Is there a better way to celebrate the summer solstice than getting decked out in all-white and classing it up at one of Portland's most historic properties? If there is, we don't know about it. When 100 Yelp Elites and guests show up, you know it's going to be an epic party. And Yelp's White Party was no exception!
It's a Portland legend in many ways, but on Firday, June 21st 2013, Heahtman Restaurant and Hotel welcomed PDXYelpers in style. Decked in all white gear, the crowd was welcomed in to the Broadway room at Heathman with a sweet spread of hors d'ouvres and tasty eats. From charcuterie and cheese to hot bites like egg rolls and little baked bits, to passed apps including terrine, salmon and more. "The charcuterie, cheese and fruit spread was terrific," touts Tamara C, who "was especially partial to the little spring rolls, deviled eggs and the shrimp with avocado." To wash down those tasty bites, it was all about the fantastic cocktials made with Pernod-Ricard spirits. Powers Irish Whiskey Manhattans and Olmeca Altos Tequila Margaritas? Um, yes please! Valerie W dug the "Powers Whiskey – it was perfection with a hint of sweetness. The Margarita was a fave and seemed to be quite the crowd pleaser." How could it not be? The staff at Heathman did an incredible job of keeping us fed and watered amidst the swanky setting. And no doubt, Tom Maxwell Photography was there to capture the whole thing.
Naurry K sums it up well: "This was such an incredible event. Having been to my fair share of Elite events, the Yelp White Party was a throwback to the good ol' days of Yelp mixing fine foods, good booze and amazing Yelpers!" We couldn't have put it better, Naurry! Thanks are in most part to Sean Osaki, the dynamo manager of catering for Heathman; Emily Baker – my main squeeze over at Pernod-Ricard; Tom Maxwell from Tom Maxwell Photography; of course Ana M and Petra B; and last but definitely not least, the Yelp Elite Squad, without whom this would not have been possible.
Until next time, SYOY!
Don "Blanco" B