Who:Foodies and the restaurateurs who want to feed them
What: Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s Best of the Best Party
Where: The Guthrie
When: Monday, February 16, 2009
Why: A food and wine sampling event celebrating the Best of the Twin Cities and a benefit that raised $7,000 for Second Harvest Heartland
I affectionately call Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s Best of the Best Party—BOB. It’s really a work party for me but much more fun than any business function should be. This year did not disappoint and was the best and fourth BOB I’ve attended. I hit BOB around 7:30 p.m. with my ménage a colleagues Mpls.St.Paul’s new lifestyle editor Christy DeSmith and affable homes editor Shawn Gilliam. We headed straight to the cave-like VIP lounge to rub elbows with co-workers, clients, and friends of the magazine.
After feeling the claustrophobia of VIP-dom, it was time to break out and see the rest of scene. One of our Restaurateurs of the Year, Josh Thoma, was walking around with an adorable, miniature version of himself. Meanwhile, I could bizarrely hear the echo of our other ROY's, Tim McKee’s, very distinct, deep voice over the crowd but never spotted him. Party player Richard Moody breezed by with his crew. Finally, I had no choice but to snap a pic of some cute nerds, names unknown.
The Guthrie is the perfect venue for a party of this size, 1,000 plus people who flowed freely throughout the space that I really appreciated--every time I looked out a different window, each view was a wow!
When I go to sampling parties like this, I try not to manage my frustration expectations by avoiding the long lines that deliver a little morsel. But when Christy and I spotted a lineless raw oyster bar, we swooped in for shooters. I had no specific target for the oyster’s supposed aphrodisiacal effects so instead focused on the fun of the moment. With the constant barrage of doom and gloom of the economy, all I could do was just step back and enjoy a morsel of fun on a Monday night.