Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Boston Food Bloggers Launch

Boston Food Bloggers.com is an ever expanding resource for food and drink bloggers in and around Boston, Massachusetts started by the dedicated and passionate Rachel Blumenthal who also blogs over at Fork it over, Boston. Rachel had a vision of an online resource center, a one-stop-shop if you will, where members of this vast local community could visit to seek out new blogs, expand their google readers, and in general discover like minded food and drink obsessed. The site is a compilation of over 260 blogs and counting related to cooking, baking, dining out, beer and wine, local and sustainable eating and more. The blog itself features event recaps, guests posts, giveaways and happenings. Rachel teamed up with Christine Liu of Urbanspoon as well as Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project and SoCo Creamery to host an exclusive launch party on Monday January 17th at The Gallows. The Gallows opened in June of 2010 at 1395 Washington Street in Boston's South End. One of the neighborhoods newest hangouts priding themselves on simple and straightforward yet exciting and top-notch fare and cocktails, the opening was met with stellar reviews. I arrived with friends just moments after 6pm to a line out the door and an already bustling scene. In the vestibule we were greeted by hanging bats and a wall mounted dinosaur head and once inside by Rachel and her boyfriend Joel with Swag bags and smiles. Throughout the night I sipped on Pretty Things Jack D'Or, munched on Poutine, sampled SoCo Creamery ice cream and took in the scene and decor while mingling and catching up with local bloggers. Bowls of Bacon Caramel Chex Mix (popcorn and pretzels popped in bacon fat and covered in a bacon cream and sugar caramel) were an addiction waiting to happen. I'm pretty sure The Gallows have invented the ultimate party snack.
SoCo Creamery representatives set up shop in the back scooping ice cream flavors of ginger, espresso cookie, vanilla and dirty chocolate.
Friendly waitresses served Pretty Things Jack D'Or beers.
Innovative serving platters presented guests with Poutine in cone shaped paper cups.
Poutine = hand cut fries topped with house made gravy & cheese curd. Jacki and Meesh of Just Add Cheese & Lizzy of Food to Run For.
The Crowd.
I was quite fond of the table decor which consisted of large vases filled with bright vegetables such as hot peppers, carrots and leeks.
Kirsten of Cake, Batter & Bowl, Shannon of Tri to Cook & Jen of Beantown Baker.The Poutine deserved another close up.
The bar scene.
I also enjoyed a Tar & Feather made with vodka, cherry heering, ginger and black tea.
Alicia of The Clean Plate Club, Meghan of Travel Wine Dine, Megan of Delicious Dishings, Justin of Justin Can Cook & his wife, Leah.
Thought provoking wall decor.
Above: Meesh & I show off the BFB gear we won. I desperately needed an apron and who doesn't love a coffee mug?! Below: The awesome Swag bag whose contents and deals go on for days. Congratulations Rachel and in addition a huge thank you to Christine, Urbanspoon and The Gallows for organizing, sponsoring and hosting respectively, a hugely successful launch party!

19 comments:

  1. Hehe I am so jealous of your apron! You got some great pictures!

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  2. Cute apron! I definitely agree the poutine deserved that second shot. Ha. Had so much fun with you yesterday!

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  3. ...and my shirt is see through LOL

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  4. Enjoying the pics. Was unable to attend but some lucky person got my goodie bag. Glad they did. Look forward to future gatherings.
    The Souper

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  5. The poutine looks great. The decor there is interesting. I need to check it out for myself.

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  6. So jealous I wasn't able to make it! Looks like it was a blast, so love the table decor! And those poutines looks amazing! Thx for sharing!!

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  7. so great to meet you! crazy how many of us were in one room :)

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  8. Can I have some more ice cream. Like. Now

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  9. looks like fun and quite a crowd! i love the apron.

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  10. what kind of camera do you use? (I know...so random!)

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  11. LOVE the re-cap! Last night was a lot of fun!

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  12. Awww bummer I was out of town and missed this event! Great recap. Looks like everyone had such a fun time!

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  13. love your pictures from the event! Sorry we didn't get to catch up too much, there was so much going on! Definitely need to catch up soon!

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  14. love your recap. Great photos of the whole event.

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  15. SO fun! I'm jealous and love the recap. Pretty Things beer is one of my new faves!

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  16. i am so glad that someone managed to look up and capture the bountiful wonder of the mounted dinosaur head. that's one of my favorite little quirks at the galllows (of many, right)? if you're ever in rendezvous in central sq, see if you can spot the ALF stuffed animal lurking behind the bar. i'm sure you'll don your BFB apron with pride, and thanks so much for the awesome recap & sunniness you always bring to the party! cheers, christine

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  17. it really looks like they pulled off an amazing launch party! love all the photos!

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  18. bacon chex mix?! holy moly! do you think this can be recreated? i'm loving the tall vases filled with veggies like you wouldn't believe!

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