In December 2018 we started planning an 80-th birthday party with the Avant restaurant services at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego, California. As the April date of the party approached we became concerned about the progress we were making towards finalizing all the details. Things were drifting until Avant assigned Cristina Porterfield to our event. She injected new energy and enthusiasm into our planning and when there was indecision about resolving problems, she produced the solutions. It was largely due to her efforts and those of her excellent staff that the party that we envisioned back in December was realized. Every aspect of it was a success. Fine meal, smooth but unobtrusive service, and unanimous approval from all the guests. We can’t thank the Avant team enough for making this important birthday an unforgettable experience.