You know you’re headed to a party when you hire a cab–especially here in Napa. And before last Sunday night, I’d never gotten a cab in our fair county–always relying on friends, walking or sticking to one beverage. However, when you’re going to a party thrown by Mutineer Magazine (the beverage mag) responsibility begs taxi service. There’s something terribly novel about it, calling up Black Tie Taxi in our tiny town–it felt big and important and almost city-like. (OK, I’ve lived in the country too long!)
The destiny? The 3rd Annual Mutineer Magazine Red Carpet Party held at Napa Valley Opera House, featuring fine beverages and supporting A Child’s Right. The cafe theater was transformed into party space complete with white leather bar, cafe tables, couches, hip lighting and some of the finest looking people in Napa and the Bay Area. (Shout out to Hopscotch Events for doing a great job!) Upstairs the hottest Napa Valley bartenders battled it out with custom, creative cocktails using The King’s Ginger. (Check out the winner and his cocktail recipe here plus read about the other contenders and their recipes linked at the bottom of the post; and ToutSuite captured the winning performance on camera.)
Back downstairs we did what Napa Valley people do best: we mingled, we waited in line for cocktails (I kept hitting the water and the DRY soda) and caught up with friends. And for me, this was one of the best parts about being at this great event–celebrating what my friends Ash and Alan worked hard to pull off (not forgetting, of course, everyone else at Mutineer–I just haven’t been lucky enough to meet you yet!) and hanging out with, yes, our legendary book club! And it didn’t hurt to have the perfect date …
Aside from the great drinks, tasty bites and cool vibe, this event captured what Napa does best: bring great people together in celebration of food and drink. Let’s do it again!
First photo: Ian Andreae, Mutineer Magazine
Second photo: Robb McDonough, The Man