For three years now, Chef Louie DiBiccari of Tavern Road has been throwing one of Boston's most creative gatherings…and we aren't just saying that because it's literally called CREATE. This past Sunday 6/1 at the Fairmont Battery Wharf, outside of a wonderful unfinished event space that fit the tone of the event perfectly, guests lined up for their chance to sample food and drink from some of the best bartenders and chefs in Boston.
More important than that though was the artwork; in fact, it was the centerpiece of the event. The chefs and bartenders actually paired their food and beverage creations with the art itself. Six artists, six chefs, six bartenders…one amazing day.
However one can only consume so many cocktails, and that's where we came in. 90+ Cellars was on-hand pouring five of our most popular wines:
- Lot 2 Sauvignon Blanc
- Lot 23 Old Vine Malbec
- Lot 33 Rose – by far the most popular selection of the day
- Lot 50 Prosecco
- Lot 53 Cabernet Sauvignon
The 90+ Cellars sunglasses continue to be a hit! All guests had to do to snag a free pair was sign up for our e-mail list. Which they'd probably want to be on anyway, seeing as that's how we let people know when we do fun events like CREATE!
And for additonal cocktail relief, the folks of Narragansett were handing out refreshing brews outside. Perfect location, since it ended up being a gorgeous day!
We were not assigned any art to pair with our wine, but we managed to accidentally create some when Allison spilled a little wine on our napkin box. Oops! Oh well – we dubbed it “The Happy Accident”.
The REAL art was pretty incredible. Check out the speakeasy installation by Individuals Art Collective, complete with cocktails and bar snacks served inside! High fives outside the speakeasy for such a cool display:
That cocktail served in the speakeasy – by Emma Holander of Trina's Starlite Lounge – was really fantastic! We may be biased because it involved bubbles, but it really was a great drink that wasn't too sweet despite it's pink color.
Menton and Drink, two Barbara Lynch properties, made for obvious partners. They paired food/drink with Stephen Holding's colorful art. Matthew Palmer wins the title of most energetic cocktail-shaker of the day:
Our other table neighbors Tavern Road actually served their dish on TOP of their art!
Next to him, guests could find body painter Cecili'a Ulibarri's unique “canvas”.
The guys from Merril & Co. dished out a truly gorgeous serving of beet-cured salmon ash, next to the Bulliet Bourbon Frontier Highball by jm Curley's Daren Swisher, and art by Moe Pope (his work featured in this blog's preview image!)
Of course the over-arching goal of CREATE was to raise awareness of what kind of AMAZING work Boston's artists are putting out! The Fort Point Arts Community sold raffle tickets to raise money, and proceeds from ticket sales went to that organization too!
CREATE really was a unique event and the perfect way to expose folks who wouldn't normally go to an art-based event to what Boston artists have to offer. After all, food and drink are universally appealing! We're very grateful to event organizers Tavern Road, Front Burner Social, and BostonChefs.com for asking us to be a part of their special day.
Have you ever attended a wine/food event that involved art? Which of these goodies looks yummiest to you? Let us know in the comments, and we won't be offended if you don't say “the wine”!