LA East Elites were given the rare opportunity to take over Hollywood's iconic Pantages Theatre to Celebrate Broadway in LA by helping close out their 2011-2012 season and kick off the 2012-2013 season on Thursday, March 8, 2012. The gorgeous Art Deco interior came alive with costumed guests from Broadway favorites like Wicked, Chicago, The Lion King, Book of Mormon, My Fair Lady, Phantom of the Opera and more! Some of Pantages' wonderful dining partners joined us on stage (ok, the lobby) to serve up some scrumptious samplings. Delphine won people over with their organic kale salad featuring a crisp pita, jalapeno, soledad goat feta, and a creamy citrus dressing, as well as a malted vanilla rice pudding. Fabio from Fabiolus Cafe charmed everyone with his ricotta cheesecake, tiramisu, and an addictive pasta number. Kabuki's generous supply of spicy tuna handrolls, sesame chicken, and baja rolls kept guests coming back for more. Katsuya pleased palates with hamachi jalapeno spoons and crispy sesame tuna with wonton chips. Lexington Social House had all the Broadway stars salivating over their honey chipotle pork belly served with fennel apple salad and an orange vinaigrette. There was enough food to go around (and around). A huge thank you to all the dining partners and their smiling staff for bringing the best of the best to the the table. While making their way through a sea of delicious dining options, yelpers enjoyed samples of CalNaturale Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, as well as Kirin selections Ichiban and Kirin Light, and of course, Hard Luck Candy Vodka cocktails like Root Beer, Pineapple Upside Down Fish, and Sparkling Lemon Drop. As if that wasn't enough, guests could further liquify their appetite with liquor-infused treats from Cake Bar! Irish Car Bomb cupcake, anyone? When not mingling and munching, the crowd received complimentary oxygen blasts and mini massages from Bliss and struck a pose in the wildly popular SnapFiesta photo booth. And as if that wasn't enough, Pantages provided tours of the historic building, a Broadway trivia contest to win tickets to upcoming productions, and let us not forget the costume contest! There was a decorated cast from many Broadway favorites but it came down to homemade outfits from The Lion King duo and a rather spritely Sound of Music gent. While both put up an applause-worthy performance, our Rafiki (Laura S) and Simba (James S) "couple" won the grand prize that included 2 tickets to the following shows ROCK OF AGES, MAMMA MIA!, BILLY ELLIOT, and CHICAGO.
The whole evening deserves a standing ovation (especially since on the way out a schwag bag buffet popped up featuring Yelp goodies, coupons from dining partners, and chopsticks from Kirin)! The night would not have ran as smoothly without the help of the amazing Pantages crew, Christina Y and Stephanie C. Read the reviews here and catch the candid shots from Santiago Valencia on the Yelp LA Flickr page.
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