Colleyville Chamber’s City Slickers features fine food, drink and entertainment

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April 28 was the Colleyville Area Chamber of Commerce 30th Annual City Slickers, which benefits the chamber’s programs and activities.

And just like the Diamond Anniversary it was, there was plenty of sparkle!

This event brings two, well three, of my favorite things together for a great fundraiser … incredible food, an amazing auction and free flowing libations.

First off, this year’s restaurants were some of the finest this event has ever had. All I can say is three cheers for elastic! Let’s face it, if your pants weren’t tight after leaving this event, you should be the poster child for self-control.

Eateries J.R.’s Steakhouse, Fish City Grill, Italianni’s, Boi Na Braza Brazilian Steak House, Next Wood Fired Bistro, Mac’s Steaks & Seafood, Palio’s Pizza Café, Trinity BBQ, Molto Formaggio, LeSara Cupcake Bar, Cotton Patch Café, Scooter’s Coffee & Yogurt, Market Street, Tribeca Americana Bistro and Lounge, Red Dog Right and Texas Roadhouse offered up outstanding samples (in large portions I might add) that had taste buds singing praises. In past years, I have been able to name a favorite but this year I don’t think it would be possible. Each food offering was different and unique and superb!

Then there was the auction. I had heard rumors that this year’s silent auction might be a bit slim but those rumors were completely wrong. There were tables and tables of wonderful items that had attendees hovering just to make sure they were not outbid.

The only criticism I have was that in years past the silent auction had been grouped into sections that closed at different times, which was not the case this time. This year, the entire silent auction closed at one specific time.

Breaking up closing times gave attendees time to bid on different items without having to run all over the room to make final bids before the closing bell. Personally, I felt that having one overall closing time for a silent auction (especially one this large) not only made it difficult for the attendees to keep an eye on the items they were bidding on but also left money on the table because some of the attendees who showed up at the beginning time of 5 p.m. couldn’t stay until 8:30 p.m. when the silent auction closed.

Of course, I always say what’s a great event without adult beverages? This year, gone were the iitty-bitty wine-tasting glasses and back were glasses that were large enough to actually enjoy the delicious wines that were being offered. Plus, if you were a beer drinker, there was more beer flowing there than at a country western concert!

The event was moved back to the Grapevine Convention Center this year after a couple of years at a different location. This venue offered up lots of room to eat, drink and be merry. Whoever made this decision gets the gold star award!

Clearly event co-chairs Roger Badchkam and Don Perfect and special event vice chairman Wes Harrison, along with their committee, Rebecca Barksdale, Jim Barrett, Kathryn Bradford, Eliseo Calzoncin, Rena Frost, Barry Klompus, Cecilia Monacelli, Renova Williams, Bethe Wright and Rachel Ryan, have to be thrilled with the results. I sure was! Well done all!

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