Here I am, on the final evening of my sixth decade. Tomorrow I turn 60…CONGRATULATIONS, MOM!
As I bask in the aural tones of Sydney Bechet ( a birthday gift from Jeanie) let me tell you how almost 40 of my family members and friends surprised me REALLY SURPRISED me with a wonderful party at my favorite Columbus restaurant, BLACK CREEK BISTRO, the delightful eatery on the corner of Parsons & Oak, gateway to Old Town East.Black Creek Bistro is so personal and intimate, such a natural venue for getting together with 40 of my closest folks and celebrating our lives.
If you live in Columbus, get on down for dinner, Monday-thru-Saturdays.
If you work downtown or on the East side, they are reputed to have the tastiest $5 lunch in town. Kent Peters, your proprietor, is also a gentleman farmer (you may see him walking thru the dining room in his mud boots and field hat) who raises produce from his Canal Winchester farm to serve to his patrons, same day. Beef, lamb, duck…from Ohio farms to your palate.
Anyway, I couldn’t have known…I was reporting for duty to help Posh Nosh Catering impress some prospective clients…it was a ruse to surprise me, and surprised it did to me! Kent hurried me into the dining room “HURRY, they showed up early, get in there” to the flash of a camera and 40 well-wishers’ festive ambush. What fun…what food…what gifts…Mom, all three sisters and their families, so many good friends, all socially engineered by my loving wife Sharon. Special treat…Rachael sneaking into town from Chicago, hiding from me all weekend until Zero-Hour!
As my birthday approaches in merely minutes I hear the bent & bowed strings of Django Reinhardt with Stephan Grapelli…Jimbo sez check ’em out.