Thursday, July 23, 2009
And of course, also, HUGE thanks to all the sponsors who made this possible (an updated post on that soon since we had a few last-minute additions)
Don't forget blog, tweet, or add photos to our flickr group about your experience at bloggerprom. And of course, leaving comments here (and your blogpost URL if you wrote up about it already); here's to a bigger and better event next year!
P.S. check your goody bags - some items may not last through a hot summer afternoon (or even a summer night either)
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Wait Wait, there's more!
Yep, we've partnered with a few additional food sponsors who will be providing some more treats so be sure to save some room in your tummy!
Polkatots will be providing an assortment of tasty, finger-friendly mini-cupcakes.
And then there are mini-cheesecake pops from Pure Cheesecakes, no utensils needed!
Finally, Barrie Lynn (a.k.a. the Cheese Impresario) will bring an assortment of cheeses with her -- she'll even pair the cheese to whatever you're drinking; just let her have a sip of your beverage through a straw and *BAM* perfectly-matched cheese to nibble on!
This has been a bloggerprom public announcement, you may now commence with your day's activities (namely, preparing for tonight). See you there!
I had met Jonathan at an underground dinner (he had created the beautiful table centerpieces there) and I mentioned the prom to him and instantly I saw the sparkle in his eyes. He was excited to be a part of such an unusual event. "I'm trying to decide between something fun or something elegant. Is there anything on my Web site that you liked?" he asked. "How about something fun with '80s colors (pastels or neons)? Everyone will be dressed in ridiculous prom attire if that gives you any ideas," I replied.
Next thing I know, Jonathan writes me saying that he's spraypainting boomboxes! Radical. Be sure to admire the wonderful creativity of his floral decorations at prom and check out his Wow books! -- Caroline on Crack
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
- Beef and lemon grass skewers
- Smoked salmon maki with mango sauce
- Braised chicken and shiitake mushroom
- Field mushroom risotto with parmesan
It's possible. You will more than likely leave the Prom full - all without ever having to select "chicken, veggie or steak."
But that's not it. After the prom at 10 PM, RH is welcoming all attendees to their restaurant on the 1st floor for the Official Blogger Prom Afterparty.
During this special time, you can enjoy 1 of 2 of their signature cocktails for $9:
- Mr. Plant, which is named after one of two gentlemen responsible for throwing a TV off the Riot House's balcony (see where that gets you), combines No. 209 Gin with cucumber, tangerine, agave syrup and soda
- Steelo, combining Hangar One Vodka with St. Germain liqueur, grapefruit juice and blueberries
So whether it's liquid libations or delectable eats, we got your palate covered.
It ain't a prom without a king and queen! Vote for your favorite bloggers to hold the coveted titles. The winners will rule over the land...well, just the prom at the Andaz West Hollywood, but still! They get fancy tiaras and congratulatory back pats.
Just choose from the list of blogger attendees here, or if you meet any blogger tonight that you think is really deserving of a crown, send a tweet to @blogger_prom with the hashtag #promking or #promqueen.
Deadline is tonight at 9pm and we'll tally up the votes with plenty of time for them to enjoy a celebratory walk around the ballroom.
Monday, July 20, 2009
How to enter?
- Follow @vzwsocal
- Between 6 p.m. to midnight on Wednesday night tweet to them with your favorite feature of the VZW MiFi, which will be on hand to check out.
- Don't forget to use the #bloggerprom hash tag too!
- Then, post-prom, a winner will be selected at random and contacted via direct message within 48 hours for their contact information. If they do not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen.
- Good luck and remember to tweet away!
Update: Congrats to Kim Tracy at House of Prince
At the prom, since the joint will have free wifi courtesy of Verizon Wireless, attendees are encouraged to Tweet their song requests to @blogger_prom during the event. DJ WMDeez will try to honor most requests but the event is only three hours long so don't be too sad if your song doesn't get played. There will be a bunch of dance hits and nostalgic tunes to please everyone and keep the dancefloor busy.
DJ DMWDeez, aka Steve, is also the co-author of entertainment and pop culture blog, Lifting Fog. Check out his reviews! -- Caroline on Crack
Now a few words from your DJ.
"As Wednesday night approaches, I know everyone is getting more and more excited for the event. As your DJ I'm here to tell you that there will be no lack of musical magic happening with a great mix of classic songs from one of the best prom song decades of all time: the 1980s. As for me, I couldn't be more excited to be involved.
"I cut my teeth mixing songs in sweaty, grungy basement parties in college and have been pursuing gigs to expand my musical horizons ever since. Having moved to LA a year ago from the East Coast I've fallen in love with the culture of music and art here.
"My passion for DJing has grown even more which is why I'm excited to bring you a mix of heartbreakers, love-makers, and booty-shakers this Wednesday night.
