Cookoff bash makes Ria’s Bluebird sing [photos]

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Booty shaking did go down, but despite the name, no pants were actually doffed at the annual Pants Off Dance Off anniversary party for the lesbian-owned eatery Ria’s Bluebird. It was better. Can you say rib cookoff?

Hell, yes. And when the ribs are prepared by contestants from the likes of Rathbuns, Fox Brothers and Krog Bar, you’ve got yourself a perfectly pitched throwdown, Southern-style. It’s something the gay men and women, straight people, and pretty much everybody else in these parts can get into. They did.

Chef Ria Pell herself reigned over the Sunday night crowd under canopies outside her breakfast hotspot on Memorial Drive. She started the restaurant on Memorial Drive 12 years ago, and the Pants Off Dance Off has become a tradition. Pell is also the mastermind behind the comfy-chic dinner spot Sauced.

Just to make sure every booty was bumpin, specialty drinks and beer flowed, a bouncy house bounced, band Noot D’Noot jammed, and gay East Atlanta faves DJs Vicki Powell (top photo, center), Ree de la Vega and Speakerfoxxx spun.

Photos by Sher Pruitt

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