Last week, a group of neighbors in the Fort got together to celebrate mid Autumn festival.
According to Ms Audrey Ann Lee, a resident of the Fort and an associate at Zhu Kitchen at 5th Avenue, the event, one of many that she has organized and is called the Meet & Greet lunches/dinners, was an idea by Pauline Tan of E.Q.U.I.P.@BGC, a community organization, and Chef Karl of Zhu Kitchen, to bring the community together, and "have a venue to personally meet and greet each other beyond the virtual community that we have."
"Chef Karl plans out the menu, proposes it to the organizing group and I plan out activities for the group. So we dont just sit and eat, but really have an activity to break the ice.
Initially we just opened it for adults. So moms and dads can have their me time. But for game nights, similar to the Mooncake Dice Game we would love to have the kids as well."
Dice game was played and good food was served
Ms Ann Lee had an anecdote for the dinner to share. "Funny story is, Chef Karl and I wanted deviate from the traditional dice game wherein you get to win hopia or mooncakes from the smallest to largest size (about 12 inches mooncake in diameter). So we made sure every one has a mooncake to take home and hopefully a loot from the game too.
But in 2 days of trying to find a set of 6 dice, almost all bookstores, toy stores and department stores in BGC just ran out of stock of the dice.
Luckily Puzzles, the restaurant the offers food and board games, had a box of dice from probably all the games they have.
I was asking if they sold any, but they don't.
Kevin, one of the guys from the resto, was very kind that he gave me a set of 6 dice.
I was offering to pay for it, but they wont accept my money and they said I could have it :-)
Basically that experience showed me what community should be all about - support and friendship among others." This is so true. When we open our doors to neighbors, a lot of nice things can happen.
From the photos, I saw that many dishes was served. I asked about the favorite dish.
For Ann, she said "Probably, the group's favorite would be the Taho. Hahaha. If I may speak for the group."
Food. Taho in a bucket was really popular, and I was told that the whole bucket was finished in no time.
It was a small gathering. I was unable to attend due to other commitments, but those who participated said that they had a really good time, and the photos can vouch for that!
The participants were really serious in playing the dice game.
Marianna, one of the Fort residents who attended the event, said that while she enjoyed the taho, her favorite dish for the evening was a fish dish.
She shared her experience of the event and told me that she and her husband were introduced to the dice game a little over 10 years ago. "We try to play every year because the kids enjoy it so much, the 14-year old is very proud of the loot he wins and shares it with us.
This year he really enjoyed himself again even after all these years of having played it!"
Ms Lee will host this community event in the future. Watch out for the event poster in www.TheFortCity.com.