On Thursday the 14th of August in 2014, Baltimore Magazine in Maryland hosted their annual Baltimore Magazine’s 2014 BEST of Baltimore party at the historic Hippodrome Theatre in downtown Baltimore. This was an exclusive celebration of their “Best of” August issue.
It was the biggest recognition and charity event of this Summer benefiting ‘The Family Tree’, which is a local Baltimore charity that promotes the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Who knew the Hippodrome Theatre house could hold so much hospitality in one building. Baltimore Magazine’s 2014 BEST of Baltimore party was a one stop shop for access to all “best of” restaurant samplings, open bars and live entertainment from Baltimore City. Talk about a ‘Best of Baltimore’ historic and memorable moment!
The Baltimore Magazine’s annual celebration took place from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. In summary; serving foods from Baltimore’s “best” restaurants, attendees enjoyed limitless handcrafted cocktails, charming dessert from Charm City Cakes, live music from Kristen and the Noise & beats from DJ Kopec and a VIP lounge with live music from Matt Hutchison. Yes, four levels of memorable fun!
There were two components to this grand event whereas, general admission attendees paid up to $100 a ticket and VIP event tickets high range was $175.
As far as, what took place in the general admission section; here’s goes a great experience. The legendary Hippodrome Theatre was laced out in an Edgar Allen Poe theme with black lace for days. An actor dressed up as Edgar Allen Poe worked the event and Poe themed fancy artwork was placed throughout the space to admire. Upon entrance all guests received neon green glow in the dark sun glasses and party beads.
Here’s where the glow in the dark shades came in handy, as one entered the historic Hippodrome Theatre ballroom, which was mainly a hangout space for the hip and young at heart. The ballroom was divided into three separate spaces. The middle of the room was set-up like a upscale night club with live music from Kristen and the Noise & beats from DJ Kopec on a fancy stage in front of a huge dance floor. The left side of the room called the Peroni Beer Lounge was such a fancy space with neon glowing lounge chairs and tables, white leather bar stools and tables and bright pink patent leather lounge chairs and tables. Oh, I can’t forget the complimentary Peroni beer was flowing throughout the room with a full service bar. The right side of the ballroom included a fancy table top lounge space with aerial performers and a photo booth sponsored by Belecara. I overheard, Covergirl Cosmetics was in the building giving away lipstick, eye shadows, and mascara. Covergirl also was offering complimentary hand consultations to the female guests.
Another great hangout space for the event was the Smith & Forge Hard Cider lounge on the third level of the Hippodrome. This was such a cool gathering space that included several working professionals in business suits and fancy dresses. There were brown leather lounge chairs and a huge photo backdrop wall of a painted downtown Baltimore for a fancy private photo shoot adventure. The downtown view of Baltimore City from this angle of the Hippodrome Theatre is breathtaking.
I can’t express how grand this event was, it housed approximately ten open bars whereas, each bar had several different themed cocktails for one specialty brand of liqueur. I sampled a few drinks. I must admit the Tequila bar was the best. Nevertheless most guests were ranting and raving about the Cutty Sark Whisky Bar and its themed a specialty Cutty Sark Ice Tea cocktail.
Did you know? Baltimore Magazine is America’s oldest city magazine, celebrating Baltimore since 1907.
Main giveaways for the evening available to all guests included: promotional West Side Story gift-bags from Hippodrome Broadway Series that contained iTunes gift-cards and other promo goods, t-shirts from Downtown Partnership, neon colored drink shakers from Lexus cars, discounted tickets for Geppi Museum. Even as an added bonus, I picked up alot of business cards for the evening from most of the restaurant vendors in attendance and they had meal passes and discounts to their establishments on the back. Talk about a great marketing idea!
Out of approximately thirty-two food vendors for the evening, check out my “BEST” picks for that night. I do not mean to neglect any of the food vendors however, it was just too much to see and taste for one person in one night. Nevertheless, I’m not complaining over access is better than under access. I wish, I could have tried all the food vendors but, my belly would not allow it. Keep in mind this was not a buffet style dinner, the purpose of this event was to allow attendees to sample the ‘best’ eats in Baltimore. One thing that was really impressive was the fact that 90 percent of the food vendors in attendance did not run out of food until the bottom hour of the event. Another impressive point was that each food vendor offered a variety of dishes that they serve in their restaurants, not just one signature dish. Here’s my ‘best of’ list below:
- A.Kirchmayr Chocolatier served up some amazing chocolate balls and squares filled with real liqueur.
- Atwater’s served up a large variety of fresh baked bread with dipping sauce. I did not taste however, it looked yummy and was memorable.
- Barcocina served up some perfectly braised beef tacos to die for.
- Birroteca served up mini plates of pork belly with onion agro dolce and mustard seed.
- Chazz: A Bronx Original served up several different types of tasty ravioli.
- Cunningham’s served up a mushroom designed desert that entailed a macaron on top of a brownie such a yummy soft treat.
- Fleet Street Kitchen served up some delicious soft and yummy berry cake.
- La Cakerie had a customized space in this event that was a mini bakery shop all in it’s self from fancy donuts, cupcakes, brownies, cake, cannolis and cookies.
- Mother’s Federal Hill Grille served up their famous mac & cheese which looked yummy. Nevertheless, it went pretty quickly and I did not get to taste. But, I am very familiar with their mac & cheese and it is legendary.
- Red Maple served up some chocolate cake with caramelized hazelnut and chocolate mousse in a fancy cup with a fancy little scoop.
- Ruth’s Chris Steak House served up some juicy and delicious made to order Ruth Chris steak and mashed potatoes.
- Stone Mill Bakery- served up some yummy, fancy granola bites with hugs pumpkin seeds inside and trust me when I tell you all their selections looked amazing.
- Ten Ten served up some Korean tacos with Mongolian beef, avocado purée, Asian slaw, jalapeño, sesame. These tacos were so yummy such a perfect blend of goodness and my favorite eat of the night.
- The Food Market served up fried lobster tail that reminded you of a crispy golden battered chicken tender except it was lobster tail inside so unique and creative. These guys were so generous they send attendees home with bread pudding and caramel sauce in a fancy keepsake container with cooking instructions included. They also had a temporary tattoo station with two staffers providing guests with temporary tattoos, so cool right.
What can I tell you about the VIP Lounge? It was okay on the top floor of the historic Hippodrome Theatre, very private yet sociable! Such a great view from the top I must admit! Nevertheless, the memorable takeaways from the VIP Lounge were the VIP gift bag, glass keepsake, private musical band and complimentary silhouette artist drawing. The Oregon Grille catered the food and it was mainly a huge sushi buffet that contained a large variety of fresh raw fish which did not impress me because I don’t eat raw fish for health reasons. There was also a cheese, fruit and cold meat buffet. However, the VIP dessert bar during the last hour was very impressive but, I was too full to enjoy. It included homemade mini cheesecakes, fancy fresh whipped peanut butter cups, soft cookies and pretty & colorful macarons. The layout for the Oregon Grille food bars were fancy and their staffers were polite and friendly.
The coolest part of the Baltimore Magazine’s 2014 BEST of Baltimore party was the variety. They say variety is the spice of life. During the celebrate attendees were allowed to roam and mingle on four levels of nonstop entertainment. Talk about a ‘Best of Baltimore’ historic and memorable moment! Cheers to Baltimore Magazine for hosting and promoting such a fabulous event!
Be sure to check out the attached photo slideshow to see a glimpse inside Baltimore Magazine’s 2014 BEST of Baltimore party.