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A night of first gingerbread houses!

…with an assist from Nina and KB.

It was also KB’s first gingerbread house,

-Shady

Happy first birthday, Grey!

You’re pretty much the best thing ever, and I’m so proud to be your dad.

Love you so much,

-Dad

Five days later, on Sunday, November 9th, we “held” our first L.A. Food Night.

Actually, that’s not entirely accurate. While KB and I did cook the meal that night—chicken manicotti—our friend Denise hosted, and the group was admittedly small. It was us, Denise, Lille, and two people we had just met, but would soon become close friends with: Mel and Kyle.

Here’s a photo of them with KB from that night:

KB, Mel, and Kyle on the first L.A. Food Night: Sunday, November 9th, 2008.

And here’s another photo of the three of them nearly seven years later, shot during our going-away party on September 24th, 2015.

KB, Mel, and Kyle at our going-away party: Thursday, September 24th, 2015.

Our last official Food Night in L.A. was held on Sunday, September 20th, 2015. Unlike the first L.A. Food Night, a bunch of folks came out including our good friend Theune…

The final L.A. Food Night: Sunday, September 20th, 2015.

…Dima, Mana, and Greg…

The final L.A. Food Night: Sunday, September 20th, 2015.

…and a whole slew of other folks we love and miss dearly.

The final L.A. Food Night: Sunday, September 20th, 2015.

They’re all the best,

-Shady

Old Poop!