Yelpers and their guests had their fill of gourmet street food courtesy of local food truck pioneers, the Chef Shack. Owners Lisa and Carrie floored the crowd with tasty grilled cheese and oven-dried tomato sandwiches, phenomenal pulled pork tacos with pickled onions, spicy shrimp gumbo, warm cornbread, peachy peach cobbler and rich chocolate brownies.
Guests also got a taste of SHE Royal Coffee Co.'s fair-trade, organic coffee, Ethiopian stew and tangy injera bread—FYI, the Chef Shack ladies convinced Yogie and Sammi at SHE Royal to start up their own food truck, keep an eye out for their truck on Nicollet Mall soon!
Crispin sampled their new Fox Barrel cidery, as well as their local cider classics. The pours seemed to grow exponentially and by the end of the night, we were practically swimming in hard cider!
Newly inducted Elites were gently hazed into the fold by the Squad's upperclassmen, but all the kiddos bonded over (surprisingly competitive) games of Yelp Square. Is there a Yelp Square league in our future? Most definitely!
The big Yelp burst made an appearance with a hodge-podge of hilarious props at the photo wall, hosted by Jessie from Photojessic. Master of the turntables and all-around nice guy DJ Millions Billions (aka Ned Lampert) threw together an old school soundtrack that had the yelpers movin' and groovin' 'til sundown.
Jessica from Harmony Hoops was the hip-swiveling life of the party, hypnotizing the dudes (busted!) and getting just about everyone to throw on a hoop! And as a special surprise, we picked up a barrel of Lift Bridge Farm Girl Saison, a Minnesota-brewed beer that tastes just like summer.
Thank you so much to all of the sponsors who made this crazy new CM's childish vision a reality—and, of course, thanks to all of the Elites who partied like 6th graders at recess!