John Rivers was beaming Saturday night.
And why not? The Cows 'n Cabs event he started five years ago as a fundraiser for local charities has grown into one of the area's top food and wine events. Taking a break from serving guests some of the signature barbecue from his 4 Rivers Smokehouse, Rivers marveled that Cows 'n Cabs has grown from a relatively small gathering of 350 people that first year to a sold-out event, with a thousand tickets sold this year. The participating restaurants, wine merchants and entertainers spilled out beyond the big tent in Winter Park's West Meadow.
No matter there -- it was a gorgeous evening, one of the first "cool" nights of the season. Which made this well-run operation even more of a pleasure.