Saturday, December 15, 2012

Val's Halla House Party

During the past two weeks I've been busy planning a fundraiser for Val's Halla Records in Oak Park with some dear friends and the amazing Val herself. The Gills throw a lot of memorable parties and this one was no exception!  As you can see, Sue, has a ton of vision when it comes to perfecting all of the tiny little details that make a party unforgettable...

 I was in charge of the food and I was lucky to have a bunch of merry kitchen elves to help out for the evening.  The food was lovely and our signature cocktail was divine! I thought our mixologist was pretty handsome, too.

The Valhalla
(inspired by San Fransico Mixologist J. Raglin)

2 Parts Orange Infused Tequila 
1 Part Fresh Lime Juice
1 Part Falernum 
Several Dashes Angoustra Bitters
Clementine Wedges studded with Cloves

Shake the tequila, lime juice, falernum and bitters in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.  Shake well and pour into a glass. Ganish with clove studded clementines.  

We mixed these drinks in large batches.  We kept the cold tequila in a separate pitcher.  We combined the falernum, lime juice and bitters in a second pitcher and iced it down.  We poured equal parts tequila and strained mixer into garnished glasses.
It was a hit!

To infuse the tequila: Steep 1/2 pound of orange peels in 1 liter of tequila for five days. Strain before using.

The house filled to the brim with eighty of Val's loyal supporters including politicians and a television star while a jazz trio performed featuring mandolin sounds of the renowned Don Stiernberg.

When we combined all of our volunteer efforts...everything from the company and decor to the music and the food...we ended our evening with a smile that looked like this...
Cheers to you Val and to a great many years ahead!  
I am pretty sure you can feel the love so many folks have for you.
I had such fun being a part of a truly special evening.
Our party sold out in advance, but many folks have been inclined to donate to help Val keep the lights on.  If you's like to pitch in visit this address:

Images 1,2, 7, 11-13, 16 and 17 were take by Cristina Beller
She is a friend of Val's Halla Records and a mighty fine photographer.

1 comment:

Mary said...

If you could bottle the feeling expresed on Emma's face you would be a millionaire. She is glowing in the picture. so cute!

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