I was thrilled to capture Soma Creek Side’s first annual 4th of July event in downtown Bradenton! Crazy, fun night…..so many people, good food, and awesome drinks.
So this is the calm before the crowd……the set-up on the patio, the dining room, and the lobby.
And….the flowers. Beautifully styled by Simply Sophisticated, a local wedding and event planner.
And the people…….
And the cool craft cocktails with a big thank you to the Winter Park Distilling Company……….
And the food – oh wow. Appetizers were comprised of Watermelon, Pomegranate Iced, Grilled Andouille Sausage Tater Tot Kebab, Grilled Apalachicola Oyster with Poke Sauce, and Deviled Eggs with Black Truffle Oil and Parmesan.
Then..oh more people! And food!!
And Jennifer was hard at work at the bar the entire evening……
And then the music…….not just one venue, but three. In the lobby, jazz guitarist Kevin Green entertained the crowd. Earlier in the evening, we were treated to an amazing duo – John Moody on guitar and Chuck Early on drums. And then – The Elephant in the Room got the crowd going outside with some of their original songs – along with several Led Zeppelin covers and other favorites which made me a very happy girl. They are really good – locals take notice!
Chef Dave making the rounds saying hello and chatting with his guests…..
The main entree….S.F. Cezar Salad with chopped romaine, buttermilk, and cracked pepper and lemon dressing, followed by Southern Paella with rock shrimp, chicken thigh, saffron, hominy, okra, and jasmine rice.
Just before 9 pm, the patrons headed to the parking garage next door to the top floor to watch the fireworks. Me? I stayed in the sudden, calming quiet of the Soma Creek Side bar. Jennifer poured me some wine and Chef Dave made sure I had some of his delicious dinner to dine on. A perfect ending to the wildly successful evening….I even popped outside to catch a glimpse of the fireworks. This will definitely be a major Bradenton event each 4th of July!