When I saw The Dallas Opera had Mozart’s Magic Flute on their schedule, I planned to go to a performance. But when they announced a simulcast . . . at Cowboys Stadium . . . FREE . . . I knew it was a can’t miss opportunity.
Since the show was at the great temple of football, it seemed only appropriate to tailgate. I understand typical tailgate fare is along the burgers & brats line—but this was the opera. And that required something rather different.
We arrived in good time, found an appropriate spot, put on our aprons and got to work.
These lovely steaks came from Local Yocal, a fabulous little store just off the McKinney square. They’re local, grass-fed beef. (The steaks, not the store.)
Remember those little foil packets from Camp Fire Girl cookouts? Vikki took that concept and upgraded it a bit.
Except for a sudden gust of wind that threatened to blow our table away, everything went remarkably smoothly.
And this is what we ended up with:
Steak, lobster, snow crab, blue cheese & walnut potato salad, and grilled asparagus. Oh, and champagne. Because, you know, we were at the opera. Then there was dessert.
I got the shortcake recipe from over at Eat Make Read and it’s definitely a keeper. Meanwhile, other people arrived. LOTS of other people. 15,000 other people, give or take. Our local classical station, WRR, held a tailgate party in another parking lot and we originally planned to go, but by the time we cleaned up it was time to go to the performance. The pregame show had already started by the time we found our seats, which were fabulous. We were in the club section (comfy leather chairs) on the 50 yard line, dead center to a screen roughly the size of Rhode Island. It was an amazing view.
We lost subtitles a couple of times, but our trio has sung enough German works we were able to get the gist of the plot. A wonderful experience all round! When it was over (three hours later) we went back to the car and munched on brownies while waiting for the traffic to clear. (Oh yeah, we do know how to party.) And the next day, the party continued. But more about that later.