As the wintry winds and hail bringing in the tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo through Birmingham, the Yelp Elites were getting ready for their October Autumn warm up at Norjske bar in Edgbaston. After a warm welcome from Andre and the team had taken place, they tucked into delicious Smorgasbords featuring Nordic classics and cocktails made with the traditional Scandi spirit Aquavit. Yelper Emma S. was hailed queen of the quiz and many more chats were had before everyone braved the artic cold to get home. A good time was had by all, but don't just take our word for it! Why not check out the photos and see what our Yelpers had to say?
On Tuesday October 21st, a rainy fall evening, some Stockholm Elites got together with their friends to learn more about Yelp and what it means to be a Yelper. Tryckeriet served yummy pizzas with cool names like Hipster and we were treated to exciting beers and wine. While cold winds tumbled outside the Elites acted as guides for the new Yelpers and explained how to write great reviews, post nice pictures and why it's so great to be Elite while travelling the world.
Read the reviews and check out the photos, especially these photos. It sure was an intimate and warm evening with great conversation and laughter.
Considered the oldest family name in Chicago pizza, Lou Malnati's has been doing famous deep dish since the 1940's, and after all those decades of deliciousness a group of Yelp Elites were invited in to see how the magic happens for themselves. Attendees of the event took part in a hands on pizza making class and were able to not only craft their own, but enjoy the fruits of their labor while sipping beer and wine as well. Check out the reviews here and the fabulous photos taken by An P on our Flickr page!
The new and already popular Yolo Brewing Company hosted two consecutive nights of brewery tours last week exclusively for our most enthusiastic online beer aficionados. An intimate group of around a dozen elites attended each evening, which included a step-by-step walk-through of the beer-making process and the facility, a history of the business itself, a pizza dinner from a neighborhood restaurant and plenty of beer sampling. Each Elite walked away with a 22 ounce selection of their product and plenty of Yelp goodies. Special thanks go out to Yolo Brewing Co. Owner Mike Costello for his passionate presentation and willingness to answer questions.
On Wednesday evening, 30 Elite Yelpers spent some quality "girl time" at Epione Spa enjoying endless Sugarfish sushi, Charm City Cupcakes, Sugarfina gift cards and Sugar Shoppe candy while consulting with Dr. Ourian and his staff on beauty treatments. Everyone walked away with two complimentary services (Botox, Restalyne or laser hair removal) - plus a to-die-for goodie bag with a Cleartouch cleansing system and hydration cream!
It was a Happ-enin' kind of evening for North Shore Yelp Elites and their guests at Northfield's historic Happ Inn. Locally-famous restaurateur, Carlos Nieto, welcomed everyone into his home, and renowned head Chef Freddy Sanchez, also of Taco Nano, gave a guacamole demonstration to prove that anyone can make something so deliciously simple with all the right ingredients. Guests sampled butternut squash soup, tilapia ceviche, a variety of flatbreads, fried shrimp tacos, stuffed mushrooms, homemade guacamole and chips, and there was no forgetting the Prickly Pear pink margaritas made in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Jean, TJ and team kept things running smoothly, and it was an overall Happ-y scene all night long. Read the five-star reviews here and event photos here.
There's absolutely nothing wrong with a little taste of La Vita Dolce, a.k.a. the sweet life, and last Wednesday, Yelp Elites were treated to a spa-tacular evening of it at Dolce Vita Wellness Spa, starting with a chauferred limo ride. Upon arrival Elites were enrobed in the serenity of this beautifully decorated and detailed spa and treated to a delicious array of spa snacks and of course, wine! Scents and sounds added to the atmosphere as they were introduced to the spa and selected their mini treatments, such as facials, foot soaks, and massages, and then escorted into the themed suites to receive their services from the wonderfully skilled staff at Dolce Vita. This truly was a five star experience enjoyed by all, and you can check out the reviews and wonderful photos from Chris Holloman that tell the whole story!
