As far as we’re concerned, a year of profitability is but a “taste” of the success we aspire to achieve at LinkedIn. Nonetheless, our employees, investors, and friends certainly deserve to enjoy such an accomplishment – one to which few dot-com companies can lay claim.

Our normally hard-working yet casual crew cleans up nicely so we decided to bring out the good stuff Saturday night during LinkedIn’s “In the Black” gala at San Francisco’s Ferry Building.

We started things out properly, greeting guests with a sparkling cava reception as they arrived at the grand hall. Eagerly pursuing the “taste of success” theme, we enjoyed several rounds of wine and cheese
– expertly paired by the folks from Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant and Cowgirl Creamery, respectively – followed by an extraordinary spread of Mediterranean-inspired delicacies artfully presented by Amaryll
Schwertner of Boulette’s Larder and Matt Dillon of Sitka & Spruce .

And then. . .

. . .out came the chocolate.

Now, one truffle representing every 10,000 LinkedIn members may not sound like a lot of chocolate, but then you’re talking about a network of over 10 million people, it turns into a veritable Wonka (or in this case, Recchiuti) experience.

The LinkedIn team and our guests didn’t hold back, tearing through the bulk of 1,000 specialty chocolates during the tasting led by Michael and Jacky Recchiuti of Recchiuti Confections. The fleur de sel caramels proved especially popular and a few guests were spotted stuffing their pockets with goodies hastily wrapped in cocktail napkins.

Although the formal celebration wrapped up around 11pm, word has it that the party continued well into the wee hours of the morning as LinkedIners took full advantage of San Francisco’s nightlife.

And deservedly so.

A special thank you to everyone who has contributed to LinkedIn’s success thus far, and we look forward to celebrating many more momentous occasions together in the future!

Dave Sanfordproduct analyst, resident foodie, and party planner at LinkedIn, organized last weekend’s “In the Black Party” to celebrate our year of profitability.