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November 22, 2013

Yelp South Bay's Art of Entertainment Kickoff Party

Posted by Abby Schwarz

Feeling the pangs of holiday creep? Doff those oven mitts and put down that box of decorations. We mean it! Instead, take a load off with Yelp's Art Of Entertainment. Unwrap the gift of fun with relaxing events and awesome activities to keep you sane and entertained from now until the end of the year!

Yelp South Bay kicked off the holiday season in style with ladies and gents dressed to impress at the San Jose Museum of Art! Here, we got up close and personal with their newest exhibit, "Around The Table: Food. Creativity. Community" with yelpy gusto. Read all about this festive fête that launched a series of awesome events!

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About the Venue/Exhibit:

San Jose Museum of Art is a distinguished museum of modern and contemporary art and a lively center of arts activity in Silicon Valley. The leading institution in the area dedicated to the art of our time, SJMA is committed to providing access for its extraordinarily diverse populations and to pioneering new approaches to interpretation.

About "Around the Table" Exhibit:

You are what you eat. This exhibition—the catalyst for an accompanying festival of activities presented by thirty partnering organizations—celebrates and explores the role that food plays in our lives. The agricultural bounty of our region has brought waves of immigration (Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Mexican, Vietnamese) and shaped a rich history of cultural diversity, which today we share in part via food. From food trucks to molecular gastronomy, food helps define the Bay Area’s communities. 

Every time you sit down to eat, you make choices. In today’s world, food has social, economic, and political implications. Food is charged with pleasures—and with meaning.

Around the Table unfolds in three stages at SJMA this fall, and extends far beyond the Museum’s walls. In conjunction with this expansive project, SJMA is also piloting a new, integrated arts-education initiative, “Sowing Creativity.” And some thirty partner organizations are participating in the extensive community festival of food, creativity, and community. Activities include gleaning tours, farm visits, performances, and exhibitions.

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Food:

Bits & Pieces Bakery, Black Tie Desserts & Fine Catering, Catering With a Cause, Curried Away Catering, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Greenfish Catering, SimpleLCIOUS, Ultimate Sin Cheesecakes, Catered TOO! 

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Drinks:

Anchor Brewing, CalicraftDRY Soda, Fortino Winery, Segura Viudas, Spicy Vines, Vita Coco

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Entertainment:

Artist Christopher ReynoldsDe Young FlowersDan Tran & Taylor Kinney: 2x United States and World Cup Champions (ballroom dancing), DJ Pudgey, Snap Yourself!, Umbrella Salon

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"I've seen the San Jose Museum of Art close down for special events before so when I heard they were the venue of choice, I could only imagine the possibilities. All of the Yelpers brought their A game when it came to this black tie event! When I first walked in, I already knew it would be amazing. The bright white walls, floors & ceilings really brought out everyone's classy attire! My eyes immediately fixed on the gorgeous De Young Flowers' blue & white centerpiece, it was simple, festive & tied perfectly to the theme!" - Ly D

"**If I could use one words to describe this event***
~~~~~~ELEGANT~~~~~~

The ladies were all dolled up like it was prom night, the fellas all looked like an ad from the Men's Warehouse, and the San Jose Museum Art was the perfect place to hold such an ELEGANT event!?!" -
Deep S

"I had so much fun taking a breather from the midweek grind to attend this event. The party venue is definitely a great choice for a private and swanky affair like this one. Most importantly, the venue was full of so much art--it made me wish that I did not park in the 30 min zone and I had more time to look around!  I love the SJ Modern Art Museum, but the exhibits right now definitely are right up there on my list." - Liyaty Z

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To add even more excitement to the festivities, our generous community raised over $1,500 for our host venue *and* collected over three large barrels of canned goods for Sacred Harvest Food Bank

Read all of the Art of Entertainment reviews and take a peek at both photo albums, from Stung Photography as well as Yelper Alex Liu. Mind you, this was a kickoff to a series of events, everything from DIY snow globes to brewery tasting to movie night. We're making sure Yelpers are having a good time with local businesses this holiday season and beyond!

SYOY and Happy Holidays!

Abby S Around the Table

Abby S, Community Manager

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