Inspirational Events with TASTE

With so many exciting things happening at TASTE, we wanted to ask Kristin White, our ever-creative Director of Events, to share an inspirational  story of event design with us. Her occasion of choice? The recent 20th wedding anniversary of Anne & Brian . Read on below for this spectacular one-of-a-kind party filled with love – and attention to the littlest of details.

Clare Barboza

“Anne & Brian Wilbur recently celebrated their 20th anniversary in the Tasting Room at TASTE Restaurant. Brian is the District Manager for Bon Appétit, the parent company of TASTE. It was the perfect opportunity to “pull out the stops” & design a memorable evening.  Anne, Brian’s wife, was unaware of the festivities & that 15 of their dearest friends would be anxiously awaiting her arrival.

Brian approached the TASTE Event Team with photos of the wedding day & a few menu requests. Little did he know that the minimal details would blossom into an extraordinary experience.  At TASTE, we thrive on custom & one-of-a-kind event design with an artful twist. “The Little Things are infinitely the Most Important” is a quote that is often referred to in the events department.

With wedding photos from 1989 in hand, the “production” began. How can we turn an average private dinner for 15 into a night with a major “wow” factor?  A key element in event design was personalization & consistency. It started with contacting the Lusty Lady with a marquee request.

Clare Barboza

“20 years & mounting” was the slogan of choice. Custom menus, place cards & the center strip of the photo booth photos all contained the sassy phrase. Hand picked specialty linen from Choice Linen, beach Glassybaby votives, leaf embossed plates from Totally Tabletops  & coordinating floral from Rented Elegance (including a boutonniere & corsage for the bride & groom) created a stylish & inviting atmosphere. Every custom menu had an individual flower a top to unify the design.

A fresh & local menu was designed by Paul Rosquita, TASTE Events Executive Chef. From tray-passed bites to the two course plated dinner, the food was radiant in color & simply delicious. Cape Cleare seared black cod with Bluebird wheat berries were two of the local features. Each course was accompanied with tasty Northwest wine pairings. Lucy Damkoehler, the TASTE Pastry Chef, created a unique spin on the original chocolate wedding cake. She baked a devil’s food chocolate cake with chocolate butter cream frosting & cranberry rosemary mousse. Candied cranberries & rosemary adorned the 3 tier cake.

Clare Barboza

 Of course, the evening wouldn’t be complete without a simulation of the cake cutting ceremony. A 70’s “dude” wig, bow tie & cummerbundwere provided for the groom & a lacy veil for the bride. The photo booth from 3.2.1 Foto was heavily attended by many incarnations of the “dude” wig as the evening progressed.

 The final touch for the guests were beautiful origami inspired gift boxes from Japan filled with custom chocolate discs “20” & hand crafted salted caramels from Lesley’s Chocolates. To create a “salty & sweet” (Brian & Anne) experience, a tin of TASTE salt mix was nestled among the chocolate.

 Brain & Anne were given a photo book of the evening which included notes from the guests, photo booth photos & professional images from Clare Barboza.  A simple reminder of a less than ordinary experience…”

3.2.1. Foto

Thank you Anne & Brian for sharing this  very special occasion with us! TASTE was thrilled to play such a role in your celebration.  And  a special thank you to Kristin White for creating a seamless and exquisite event that everyone can become inspired by!

Cheers to another 20 years…and mounting!

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