How to find comfort when the Arizona Cardinals bump the Green Bay Packers out of the play-offs: gather with good friends to eat fine food. That’s what we who are Wisconsinmade.com did last evening at the home of Linda Remeschatis, founder of our 10-year-old Internet company. The party was a celebration of the hard work we all did to get gourmet Wisconsin foods, books, art, music, crafts, and Wisconsin clothing to people across the country who value the high-quality products created by Wisconsin artisans.
Even though initially planned as a post-holiday season, company party, the party fell on a Packer Sunday, so in true Wisconsin-fashion when we entered the house Sunday afternoon, we took our seats in front of the TV. Ready to recreate with beer, wine and pickled herring rollmops, we fixed our eyes on our team. Not all of us were true Packers fans, however. An Illinois-transplant was present; he’s the spouse of one of our newest, prized Wisconsinmade.com co-workers. He’s a die-hard Bears fan and initially stood uncommitted to either Packers or Cardinals. But our pro-Packers exuberance rubbed off on him so that at the game’s final heart-breaking fumble, he too felt our pain.
I’ll tell you now, it’s a good thing we had all that great, gourmet, Wisconsin food to eat. It was prepared by the Wisconsin artisans with whom we partner. The smoked pheasant, duck, and salmon raised our spirits despite the Cardinals’ repeated scoring. We savored the Wisconsin, artisanal cheeses, summer sausages, creamed herring, and cranberry chutney delivered to our tongues on Potter’s amazing organic crackers. We dined on salads, party meatballs, and shrimp. With such a scrumptious spread, nobody could get too down about the fate of our Green Bay Packers. Yes, it was the great food and fine company which kept our spirits high during that roller-coaster of a football game.
And after the game? We buried our disappointment beneath forkfuls of Suzy’s cheesecake and Marlene’s rum cake. We agreed that Marlene’s rum cake has enough rum in it to buffer any Packer fan from post-season blues.
The gourmet chocolates did their magic to cheer the chocoholics in our midst.
And when we turned our attention from the game and on to one another, we recounted high-lights of our past year. We congratulated each person for the special role he or she had played in getting us so far. Linda graciously gave each of us a special, Wisconsinmade gift to add physical weight to her obvious appreciation of her grand team. Thank you Linda for such a marvelous party, and a very, good year!