In spite of the news media’s warnings of Irene’s impending doom and destruction, a bunch of hearty, hardy souls ventured out this morning for Hurricane Mug Up at Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery at Madfish Wharf on Rocky Neck. It was a surprisingly large turnout considering that it was a rather nasty morning. As always, Ed Collard was the first to arrive and help get things set up. The Chamberlains, Coxs, Jacksons, Osborns and Ardizzonis were in the house. Paul Morrison journeyed all the way over from Rockport with a batch of incredible lemon zucchini bread. Peter and Joanne Souza ventured over from Schooner Adventure with some equally delicious zucchini bread. Isabelle and Breanna Jackson brought a lovely tray of deviled eggs that they made with the help of their mom, Talitha. Those girls will be contenders at next year’s Deviled Egg Competition. Guest artist, Sinikka Nogela brought some fresh fruit, and Paul Frontiero brought some Vienna Fingers (yes, Joey there are still some left and I will keep them no longer than seven days for you). Wendie Demuth stopped in with visiting friend, Chris White, a salmon and halibut fisherman from the West Coast. Joey’s sister Felicia and niece Amanda showed up with homemade donuts and a huge batch of bista zugu (spaghetti and sauce with meatballs, potatoes and hardboiled eggs), so that all present could be well fed while continuing to track Hurricane Irene strike predictions and scud to safety before things got hairy. Again, note to all proper Italian cooks out there, Felicia did not cook her delicious bista zugu in that crock pot; that was only used to keep it warm. I’d never had bista zugu before in my life, and now I’ve had it twice in the past two weeks (Felicia’s and Paul Frontiero’s) – I must be doing something right!