Even the casual Skum fan knows that Pat Burke is a huge NASCAR fan and can often be seen in the VIP areas of all the major race tracks, so it was only fitting that he hosted his annual ‘Summer’s Here Brunch’ at one of his favorite race tracks the Charlotte Speedway.
Joining Pat was bandmates John Eaton, Tommy Craig, famed attorney Walter Bruning and Pat’s guest of honor, good friend NASCAR legend Richard Petty.
Pat went all out in honor of the band’s film “Skum Rocks!” narrated by Alice Cooper about to premiere in Hollywood at the world famous Chinese Theatre and brought in celebrity chef’s Chefs Buddy and Nicole Barker of Blowing Rock as well as Chefs and Todd and Kim Hartley of Watauga Culinary Kitchens to cater the event and they put out a spread that was well worth the travel.
With a menu that included Chilean tiger shrimp over grits, Orleans style chicken wings, pan seared scallops topped with Virginia sugar cured bacon, carving and omelet stations and a wide selection of desserts, the guests were in good hands.
“It was great to have my bandmates here, and also to see Richard again and that he took the time to stop by meant a lot to me,” said Pat. “I have been a huge fan of his since the 70’s, so pretty cool. I was telling him about the premiere and he was excited about it.”
“Pretty exciting,” said Petty. “I wish I could be out there, but I have some commitments I have to honor but can’t wait for it to hit the theaters. I love Alice Cooper!”
Afterward everyone watched the All Star Race from Pat’s private suite on the first turn and enjoyed the open bar sponsored by Ridge Wines and Plantika Vodka.
“Outstanding event,” said John Eaton. “This just gets me in the right mood for Hollywood. Seeing Richard and joking with him that I want to race him, great guy.”
“I have been coming to Pat’s annual brunch for years,” added drummer Tommy Craig. “But this one blew them all away. You had Richard Petty and Cam Newton stops by, I mean it is crazy. Can’t wait for the world to see this film.”
“It was a great day,” added Pat. “I love hosting and Ridge and Plantika Vodka not only ran a great open bar, but their hostess looked great and that really makes an event.”
Limo service for the ‘ Pat Burke’s Summer’s Here Brunch’ was provided by Blowing Rock Shuttle Service.