When Hunter’s wife and two youngest sons got together to surprise him for his 90th birthday, they called Susan Zackin, owner of Z Event Company, to help them pull it off! They wanted just the family (about 40 people) on Thanksgiving Day in the country in Mississippi. They wanted to incorporate everything that Hunter loves: hunting, golf, tennis and fabulous food. After constant communication with the family, Susan went to work and called Chef John Folse, Urban Earth, Elements and her team. They created a logo that was featured on custom white shirts, on hats and on a book of family photos that was a gift for everyone to take home!
The morning began with hay rides, a quail hunt, skeet shooting, a fire pit complete with blankets and a bloody mary bar. Susan created a tent so that the whole family could be seated at one long table for the fabulous dinner. Chef Folse introduced each course with his typical style and flair: shrimp and grits, roasted pheasant consommé, twin beet salad, speckled trout Bay St. Louis, filet mignon with marchand de vin sauce and birthday cake with assorted sorbets, gelato and ice cream.
There was lounge seating inside and out, a photo wall featuring his family, an amazing band from Nashville, s’mores and professional fireworks to end the day! Hunter was so surprised and excited about his big day surrounded by his family that he exclaimed, “I never had any girls, so this must be my debut!”