NAPLES — M Waterfront Grille was transformed on May 5 into an iconic staple of a bygone era. Loosely based on the hit television show Mad Men, the restaurant reflected the sophisticated elegance, chic, and swank of a 1960’s Supper Club. The event was created in an effort to support the Guadalupe Center of Immokalee.
More than 115 guests entered the restaurant at the Venetian Village by walking past a fire red vintage Camero from 1967. Once stepping onto the red carpet, photographer John Fernandez was waiting for them to capture the exciting moment.
The music was fun and upbeat which reflected the mood of the evening. The waitresses were dressed in the period attire with beehive hairdos, gloves and sophisticated dresses. The guests joined in the fun with many in long gloves, pill box hats, stylish clothing and makeup of the era.
Every detail was considered as Executive Chef Brian Roland skilfully presented cuisine from the 1960’s including Beef Wellington, Seafood Newburg, and Bananas Foster. Stacy Jonsson stated “it was the best food I ever had at a charitable event.”
Bartenders at the full service bar happily served libations that included High Balls, Rob Roys, and Gin Martinis (shaken not stirred).
As the guests sat admiring the beautiful view and enjoying the wonderful cuisine, Craig Bamberg, one of the event organizers, asked the crowd a series of questions pertaining to the 1960’s. The questions included topics such as television shows, political news and sporting events, from the time period, which stumped more than a few diners.
Kellie Burns, NBC-2 news anchor, and Barbara Oppenheim, executive director of the Guadalupe Center served as some of the hosts for the evening.
The Guadalupe Center strives to transform the lives of families and help break the cycle of generational poverty. For additional information visit www.guadalupecenter.net.