Da da dum! Pop goes the pop up!

by Columbine Quillen on May 13, 2011

Erica Reilly and I are doing another awesome pop up this Saturday to raise money for Planned Parenthood and the cocktail list is done.  Syrups are a brewing, tonics are curing, and flavors are infusing.


Not sure what a pop up is?

You see it a lot more with chefs who will create a restaurant space in a warehouse or another empty space for only one night. Erica and I have been doing pop up bars the last couple of months, both of them being password speakeasys with pre-prohibition cocktails. This time we are doing a much larger event – a cocktail lounge that morphs into a high-end nightclub in Cafe Sintra (a breakfast cafe). The party is titled Blush, and we’ve decided to use it as a way to raise money for Planned Parenthood.


Anyhow, here are the drinks!  The name of the party is Blush: The Red Party Continues… so I thought it would be fun to do all the drinks of a blushed hue with similar titles.

a festive lemondrop

Rose hip infused Crater Lake Vodka with marionberry syrup, fresh lemon juice, and plum bitters finished with a hibiscus sugar rim

my twist on one of my high-school favorites, tequila rose

Jasmine tainted tequila with strawberry confit and liquid white chocolate

a citrusy rendition on a Tom Collins

Lemon peel doused Cascade Mountain Gin with pomegranate nectar and a dash of celery water topped with parkly water

the whiskey makes it manly

Straight Kentucky Bourbon with ginger syrup and lemon-infused orange pineapple juice and housemade orange bitters

sort of a spin on a lot of old tiki drinks

Cardamom nutmeg infused Crater Lake Vodka with fresh squeezed orange, campari, and a hint of banana essence

my most famous cocktail that won big money in Vegas

Mazama Pepper Vodka, X-Rated Fusion Liqueur, and fresh-squeezed lime sour


If you would like more information about the party, the press release follows.  If you are in Bend this weekend and would like to buy a ticket to the event, please go to www.bendticket.com



Erica Reilly and Columbine Quillen like throwing a party, better yet if it is a party with a cause.  It is no secret that the House of Representatives has tried to bar federal funds to Planned Parenthood for any purpose, including providing basic primary and preventive health care like birth control, lifesaving cancer screenings, HIV testing, STD testing, and other essential care. “We used to do a party at The Grove to raise money and awareness for Planned Parenthood and when Columbine approached me about putting an event together – I really wanted to bring that party back,” said Erica Reilly, former proprietor of The Grove.  The Grove used to throw The Red Party, with part of the proceeds going to Planned Parenthood, right around Valentine’s Day.  “The decorations were red, the staff wore red, and the guests came clad in hues of red.”  “When Erica approached me with the idea, it was absolutely brilliant,” Quillen said.  “I was hoping we could do more of a cocktail lounge/upscale nightclub scene with good music, hand-crafted food, and creative cocktails.  The ideas came together perfectly with her vision and mine and it always feels good to give to a good cause.”  Reilly also thought it an opportune time to create community and invited several small business owners to help with the collaboration. “Manuel of Café Sintra has generously allowed us to use his space; Utilitu is decorating the space with contemporary art; Herbal Goddess will have a separate bar with tonics and elixirs; Mod Fox Style is bringing in a photo booth; Spork, Honey Pot, and Ida’s Cupcake Café are doing all of the food; Crater Lake Vodka donated spirit; and The Source has been fantastic in helping build awareness about the event,” Reilly added. “We at Planned Parenthood are really excited for this event,” said David Gurule, Bend Planned Parenthood Health Center Manager.

Blush, The Red Party Continues is a benefit for Planned Parenthood this upcoming Saturday, May 14.  The doors open at 8 p.m. to a passed appetizer party with live music duo Flying Kites, composed of DJ Swett and vocalist Phoebe whose gut-wrenching lyrics and bravado will have you clamoring for more.  Tickets are being sold for the cocktail party for $25, which are available at www.bendticket.com or at the door.  Included in the ticket price is entrance, passed appetizers, and two cocktails of your choice (either mixed drinks or from the specialty cocktail list). Around 10:30 the party will morph more into a nightclub scene with Jackson Hole DJ El Jefe and DJ Smoke (in a rare appearance).  After 10:30, it is a $10 donation at the door which includes a drink of your choice.  (Obviously, if you buy a ticket for the cocktail party – once you are in, you are in.  No need to make another donation – unless you want to.)


The Red Party Continues

(a benefit for Planned Parenthood)

Saturday, May 14th
Cafe Sintra, Downtown Bend

8pm – 10:30 . Cocktail Party
passed hors d’oeuvres . special libations . live entertainment
tickets $25 per person . includes 2 drinks
limited availability . advance purchase encouraged . bendticket.com

10:30 – close . $10 at the door . includes 1 drink

We encourage everyone to wear red.

Music by:
Flying Kites
Dj Smoke
El Jefe

Live Dance Performances

Cocktail List:
Columbine Quillen

Spacial Design:

Herbal Goddess

Foto Booth:
Mod Fox Style

Honey Pot
Cupcakes by Ida’s Cupcake Café

Merrymaking by:
Erica Reilly & friends

For info call 541.848.5930

brought to you in conjunction with :::::::
Planned Parenthood. Plum . The Source . qmixalot.com . Herbal Goddess . Honey Pot . Spork . Boneyard Brewery . Crater Lake


Link to The Source article about the event  ::::::   click here

Link to past post about speakeasy pop – ups :::::  click here

Link to bendistillery – Bend’s oldest small batch distillery :::::  click here

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