Ever wonder what the secret of life everlasting is? Living well and documenting it for all time on the internet, of course! Chef Michael Schulson treated more than 125 Elite yelpers to a truly memorable pan-Asian experience at last night's Live Forever party at Sampan in Center City, Philadelphia.
Servers speedily circulated with tray after tray of Sampan's signature,
ethereal edamame dumplings in truffle broth, a riff on a "Philly
cheesesteak" on a tiny bao bun touched with sriracha and shallot, plus
crispy wonton tacos stuffed with fresh crab. The festivities spilled over from the LED-backlit dining room into the outdoor Graffiti Bar, where DJ Qi Command spun futuristic sounds in step with the Graffiti Bar's industrial-chic style.
& Spirits debuted SKYY Ginger and UV Sweet Green Tea, two summery vodkas brand-new to Pennsylvania. Ginger-Honey Soda and Iced Mint Green
Tea refreshed and intoxicated simultaneously on the warm, humid evening.
Antioxidants abound! For the non-cocktail drinkers, Muller
Beverage provided plenty of amber Asahi Select from Japan. The clean
and sweet malty profile was especially nice with the spicy "cheesesteak"
Yelparazzi snappers Dave H and Luan N supplemented Erika Letitia Photography's rounds — look for the photos on the Yelp Flickr here! Freshly minted Elite Emmett M seems to have an instinct for what goes down at our typical soiree: "There was a photo booth/corner with graffiti themed props on hand, and while it was cool to act the fool for the pics, we had more fun playing cops and robbers than using the gear for what it was intended. Erika the photographer did a great job with her killer shots; hopefully she's willing to censor a few of the more candid ones."
Don't fret, Emmett, there's always opportunity to let your hair down with fellow Elites! Check out the reviews of Live Forever, and until the next shindig, SYOY!
Yelp Philadelphia Community Manager