Under a clear sky and cooling temperatures, Yelp Boston Elites gathered on the glorious patio of The Charles Hotel, better known as Charles Square, for an alfresco evening designed to get your booty moving and celebrate all that is sensational about Summer!
Walking into the square, yelpers and esteemed guests were greeted by the sweet sounds of The Beantown Swing Orchestra, featuring the Sinatra-esque crooning of American Idol Finalist, John Stevens! To keep things cool and get the party started, refreshing cocktails courtesy of Stoli were passed around the patio and Peak Organic Brewing Company was on hand pouring frosty brews all night long. And for a little extra pick-me-up, Jim's Organic Coffee kept everyone caffeinated with a complimentary coffee bar! Treats of all kinds delighted our palettes and pleased our bellies, including Beef Wellington, Lobster Popovers and Gazpacho, all from the mouth-watering kitchens of The Charles Hotel, Henrietta's Table and Rialto.
After a little mingling and merrymaking, guests were treated to a cooking demonstration by executive chef and owner of Rialto, Jody Adams, who you may recognize from her recent appearance on Top Chef Masters, where she raised $17,500 for Partners in Health! She expertly walked us through a savory bluefish dish, while taking questions from the crowd about building better knife skills!
As if that was all, we then turned out attention to the center of the dance floor where Mike and Julie from Boston Swing Central gave us a little lesson on swing dancing, including step-by-step moves! They got the crowd shimmying all around the dance floor, as people kicked up their heels and spun round and round. Johnna M was most impressed by their teachings, praising Mike for being "a brave and kind soul for dancing with me after aforementioned said strong drinks!"
A big, big thank you to all of our amazing sponsors throughout this evening, and to Ariana, Elizabeth, Chef Peter Davis, Alex, Chef Jody Adams and Rebecca over at The Charles Hotel, Henrietta's Table and Rialto for helping to make this event a smashing success! Catch a glimpse of swinging fun here, captured by Tatsu I, catch up on gossip on Talk and read what party-goers have to say about the festivities here. And to everyone who donated to our charity tonight, Partners in Health, we raised a grand total of $556!