Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Fat Tuesday is the last day of Mardi Gras and marks a period of indulgence before the fast leading up to Easter. Well, last evening a goodly number of area residents indulged a bid at Three Spoons Diner for a special meal of New Orléans classic dishes, a special King Cake, a few BYOB adult beverages, and an eclectic choice of background music that included Dixieland Jazz, Cajun Zydeco, Voodoo Soul, and traditional deep South blues.
The menu included a variety of Po’ Boy sandwiches, Doug Gall’s sausage with red beans and rice, Avery Elliott’s sweet potato salad, and we discovered Southern Ohio folks are just about meat and potatoes. The oldest patron of the evening took on a catfish po’ boy and smiled deliciously.
Adding to the evening’s joy were the festive decorations that Three Spoons’ staff had placed in the windows and on the tables, the brightly colored Mardi Gras beads everyone received as they entered, and the spirit and friendliness of the waitresses. People came to meet friends, escape the winter doldrums, enjoy great food, and to support the developing community art project, Spark Creative Artspace who received a nice portion of the evening’s proceeds.
The event also drew attention to the area that things are indeed happening in Greenfield, a good number of patrons were from Hillsboro, WCH, New Vienna and elsewhere. So many people expressed their happiness about the efforts of groups like G3, Spark, the Historical Society, and businesses like Three Spoons Diner. There’s the beginning of a new spirit in Greenfield and we all need to keep our pedals to the metal.