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Food was a hit at my 30th birthday

Claire Stabbert - Columnist
Posted 6/3/21

I'm not sure if any of you stepped outside this past weekend, but it poured basically the entire time. Last weekend (Memorial Day Weekend) was my 30th birthday party, hosted by my parents, Publisher …

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Food was a hit at my 30th birthday

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I'm not sure if any of you stepped outside this past weekend, but it poured basically the entire time. Last weekend (Memorial Day Weekend) was my 30th birthday party, hosted by my parents, Publisher Fred Stabbert III and my mom Regina Stabbert.

I like to plan, so I had everything planned out 6 months in advance, including the caterers. There wasn't another option in my mind, besides Mr. Willy's - it had to be him. I know the famous Mr. Willy himself, and his son Bob.

To say they knocked the catering out of the park would be an understatement. I had 60 guests, and everyone was raving about how amazing the food was. For a taste of what Mr. Willy's catering can do, I'll share my menu!

For appetizers, I asked for cheese and crackers (see picture of what he brought). The cheese board consisted of 2 tables packed of charcuterie, fresh fruit, veggies both fresh and pickled, and my name carved into multiple melons to make it that much more special and custom.

Appetizers were passed, which included cold and hot shrimp, lemon garlic clams, and stuffed mushrooms with a balsamic drizzle. Guests enjoyed the food over rounds of corn hole, and sitting by the fire pit and under the big white tent (good move by me on the tent).

Dinner was divine, we gave the guests 3 hours in between courses and went with a backyard bbq theme. The spread featured pesto pasta salad, greek cucumber salad with feta and red onion, zesty pulled pork with coleslaw sliders, bbq ribs, and the main event: grilled bbq chicken. The chicken was made on site, and was perfectly cooked.

My family consists of tough critics when it comes to bbq chicken, but it passed the test. We finished my birthday with dessert. We had carrot cake (with candles), cheese cake, cookies, fruit, and hot coffee and tea to warm everyone up.

It was a wonderful celebration despite some rain, and needless to say, no one left hungry.

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