Yesterday morning, I was greeted by the Fed Ex guy. There was a return address I did not recognize nor did I have any recollection of recent impulse Nordstrom purchases. And voila…it was this:
I had already been looking forward to this event, but an actual Fed-Exed invite? Fantastic. And since I was heading straight from work and the invite suggested “Sofizzticated” spring attire (despite Portland’s less than spring-like weather)…I went with it and pieced together a little somethin’ somethin':
Skipping on to the evening, despite what was on the invite I still was unsure of what to expect. I arrived to the Eastside Exchange at 8PM sharp, was greeted by Brooke and Carrie of Little Green Pickle, a waiver, a wristband and Nora from Izze. Then mixologist, Kyle Linden Webster handed me a shot of sparkling peach Izze mixed with Becherovka. Talk about a fabulous entry.
The setup of this event was absolutely amazing. The rooftop of Eastside Exchange transformed into a stunning and elegant supper soiree- almost felt like I was at a wedding! There was a DIY candle booth in the back, musical equipment set up for Fort Atlantic to play, a demo stage for 2014 James Beard Finalist Naomi Pomeroy and of course a bar for Kyle Linden Webster to work his cocktail magic. And of course, Izze bottles were used throughout as everything from a flower vase to candle holder.
What’s fantastic is how engaged Portland’s PR firms have become with bloggers over the past year through hosting blogger dinners/happy hours as well as inviting us to media and industry events such as this one. I’m so thrilled to have met so many of these amazing bloggers, PR mavens, chefs, bartenders and other accomplished folks in the industry and to have the opportunity to interact with them consistently around our mutual passion: Food and Drink.
And sure enough, some of my favourite fellow PDX blogger ladies were in attendance last night:
Aren’t we adorable, and isn’t Michelle oh-so-sly with those bunny ears?
So onto the food! Chef Naomi Pomeroy put together a whimsical menu last night with each dish utilising no other than Izze!
We started off with the carrot and clementine veloute, a delectable and robust soup further enlivened by an herbaceous sauce and candied hazelnuts for texture.
The remainder of the dishes were served family style (and in true family style, quantities were plentiful):
Impressive doesn’t even begin to emphasise this meal- whether it be the charred amazingness of the broccoli raab to the beautifully seared Ahi.
I’m no stranger to Naomi Pomeroy’s culinary prowess; this lady wasn’t on Top Chef nor nominated for the James Beard award for no reason- she KNOWS how to take any ingredient, transform it into something you’ll lust after for weeks and gift it with a complimentary pairing. One of the ladies at my table had even commented that she saw Naomi at the farmer’s market earlier purchasing the Maitake mushrooms and talking with the farmer about ‘mushrooms grown in lonely soil.’ That’s legitimacy right there, my friends.
And then there was dessert…
See those candied violets on the cake? Naomi said she stole them from her neighbour’s garden…I mean, I doubt anyone could have put a better use to them anyhow.
You guys…this was one of the best soirees I’ve gone to in Portland. Everyone from Izze that I met there is an ABSOLUTE darling and the effort, creativity and resources that went into setting up this ultra-chic party is much appreciated. A humongous thank you is owed to the folks at Izze, the darlings at Little Green Pickle, Chef Naomi Pomeroy, Mixologist Kyle Linden Webster…and the darling who gave me my swag bag when I was leaving and complimented my Alexander Wang Satchel.
Speaking of that Swag Bag…
(Please forgive the text on the photo…I had to jack this picture from my Snapchat Story since I forgot to take a more professional picture before leaving the house this morning).
So…as soon as my 24-pack of Izze arrives, who wants to come over for a cocktail party? I promise I’ll shake all of them in my new Mason Jar shaker…I just need to find a bunch of mason jars to buy to serve them in (if anyone has any suggestions of where I can buy those- preferably in cool colours, then please let me know in the comments).
Lots of love darlings- let’s revel in knowing that winter is now over!