As the Fire Marshall with a clip board in hand and four other firemen maneuvered through the large crowd at Trattoria Neapolis, I knew Perry Vidalakis private one-year anniversary party was a huge success. He limited his party to 300 invited guests. There were exactly 300 of his most beloved customers, friends, and family members enjoying small bites of pizza, risotto and crispy lobster arancini while sipping wine, craft beer and creative cocktails.
The Fire Marshall stayed for a while and then left without closing the restaurant down. Whew! He didn’t have the heart after talking with Perry. You see, the celebration was for a worthy cause. A portion of the $60 anniversary dinner with drinks ticket went to Foothill Family Services. It’s a non-profit that helps over 21,000 vulnerable children in the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys, Glendale, Burbank and Los Angeles County areas.
Perry also held a Live Auction at 9 p.m. to raise more money with 100% of the proceeds going to Foothill Family Services. While standing on top of his gorgeous bar top with a microphone in hand, Perry offered a Pizza class for six people at his restaurant with his master pizza chef, Michele Galifi, to the highest bidder. Our friends were generous winners. Other wonderful auction prizes included a private beer tour with tasting at Bootlegger’s Brewery, two tickets to a six class Neapolis wine series and more. I estimated Perry raised about $30,000 to give to Foothill Family Services.
Guests felt generous as they crowded into the Garden Room, transformed into a Wine Garden, to taste wine from 20 different U.S and Italian wineries. Some of the representatives included Stag’s Leap, Rutherford Ranch, Villa Sandi and Flatten. In the center of the Wine Garden was a whole roasted suckling pig with house made salsa verde and mostarde. Sliced peaches resting in burrata with pistachio and marinated olives were devoured.
Head Bartender Kris Doyle and his crew concocted creative and aromatic cocktails. Some of the guests enjoyed Gelee – a modern take on the classic Jello shot in the bar area.
We fortunately arrived early and were able to secure a booth in the cocktail bar. It was next to the four piece band with a singer who could belt out the notes better than many in town. They were terrific.
Upstairs was packed with patrons enjoying Southern California craft beers from The Bruery, Eagle Rock Brewery, Telegraph Brewery, and Bootleggers Brewery. Trattoria Neapolis offers 14 beers on tap and some craft beers from Italy. The small bites near the beer balcony included Sicilian pork meatballs, steamed mussels, lasagna and roast duck with dried cherry marmolada and rabbit with rosemary.
In the Spirit Cellar were tastes of premium Bourbon, Rye, Vodka, Single Malt Scotch, Blended Scotch and Limoncello. Nearby were a line of people waiting to taste a plate of veal Scaloppini, wood grilled Prime New York steak and Barolo risotto.
After the live auction, coffee and desserts were served. As guests left, they received a goodie-swag bag with theatre passes to an upcoming Pasadena Playhouse production and a two-for-one Caltech production certificate. Also included was a bag of ground coffee from Stumptown coffee and a Wells Fargo key chain.
Happy Anniversary Perry, Chef Bryant Wigger and the staff at Trattoria Napolis. You sure know how to throw one heck of a great party!
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