Well, we knew this First Friday would be big; however, I don’t think we knew exactly how big. It was absolutely incredible!! Our First Fridays have certainly evolved over the last year, and we couldn’t be prouder. Better than standing room only, we almost spilled out onto the sidewalk. We can’t thank you all enough for coming out to celebrate and a HUGE thank you to all our community friends who made this wonderful event come together.
So, where to begin? How about food and drinks? Talk about yum?! Oh. My. Word! The masterful flavors of the gourmet food from Clementine, a boutique chef service here in Tampa, Florida…to die! The dynamic duo of Brian and Misty Sommers served up 3 gluten-free/dairy-free small bites :
- Summer Corn and Shrimp Chowder Shooters
- Spicy Jerk Smoked and Cured Ahi Tuna “Bacon” with pineapple relish on a cucumber “cracker”
- Juicy Mango Sorbet
Simply out of this world! You definitely need to check out these culinary superstars. They are available for private functions, cooking lessons and they provide a weekly prepared meal delivery service which is SUPER convenient for your home and/or office. They only use the highest quality, seasonal, local, and all natural ingredients. You name it, they can do it!
Our wonderful bartender, Nick Peterson did a marvelous job (as always) serving up our signature drink for the evening : St. Germain Cocktail. The bar was packed but with a little help from his friends, Nick kept up with the pace beautifully. Here is the recipe for this perfectly sweet, light and crisp cocktail :
- 2 PARTS Brut Champagne or Dry Sparkling Wine
- 1 1/2 PARTS St. Germain
- 2 PARTS Club Soda
*We modified with mostly Champagne and St. Germaine with a splash of club soda *Wonderfully refreshing poolside summertime sipping beverage
Stan Pittman, representing Hope Childrens’ Home greeted our guests at the door for most of the evening. Stan filled in our guests on the amazing work that Hope Children’s Home does and how they have been providing a safe, loving environment for children to flourish for over 46 years. Baskets representing some immediate needs items were on hand to show how much a donation amount could provide, in addition, a portion of the sales from the night were also donated to the charity. It warmed our hearts to see Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine Editor, Angela Ardolino spending time getting to know Stan and Hope Children’s Home. Thank you, both, for being a part of the evening.
When Boneyard is in the house, you are guaranteed to have a great time, and as usual, the boys didn’t disappoint! Bob, Clay and Clark did an amazing job rocking the house, setting the mood and getting the shoppers dancing. They are just straight up fantastic and always a joy to have around at any function. Rock on, gentlemen, rock on.
We wouldn’t have memories without our local paparazzo, Michael Trefry of michaelJon Photography. Always there like a ninja to capture the perfect moment, photobomb, laugh and memories. Thank you Michael for once again working your magic and preserving the moments of the night.
We will take a little hiatus in July, since First Friday will fall on the fourth, but save the date for August 1st.…we promise to raise the bar once again!
–Be in love with your life, every minute of it