Day One– After two years of waiting and planning, the Roots Family Reunion version 2016 begun with a blow-out party at the host home in the Chicago suburb of Bloomingdale. The Chicago Roots- Jess, Patti, Alexa and Simone, put on a spread to beat the band. Expanding on an Italian theme, they provided a variety of delectable appetizers that were “molto bene”. That was followed with excellento dishes of shrimp with pasta, Italian sausage with peppers, pasta salad and a “salad” salad. Patti’s Mom has this picked eggplant dish that was simply marvelous. The pièce de résistance was the many superlative desserts (lemon cookies were outstanding). It was an unusually cool night, especially for early July, but we kept warm by the outdoor fire pit.
The evening started with the usual stop at the hospitality suite. It was well stocked with spirits,wine and water, though (constructive criticism) pretzels was the only snack in sight. With dinner 4 to 5 hours away, A Roots member brought a couple of pizzas to tide over the hungry horde arriving from near and far until dinner was served later that evening.
There was a little bit of confusion about what “transportation” in the Itinerary meant. The host home was just out of range of the hotel shuttle (and a $1.90 toll), so transport implied carpooling over to the house. With a little negotiating, (thanks Mike) a ride was available for everyone. Through the miracle of GPS everyone was able to find the house easily.
All and all, it was a blast!
The Roots Family Reunion 2016- back,and better than ever.