So what did actor Woody Harrelson eat at the raw-foods dinner at the Inn at The Black Olive on Saturday? Here's the menu:
Guacamole with avocado and mango
Mushroom ceviche on endive leaves
Watermelon and tomato gazpacho
Microgreen and kohlrabi salad, pictured
Butternut squash lasagna
Strawberry and rhubarb ice cream
But Woody almost didn't make it to the dinner.
Guests started gathering at 6 p.m. at The Inn at The Black Olive's rooftop restaurant Olive Room for a kick-off event to introduce a new social group that focuses on healthy foods and yoga.
After a few hours, people were beginning to wonder if the actor would show up. You can only drink so much "green gorilla" juice (spinach, pineapple, orange, and banana), though cocktails and organic wines were also available and became increasingly popular as the night progressed.
But Woody didn't let Black Olive co-owner Dimitris Spiliadis down. He finally arrived at 8:40 p.m. after experiencing heat-related travel woes on Amtrak, claiming "divine intervention" finally got him there.
After settling in, a relaxed, charming Woody, wearing a New York Yankees cap, addressed the group. "I'm honored to be here," he said. "Raw food is where it's at."
The dinner gave the new social group called blend + flo at the Black Olive an opportunity to showcase the innovative ways that raw foods can be prepared.
"I'm proud we are making progress in Baltimore in helping people understand raw foods," Dimitris told the 40 some diners. "Woody put this in perspective for me. It's the way he lives."
Woody stayed at Inn for seven weeks when he was filming Game Change for HBO. "You treated me so great," Woody told Dimitris at the dinner. "More importantly, you are a great friend."
Dimitris has partnered with Stacey Vandiver and Ann Marie Barbour, who run Soul Body at Bare Hill Racquet & Fitness Club, to offer monthly events, including yoga sessions.
Woody attended a yoga class at the Inn on Sunday before heading back to New York, where he's directing an off-Broadway show, Bullet for Adolf, which opens July 19, Of course, he invited us all to stop by.
Photos by me