Being tucked into the private room at Blue Martini with the top of Bellevue’s restaurant and marketing scene for the Best of 425 Party was intense. Not because of the ladies in sharp cocktail dresses and men in crisp suits. More the sheer number of people crowded in the space. You had to blaze a warpath just to get a cupcake.
On the plus side, the cupcakes were totally worth it. New York Cupcakes (Winner, Best Sweets/Bakery) provided a tower of mini cupcakes that pretty much stole the show – or at least my attention. I was impressed by the moist, fluffy morsels of awesome. I highly recommend the New York Neapolitan, with vanilla and chocolate cake, strawberry buttercream, and a maraschino cherry.
Hosted by 425 and Expedia, the scene was appropriate – Blue Martini had won best night club. Inside the lounge, women in Tiffany blue silk corsets slung drinks as fast as they could to a throng of waiting people. Sadly, the team ran out of mint early on – maybe everyone was craving mojitos? – and I wasn’t super excited by the vaguely citrus mocktail I was provided. I would love to give the Blue Martini another shot when it’s less busy.
Most of the attendees were also from the Best of 425 list, from Best Hotel (Woodmark Hotel) to Best Sushi (Flo Sushi). Team Photogenic was outside at the entrance, taking photographs and interviews upon request.
On all the tables were copies of the Best of 425 edition magazine, a lovely photographic spread of the winners, ranging from Best Happy Hour (Ruth’s Chris) to Best Massage (Yuan Spa). In all, it’s an impressive collection, practically a bucket list for the Eastside. Definitely grab a copy when you get a chance.
When I wasn’t eyeing the cupcakes, I finally got a chance to meet 425’s Editor-in-Chief Lisa Patterson, and Publisher Josh Dunn, who were amazing. I also managed to get a photo with the lovely Amy Yamada, and it was great to see Assistant Editor Ethan Chung again.
Best of all, the money raised that evening went to Hopelink, the winner for Best Nonprofit. Kudos to all!
For more information on this event, contact 425 Magazine.