2016 is off to a fantastic start! Amy and I celebrated New Years Eve with good friends, great food and awesome intoxicating concoctions at the Orange Squirrel. New Years Day provided an opportunity to rest and work on a few home improvement odds and ends. Also, we had the privilege of sharing brunch with superstar woodworker Jeffry Lohr and his wife Linda at their home studio. Brunch was especially cool because we shared the occasion sitting around Jeff’s gigantic live edge Frontier table. It was pleasurable to have the chance to converse, play with Jeff’s handmade yip sticks and watch our pets aggravate each other.
Amy and I wrapped up the awesome holiday weekend by attending the U.S. premier of the documentary Many Beautiful Things at Fitzgerald’s 1928. The documentary is about actor Vincent Schiavelli and the years lived in Sicily before his death. Chef Francesco Palmieri prepared a delicious meal inspired by Schiavelli’s recipe books. Plenty of wine and specialty drinks rounded out the experience nicely. When the documentary concluded I had the opportunity to speak with director Aurelio Gambadoro, visiting from Sicily, and shake his hand.
And last but not least I decided to kick of 2016 by combining jchismar.com with my blog brownpaperbaglunchbox.blogspot.com into one seamless experience. Please be patient with me as I tweak setting and continue to migrate all the pieces together. Hopefully in a few weeks everything will meet my satisfaction. My sights are aimed high for 2016 for family, friends and fun.