On Saturday night we went to the Mad Hatter Event, held at the Velvet Mill supporting The Como (aka the Stonington Community Center). The event served as the 70th birthday celebration and fundraiser of the community center.
The event featured a raw bar, small plates and an open beer and wine bar as well as a silent auction, croquet and dancing!
The Mad Hatter event was a new experience for us and much different from our typical Saturday nights. I thoroughly enjoyed getting into a silent auction bidding war that resulted in winning a beautiful bracelet1 and supporting a great cause. The small plates available from each of the restaurants were delicious and easy to eat, except the one from Engine Room! I’m a huge fan of the Engine Room but BBQ brisket is way too messy for wearing cocktail attire. The plates seemed overwhelmingly to be seafood themed, not a complaint on my part, but could definitely steer an individual away if they don’t eat seafood. Overall I’d recommend the event in future years to anyone who asks but the one area that could have been greatly improved upon was the dessert table. The desserts from Lis Bakeshop were the best and enjoyed by the crowd as that plate of desserts disappeared long before the other options!
Tom answers the question: “Did you get your money’s worth?”
This has been the overwhelming inquiry by those who didn’t go. The tickets were expensive, so everyone wants to know: was it worth it?
There’s two ways to ask that question, so let’s tackle the “Did I eat enough food and drink enough wine to offset the cost of the ticket2?” version of the question. The answer to that question is “no”. How could one possibly eat that much food and consume that much drink when they’re being served by the bite? Golden Corral this place was not. So no, we didn’t re-coup the cost of our tickets. But that version of the question is missing the point. This event is a fundraiser for the COMO, a great local institution that I went to all the time when I was a kid. We’re trying to give money to the COMO, no bankrupt it.3
The alternate version of the question is “Did you have such an awesome time that you would do it again?” The answer to that question is a resounding “yes”! We had a blast! The decorations were great, the atmosphere at the Velvet Mill was electric, and the food really was excellent. I’d recommend it to anyone who is thinking about going next year. And I promise I’ll wear a hat (or whatever the theme may be)!
- Tom: Technically, Marek and Xochitl won the bracelet. I’m not saying there was collusion going on, but driving the price up on yourself is OK because it’s for charity, right? ↩
- Ninety-five dollars per ticket, for the record. ↩
- Also, for the record, I didn’t eat that much but I was pretty full by the end! ↩