Last week I had my first opportunity to attend the annual Umlauf Sculpture Garden Party. It was beautiful. I had actually never even been to the Umlauf Sculpture Garden before and I can't believe I've waited this long to go. After attending this event I can completely see the draw in holding your wedding there. The backdrop, during this time of year, is a lush green garden with a delightfully gurgling stream running through to a beautiful pond. Pepper in a few statues and an amazing, romantic setting is complete. In regards to the party, it is often compared to La Dolce Vita. I've attended both now and I have to say that the Umlauf event is my new favorite. La Dolce Vita, though a highly regarded event, is just a little too busy and the Garden Party was a bit more intimate, which I truly enjoyed. Both are truly lovely though. Now, on to the nibbles....
The food is in the order in which I ate, so you can go through the virtual tour with me. The vendors had such great signs I wanted to include them and each sign is posted before the food they served. We didn't eat at every booth so unfortunately, not all participated restaurants are included. Lets begin:
I've blogged about Moonshine before here. We also had a chance to talk to the owner, Chuck and he was a great guy. Be sure to check out Moonshine's blog here.
I've blogged about Eddie V's before here. If you try to eat local they have a few flavors you can get like the gulf oysters, gulf shrimp, and gulf snapper (which is excellent grilled!). Their happy hour is the affordable way to go but I'm not gonna lie, their steaks are truly the best in town.. maybe I need to take in my own local steak so they can cook it up for me some time!
Some interesting auction items:
I won my own auction which was a raw cooking class from Beets Cafe! Unfortunately, I lost my paperwork so hopefully get that settled. Definitely keep an eye open for a blog on that class as I'm sure it'll be fun!