On Friday night, Yelp Fort Worth celebrated their lazy side in style on the beautiful rooftop terrace of the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel. As the sun set, Yelpers honored their inner "sloth" with signature sloth cocktails – the "Mint to Be" with Dewar's Honey, fresh lime juice, mint leaves, Cointreau, and simple syrup, and the "Paloma" with Repasado Tequila, grapefruit syrup, lime, and club soda. Yelpers were also served colorful appetizers, including spicy shrimp cocktail and bright veggies with dip. To further encourage the "sin of sloth," Yelpers were treated to relaxing chair massages and soothing hand salt scrub demos. Be sure to check out the incredible event photos and reviews!
While there were no little turtles waving checkered flags or bananas to be thrown, our Yelp Elites had the best of times battling it out in a Le Mans relay on our very own private track at the NOLA Motorsports Park this past Saturday. Brandi from Bakers Dozen made sure our crew of over 30 Yelp Elites and their guests had some decadent donuts "off the track" before spinning our wheels for an hour, switching off drivers every couple of laps to gain the most times around the track. To keep us fueled, we guzzled local craft soda, Fest Cola, and Red Bull from the Wings Team. Awards were showered upon a handful of teams from the Most Laps & Winner of the Le Mans Relay: "Get Off My Lane", to the Slowest Team (who also won Best Name): "Kiss My Asphalt!" But everyone went home with a little bit of adrenaline left over! Want to drive vicariously through our epic adventures? Check out our tricked out reviews on Yelp and our stellar pics on Flickr!
On Thursday night, 40 Chicagoland Yelpers came together to get tactical at CMP Tactical Laser Tag in Frankfort, IL. Yelp Elites and their guests fueled up on delicious pizza and salad from Palermo's, geared up in Yelp schwag and were split into two teams to battle it out. The CMP referees provided Yelpers with gun orienation, multiple tactical missions, team debriefs, and intense laser tag fun. Read all the reviews of the event here and check out the awesome photos on our Flickr page!
Yelp took the edge off a chilly October evening for 75 of Providence's Yelp Elite and their guests with a night of merriment the woodsman way at Yelp's Lumberjack Bash at The Thirsty Beaver. Scrumptious bites, perfectly chilled pumpkin beers, and sweet cocktails warmed everyone up, and a dancing beaver made this a night to remember. Check out the fabulous reviews here and the great photos here!
October, a month typically filled with beers, giving thanks and a whole lotta spooky behaviour, can seem like it's already jam packed with to-do's! That didn't stop 50 or so Yelp GTA elites from packing into Thornhill's Boneyard Grill recently for a different take on October — one filled with endless BBQ eats! Even Steam Whistle Pilsner showed up to make sure guests had something to sip whilst enjoying their BBQ banquet! Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page.
Once the little sister city to Cambridge, Somerville has emerged as the destination for gourmands and the green-thumbed, artists and acrobats, musicians and makers, and everyone in between. This Saturday, more than 600 Yelpers joined the Somer Love-In and experienced the best of Somerville's biz, bakers and brass blowers within the gripping walls of Brooklyn Boulders. Aerialists, drum circle dancers and drone cams entertained the masses, while samples from 15 breweries, bars, restaurants and independent artisans kept the palates pleased. Read the five star reviews, check out the event photos and see us at the next one!
On the first day of Fall, Elites headed north on I-77 for a first birthday party unlike any other. Edamame hummus, white trash sliders and jalapinky's... oh my! Pinky's Westside Grill in Huntersville rolled out an amazing spread of eats, while guests washed it all down with brews from Sierra Nevada and Sailor Jerry craft cocktails. The adventurous braved the slight chill of the new season to square off in some intense Giant Connect Four, cornhole and bear pong matches on the patio. Read all the stellar reviews here and check out the amazing pics from Poprock Photography on our Flickr!
Since they know a good thing when they see it, almost the entire squad came out for Birmingham's Dinner With Zoe's. The menu was filled with hummus, salad, wraps, kabobs, and sinfully wonderful desserts. Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page.