An evening of intrigue and dancing at The Sazerac Ball

Masquerades have provided colorful settings throughout history, both in art—like Guiseppe Verdi’s opera A Masked Ball and Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Masque of the Red Death” —and real life. In 1951, multi-millionaire art collector Carlos de Beistegui held a masquerade in Venice still known as “the party of the century.” In keeping with such glamorous heritage, on February 28th Sel de la Terre Back Bay presents the Sazerac Ball, a masquerade-themed evening of indulgence, intrigue, and dancing.

The focal point of the evening is Sazerac, which is both a brand of rye whiskey and the name of a cocktail. The Sazerac cocktail is thought to have originated in pre-Civil War New Orleans (which, like Venice, is known for its salacious celebrations). The original cocktail was made with French brandy, but today the recipe consists of 1 ½ oz. Sazerac Rye Whiskey, ¼ oz. Herbsaint, 3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters, 1 sugar cube, and a lemon peel garnish.

Festive fare will herald from New Orleans as well, including jambalaya, Porchetta po’ boys, muffaletta, charcuterie, Cajun shrimp, croquettes, and pralines. Boston-based DJ Cousin John will be spinning a custom blend of jazz and contemporary music for dancing into the night and Sel de la Terre’s private dining room will be transformed into a speakeasy offering the illicit: poker and beignets. Come dressed to impress with vintage flair like seamed stockings, silk, fedoras, and feathers. And complete your look with a Venetian mask handmade by SDLT resident artists Ashley O’Reilly and Carol Prado. In such stylings and sensational surroundings, you may find yourself starting a little scandal of your own…

Sunday, February 28th, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. $45 per guest includes admission, food, and mask. Advance ticket purchase recommended—please call Carrie Weed at 617.266.8800.

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~ by saltnews on February 10, 2010.

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