Passports are always a good thing to have and while the Passport to Ballard doesn't include an RFID tracking chip and it can't get you access across the Canadian border, it can save you money! Valid for an entire week, the Passport to Ballard is a printable discount booklet offering deals at 15 of Ballard's best businesses! To kick things off right, Seattle's Yelp Elite Squad joined forces at the Shilshole Bay Beach Club and partied their Ballardian butts off!
With the widest variety of sliders known this side of the Sound, Apulent Catering served up a storm of baby burgers. There were lamb and rosemary sliders with feta cheese and yogurt sauce, New York Strip sliders with caramelized onions, Oregon Bay shrimp sliders with celery root salad, fried leeks and marinated grilled beet sliders! If that's not enough, Apulent also provided spring rolls just in time for Spring-like weather!
In addition to slider-fest, guests were also warmly welcomed by Ballard businesses; Laura Bee Designs, Twiggypop Ranch, Savour Speciality Foods, Habitude, and more! Many offering raffles and delectible discounts to our lucky attendees. Even luckier were the guests who got free massages from Elements Therapeutic Massage!
Killer calamari and fab fries were served up hot thanks to Ballard Brother's Seafood and it was like a vacay to Puerto Rico with spicy chips n' salsa from La Isla. And what's a party without cocktails n booze?! Yelpers were treated to wines of the red and white variety as well as Ninkasi's awesome IPA, Total Domination. Cocktails were also being downed by the dozen thanks to Jose Cuervo Tradicional.
Rounding out the evening the only thing that could make a party better would be live music and dessert. And we had both! Just in time for Madri Gras our friends at Le Bon Ton Roule spoiled guests with never ending servings of praline bread pudding while D'Ambrosio Gelato had the longest line of the night!
If you'd like to read or write a review about the event, click here! If you still don't have your passport to Ballard, it's valid through Feb 26th,2011.
Until next time, SYOY!
Seattle Yelp Community Manager