Hey everyone, has been a long time since I posted on here. I have been out of the loop for awhile with health problems, no car, no money, ha ha. But I was in need of a serious "Vince fix" and decided to attend the Room At The Inn benefit at the HOF last night.
The whole lobby of the HOF was filled with tables, set with fresh flowers. Tons of wine, beer, champagne, pop, water and scrumptious appetizers. I was really enjoying myself. Ran into fan club member Linda Blackburn, who came in from Texas for the event. Enjoyed spending the evening hanging out with her. A couple friends of mine showed up and the 4 of us sat together. Vince was wandering around for the "cocktail hour" chatting with patrons and posing for photos etc. He looks great, was wearing jeans and a white shirt with blue stripes. He gave me a big hug and said he hadn't seen me in awhile. We chatted awhile, was so nice to be around that Vince humor and twinkling blue eyes. He's great medicine.
On to the cooking part. Vince was Johnny Carrabba's sous chef and he did a great job! He really was hands on, dredging the chicken thru flour and pan frying it, making wine sauce for mussells, and pasta and sauce for angel hair pasta. He said Amy always said she loved muscles and he found out she loved mussells and he wasted all his time at the gym...LOL. He would bring out the bowls of food and walk around and show them to us after they were done with a dish. He and Johnny were a good comedy team.
After the cooking demo all the foods they cooked and about 3 others were in buffets set up on both sides of the lobby. We went and got some food. I ate tons of the great shrimp fried in parmesean cheese and herbs and had some lobster ravioli AND two delicious deserts in parfait glasses with fresh fruits, pastry cream and butter cake....yum. Naturally, while feeding my face Vince shows up and asks if he can sit with us! Of course we allowed him to, ha ha. For the next 30 minutes or more the 5 of us just sat around ate, and gabbed like normal people. I didn't want to bother Vince with a lot of questions but since I'm a big Bill Murray fan I asked him if he ever played golf with Bill and he said yes and said he's crazy on the golf course but is crazier in Vegas gambling! Vince said that for the 1st time ever the HOF was going to have a funeral viewing of a body laying in state, which they are doing on Tuesday for Eddy Arnold, which is open to the public.
There was a silent auction also and Vince went to hang with Charlie Chase who was hosting the events tonight. We got in line for the Ford Theater for the concert and sat in the 2nd row. Was fun, Vince telling his funny stories about his Dad and Amy etc. He sang 2 new songs, one called The Lucky Diamond Hotel. I missed the 2nd song as I wasn't feeling good and had to go walk outside for a bit, then decided to just head to my car and go home. Maybe Linda or the contest winners can get on and give more details I missed.
Also met Rachel the fan club admin and she was taking photos and says she will have some posted on here soon.
Vince was a doll, in a great mood, happy about his upcoming gig with his bluegrass band at Delfest.
Better wrap this up before I get timed out.
I'll try to get back more often.