Squeaky Bean's first anniversary party was all wet with top Denver chefs getting dunked for charity
If you missed out on the Squeaky Bean's first anniversary party, yesterday's porkstravaganza and birthday bash that put the fun back in Monday, then you also missed Squeaky Bean owner Johnny Ballen baring his buttocks, exec chef Max MacKissock parading around in a woman's flower-flaunting bathing suit, and several more top Denver chefs, restaurateurs and bartenders getting plunged into a dunk tank, a consequence of the generosity (and good aim) of fellow party-goers who paid five bucks each to see their favorite restaurant industry peep get all wet.
Lori Midson Pageant contestant Max Mackissock strutted flowers
The party, which also doubled as a fund-raising event for Work Options for Women, a non-profit focused on preparing impoverished women coming off welfare for jobs in the food-service industry, raised $2,000 for the organization, $500 of which was donated by the Squeaky Bean staff. "We had a fantastic turnout and raised some good money, and we'll be back here next year to raise even more money for WOW," says Ballen, who promises that next year's shindig will also include a dog show.
While you're waiting on that, check out Johnny's buns after the jump.
Jennifer Jasinksi, exec chef of Rioja, Euclid Hall and Bistro Vendome, wore a white tank top, which was later camouflaged with an orange tank top after the chef realized that water and white is risky.
Lori Midson Jennifer Jasinski, Rioja, Euclid Hall and Bistro Vendome
Table 6 exec chef Scott Parker emerges wet from the tank after being dunked, dunked and dunked ... more than anyone else.
Lori Midson Table 6 exec chef Scott Parker
Fruition owner and exec chef Alex Seidel creeped out the crowd with his cigar-smoking pig mask, which eventually had to be stashed away due to the freak-out factor it had on small children and food writers.
photo courtesy of Daniel Holton Alex Seidel