Black tie? How bout' RED ti(d)e! NCSD Elite's fell in love with Carruth Cellars at Yelp's Red Ti(d)e Affair: It was a red themed magical night of wine and food at our new favorite local urban winery. Be mine Yelpers, and read on for the romantic details and a sweet synopsis of the soiree...
Carruth Cellars hosts every event with love and gratitude. The 135+ guests strolled up a red carpet and the bartenders poured the reds and pinks with no end in sight. Our event name sake, Carruth's Red Tide Table Wine was an Elite favorite, and they popped the corks on a huge selection of thier award winning creations all night long. Literally our glasses were never empty! The staff was a sweet as can be, we wanted to cuddle with them for hours! And that's not just the wine talking...
The event spilled into an outdoor area, complete with wine barrels and a projection screen featuring Some Like It Hot, while indoors, the tasting room, barrel room, and upstairs lounge gave the crowd plenty of room to explore the facility! A fully functioning winery, they bottle their delicious products right on site. Carruth Cellars really set the mood, what a great venue filled with generosity and amazing wine! A true local business focused on loving the local community.
Maybe you're just having a love affair with food? We get that. Affordable Affairs Gourmet Catering does too and provided a never ending selection of tasty tidbits, passed appetizers, and a hot station. Chef David Tepper and his staff impressed our palates with a Valentine's red extravaganza including chicken waldorf cannoli (roasted chicken with green apple topped with caramelized onion, red raspberry compote, and orange zest) shrimp topped filo tarts, red deviled eggs with caviar and pink Himalayan sea salt, filet of beef on potato crostini (with red balsamic glaze!) omg delicious bacon wrapped soft shell crab, an impressive antipasto display, a hot station with chicken pot stickers and red corn quesadilla's... and that red pomegranate pâté? Obsessed! Affordable Affairs loves to serve people who love food-Hey that's us! We were happy to oblige and now we're pretty crazy about them too!
Yelp's love for you could have lived on the cupcakes alone! 2Good2B Bakery & Cafe treated us to a selection of red velvet and their new strawberry shortcake flavors. Gluten Free and you'd never know the difference, it was 2Good2B true: They even created mock wedding cakes! Will you marry us cupcake? They were so plentiful we even had a few left over, that HAS to be an Elite Event first!
When Yelp takes you out on a date, we go over the top! Mood Music? Naturally! DJ Jay from Brannan Entertainment lit up the room and kept the vibe vivacious spinning the beats, then a sweetheart of a surprise, Magician & Mentalist Kevin Viner provided astounding magic tricks that blew our minds: A balloon turned into a wine bottle, wedding rings were linked, watches were stolen, wait... is this your card? Amazing! Up in the lounge we one-uped the usual boring valentine's card with Caricatures & Cartoons By Dave! Nothing says j'adore more than a personal portrait. Your yelpish faces may have been blown out of proportion, but that just means there's more of you to love!
The all red party was captured forever by Great Pic's Photobooths. They came with a huge selection of all red props for our theme and instant printouts for keep sakes. We framed your faces in rouge with custom prop creations and gave you top hats to match your ties! NCSD's favorite photographer, Jonathan Bagalso, was on hand to snap all those stolen moments by the wine barrels... we won't kiss and tell!
Yelp + Elites = <3 Forever. Thanks for being Yelp's Valentine!
xoxo Trish S NCSD Community Manager