Did you have a date for the ball? Portland Yelpers did, and April 7th, 2010 will surely be a date to remember as we wined and dined in a super fine Dream Tent at the Jupiter Hotel! It was Portland's first Open party of the 2010 season: The East Burnside Ball!
The Jupiter Hotel opened up their fabulous crystal-chandelier-bedecked Dream Tent, hip Dream Box, and chill-out-pad Think Tank to over 475 awe-struck Yelpers on a surprisingly dry (at least until the end of the party) spring day for a chance to get up close and personal with local craft-distilling artisans from Distillery Row, while enjoying regional brews, delicious wines, and scrumptious tastes of amazing local foods. Topped off by performances from local live act Boy Eats Drum Machine and Yelp's own DJ Saltfeend, there's no question, it was a 5-star experience all around.
With four local craft-distillers in attendance, there was a lot of tasting to be done. While old-schoolers such as Cam T got muddled by New Deal's Mud Puddle chocolate vodka and newbies like Hillary R got high off of Highball's Elemental Vodka, Sam W was busy slurping down some of House Spirits' amazing artisan Aquavit and Chelsea B got doused with Deco Distilling's dynamic Deco Rum. The sample cocktails and straight tastings were a great chance to learn why Portland truly has that artisan spirit... uh... spirit. And of course, no PDX event would be complete without Yelper favorite Ninkasi Total Domination IPA and Spring Reign seasonal beers flowing like water from the signature laser-cut metal tap handles. Add in a healthy dose of Bear Flag's delicious (and fun!) red and white blends, as well as a healthy dose of Organic Honest Teas, and there was simply no shortage of drinks to be had.
There's no question Yelpers love their food, and with amazing local restaurants and food providers on hand, there was no shortage of delicious snacks for the munching. Immediate neighbor (and amazing venue/restaurant) Doug Fir Lounge dished out some delicious fried green tomatoes with a mango sauce, and local gourmet pizza powerhouse Pizzicato served up an incredible (and never-ending) array of tasty pizzas to keep the crowd in savory snacks. Meanwhile, Back to Eden Bakery brought the cupcakes (vegan even!) in mass quantity, while spud! organic produce delivery shared some succulent fruits and veggies with the crowd. Add in a room filled to the brim with healthy (and tasty) PopChips, and you've got yourself a buffet of goodness.
And if the distillers, beer, wine, food, and entertainment wasn't enough, Yelpers like Ana
M and Katie
H enjoyed being shot, paparazzi style, by PhotosByKim, as well as getting dolled up and posing in the photo booth by Plywerk. Even amazing local humanitarian charity Mercy Corps was on hand to raise awareness about the amazing life-saving work they've been doing in Haiti and around the world (props to Yelp's own Kody L, who is currently in the Sudan doing always-important work for Mercy Corps)!
A special thank you goes out to everyone who helped make this amazing Open Party a success: Shauna and Shannon from Jupiter, Morgan from Ninkasi, Tom and Sarah from New Deal Distilling, Christian and Matt from House Spirits, Lenny and Bill from Deco Distilling, Will and Michael from Highball Distilling, Heather from Bear Flag, Bryan from Doug Fir, Nicole and Jessica from Pizzicato, John from Back to Eden, Christine from spud!, Minda and Jim from Mercy Corps, Nathan from Riot Act, Theo from Smoke Signals, Boy Eats Drum Machine, Ed (DJ Saltfeend), Kjell and Piet from Plywerk, Kim from PhotosByKim, Hilary B, Michelle B, Ruggy J, and everyone else, without whom this event would not have been possible. But the biggest thanks goes to you, our Yelp community, both Elites and soon-to-be elites - you're the best community on earth!
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