|Watching Cheese Got Talent on the lawn|
Lee asked me how I got the idea to do the party originally.
Was it because I ate cheese all the time? Nope, I'm actually a lactard, so I don't usually eat a ton of cheese.
Was it because I longed to be Italian? Well, not exactly. I would love to be Italian, but I'm pretty fond of being Chinese.
Was it because I was looking for a reason to throw a party? Yes! Always am and always will be!
In 2002, my roommate had just moved out and as with almost every roommate, she left a few things behind, which I naturally inherited. She had left several bottles, about 4 or 5 of Torani Flavored syrups. She liked to make herself some hot cocoa and have a shot of the flavored syrup to spice things up.
|Our spread of Torani syrups|
Because we Chinese are good at getting the most out of everything, I didn't throw them away and started planning a party centered around these syrups.
So what goes with Italian sodas?
Cheese, of course!
And the rest is history:
- Year 1 (2002): Start of the party in tiny apartment
- Year 2-4 (2003-05): Continue to throw party in 2 other tiny apartments
- Year 5 (2008): Winter's and Lee's Cheesegagement Party at Lee's parents' beautiful backyard and lots of people wearing argyle
- Year 6 (2009): Brady's Cheesegagement Party and Cheese Idol introduced
- Year 7 (2010): Another great year!
- Year 8 (2011): Gourmet Grilled Cheese Bar in honor of 8th year and Cheese Idol changed to Cheese Got Talent
Because this year was the 8th annual and the number 8 is a lucky number in the Chinese culture (heck, we got engaged on 08/08/08), we ramped up the celebration a little.
As usual, we asked everyone to bring a cheese. In order to get a good variety of cheese, each person brought a cheese that started with the first letter of his or her mother's maiden name. And believe you me, it works! This was just one table of cheese!
|How many varieties did we have this year? A lot!|
We had a few more Italian Soda flavors this year!
|Just a few more were added this year!|
And Cheese Got Talent was a hit this year!
|Our Russian emcee was a hit!|
And to celebrate the 8th year, we had a Gourmet Grilled Cheese Bar! Delicious! Look at those grills in action--thanks to all who let us borrow their George Foremans and panini presses!
|The beginning of the Gourmet Grilled Cheese Bar|
Here's a few pics of this year's celebration! What a bunch of cheeseballs!
Thanks for making it a great 8th year! See you for #9!