that’s really his name. Nice guy.)

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Blue Orchid Bistro
Tuscan Chicken Salad (Roasted chicken and sun-dried tomatoes tossed in a creamy basil pesto dressing, served with a roll), White Chocolate Peppermint Mousse (Silky smooth white chocolate mousse laced with a hint of peppermint)
Wine: Layer Cake Virgin Chardonnay

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Greenlife Grocery
Mountaineer, Meadow Creek Dairy of Galax, VA
A raw milk alpine style cheese

Landaff, Jasper Hill Farms of Greensboro, VT
A raw tomme style cheese
Wine: Acrobat Pinot Gris

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Chattz
Iced Coffee

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I don’t know how this guy stood up to the heat- I was sweltering!

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The Silent Auction tent

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My favorite piece- the title is Bella Sera Cat and he’s made from a violin case!

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Whipped Cupcakes
Mini Cupcakes- Chocolate, Vanilla, Peanut Butter, and Lemon Cupcakes

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The guy in the far right of the frame is Jay- we talked several times 🙂

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Kathy

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The Wine Taster’s Special tent- I didn’t have a ticket to go there and I’m not sure I could have managed more wine!

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When the noise got to be too much, I took a walk around the rest of the park…

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The raspberry napoleon

Somehow I missed getting a picture of Foodworks and Blue Water Grille and Taco Mamacita’s. Foodworks was serving what they said was Kobi beef but if it was then it was either a very inferior cut, poorly prepared or it is not worth the hype it gets because I could hardly bite through it. Most of the food was pretty good but nothing worth paying a premium price for, I wouldn’t go out of my way to have any of it again.

The band was really good but very loud. I enjoyed them much more when I was further away.

All in all it was a fun evening but it could have been better organized and it was too hot and too loud. I probably won’t go back next year.

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2 Responses to Bella Sera

  1. Anonymous says:

    What beautiful pictures 🙂
    I am sorry that it was so hot tho, such an event would be better if the weather was “perfect”

  2. chatrient says:

    What beautiful pictures 🙂
    I am sorry that it was so hot tho, such an event would be better if the weather was “perfect”

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