A seventy-fifth birthday and the arrival of a new baby are both reasons to celebrate. Our family recently gathered to honor my Grandmother's birthday, and the birth of my Uncle's first child. It was really a sight to behold looking at the different generations seated at the dinner table.
We took over a private room at the Berkeley restaurant, Riva Cucina. Although a few faces were missing, it was still a wonderful time had by all. The ambiance was warm and inviting, with rustic red walls, and natural light streaming in through the long windows. The high ceilings,exposed beams, and long farm style table just right for family dining, were perfect for the space. The menu offered rustic Italian comfort dishes, and items easily shared in a large group.
The wine flowed, the conversation was lively, and I even got my baby fix for the night, holding lovely six week old, baby Elise. The wait staff at Riva did a beautiful job of serving a large group, including a discreet clean up of my five year old's huge lemonade spill (which went everywhere).
Honestly, I don't see my family enough, but whenever I do, I'm reminded of what a special group of folks I'm lucky enough to know. And, they have all known me since I was a little girl. I've shared so many meals and special occasions with each one of these people. What better way to mark major life events then to sit down to a lovely meal? Spending a night laughing, drinking, and eating, is ideal in my book.