Euclid Hall executive chef Jorel Pierce paid plenty of attention to his mustache -- but he couldn't swallow a goldfish.
Euclid Hall executive chef Jorel Pierce paid plenty of attention to his mustache -- but he couldn't swallow a goldfish.
Lori Midson

Oh, what a night: Euclid Hall's first anniversary party in pictures

Last night, at Euclid Hall's first anniversary party, executive chef Jorel Pierce wagged a fierce mustache, strutted around in a black tuxedo T-shirt, deftly broke down and butchered a beautiful 230-pound hog from Tender Belly Farm, squeezed out sausages, pulled out the dance moves, came through on his promise to dish out killer food, including duck-gizzard and duck confit nachos with foie gras chile nacho cheese, and then, after all that, managed to lose out to a flipping goldfish, tossing the wiggly-jiggly aggressor in his mouth and getting it halfway down his throat (with the help of a swig of beer), only to spit it back out again. Blame it on the beer, joked Pierce, who had lost the goldfish race (barely) to yours truly.

It was a bash to remember, but for those of you who missed it, you can live vicariously through our photo voyage. Herewith, the night in pictures.

Oh, what a night: Euclid Hall's first anniversary party in pictures
Lori Midson

Sausage balloons (naturally)!

Oh, what a night: Euclid Hall's first anniversary party in pictures
Lori Midson

Pigs in a blanket.

Oh, what a night: Euclid Hall's first anniversary party in pictures
Lori Midson

Fried catfish pooled in a sweet chile glaze.

Oh, what a night: Euclid Hall's first anniversary party in pictures
Lori Midson

Oysters on the half shell.

Oh, what a night: Euclid Hall's first anniversary party in pictures
Lori Midson

Chicken and waffles.

Oh, what a night: Euclid Hall's first anniversary party in pictures
Lori Midson

Duck-gizzard and duck confit nachos with foie gras chile nacho cheese.

Oh, what a night: Euclid Hall's first anniversary party in pictures
Lori Midson

Samplings of Euclid Hall's hand-cranked sausages.

Oh, what a night: Euclid Hall's first anniversary party in pictures
Lori Midson

The whole hog from Tender Belly Farm.

Oh, what a night: Euclid Hall's first anniversary party in pictures
Lori Midson

Off with his head!

Oh, what a night: Euclid Hall's first anniversary party in pictures
Lori Midson

Butchery demonstration.

Oh, what a night: Euclid Hall's first anniversary party in pictures
Lori Midson

Pierce did not have the winning goldfish.

Oh, what a night: Euclid Hall's first anniversary party in pictures
Lori Midson

And, as a result of having the losing goldfish, Pierce had to eat it, which didn't go quite as planned. Moments later, it lunged from his throat and swam away.

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