Thanksgiving comes early as the good ole boys beef up the celebrations

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 November, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 November, 2008, 12:00am

It's probably not what the pilgrims had in mind but a group of American food suppliers in Hong Kong celebrated their Thanksgiving a little early on Tuesday. The good ole boys hosted a Texas-style BBQ at Repulse Bay's The Verandah restaurant in true American style - go big or go home!

The shindig - for restaurateurs, chefs and others in the food services sector - has become something of an annual party thrown by the Texas Beef Council, in conjunction with the US Meat Export Federation and the US Agricultural Trade Office.

Naturally, everything was big and meaty - and that's no turkey.

'It's an event to showcase American food,' said the federation's Joel Haggard. 'We've probably been doing this about 10 years now and it's always a big barbecue, but we used the Thanksgiving theme because it's so close.'

The Stray Katz big band played Texas swing and about 450 guests moseyed around the south side of Hong Kong Island wearing the cowboy hats that were handed out. Guests included a group of Italian chefs ready to make their own spaghetti western, (from left) Paolo Federici (of Va Bene), Alessandro Angelini (Joia), Paolo Monti (Gaia) and Gianni Caprioli (Isola).

'It was fun,' Monti admitted. 'There were different stations with even Indian and Japanese food using US beef. We always arrive last and we are the last to leave.' By the way, the American holiday is actually today.