Portland's Yelp Elite took a trip to the swank side on Wednesday, April 22, 2009, when they were invited down to the Gilt Club in Old Town Portland to indulge in some Gilty Pleasures! Yeah, that's right! Those Portland Elites sure do clean up nice. Chloë W and her crew got all swanked out in their choicest gear to sip on craft cocktails made with locally distilled New Deal and Portland 88 Vodka, local wines by Andrew Rich, and an assortment of local micro brews.
The Gilt Club brought their A-game, from the red carpet and velvet rope out front, to the bar and to-order drink service and beyond… blowing Elite Yelpers' minds (and taste buds) with a decadent display of ultra-high-end food. Joshua C and David Z doubled up on the oysters on the half shell while Catherine F absconded with the assorted cheese plate replete with bleu and manchego cheeses. The rustic bread with fois gras and manchego fritters were a huge hit, and deviled eggs topped with caviar and served in quarters (each on a single spoon) took this amazing event right over the top! Was this a royal reception or an Elite Event?!?
As if the food and amazing cocktails were not enough, a few Yelpers walked out with some solid raffle prizes to boot! Ash A took home one of the most sought after prizes of the night, The Last Yelpicorn. Andrew C and Janessa P didn't make out too bad either. But the big winner of the evening was Britta E, who took home two VIP passes to the upcoming Taste of the Nation charity event to end childhood hunger. 50 Restaurants, wineries, breweries, distilleries, and live music, all for a cause? Oh yeah.
All said and done, Portland Yelp Elites were treated to an exclusive night of amazing food, swank atmosphere, delicious vodka, tasty wine, and frosty cold brews… and all with style. The bar has been set even higher!
Until next time… SYOY!