The KeyBank VIP Lounge was laid back and serving up massages from Exhale: The Spa at EMH and the sounds of the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music jazz ensemble. Brown-Forman was on hand serving up two different barrel-aged cocktails. The Gentleman Jack Ward 8 featured lemon juice, simple syrup and grenadine, and my favorite, the Woodford Reserve Manhattan with cherry herring and bitters.
Bistro 83 was on hand turning out beef atop a truffle mini pancake and slow roasted pulled pork delicately piled atop a risotto cake.
The main ballroom had more food and wine packed in with some serious silent auction items, wine pull, and a diamond jewelry raffle that I was one number away from winning.
A few of my favorites included the offerings from Gatherings Kitchen, Little Devil Cupcakery and Jammy Buggars.
Hats off to everyone who pitched in to make this event such a success. I'm already looking forward to next year.
::Disclosure - I was provided 2 VIP tickets for myself as well as 2 GA tickets to give away to a reader c/o the Arthritis Foundation. All musings, as always, are my own::