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Friday, January 17, 2014

SACC Photo Diaries: Opening Night Recap

Posted By on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 3:10 PM

It might be a futile effort to recap a booze-filled evening, but I'll give it a go. I find the best way to remember the previous evening's festivities is taking numerous photos...so let's piece together Thursday's Opening Night Party, shall we? (Disclaimer: The Majestic is dark and I have an iPhone 4S, so grainy photos will ensue.)

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Regardless of what time you made your grand entrance, the action kept flowing so wait times stayed at a minimum. And if there was a line for drinks, attendees had 20-or so other stations to choose from.

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The Umai Mi staff was once again out, showcasing menu items from the soon-to-open restaurant. And I do mean soon, keep your eyes peeled for opening dates.

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Treaty Oak Distilling was cranking out a slightly spicy honey daiquiri from what seemed to be the largest shaker in the world. Bonus points for the snazzy shirt.

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Another highlight of the evening came via this rather fruity scotch-based cocktail. The beardy 'tenders were a nice touch.

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Said cocktail paired excellently with the charcuterie sampling offered by joint table Lüke Riverwalk and Restaurant Gwendolyn. The chorizo, topped with the cumin and coriander-loaded aioli, was particularly drool-worthy. Chef Michael Sohocki carries similar sausage offerings at the Pearl Farmers Market on Saturdays.

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I was unfortunately the witness to one of the party fouls during last night's event: an unnamed attendee upchucked at around 8:45 in the evening. Majestic staff took care of the sitch most effortlessly. Reminder: It's a marathon, not a race.

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Made-to-order cocktails are great, but there's something to be said for punches...especially those filled with cognac and served by French bartenders...just sayin'.

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Then again, this year's opening night held a fun interactive element via Cointreau. Attendees would choose fruits, muddle them and brand reps would top off the drink with carbonated Cointreau. I make a mean cucumber mint drink, if I do say so myself.

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The Majestic's actual bar was the home of several cocktail stations. My personal nightcap came via a sbagliato (the G is silent) or mistaken Negroni. Honestly, anything topped off with prosecco can't be that bad, can it?

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