"Requests are encouraged at all times via our Twitter account @blogger_prom so please don't hesitate to take advantage of it! I typically 'spin' a mix of electronica and dance with classic and new top 40 hits sprinkled on top so Wednesday is going to be a real treat for me. I write music and work on remixes when I'm not punching the clock at day jobs and can't wait to get out to more DJing gigs around the city."
Sunday, July 19, 2009
FYI, this isn't the master check-in list outside of the blogger prom committee. That's going to be printed off Pingg so, and this is very important, please make sure to add your full name and that of your guest's to the Pingg rsvp (this won't be publicized).
However, this following list, my dears, is just for fun. -- Caroline on Crack
Abby, Pleasure Palate
Adri, Once there was a girl
AJ, Confessions of a Fat Girl
Alexia, LA Weekly
Alf, Take a Swig of Alf
Andy, Netzoo and LAist
Bren, Hello Pretty
Brooke, Food Woolf
Carina, Uncouth Gourmands
Cbeanshop, All the Days of My Life
Christine, Hot Pink Manolos
Connie, Hey Hey Scenesters
Daily Gluttony /Rantsandcraves
Dana, Variety's The Knife
Danit & Paul, LA Decostified
Danny, Kung Food Panda
David, creepyla.com and la.metblogs.com
Diana Takes a Bite
Eddy & Divina, Dancing Hotdogs
Elina, LA Times Daily Dish blog
Elise, Here, Eat This
Elizabeth, Traded My BMW for a Minivan
Emilia, Natally Wounded
Ericka, Seven Vices
Erin, LA Weekly
Fightin' Mad Mary
Javier, Teenage Glutster
Jaydi, Fun With J D
Jennio, I Just Lost My Stain of Thought
Jessica, LA Times Daily Dish blog
Jin Yoo-Kim, Where the Lines Blur
Joshua, Food GPS
Julia, Julia's Mexico City and la.metblogs.com
Kaelin Burns, Hungry? City Blog
Kate, Savour Fare
Kat O'Dell, Eater LA
Katy, LA Blogger Gal
Kim Tracy Prince, House of Prince
Lauren Messiah, Ask Fashion Kitty and ThisNext
Lisa Borodkin, lisaborodkin.com
Liz, Everyday Goddess
Lucinda Michele, la.metblogs.com
Michael, Mayor Sam
Michael JB, South Bay Foodies
Michelle Woo, michellewoo.com
Mike & Maria, Franklin Avenue
Moye Ishimoto, G4TV.com's The Feed
Nadine, Jolie Nadine
Neil, Food Marathon
Nina aka SlackMistress, The Slack Daily
Noelle, Drink 'n' Dive
Pat Saperstein, Eating LA
Peggy, Totally Unauthorized
Rachel, Live on Sunset blog
Robert Dean, Lorange blog
Ryan, Only Eat What Feeds Your Soul
Sandra, Debutante Clothing
Sarah Gim, TheDelicious Life and Tastespotting
Shelley, Faux LA Hipster
Siel, Green LA Girl
Susan, Reservation for Three
Travis Koplow, la.metblogs.com
Veronique de Turenne, Here in Malibu
Wesley and Evelina, Two Hungry Pandas
Will BetheBoy, betheboy.com
Zach Behrens, LAist
Zack, Lost Angeles
Friday, July 17, 2009
That's right, we're going to be hard asses and say that just because you're on the rsvp list doesn't guarantee you entry. If you're not dressed up in cheesy prom attire (not necessarily '80s, cheesiness of any era will do), we're not letting you in. And we can enforce it, too. Check-in for the prom will be in the Andaz lobby. Once you get past us, you will be allowed in the elevator and taken to the penthouse where the ballroom and event are.
There will be a bouncer and two blogger prom committee members who take this event seriously and who will check people off. And no amount of begging, bribing or bullying is going to get you in if you're a plain Joe or Jane.
Everyone else will have made an effort so why shouldn't you? Once you're in, you'll get to partake of all the cocktails, wine, beer and Andaz's fabulous food. There will be professional photographer, Claire Barrett, to capture your promness. You may even get a chance to win one of the many fab raffle prizes and who can forget your guaranteed bag o' goodies? Dressing up is a teeny-tiny entrance fee to pay.
And we want our guests to not be afraid of rocking the cheese, be it hoop skirts, powder blue tuxes, mullets, acid wash jeans, neon tutus, Gunne Sax bridesmaid gowns, etc. So if you were worried, "I don't want to be the only one wearing Prince's purple velvet suit!" Don't be. You are not alone and we'll make sure of that.
If you haven't gotten your outfit yet, check this post for some ideas on where to shop. There's still time to shop this weekend!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
In fact, everyone will get a reusable canvas gift bag from Fresh & Easy (on right), which we are filling with the following goodies:Hungry Card Decks Los Angeles 2009: $10 off select restaurants. 52 ways to try something new.
