The event was held at the lovely National Hotel, a very art deco-ish property in the heart of Miami Beach. The event was held in a small room in the lobby (possibly a meeting room) and spilled into the outside terrace, the cabanas alongside the pool and finally taking over the entire outdoor area. The theme was Mad Men-ish, which made for some interesting attire, mostly very cute and tasteful. Hats off to Monica, our amazing community manager, who looked fab in her 60's pinup meets stewardess getup.
|Picture stolen from Yelp|
We enjoyed brews courtesy of Sam Adams & Cupcake Vineyards and bites from several local spots. Here's a quick run down of some of our favorites:
|Yummy meatballs, spanakopita and baklava from Taverna Opa|
|Phenomenal fondue - The Cheese Course|
|Photo op w/ the sweet and talented Chef Adrianne Calvo and her yummy tamalito|
|ooey gooey creamy mac n' cheese w/ bacon from Melt|
|Salumeria 104's ham - paper thin and so delicious|
|Yummy meatball from Bin 18|
|Graziano's grilling it up|
|Graziano's empanada, chorizo, potato salad and steak|
|Sweetness Bakery's yummy treats|
|My new favorite ice cream - Todo Frio's Guava Cheesecake. Best guava ice cream ever!|
As I mentioned, plenty of Sam Adams brews to go around. I stuck with the Blackberry Witbier and Cherry Wheat. Both were awesome. The Blackberry reminded me of my favorite, Abita's Purple Haze. It has a sweet & subtle berry undertone that was very refreshing. The Cherry was a bit strong, kind of reminded me of Cherry Coke. Not my favorite but a fun beer to try. I also tried Cupcake Vineyard's Red Velvet, which was sweet and smooth.
|Double fisting - Cherry Wheat and Blackberry Witbier|
The party was a hit - great music by DJ's rocking pilot costumes, burlesque performances, nice crowd, live art work, blowdrys and makeovers, etc... Thank you Yelp for another amazing evening!