Although it’s been said many times, many ways, I adore Annapolis.
How many times can you or I praise something before it loses it’s shine, and it starts to feel transparent? Well when you give authentic love and energy to anything, I don’t think there can ever be enough praise.
One year ago I was invited to the most charming of holiday parties, at the Red Red Wine Bar, which in time for the holidays transformed themselves as the Jingle Bell Bar. I know, how awesome right? Last year’s story can be found here.
The amazing decorations, displays, lights, tinsel, trees, and so much that I don’t remember it all was back. The great customer service was back. And most of all the event was helped to support the amazing organization, Anne Arundel County CASA.
I’ve mentioned CASA several times in the past in this blog, and it’s wonderful organization with wonder people behind this operation. I know feel like I’m part of the family and consider several people involved dear friends, as well as family. It’s a blessing to be a part of something so genuine and so loving.
And being a part of these most wonderful, organic, and fun loving events makes it all the more merrier. And it’s magnified during the month of December.
Let’s face it, our schedules are loaded and bloated with events that we either feel obligated to, torn about or may look forward too. Some might me too big for their own good, or might be thrown for the sake of it with no soul.
This event was loaded with soul. It was a great time with great people, and while the bar was busy, you never had to fight to get a drink or have yourself heard. CASA also had a guest bartender for a couple of hours that added another level of charm to the event. And yes this was an event on the calendar I was looking forward too.
And yes, being in Annapolis (here’s my Annapolis history that keeps on growing) just wraps it up in a pretty bow and screams Merry Christmas. It almost seems too good to be true, but it isn’t. Sometimes towns are that picturesque that it deserves as much as love from its locals and from visitors like myself.
Now onto the pizza. Last year, I did two pies and I had to go back and make sure I would’t accidentally make a repeat. So here goes.
First was the Eastern Shore. This is barbecue chicken, with red onions, mozzarella, and marinara sauce. I’ve had bbq chicken on pies that have been absolute disasters. It’s real easy to screw up if you’re not careful. That’s why when a place does it right, it deserves a lot of credit. And this was really good. I don’t know if this was my favorite bbq chicken but there’s a lot going for it.
A lot can go wrong when barbecue sauce, cheese, and the pizza sauce clash. And all of these principles can taste fine but may not mesh well when molded together. This was a great effort. But what really stands out is the crust and those onions. I could eat these red onions for days. And the way this pizza was heated was done perfectly. The pictures tell more than I can.
But the Gus is the pizza you want to get. Oh my goodness this was something. This may have been cooked better than the Eastern Shore. This was per our bartenders’, Bethany (whom we met last year at the same event), recommendation, and it never had a chance.
I mean it really never had a chance. I was lucky to have a slice. This is the one everyone was drawn to. The cheese and sauce complemented the trios of ham, sausage, and pepperoni to perfection. This was exquisite. I’m craving one right now. That only means…
I will be back. I promised that if I were afforded the opportunity and pleasure to come back to this same party one year later, that I would revisit some of their pizzas, and maybe their wine. To read more about the wine, click here.
A huge thanks to Bethany and Abby for helping with the pizza and wine suggestions.
This was great, this was a wonderful occasion with equally wonderful people, that represent a great organization that is Anne Arundel County CASA. And to partner up with the friendly folks at Red Red Wine Bar is a winning Christmas combination.
For more on Red Red Wine Bar, here is their menu, their hours and location, and their backstory.
And for more on Anne Arundel County CASA, here is more about them, and how to get involved.
Annapolis has my heart, and so did everything about this event.
I will be back. Actually, I have been back a couple of times over the year in between events, but not to write about. I waited for this.
If there’s to be a trilogy, I will patiently wait one more year. But honestly, where did one year go? I felt like I was admiring this holiday decor just the other day.
And we’ll admire it again.
Happy Holidays and Peace Be With You.
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