Vallarta Living | December 2009
|Debbi Egan, Seth Cloutman and Becas Vallarta|
Polly G. Vicars - PVNN
December 11, 2009
Banana Cantina’s Charity Nights opening on December 9 was an event to remember! Debbi Eagan, owner and hands-on manager, teamed up with gourmet chef, Seth Cloutman of Food by Seth, for a classy evening of fine food and unparalleled fellowship bringing in donations that will provide a whole year’s Becas Vallarta scholarship to four bright young junior high Vallartenses with limited economic resources.
|Debbi Eagan, 2roprietor of Banana Cantina|
|Seth Cloutman, proprietor of Food by Seth|
|Those that made it all happen|
|The excellent Banana Cantina staff|
The dining area was already jumping when we arrived promptly at 7 pm. The tables were beautifully set and artfully arranged for groups small and large. The superb kitchen staff prepared a meal to be remembered and the excellent wait staff served each course quickly and efficiently.
Along with a large glass of red or white wine we dined on beautifully presented Chilled Chayote and Cucumber Soup, followed by a Composed Salad with Sauteed New Potatoes and Caramelized Onions. Then came the hard choice between Fish Napoleon with a Roasted Fennel Cream Sauce or Chicken Roulade Stuffed with Panela Cheese, Fresh Spinach and Sun-dried Tomatoes.
I had the fish, but Irene Johnson, who took all these photos, had the chicken. Both were more than noteworthy! After all of that there was hardly room for the delicious Flourless Chocolate Torte with a Guyaba Salsa, but like everyone else, I gave it a try.
The room was filled with loyal supporters of Becas, as well as of the Banana Cantina and Seth. The lovely Cassandra Shaw of Cassandra Shaw Jewelry and her equally lovely sister Candace of Fishing with Carolina, headed a fun filled table of happy eaters. Kevin and Betty Simpson of Peyote People dined as a romantic twosome as did Valerie and Richard Megeney, friends who never fail to attend a Becas event.
Our festive table was graced with the local actress and singer Norma Schuh and her better half Larry, Kai Doyle of PV and El Tuito, Richard Phillips of PV and Modesto, CA, new Vallartenses Irene and Carl Johnson, Andres and Kathy Tedriks of PV and Montreal and of course, Husband. Grant Hunermund of Bite Me Beach Club was everywhere, meeting and greeting. What is an event without him? My apologies to all those attendees who were too numerous to mention this time!
Of course Debbi and Seth kept close watch on everyone and everything as guest after guest praised them for the event. I know that those four young people who will be going to school next year as a result of this small, but superlative event, would bestow a warm hug and a quiet Muchimas Gracias to all who planned, prepared and attended. On behalf of Becas Vallarta I join them in saying the same!
Located on the corner of Pulpito and Amapas in the Romantic Zone of Puerto Vallarta, Banana Cantina Restaurant serves creative Contemporary Mexican and International Cuisine in an eclectic, yet comfortable, atmosphere. For more information, click HERE or visit BananaCantina.com.
Polly G. Vicars and her husband of almost 60 years, Hubert (a.k.a. "Husband") retired to Puerto Vallarta in 1988 and soon became active members of several charitable organizations. Polly is the author of "Tales of Retirement in Paradise: Life in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico" [a sell-out!] and "More Tales of Retirement in Puerto Vallarta and Around the World." Proceeds from the sale of her books go to the America-Mexico Foundation, a scholarship foundation that is their passion.
Click HERE for more articles by Polly Vicars, or click HERE to learn more about Becas Vallarta and the America-Mexico Foundation.