It was the moment we Boston food bloggers had been waiting for, the official launch of the Boston Food Bloggers website. Last night, many, many Boston food bloggers gathered together at The Gallows in the South End for food, drinks, to meet new blog friends and to catch up with old ones.
I arrived at The Gallows after a fun day with Alicia, Daisy, Megan, and later, Michelle who joined us after work. Even though it was just after 6:00, there was a line out the door, eager bloggers ready to get in out of the cold and into the party.
The Gallows is a fairly small space, dimly lit, great for a party but not great for photos. In keeping with its macabre name, The Gallows is decorated with ravens and bats and other things, like this creepy old costume in the ladies room.
Tables were dotted with jars of lemons, carrots, celery, potatoes, and leeks. Fun décor, and more than a few of us wondered if they were take-homes
Friendly servers from The Gallows passed trays of Pretty Things Jack d’Or. I have to comment that even in such a crowded space, the restaurant staff seemed really happy and welcoming and were constantly round the room passing the beer, in addition to burgers and other treats.
I ate about a million handfuls of the Bacon Caramel Chex Mix, just one of the menu items making The Gallows a local favorite.
I also enjoyed a cone of poutine, fries with rich gravy and cheese curds. They were messy, but delicious. As a fry-lover, I approve!
I spent just over an hour mingling in the packed room. In addition to the friends I arrived with, I got to talk with lots of other great bloggers and saw many others from across the room. There are so many wonderful people who blog in Boston and never enough time to talk to them all!
The gift bag from the Boston Food Blogger party was off the hook! I am still going through it in awe. In addition to fig spread from Whole Foods, a whole bag of Pretzel Crisps, and biscotti there are all sorts of vouchers for free stuff at local restaurants like Island Creek Oyster Bar, Acquitaine, and Union Bar and Grille, and Wagamama. There are also all sorts of great discounts. I am going to make a handy list of all of the great offers in the bag; that way when we are going out I will know what great offers and discounts to take advantage of. I tend to forget about coupons before they expire but not this time!
Everyone behind the Boston Food Bloggers launch, especially its founder, Rachel, and the folks from Urban Spoon did an amazing job planning an event that, I think, made us all feel a little like celebrities. As we discussed on our way out, after all of the work we put into our blogs, it is really cool that someone took the time to put together something so special for all of us.
I am already looking forward to more blogger get-togethers. So much food, fun, and camaraderie! Also, I have updated my About page with some exciting information about my steps into the world of being a Marketing Consultant. I would love if you could check it out, provide feedback, and spread the word!