Free margarita and free mojito cards from Border Grill in Santa Monica
A Free Taco card for the new Border Grill Truck.
A box of Extinguisher Candy a bold flavored candy that puts you in control of an intense sour experience! Eat the tangy, sour and super sour candies, followed by the blue Berry Sweet Relief candy to “put out” the sour – then start all over again!
Sleep Pretty in Pink (not to be confused with the Molly Ringwald flilm) and Hearos earplugs from DAP World. Perfect for blocking out a snoring partner, harping boss or for your next concert.
Bear Naked & Kashi items - to get your morning started right the day after!
Carl's Jr. Six Dollar Burger
Hair Polish & Volcanic Ash Root Amplifier from David Babaii for Wildaid. Each retails for $9.99 and can be purchased at Sally Beauty Supply, Rite Aid or on their website.
A 120z glass bottle of the new Pepsi Natural, a premium cola made with all-natural ingredients, including natural sugar, natural caramel, kola nut extract, natural apple extract, and lightly sparking water.
$10 off certificates for Layers Cupcakes
30% off discount coupons for Live! on Sunset.
10 ½ oz. packages of Sun Chips where the bags are made with 33% renewable materials. The really exciting news is that in 2010 though, Sun Chips plans to introduce the first fully 100% compostable chip bag. Check out this video about it, pretty cool.
Free passes for two at the Comedy Store
Silk scarf from Rosangel Tequila
Warner Bros' DVDs The Big Bang Theory! or Terminator Sarah Connor Chronicles or Pushing Daises.
'Born To Blog' t-shirts from The Gap #GapBornToFit
Free Pinkberry Fruit Parfait coupon
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Anyways, see below for the e-vites with the basic event info (click to enlarge) of course, keep an eye on this blog for additional details, last-minute updates and other juicy gossip.
Needless to say, much thanks to all our sponsors for making this happen!
And one final note for RSVPs: if for some far-fetched, outlandish reason you or your plus one cannot make the event after your replied 'yes' or 'maybe' to our Pingg e-vite site, please change your RSVP so that we can bump up the bloggers-in-waiting on our waitlist. Thanks!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
However, discounted spots at the Andaz are limited (100) so do carpool with your +1 if possible. Or better yet, do it in the true cool prom fashion and squeeze in as many peeps as legally possible in those hot rides! Just like those days when everyone didn't have a car and a license.
We look forward to seeing you there minus the blood, sweat 'n tears of space-stalking.
OK, actually, most of us had opened it up to our Facebook and Twitter friends for ideas on which superlatives best suited us, and here are the final decisions. Drum roll please...
Most Likely To Be Banned From a Bar - Caroline
Most Likely To Have a Freezer Full of Baked Goods and Nothing Else- Marni
Most Likely To Have an Asterisk in Her Name - Esther a.k.a. e*starLA
Least Likely To Root for the Red Sox - Tara, who was formerly voted "Class Preppy" and "Best Smile" back in her yearbook days.
Most likely To Bring a Red Pen for Grading Something at Blogger Prom - Lindsay
Most Likely To Show Up to Dinner With Dog Hair on Her Clothes- Maya
Most likely To Drink on the Job- Natalie (only because drinking IS her job...)
Most Likely To Be the Token Male - H.C., given my inclinations for afternoon teas, brunches, desserts and the like . . . real men can, and should, handle Irish Breakfast and souffles
Most Likely To Close the Blogger Prom Bar - YOU?! We'll have to see come July 22nd.
What superlative would you like to have describe you now-a-days post school and post floppy disks?
Monday, July 13, 2009
No, I won't mention that there's two signature cocktails and three sponsored spirits plus beer and wine that you weren't legally allowed to drink during that other prom. I also won't mention that Tommy's mom - the one who kept sending you to the principal's office - won't be there to chaperone.
But what I will say is that all Blogger Prom attendees will be given a deep discount and be able to book one of Andaz West Hollywood's fabulous rooms this night (Wednesday, July 22) for a one-night stay for $150. To top it all off, they will include a $50 credit to RH restaurant as part of the deal. Wow!
To make a reservation, all you have to do is call Andaz West Hollywood at 1-800-233-1234 and tell them you are part of the cool crowd. Say you are a guest of Blogger Prom to get the special rate. And as a note to party crashers, all names on the reservations made with the hotel will be verified with our Blogger Prom attendee list. If your name isn't verified, your card will be charged the regular rate - $245 for the night.
