Food, fun, fine weather, friends, and Fords – at least two Model A’s – made up the journey of the Progressive Lunch from Tropical Park through the beautiful streets and past the historic villages in Coral Gables on the way to the home of Cheryl and Jay Mullininx on Saturday, November 13. Following the trail laid out by Ira Shapiro, the members of the club saw the Florida Pioneer Village, the Italian Village, Chinese Village, the French Country Village, the French City Village, and the Dutch South African Village, all examples of early 20th Century architecture that reflected the influence of those styles on American residences, all dreamed up by George Merrick, the founder of Coral Gables. In addition, the club learned new routes through the back roads and relearned how to negotiate the newest vestige of international design: the traffic circle. Upon arrival at the destination in Palmetto Bay, Cheryl and Jay welcomed us to their spacious home and backyard and a fine luncheon of roasted chicken, beef tenderloin, baked potatoes, salad, and a dessert selection that boggled the mind, not to mention the sugar quotient.
Thank you to Ira Shapiro for providing us with the guide to the homes – and the pre-lunch appetizers – and to Cheryl and Jay for their hospitality. The thanks of the club was shown by presenting them with a certificate of appreciation and the gift of a spa day for both of them: a relaxing time well-earned.
By Philip Williams Photos by Jean Hawa and Bob Squier
The Progressive Lunch is different than all the other events hosted by AACA South Florida. Unlike a show, it’s not just about the cars. Unlike the picnic or the holiday party, it’s not just about the food, and it takes place in more than one location. This year, on Saturday, October 5, we began at the lovely home of Jean and Maurice Hawa, with salads and hors d’oeuvres. Then Ira Shapiro added a new twist and turn to the formula: a poker chip run that was more of a leisurely drive through some of the nicest neighborhoods in Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay, gathering poker chips at a couple of stops, and ending up at poolside at the home of Cheryl and Jay Mullininx, where a feast of beef tenderloin, chicken, lasagna, mashed potatoes, green beans, and other tasty additions awaited us.
The twist in the poker chip run was that chips were drawn at random and the point values were assigned after the run so as to heighten the suspense of who would win. And when the chips were counted, the winners were: Diane Preuss 105, Rick and Diane Ash 95, Angela Torres 86, Mark and Yanet Sepulveda 85, and John Houlsby 85.
Thanks to all who participated, thank you especially to our hosts, Jean and Maurice and Cheryl and Jay, and to route master and chip counter Ira Shapiro. By Philip Williams Photos: Bob Squier, Al Padilla and Philip Williams
The day started out with the unique South Florida phenomenon of sunshine showers, but it didn’t deter the early risers who motored down to the home of Conrad Vazquez and Tania Santiago-Mirabel for a continental breakfast around the pool and under a tent as the last of the morning sun-showers tapered off. Then it was on to the grounds of Eastridge Retirement Community where we parked on the lawn and put our cars on display for the residents, many of whom remembered their days behind the wheel of cars like those on display. And then it was on to the home of Jay and Cheryl Mullininx who put out a luncheon spread that can only be described as sumptuous: roast beef, grilled chicken, potatoes with all the trimmings, and then the sugar-buzzing dessert selection. Good food, good friends, and a beautiful day. Thanks to all our hosts for opening their homes to us, Eastridge Retirement Community for inviting us, and to Manny and Millie Garcia for organizing this event.
By Philip Williams
Photos by Bob Squier, Philip Williams and Ira Shapiro
The annual Progressive Dinner may change venues – that’s the whole idea – but the food and the friendship is always good. On Saturday, November 4, we started out at the home of Philip Williams with a selection of appetizers – shrimp, cheese, and deli nibblers – then onward to the home of Cheryl and Jay Mullininx for a sumptuous dinner around the pool. The menu started out with a mixed green salad followed by a buffet of beef tenderloin, chicken pot pie, potatoes au gratin, and a green bean casserole. All of them were homemade and delicious. The desserts were too numerous to list here, but if you counted on cheesecake, ice cream, apple pie, lemon cake, and an assortment of cookies, you’d be off to a good start. There were door prizes for the lucky ticket holders, but best of all it was a fun time with good friends, which is one of the reasons we like to get together and share a meal.
Photos by Bob Squier
Only three members brought their oldies to the dinner.
Appetizers and conversation
A warm welcome
A grouping of antiques 🙂
Have you heard the one about …
Jerry, Lucas, and John
RIck resting after his performance
Host Philip replenishing the table
All holding forth
Carlton and Nancy
Jean and Diane
Ken, Gary and Rick
Getting ready to eat
Diving into the first course
Sitting down to the main meal
Desserts a plenty
Hosts Jay and Cheryl
Going and coming -President Ron and President elect Manny
Ira doing his best Vanna White impression with one of the gifts.
Rain kept the car count to two. John Layzell’s 1987 Porsche 924S
Philip Williams’s 1988 Pontiac Safari 6000 LE
This year’s Progressive Dinner was a smashing success with 41 of our members enjoying delicious foods at three locations. Mother Nature was an uninvited guest with two short showers that kept the antique car turnout to two.
With appetizers at Bob and Ken’s home the evening was off to a good start. It was a loud and gregarious group carrying on a variety of conversations only interrupted by returns to the platters to replenish their plates. We then moved on to Ira and Susan’s for the main course. Fortunately, most of the tables were on a covered patio so everyone was able to stay dry while they dined. Manny Garcia led off with a description of what we would be served: Brazilian-style meats and sides served at the table. and he also told us about the door prizes: practical gifts for the auto enthusiast. If you sat in a chair with a marker underneath you were a winner. Once that was done we moved to the home of Maurice and Jean’s for coffee and dessert, dessert, dessert and more desserts.
The good spirits and comradery never faltered, but they are never in short supply at our club.
We held our annual Progressive Dinner on Saturday, October 31, 2015. Even though it was Halloween, only three members showed up in costume and we had only four antique cars make the trip to the three destinations. Still, it was a festive evening with good food and even better company with conversations ranging from memories of events past to car talk to theatre and to remembrances of childhood. All in all it was a very enjoyable evening.
Thanks to our hosts, Philp Williams, Guy Lewis and Bob Squier, and to Mel Mann, Manny Garcia, Millie Valiente, Ira and Susan Shapiro and Maurice and Jean Hawa for making this whole production work.
Ira and Manny set out the food
Jean reads Cindy’s palm
Manny thanking everone and awarding raffle prizes.