From Superfan Kim Rossi Stagliano :
Last Thursday, June 14, I (and two dozen or so like minded fans) attended Lisa G.’s http://lisag.com Sweet and Meet. The evening was a rare (perhaps a first?) get together for the Sternettes as I affectionately call those of us female fans who love the show, get the show, listen to the show religiously and yet have never taken off our clothes on the show. We’re a diverse group of young, middle aged and older women with a shared love of ribald humor, family (after all what is the Stern show if not the ultimately quasi-dysfunctional family?) and content that makes us both laugh and think.
The warm New York evening began at 6:00pm on the dot. No one was tardy (not the Wendy version of “tardy” which I never use, so sit down and shut up!) since let’s face it, the evening wasn’t cheap. What? You didn’t know the ticket cost $100 plus a $3.00+ fee? Where’ve you been living? Opie and Anthonyland? I got a real kick out of Lisa charging us the fee – I mean really, call it $100 and eat the fee like an ass flavored cupcake already!
The small (we had to walk out onto the street to change our minds) party room at Magnolia Bakery http://www.magnoliabakery.com/events_party_room.php was inviting with its retro baking theme (a favorite of mine) and W-A-R-M. No AC! For a gaggle of gals past 18, it was too warm. Yetta Telebenda, she of the self-professed OCD (all right already, I’ll fist bump you Howie Mandel Junior!) declared by 6:20, “I’m going home! It’s too hot!” We were glad she stayed though – she was a character worthy of an appearance so please, Will, return her calls
Lisa was a cordial hostess, dressed in a beautiful garden party dress festooned with flowers and a flouncy skirt that showed off her slender, shapely legs. She greeted everyone with a smile and an introduction and invited us to partake of the open bar with champagne, wine, sodas and pink vodka. The sweets table was full of luscious treats, most of which were home baked by Lisa and everyone’s favorite Superfan/Den Mother Mariann from Brooklyn http://mariannfrombrooklyn.com whose champagne cupcakes and brownies were a hit.
Magnolia Bakery supplied an array of their famous cupcakes whose frosting was light and airy enough to slide easily onto our noses for an homage to medicated Pete’s dining skills. I would suggest a different bathroom location, however. The door from the loo opened RIGHT into the table where the sweets were held – which meant guests had to “hold” it or risk an embarrassing “takes you-know-whats at Sweet and Meets” moment.
Jon Leiberman interviewed each guest with savoir faire. Jason graced the party with his glorious smile, snapping photos galore as Howard TV caught footage throughout the evening.
At 8:00pm, guests bid each other goodnight with a promise from Lisa to have another event perhaps for the holidays. Lisa encouraged us to take home all of the extra goodies and presented each of us with a tiny takeout box filled with chocolates.
The Sweet and Meet was a rousing success despite reservations by Howard and his on air staff. Thank you to Lisa G. for giving the Sternettes a night of our own.