American Fare for Antiques Show

January 22, 2002, 12:00 AM EST

American Folk Art Museum's American Antiques Show benefit preview party Metropolitan Pavilion Wednesday, 01.16.02, 5 PM to 9 PM
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The benefit preview party for the American Folk Art Museum's first American Antiques Show had an appropriately Americana-inspired menu. The Catering Company creatively complemented the event's theme, decorating each of four food stations with fabrics and props that matched the folksy antiques on display at the Metropolitan Pavilion.

A nautical-inspired table offered cornmeal-crusted Maryland crabcakes, served with sauces including a roasted corn and black bean salsa. Colorful bolts of fabric and buttons accompanied an antique sewing machine (from Props for Today) set up at the carving station, which featured roast turkey and beef brisket. And at the popular mashed potato station (a Catering Company trademark of sorts), guests could have their potatoes--served in old-fashioned ice cream sundae glasses--topped with sweet corn succotash or Yankee pot roast with gravy. Catering Company designer Carolyn Buckley put together the displays, using the company's props and images from the museum.

Meanwhile, caterwaiters passed tasty tidbits including New England lobster rolls, mini hamburgers, Johnny cakes with roasted beets, and bite-sized chicken pot pies, served on trays made with old postcards.

Another nice touch was the music, from folk duo Sam and Karen Duffy, who set an appropriate mood.

More than 800 tickets were sold for the preview, which preceded four days of programs designed around the show. A roster of 44 dealers came from 15 states, and the fine objects on display included quilts and crafted furniture.

--Susan Silver

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