There may have been protests outside New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's fundraiser Wednesday at Mark Zuckerberg's Palo Alto home, but it doesn't sound like any of the 100 donors inside were complaining about the food.

Parsley Sage Rosemary & Thyme, one of Silicon Valley's favorite catering companies, provided a diverse range of appetizers and drinks for the political powow at the Facebook CEO's pad. Guests were greeted with a lemon basil margarita and the passed hors d'oeuvres included smoked salmon lollipops with bagel dust, ahi sashimi tacos, mango-cilantro quesadillas, Thai basil and coconut soup sips and a "tri tip trifle," thinly sliced tri tip over garlic mashed potatoes in a cocktail glass.

A display table was topped with lemon tartlets, a pear tart with creme fraiche and pan con chocolate, a chocolate pâté drizzled with olive oil and sea salt and served on toasted ciabatta. I wasn't surprised to hear the chocolate dessert was a big hit. It was also very popular Thursday night when PSRT served it at the "Jungle Love" Valentine's Day dinner at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo.

PSRT co-owner Debbie Blackwell said it was a pretty exciting night. Gov. Christie held the audience's attention for about an hour and stayed well after the guests left to chat with Zuckerberg. Blackwell said she was happy to oblige when the guys -- who you could figure didn't have time to eat during the party -- asked for a late bite, even though the staff had already started packing up the kitchen. "We just fired things up again," Blackwell said. "It's a nice compliment."

'DOWNTON' FINALE FLING: Santa Clara University's theater and dance department is putting on a fun fundraiser and viewing party for the season finale of "Downton Abbey" on Sunday evening.

The festivities start at 8 p.m. at the Mayer Theatre lobby with a tea tasting and a brief dialect lesson for anyone who wants to learn to speak with an accent. Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to come in period costumes. The viewing itself will take place at 9 p.m. in the Music and Dance building's recital hall.

Tickets for the general public are $25, and you can purchase them at www.scupresents.org.

Contact Sal Pizarro at spizarro@mercurynews.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/spizarro.