This year Aquarius partnered with Oceanic Global, a non-profit that engages new audiences in ocean conservation. The team worked diligently to ensure a plastic-free event and Cup Zero provided $2 cups and guests received their deposit back when they returned their cups at the end of the night. They also partnered with Loliware, with straws made out of seaweed, completely committing to the no plastic event.
The historic 3,000 square foot fully-restored 19th century Foundry building was completely transformed by floral and tree arrangements by Brenton Wolf Design, an art installation by Jimmy Carillo, and outdoor fire pits to boot. And who doesn’t love a 4Five Photo Booth stop to commemorate the experience?!
Haunting dancers choreographed by Nika Antuanette and decorated by Luis Cortes floated through the space and interacted with guests, creating more of an immersive experience. Music by DJ Ryan Vandal and DJ Samantha Michelle pulsated throughout the space and Brass Queens put on inspiring performances outside in the courtyard and shutting down the space inside by completely taking over inside.
For food, Ca’Pisci blew everyone away with their stuffed calamari. MF Events also had a very hearty and memorable New England Clam Chowder, while Matitaco served up tacos outside, including one of the Shrimp Po’Boy variety. Monterey Bay Aquarium prepared a Smoked Trout Mouse with Red Onion Jam, Mustard and Caviar on a crostini and Salsa Pistolero had salsas for everyone to try.
As always though, the star of the show is always the cocktails. Some of our favorite cocktails from the event included spirits from Owl’s Brew Boozy Tea And Botanicals, Nolet’s Gin’s Peach Lemonade, Coca Pura Tequila smoky libations and returning favorite, Chinola’s sangria, complete with a bevi fountain!
From the cocktails, to the food, to the decor, entertainment and fashion, this is an event we look forward to in the winter, while Secret Summer is the event in the summer. Keep an eye on Secret Summer and sign up for email updates as the next event on August 2nd has already been announced. Hopefully we’ll see you there!
– Stephanie Carino
Photos courtesy of Barry Daley, Lissyelle Laricchia, and Stephanie Carino