So go ahead. Stay with us. We won't be calling Mom & Dad to tell them you really aren't sleeping over at Kevin or Jane's house while watching Mallrats on VHS.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
First, we have the 2007 Boro Hills Sauvignon Blanc. According to the notes provided by Fresh & Easy, this is made from grapes in the Marlborough region of New Zealand, the grapes are primarily cool fermented in stainless steel tanks (with a fraction barrel fermented and aged for 3 months). The final product has aromas of "elegant gooseberry" and "ripe, tropical" fruits, with a "nicely balanced acidity on the long finish" not to mention striking a nice middle-ground between minerality and fruit. Best served chilled, either as an apertif or to pair with lighter dishes such as salads and seafood dishes.
For those preferring something more red 'n robust, Fresh & Easy is also supplying the award-winning 2008 Ambas Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina. Again, the grapes are primarily fermented in stainless steel to preserve fruit notes with a portion aged in oak for richness and complexity. The flavors and aromas are "rich and concentrated"; expect "bold, ripe blackberry" with a long, velvety, smooth finish. And, if it's anything like the 2007 version, it's a "stick to your ribs country-style breakfast" kind of wine. Best paired with steak or tomato-y dishes.
Finally, for the beer-inclined - we partnered with Newcastle just in time for the debut of their DraughtKeg (using the same technology as Heineken's), a pressurized, recyclable mini-keg with a internal CO2 mechanism that dispenses up to 10 pints of "fresh-from-the-tap" Newcastle Beer, And, in case you can't finish it all, the DraughtKeg keeps the beer fresh for up to 30 days!
The best part? You can bring home the experience without a whole lot of wallet damage! At Fresh & Easy, you can get these exclusive sauvignon blanc and malbec for $5.99 and $4.99, respectively; and the Newcastle DraughtKeg will be available at select Southern California locations for approx. $23.
So no matter what glass you'll be holding (yes, even if it's a water goblet) there's something celebratory to cheers to!
Monday, July 6, 2009
The Prom Punch Jungle Juice is, of course, designed especially for this event. Springboarding off the Jungle Juice of high school days (which was likely some variation on Everclear & Hawaiian Punch) this grown-up version is easy to make, tastes delicious and can be whipped up in big batches (should you decide to make it for your parties). Best of all, this recipe features natural juices and a quality spirit: Pinky Vodka. Touted “the most beautiful vodka in the world,” Pinky is kissed with rose and strawberry notes, making it extremely mixable and delightful chilled, straight up. The sugar rim and lollipop on this “tini” style Jungle Juice are whimsical garnishes because – hellooooo – Blogger Prom is all about the fun!
The Flor de Maria is a slightly more serious drink for the discerning cocktail-lover. Its teeny bit more labor intensive and a recipe I’m rather proud to have created for the celebration of LA’s female mixologists at the Gran Centenario Roseangel tequila party at Malo, a few months ago. In addition to the hibiscus-infused Roseangel, this drink includes a homemade ‘hibiscus cabernet syrup,’ which I created especially for this drink. This cocktail takes the tequila lover beyond the margarita and into the world of creative mixology.
I know I speak on behalf of the whole Blogger Prom committee when I say that we look forward to clinking glasses with you all!
Prom Punch Jungle Juice
© 2009 Natalie Bovis-Nelsen, The Liquid Muse
2 ounces Pinky vodka
1 ounce pineapple juice
1 ounce pomegranate juice
1/2 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
1 lollypop (garnish)
Colored rimming sugar (garnish)
Rim a martini glass with colored sugar, set aside. Shake all ingredients with ice. Gently strain into rimmed martini glass. Garnish with a lollypop across the top of the glass.
Flor de Maria
© 2009 Natalie Bovis-Nelsen, The Liquid Muse
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
1/4 ounce maraschino liqueur
1/2 ounce hibiscus cabernet syrup
3/4 ounce lemon juice
1 1/2 ounces Gran Centenario Rosangel Tequila
Spritz orange flower water
1 - 2" piece lemon twirl
Muddle orange zest in the bottom of a cocktail glass. Add maraschino liqueur, syrup, lemon juice and tequila. Shake, with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass. Spritz with orange flower water. Garnish with a sliver of lemon zest.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Verizon Wireless is decking up the Andaz roof for prom with several MiFi devices and HP Mini netbooks, so we can blog live, web tweet, upload photos, all that geeky stuff. If you haven’t played with it yet, the MiFi is the size of a thick credit card and delivers a personal Wi-Fi cloud for up to five users in a small area (Engadget article here) at one time. Plus, it’s a secure connection for anyone whose blogging may get a bit rough after several of Natali's cocktails.
So, bring your own PDA, iTouch, whatever or borrow one of the netbooks that will be set up in our mock school computer lab, either way, you’ll be wired at the prom! Be careful of drinking and blogging though, opps too late.
On the rooftop of The Andaz West Hollywood Hotel, Verizon Wireless engineer Peter Kheang tests the company's EVDO network, which will provide poolside internet access during Blogger Prom.