The term Mardi Gras comes from the practice of eating "richer, fattier" foods (according to Wiki) on the day before Ash Wednesday/beginning of Lent. Chesapeake Wine Co., in Baltimore's Canton neighborhood, hosted a fantastic Mardi Gras party! In case you didn't know, the place isn't merely a wine shop -- they also have gourmet snacks and a full service wine bar. They put in several tables around the bar, hired the band The Grapefruit Kings to play zydeco music and got Blacksauce to provide the meal. There were Mardi Gras beads, trinkets, masks, even an authentic King Cake flown in that day from New Orleans.
The sign from the Baltimore City Fire Department says that the capacity in that area is 100, but that's probably before a bunch of tables and chairs are stuck in there. The cost was $50 per person for the evening, including an open bar.
People really got into the festivities and the neat part was, because of the space, it was still an intimate party, like a house party.
Please read the list below for more info on what the party was like . . . laissez les bons temps rouler!
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