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January 14, 2004 - Red Wine and Seafood? Of Course!

What: Annual Guild event

Where: Oxford Hotel Grand Ballroom

When: January 29, 2004

Beneficiary: Volunteers of Americas Guild for the Brandon Center

Gala Chairperson(s): Diana Murdy and Irene Zarlengo

Co-Chair(s): General Mangaer, Julie Muise and Stephen Vice, Executive Chef for McCormick's Fish House and Bar

Libations: Southern Wine & Spirits of Colorado

Catering: McCormick's Fish House and Bar

Entertainment: The Jazz Machine

Quote of the evening: "This is wonderful...have you tried this one?"

Menu: Red wine, scrumptious seafood, desserts and coffee

Attendance: 200 - Sold out!

Information: Please call 720.264.3322

Board of Directors: VOAG: Maryann Yuthas, President; Dr. Kelly Sennholz, President-elect; Diana Murdy, Past President; Ann Butler, 1st VP Membership; Irene Zarlengo, 2nd VP of Membership; Rev. Susan Kiely and Dr. Kelly Sennholz, 3rd VP Brandon/Theodora House; Angela Alexis, Treasurer; Kristine Duncan, Recording Secretary; Myrna Mourning and Joyce Patterson, Corresponding Secretary; Toni Butler, Parliamentarian; Michael James, VOA Liaison; Dianne Eddolls, Founding President

Blacktie Photos by: Elizabeth Byrnes

 The eighth annual
The eighth annual "fish fest" was a sold-out success!

Elizabeth Byrnes

There was nothing fishy about the Red Wine and Seafood? Of course! fundraiser, held at McCormick’s Fish House & Bar on January 29th. The Grand ballroom at the Oxford was packed to the gills with a sold-out crowd, raising approximately $9,000, benefiting the Volunteers of America Guild.

The eighth annual fish fest was chaired by Diana Murdy and Irene Zarlengo and co-chaired by McCormick’s GM Julie Muise and Executive Chef Stephen Vice.

Guests feasted on lobster and caviar latte; blackened roulade of prime rib with crawfish, andouille sausage and pecan stuffing; shiitake crusted Thresher shark with bay shrimp Bordelaise; cashew crusted Tilapia with Jamaican rum butter sauce; Diver Sea scallop and Portobello mushrooms wrapped in caul fat over saffron risotto; horseradish crusted salmon with vodka broth; pancetta wrapped Monkfish with white bean cassoulet and assorted baked oysters on the half shell – and that was just the seafood! For each entrĂ©e, there was a red wine to accompany it, donated by Southern Wine & Spirits of Colorado.

In the midst of the tasting, The Jazz Machine, a quartet fronted by Frontier's Andrew Hudson, played a jazzy rendition of “Happy Birthday” as McCormick's GM and event co-chair Julie Muise presented birthday girl Cathy Kruzic PR guru for McCormick's with a birthday cake. “What a great way to celebrate my day!” Cathy exclaimed.

“I love this event,” said Maryann Yuthas, President of the VOA Guild. “Each year the selection is different and it is always fabulous!”

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