Gorgeois

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The weather in Sarasota is perfect for an evening of decadence. Wine, food, entertainment, gorgeous views of the bay and the Ca’ d’Zan — it’s enough to defy language. That’s why the proper word to describe last night is gorgeois, which is simply a combination of gorgeous and bourgeois. It’s a new addition to a lexicon that’s sometimes insufficient in describing life’s capacity for beauty.

Last night’s “Wine Walk to Ca’ d’Zan” was a celebration of Sarasota’s growing foodie scene, including dishes by Fête Catering and Ballroom, Nellie’s Catering, Traviso, and Michael’s on East, each paired with wines from all over the world.

Navigating the grounds with a plate of food and a glass of wine is exactly what John and Mable Ringling did, or at least what I imagine they did, while they lived there, and guests were able to trace the Ringlings’ steps. I even overheard that the entrance to the Ca’ d’Zan is the mansion’s original driveway.

In a way, the flood of regular people on the former property of aristocrats is perfectly gorgeois. It’s like a mini revolution against the one-percent who would have surely despised all these hooligans partying there and enjoying a lifestyle experienced only by the super-rich.

No guillotine, but there was an amazing sunset.

Everyone was speaking about which dishes were their favorites. Mine? The knockwurst was ridic, and the chicken tikka masala was delish, oh, and I really dug the seafood trio. I also had three cannolis.

Cannoi from Treviso
Cannoi from Treviso
Tandoori Shrimp, Chicken Tikka Masala, Pulav with Cashews, Peas, and Jeera from Michael's on East
Tandoori Shrimp, Chicken Tikka Masala, Pulav with Cashews, Peas, and Jeera from Michael’s on East
Mini Cupcake from The Cake Zone
Mini Cupcake from The Cake Zone
Croque Monsieur from Fête Catering and Ballroom
Croque Monsieur from Fête Catering and Ballroom
Seafood Trio Paella from Nellie's Catering
Seafood Trio Paella from Nellie’s Catering
Beer-Steamed Knockwurst with Sauerkraut and German Mustard, Braised Short Ribs Sauerbraten-Style, Braised Red Cabbage and Brown Butter Spaetzle from Fête Catering and Ballroom
Beer-Steamed Knockwurst with Sauerkraut and German Mustard, Braised Short Ribs Sauerbraten-Style, Braised Red Cabbage and Brown Butter Spaetzle from Fête Catering and Ballroom

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