Masconsumption Media presents the 2nd Annual Valley Gala and it was a HUGE Success!

Photo by Gregory Burrus

Photo by Gregory Burrus

By Patricia Rogers

Wow, I would say last night (1/31/16) was a huge success. As far as my vision for what I want the Valley Gala to be, we are moving in the right direction. Hat City Kitchen was packed last night for the 2nd Annual event. I recognized people from the Valley Arts District community, and friends and family from New York City came by as well. What I enjoyed most was being able to meet many people for the first time last night. That means word is getting out about Masconsumption, the Valley GalaHat City Kitchen and the Valley Arts District. 

Photo by Patrick Hilaire Photography

Photo by Patrick Hilaire Photography

I want to thank Al Gold and the rest of the blues jam crew for ending early enough so myself, Brittany and the rest of my wonderful volunteers could set up. Thank you Dan, Kirk, Deonte, Ms. Craig, and the other volunteers who helped out. We could not have done it without you. Brittany led the decoration committee and we were able to transform the bar, lounge and stage area for the formal event. Our goal was for when people looked at the photos they did not recognize they were taken at Hat City Kitchen. I think we did a good job of that.

Valley Gala decorated.jpg

Speaking of photos, the wonderful Patrick Hilaire did his thing with the photo booth we set up in the dining room. Gold strings served as backdrop inspired by the Golden Globes after party. Everyone was dressed to the nines as they posed for Patrick and Gregory Burrus. I loved viewing everyone's outfits and change of usual attire. 

Photo by Gregory Burrus

Photo by Gregory Burrus

Special thanks to the chefs who prepared the delicious food for the night -- Josh Hewitt of Quiet Fire Catering and Jeff Dorch of Dragon of the West 89 -- who both have honed their skills at Hat City Kitchen. You missed out on mini cheddar bay biscuit bites, Parmesan crusted shrimp and more. My mouth is watering thinking about the meals they'll prepare next year. I also want to apologize to Tisha of Sugar Coated Affairs who prepared delicious cupcakes that did not have a chance to go out. That was completely my fault. She is an amazing baker and person who I hope we can showcase one day for a future event.

Photo by Patrick Hilaire Photography

Photo by Patrick Hilaire Photography

DJ Anton3z was a real hit. He was great at catering to the audience and was extremely professional. We had a great time mostly due to his music. We were all on the dance floor an hour after the party ended, really having a blast. I cannot wait to hire him for more events, including the Valley Gala next year. 

Photo by Gregory Burrus

Photo by Gregory Burrus

Thank you to everyone who came, and the feedback for this event has been amazing. I could not imagine it going this well. From last year to this year, I have met many people who helped me in a lot of ways. Thanks to personal relationships, aspects of the party keep getting better and better. I am filled with so much gratitude and am truly humbled by Sunday night's experience and hope everyone had a lot of fun. Please continue to spread the word about the Valley Arts District and Masconsumption. Sign up for our mailing list, and check out past events and photos and more. 

Check out more official photos from the 2nd Annual Valley Gala at wwww.masconsumption.com/valleygala

Photographs by Patrick Hilaire, Gregory Burrus & Le’Trice DeShon.

About the Writer

Patricia Rogers, #ValleyGirlNJ lives in New Jersey's Valley Arts District. The native New Yorker works as a writer, blogger and community activist. Starting Masconsumption Media in 2012 she has been passionate about capturing the stories of the vibrant up and coming Valley Arts District neighborhood through her blog, zine, events and more. She blogs for Jersey Indie, Luna StageHat City Kitchen and offers many creative media services. Visit her blog www.masconsumption.com and keep up with your favorite Valley Girl on her social media @zine_editor (Twitter / Instagram / Snapchat).