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The Monterey Symphony Luncheon at the top of the Monterey Marriott kicks off Sizzle from Iceland

Noreen Harrow
Noreen Harrow

If you want to make a good impression ~ host your event at the top of the Monterey Marriott, just as Susan Britton and Sharon Pezzolo did with their Friends of the Monterey Symphony  this afternoon in celebration of this weekend's 'Sizzle from Iceland', Judith Ingolfsson, violinist extraordinaireJudith speaks about her gratitude and her gifts after the luncheon, with Max Bragado-Darman as The Monterey Symphony Music Director, conducting.


These events will be held this weekend only at both Salinas and Monterey (see ticket info) ( and see Monterey Symphony's friends in a slide show below)

# 1   The views in the Ferrante Room at the very top of the hotel are stunning.
#2   Not only does food taste as good as it looks
#3   The service is as efficient as any stealth military operation, only they are a lot friendlier.

Luncheon was launched with cocktails and soon after seating there were huge terrines of  smooth mushroom soup topped with a puff pastry that almost disappeared before it got onto the fork. There was just enough time for everyone to oooh and ahhh over it.

Then came the main course,  a perfectly cooked filet of beef, snuggling next to a small mound of mashed potato, and a spray of asparagus delicately balanced with a paper thinb slice of yellow squash over the top.

 And while we are talking about being efficient - the luncheon had several other stealth attractions underway - the 'Bling' Sported by all the friends was worn to promote one of thier next  funding events - (see slideshow) And they have 13 this year so far.... I think we know who should be taking over the Pentagon - These friends would have the world sharing the one world of music (instead of all the strife, put it into the notes!)  After all you do know  that music is the universal language - and delicious food can't be far behind!
 Isn't this where the Pièce de résistance comes in?

I think that means dessert, no? With a real cup of no  nonsense coffee and real cream, the brigades of Lemon Merengue pie's arrived en force - and all was quiet for awhile......

Then the entertainment commenced with some very funny reports from the frontlines, Max Bragado, conductor knows as much about the food eaten by famous composers than anyone I have ever met - and I think he should do a duet of sorts along those lines. And Judith had such grace in the delivery of her talk, I can't wait to hear her play, because grace and sizzle, well it sounds like a great combination for  the ear as well as the taste buds. 

You may have missed the meal, but you are welcome to come these next few days to feed your soul.

Concert info:
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Sherwood Hall, 940 N. Main Street, Salinas
2:00 p.m. - Final Rehearsal - $15
7:00 p.m. - Performance - $39, $20

Sunday, January 24, 2010
Sunset Center, 8th & San Carlos, Carmel
3:00 p.m. - Performance

Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunset Center, 8th & San Carlos, Carmel
8:00 p.m. - Performance

The Marriott Hotel Ferrante Room


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