When you experience a state fair, any state fair, it gives you the undeniable right to say, "I know these people".
Last night I was invited by my friend Walter and my new friend Loraine from Paris Ceramics to attend the opening of Sub-Zero's and Wolf's brand spanking new showroom at the D&D Building. Upon entering the party, and not knowing the origins of Sub-Zero (truthfully, I thought it was European or at least Canadian), I was met with nametag-wearing faces that I had seen before. I began to look around and saw a pizza man statue wearing a Packers hat, a drinks table featuring Sprecher Root Beer and Lagers and plates of pork loin over purple cabbage. Having been to the Wisconsin State Fair it all began to come together. I looked at their faces again and saw that familiar look of excitement mixed with fear, bewilderment, amusement and sincerity one notices when a meeting a Packer Fan (I with a woman from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism to see what one would address a person from Wisconsin and this was her answer as she laughed into the phone) at a New York party.
Needless to say, these Packer Fans are wonderful, warm and engaging people that proudly threw a fun party at their beautiful showroom. Under most circumstances, rooms outfitted with searing heat and freezing cold-producing instruments, plus corporate parties are associated with hell, but this was pure heaven. Needless to say, Natasha would have been jealous seeing all those big burners and freezers big enough to satisfy her carnivorous obsession of storing meat. Someday Natasha, some day you will be able to throw a big dinner party where you don't have use two of our neighbor's ovens and the terrace as a second refrigerator. But until then we will just have to go to the showroom for product demonstrations and classes like the rest of the chumps that can only dream of building their home around the kitchen.
At least there was one winner from Wisconsin last night.
Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom
150 58th Street in Manhattan