What can top three whole weeks of stellar stagings, top-notch tours, Vesuvian volcanos and Peter friggin' Pan better than a blowout bash to benefit a worthy cause? Radio silence. We thought so.
On Sunday, more than 500 yelpers came out to the Artists for Humanity EpiCenter in South Boston for an evening of sweet eats, strong drinks and arty entertainment. The party covered three floors of the beautiful LEED-certified space, and commemorated the close of The Yelp Culture Club, a month long spotlight on Boston's vibrant arts and culture scene.
The one-man machine known as Spogga rocked the svelte first floor with his fresh dread and beatbox stylings, while yelpers tagged the graffiti wall and sampled from more than a dozen local dessert purveyors. Cuisine En Locale served up a mean bacon, mole and bleu cheese beast, while Taza chunked up their famed stone-ground chocolate. Hell's Kitchen star Jason Santos repped Blue Inc with an apricot clafoutis, JP's Batch spooned up monstrously premium ice cream and the Belgian street füd wünderkind from Saus sampled their legendary Liege waffles under a bevy of sauces.
Upstairs, yelpers discovered a paint-spattered studio where students of AfH offered live art demos, Ken Kotch snapped portraits for profile pics and Haley Jane and the Primates filled the room with funky, rootsy folk. Amanda Oakleaf surrounded her tall-standing mascot with mocha mini-cheescakes and Savory Green's chocolate baklava raged the dark side of Grecian desserts. Cupcake MoJo and Biba's Baked Goods flexed single servings of the haute treat, Minnie's carved up their softer-than-biscotti mandelbrot and EHChocolatier tasted out decadent artisan confections.
To wash down the deluge of sugar, Magners poured icy cold pear and apple cider, Peak Organic cracked pomegranate wheat beer and Lulu B. Wines tipped reds and whites. Craft cocktails? We can haz them. Karlsson's Gold vodka fueled basily Moscow Mules and Bulldog gin swirled with adult apple juice for a London Cider. Yelpers sipped spiced whisky from Spicebox and if the urge to non-alcoholically splurge came about, ZiCO and HINT provided booze-less hydration.
Did we mention breakdancing? The Floorlords pwned the concrete with their BBoy styles. Yeah, we said pwned.
Speaking of hard walking surfaces, Tatsu I and Zoe Perry-Wood cemented the memories with amazing (Tatsu) photos (Zoe) throughout the night, and approximately $2,000 was donated to the Artists for Humanity cause. Talk is buzzing about the event, and the five-star reviews are still rolling in. A standing ovation to all our incredible sponsors and to Yelp-stars Colleen C, Hilary H and Monica S for all their help! 'Twas truly worth an encore.
With a tip of the top hat,