It may have been a cold winter evening, but that didn't stop the more than 70 Elites and guests from venturing to Shadyside to get cozy in their swanky bar area. "I really like that the bar had cute glass canisters full of cocktail garnishes in plain view" recalled Carrie L. "It kept things bright, colorful and fun. The Pomegranate Lemonade wasn't very sweet, but much more tart which made it right up my alley!" Along with the lemonade guests indulged in the Shady Mule, their version of a Moscow Mule, that was perfectly complimented by Pittsburgh's own White Diamond Vodka.
As the guests were filing in, the food was coming out with an assortment of Charcuterie boards, beef jerky, ricotta fritters, arrancinni, fricos and one of the Burgh foodies favorites, dippy egg... which "which posed some dining etiquette challenges" for Laura T, but she happily dove in anyway! Elizabeth B "only has a few foods on my comfort food list, but after tonight, I can add their Wild Mushroom Risotto. It was warm, smooth, and creamy, perfectly complemented by the mushrooms. I can imagine begging my husband to drive here after I've had a bad day just to get me some of this stuff." Think that was all? No way! "The olives were staring at" Aja J like "little meaty eyeballs pleading for redemption from the bowl. I tried one. Amazing. Another. Unbelievable. Before I knew it, a heap of pits adorned my napkin and I was officially in love." Mi Amore!
Gary R sums it up best when he says: "There was a perceptible energy that filled the space coupled with a certain buzz which made it feel even more electric. Could have been the infusion of new Elites, everyone still on a Holiday season high, or just that we're all ready for a reason to get out and start the Yelp year." Cheers to that my friend!
A big thank you to the Up Modern Italian, Owner Gregg Caliguiri, Chef Eric Wallace, GM Lauren Edinger and the amazing staff for treating Yelpers to such an amazing evening! Also, thanks to Ray Miles Creative for the fab photo's that you can check out here. And last, but certainly not least, thanks to White Diamond Vodka for providing the fantastic vodka.
Keepin' the party rollin',
Pittsburgh Community Manager