Friday, April 2, 2010

Rocco Whalen is a Ladies Man

Not in the traditional sense, of course, but he threw one hell of a "Girl's Night Out" party last night at Fahrenheit so I think that he earns the title. For $25 per person, we were promised "Two cocktails and fabulous food samples from Chef Rocco's New Spring Menu! Also, Banyan Tree and Salon Vie sweet treats to sample from. A Cookie and a Cupcake and Dove chocolates. Plus lots of fun, games, and giveaways like free haircuts, manicures, pedicures, Fahrenheit gift cards and more!" What we actually got, I think, was so much more!

As guests arrived, we were literally given the red carpet treatment. A bag of goodies was handed to each woman as she checked in, and then we were encouraged to pose with our friends in front of a custom-designed hot pink backdrop. My friends luckily arrived early and were able to score a patio table- which was key on this gorgeous spring evening! As we sipped on fun strawberry puree "Victoria's Secret" martinis, servers walked around with trays piled high with some of Rocco's goods. We sampled chicken satay with a spicy peanut sauce, shrimp wontons, crab-stuffed egg rolls, calamari, crab cakes, cheese-filled pasta in a cream sauce, and more! The long buffet table inside was crammed with even more treats, including luscious desserts and cheese platters. The gorgeous stiletto ice sculpture pictured above sat majestically at the head of the buffet tables, and pink and silver balloons floated above our heads throughout the restaurant.

While the food and specialty drinks were fabulous and flirty, the real highlight of the evening were all of the fashion and beauty stations scattered throughout the restaurant. As we wandered through, we had our makeup done for free, enjoyed a complimentary 5 minute massage from Lisa Gallagher Massage Therapy, picked up a coupon for $15 off a purchase at Amy's Shoes, watched women get their hair done by professional stylists for free (the line was too long to wait for our turn), and then we shopped at several jewelry and accessory stations. I picked up the most fantastic black flower ring from stella&dot.

Rocco- you hit this nail on the head. The party was fabulous and ALL of the women seemed to be enjoying themselves. I didn't even mention yet that there was a stiletto competition and fantastic raffle prizes, such as dinner for 10 in your home courtesy of Chef Whalen. Sadly, I didn't win anything- but if this is an annual event then I'll be back to try my luck again in 2011! Thanks Chef- you are welcome to come with us on girls' night anytime!


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