Healthy veggie salad (one that actually tasted good)

Chilled, citrusy seafood pasta salad (with lobster, octopus, scallops, etc.,...)

Spaghetti and meatballs a la Alana

"I'm not used to working like this on my day off," Alana said to me when I saw her last Sunday. But her hard work and largess paid off to the tune of a TON OF DOUGH raised at the benefit.

And it was a great holiday weekend party, too--one where drinks were damn cheap ($3 glasses of Muga rose, and Alana's valiant servers even donated all their tips!) yet the company was priceless. Paraphrasing Churchill: rarely have so many done so much for one so deserving. This is the kind of thing that makes me take a day off from cynicism.