On the coattails of the Yelp Helps success, Yelp partnered with One Brick and The Earth House to bring Indianapolis Yelpsgiving: an all-volunteer Thanksgiving Day dinner done restaurant style with hosts, servers, bussers, three courses and menus to serve anyone & everyone in need of a meal & a place to be on Thanksgiving.
To boot, as part of the Yelp Shops Local Pledge this holiday season, the entire dinner was local, seasonal food from Indiana farmers, purchased fresh from the Indy Winter Farmers Market. What about the turkeys you ask? Local indeed! Fresh from an Indiana farm & purchased from Goose the Market. Many thanks to Wishard Health Services (CEO, Lisa Harris seen below, with Laura Henderson, Director of the IWFM), who made the all-local dinner entirely possible. Also, many thanks to Pogue's Run Grocer for sponsoring the local dinner, too!
Over 50 volunteers on Wednesday night provided their homemade desserts and prepared the meal for Thursday. The Yelpsgiving team made its way over to the Tomlinson Tap Room (the All-Indiana Beer Bar) for a special after hours Grand Opening party.
Another crew of 50 volunteers kicked off Thursday morning finalizing preparations for the meal at Noon. Nearly 100 people enjoyed a full meal of turkey to mashed rosemary sweet potatoes with carmelized onions to roasted acorn squash & brussel sprouts, homemade applesauce, handmade stuffing from scratch to casually sipping coffee and noshing on sweets from the dessert cart.