Neither the rain nor the gloom could stop Portland's Elite from venturing out into the Foster Powell neighborhood for Frankenburger: The 2010 Yelpoween Party at Foster Burger! On October 30th, Poe-tland's finest donned some impressive getups and packed the Foster Burger patio for a spooktacular selection of tasty brews, intoxicating cocktails, delicious burger baskets, and even a cock-shake or two! It was scary-good.
The event started with a bang as Elites poured through the gates decked out in some of the best and most creative costumes we've seen in years! We were graced with the presence of big time celebs Katy Perry (Jonathan S), Snookie (Olivia T), Marilyn Monroe (Hilary B), and Antoine Dodson (Kimberly V). While Aladdin (Melvin T) and his harem were flying high on full baskets of Foster Burger's famous burgers and fries (with that oh-so-crack-like fry sauce), a piña colada (Katrina W) sipped on Cherry Libres, and an exhausted BP clean-up guy replete with oil soaked sea bird (Jerry B) and his blood-soaked Dexter wing-man (Jarrod S) quaffed house-made bloodies and greyhounds with fresh-squeezed grapefruit! The white trash pregnant lady (Feuy S) tossed back beer after beer (with cigarette behind her ear) and Frida Kahlo (Lori A) and her Luchador escort snacked on house-made pickles. There was no shortage of food or drink, which allowed the chick magnet (Mac M) and the professional escort (Kyle F) to work their magic on the crowd.
The patio filled to probably well beyond capacity as 80+ Elites rubbed elbows (literally) and enjoyed the warm glow from the heat lamps on this otherwise chilly day. Three delicious selections from local Lompoc brewing fueled the crowd and added on that liquid jacked to anyone feeling the chill (Pig In A Blanket was warm anyway). The Monster Mash Imperial Porter, Lompoc's special Halloween brew, was the most popular of the night, but Fidel's favorite Proletariat Red was a close second, and the C-Note Imperial IPA was easily Standalf's top choice – even though it's, as he puts it "a known and well-liked commodity" in his world, he couldn't resist sticking to it all night! With Bear Flag red and white blends backing up the delicious brews and cocktails, there's no question this ghoulish horde had plenty to imbibe.
With the classic "Child's Play" running on the big screen, the Yelp Elites mixed and mingled on the jam-packed patio until it was time to vote for the best costume of the night. Nominees Piña Colada, the "Up" house, One Night Stand, Antoine Dodson, and Katy Perry vied for top honors, and we let the crowd cheer for their favorite. It came to a two-way tie between Katy and Antoine, each of whom took home a bottle of Bear Flag red for their own personal after-party!
But that wasn't the end. As the Yelp Elite partied on into the evening, Foster Burger put the cream on the dessert (literally), as they brought out samples of their signature cock-shakes – soft-serve ice cream milk shakes fortified with plenty of booze. The Drunken Monekey, Buttery Nipple and White Russian cock-shakes won not only the day, but many-a-Yelper's hearts. Boozy milkshakes… another Portland Yelp Elite first.
None of this could have happened without the simply amazing work of the Foster Burger crew. From Kurt himself (for setting up the event), to Rachael, the mastermind behind the execution, and server extraordinaires Loki and Sarah Marshall, the planning and execution were flawless. The ability of only a couple of servers to get beer, wine, food, cocktails and cock-shakes to a crowd so thick you could barely walk through the patio was outstanding. Major kudos to the crew! I also owe a huge debt of gratitude to Lompoc for providing such incredible brews, Banana (Phill) for working the door, Marilyn (Hilary) for the never ending support (and photos!) and, of course, the Yelp Elite Squad, for dressing to the hilt and seriously bringing it for this event. How fun! We're definitely doing this again.
Until next time, SYOY!
–Fidel "Don B" C.