What better way to start off the new year than with a shiny, sexy '12 badge? The lucky LA East Elites that are proudly sporting their new profile accessory were invited to celebrate at 1714 Vermont in Los Feliz with A Badge Fest – a night under the stars featuring delectable bites, Absolut cocktails, and a show! 1714 Vermont is three venues in one (Vermont Restaurant, Rockwell VT, and Show at Barre) and the evening showcased the best of each establishment.
Guests navigated their way through twists and turns in what can only be described as a hipster tree house that is Rockwell VT, complete with a larger than life oak smack dab in the middle of the place and wide open ceilings to gaze up to the stars. Then Vermont Restaurant filled Elite bellies with treats like lamb lollipops, sliders, impressive cheese plates, flatbreads, chicken karagee, etc., in addition to a variety of dessert trays. And to wash it all down, Absolut cocktails including the Gemini (Absolut Ruby Red Grapefruit, St Germaine, grilled grapefruit and jalapeno), Wildflower (Absolut Wild Tea, lemon juice, sugar, sweet n’ sour), and Rockwell Grapevine (Absolut Grapevine, cranberry, pineapple) were being mixed at rapid speed at the bar. Not to mention Coke au Courant, Erica F's fine concoction that was the favorite from the Absolut Mixology Contest held prior to the event (all confirmed guests were given the opportunity to submit a crafted cocktail using provided Absolut flavors and mixers that were then judged by a selection of Rockwell VT bartenders, with the winner receiving a $50 gift certificate). And finally, no evening at 1714 would be complete without a performance from Show at Barre, so the cabaret professionals did a few Tarantino-inspired numbers to entertain attendees. Oh, and over 150 check-ins to the event resulted from offering Yelp watches as a door prize for all those that used their Yelp App that night.
A big thanks to the fantastic staff at 1714 Vermont for helping choreograph a smooth and memorable '12 kick off event. Not to mention, yelper-fave Project Photobooth for all these good looking mug shuts, Unboxed Images for the candid shots, and The Wafal for the below video (allow it to load for a couple of seconds if it doesn't start right away). Yelp photos are on the Yelp LA Flickr page and even more photos can be seen on 1714 Vermont's Facebook page. Want to know what LA East Elites thought? Check out the reviews right here.
Katie B (and crew)
LA East Community Manager