What do you get when you combine PDXYelp Elites, local media, food industry folks, local restaurants and a national scale food and drink event? Yelp's Bow Tie and Boa Blowout – The (Unofficial) Feast After Party! Over 250 of Portland's finest gathered at Union Pine on Thursday, September 19, 2013 for food, drink, entertainment and fun.
Union Pine's fantastic hip inner-SE venue was the setting for this year's Feast after party, and our local food partners got things started off right. Guests enjoyed bites from Smokehouse 21, Tamale Boy, Boke Bowl and ubiquitous Yelper favorite Salt & Straw, as well as tasting samples of Genki Su drinking vinegar! Thirsts were quenched with tasty (and dangerous) punches concocted with Powers Irish Whiskey and Absolut Vodka, as well as the infamous Oatmeal Pale Ale from Burnside Brewing Co. Katie H sums up the comestibles well: "The food was awesome! Yay Tamale Boy, Boke Bowl, Salt and Straw, and Smokehouse 21! Some of my favorite places all under 1 roof. They didn't skimp on the booze either. Fabulous cocktails being handed out! It ain't a Yelp party unless I wake up with a headache the next morning." We did everything we could to ward off your headache, Katie, including offering tasty Vita Coco coconut water in a variety of flavors and even complimentary massage from Brandin Bowen and Rita from Sacral Space! DJ Saltfeend was also on hand to drop beats for the dance floor, as Izzy Ventura snapped pics of the whole shindig.
This event was a huge success thanks to generous support from Summer and Ashley from Union Pine; our fine restaurant partners Smokehouse 21, Tamale Boy, Boke Bowl and Salt & Straw; our fine beverage partners Absolut, Powers Irish Whiskey, Burnside Brewing Co, Vita Coco and Genki Su; Brandin & Rita from Sacral Space; Ed (DJ Saltfeend); Jenn, Jenni and Sarah (my bartenders); Ana, Jenni and Christina; Izzy Ventura; Feast Portland; and of course the Yelp Elite Squad. Don't just take my word for it, though. Read the reviews (and don't forget to leave one yourself!)
Until next time, SYOY!
–Don "Suit & Tie" B