The Year of the Horse began auspiciously for the Denver, Colorado, branch of the Taoist Tai Chi Society, despite a wrenching Denver Broncos Super Bowl loss. About 100 members, friends and honored guests attended the Denver Chinese New Year Banquet on Saturday, February 1. It was the first New Year’s celebration banquet at the branch prepared entirely from the organization’s onsite kitchen.
Branch Council Member Bob Tank emceed the evening, introducing several political guests including Councilwoman Debbie Ortega , State Senator Irene Aguilar, Commander Pazen of Denver Police Department, District 1, and a representative from Senator Mark Udall’s office. Several of our local neighbors were also invited as honored guests.
Local singer/songwriter Cole Dillingham played the guitar and delivered heartfelt vocals for the evening entertainment. Branch members decorated tables with centerpieces made of horse photos, equine lollipops and Chinese stickers. Horse temporary tattoos were given out to members in search of a little New Year’s “street cred”.
Virginia Amos led a seven-person kitchen team that included Ukiko Maxwell from Portland, OR. The crew created corn soup, pork adobo, salmon with black bean sauce, rice, salad, baby bok choy with Chinese mushrooms and mango pudding for the feast. Whole mushroom tops were included in the dinner for “good luck” in the New Year.
Virginia led an intensive focusing on foundations and single whip the day after the banquet. Forty-two members attended the intensive.