It was a heated – and humid! – battle on the bocce courts, as 20 Dames gathered in River Forest on Sunday, July 15 for the annual “Dames Who Roll” event. Hosted by Dame Gina Voci and husband Ed, this year’s theme – France versus Italy — made for an extra fun and delicious event. Guests were greeted by a Franco-Italian buffet of hors d’oeuvres including rich yet refreshing vichysoisse “shots,” a gorgeous array of cheese and charcuterie, pan bagnat, and bruschetta, along with French, Italian and American takes on the famous Negroni cocktail. And of course, its not a summer party without rosé!
Both Dames and Dudes flung the bocce balls with gusto and sometimes enviable precision! Two teams of four finally came head to head in the finals. At stake: bragging rights and bottles of Ovation wine from Opus One! The ultimate champions: Julie and Josh Chernoff, Bill Thurmond and Francesca Voci. In proud second place: Susan Weller, Michael Donnelly, Susan Szymanski and Liz Barrett.
After the heated battle (it was a steamy afternoon!), the group returned to the Vocis’ beautiful home for a potluck dinner, featuring more French and Italian specialties.
The table was stuffed with dishes — quiche, beef tenderloin, roasted lemon chicken, orecchiette with sausage and rapini, fennel and arugula salad, summer tomatoes and burrata, ratatouille and more. But room had to be saved for the tempting array of desserts, from blueberry tarts and crostatas to cakes. Our hostess with the mostest, Gina, and husband Ed, kept glasses filled and conversation flowing all night long in their gorgeous backyard and gardens. Special thanks to Dame Toria Emas for taking so many fun photos!
This is one of the most delightful events of the year, and we extend huge thanks to the Vocis and everyone who prepared such an impressive feast! Cheers, Santé and Salut!