Six months in the planning and it’s here!!!!!
The cocktail party was a huge success!!!! We promise our color palate was not coordinated at all!
The event was held at Rustic Kitchen, an Italian-style bistro and wood-fired pizza restaurant next to the Radisson. They have been awesome to work with, and the night was a blast.
We arrived around 6:45 to get the party started!
And soon enough we had over 100 blog enthusiasts packed into the atrium!
Thanks to Hangry Mark for being our bouncer!
The menu that Tina and I, the Social Committee , planned included a selection of wood-fired pizzas, grilled veggies, a mixed greens salad, plus Wild Mushroom + Goat Cheese Bruschetta, Fried Risotto balls, and Beef Tenderloin crostini.
Rustic went above and beyond pumping out hot pizza after hot pizza, and they all tasted amazing. My favorite was the Fig Preserve Pizza!
I started the night with a club soda. I wasn’t really in a drinking mood – butterflies!!
After an hour, I decided to order and drink and realized I hadn’t had anything to eat yet! I attacked the pizzas.
MANHATTAN = the best sipping drink of all time
Stack-O-pizza varietals plus some veggies and a risotto ball
I ate dinner with these new friends!!!! I got to talk to tons of totally awesome, intelligent, kind readers (coming from as far as L.A. and Texas!), but there were so many people I didn’t even get to say hello to. Tomorrow! Come say hi!!
I had a fun conversation with these middle ladies (also drinking Manhattans!), who hail from the NYC publishing business, about the relationship between blogs and magazines. I told them I would LOVE a column in a women’s magazine – any editors who read, fo’ real!
My drink was strong, so I went back to club soda for a final drink
And had a final piece of fig pizza!
I had SO.MUCH fun tonight my voice is hoarse.
Why am I blogging at 10:24 when I should still be out partying? Because I am determined to get a good night’s rest tonight before today, which is a huge, very long, exciting day!! I’m exhausted from last night’s insomnia. So happy that I my stomach isn’t full and I’m clear-headed going to bed tonight 🙂 Eye mask + ear plugs + blackout curtains + water + no wine = rest.
SEE YOU FOR THE 2009 HEALTHY LIVING SUMMIT!!!