Fermented Release Party - the thank you speech

Well, there it was.  The little release party for a the little book that could.
If you will indulge me, I’d like to take a post here on the ole blog and give thanks to everyone who came out this evening.  SO MANY PEOPLE came to say hello, buy a book, have it signed.  And guess what – they weren’t all people I already knew!  I’m so surprised that actual people – people who are strangers to me! – came and bought the book and talked fermentation and real food!
So, in true Oscar/Emmy/Grammy style, I’m going to give my thank you speech.  And because I run this blog, there won’t be any music playing me off the stage.  Ha ha.
First and foremost, I have to thank Espresso a Mano.  Matt generously opened his beautiful business to me and let me have this party.  If you are a Pittsburgher, you MUST become a regular at Espresso a Mano.  If you’re from out of town, be sure to stop there for the best espresso in the area when you’re passing through.  I love Matt and his dedication to his craft is second to none.  Thanks, Matt!
Thank you to the fabulous LadyFingers Private Chef and Catering Service for the fantastic food!  Diane, Jim, and Coletta – the evening was made by your delicious food, attention to detail, and top-notch customer service.  I am so grateful to call you all friends!
My parents, Jack and Kathy bought everyone coffee to go with the evening.  I hope you all took advantage of that!  Thanks for all the support, Mom and Dad!
My Uncle Tom, Aunt Mary Rita, Uncle Bill, Aunt Rie, and cousin Rhonda – I am so grateful to all of you for traveling so far to come to this little gathering.  Virginia, Michigan, and Indiana were all represented!
My mother-in-law Shirley and my sister-in-law Sharon – What a grand surprise it was to see your faces!  Thank you for coming!
To my Industrial Athletics CrossFit Alloy family – I hope you know just how truly special you all are to me.  The fact that nearly the entire clientele of the box came and hung out and supported me is a wonderful testament to the fantastic community we’ve built in just a few months.  I love you all so dearly.  You mean more to me than you’ll ever know.
To friends old and new, thank you.  I’m not sure what else to say other than that.  Thank you.  It was so great to see you ALL this evening.
To my Dude! Thanks for carrying all those boxes of books.  I love you.
I’ll post some photos on Facebook and Instagram tomorrow.  For now, I’m going to rest my signing hand and get ready for the next event – Sunday!

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