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December 20, 2010

Tucson Elites Feel at Home for the Holidays!

Posted by Corey Dane

Sure, Tucson may never be blanketed with inches of snow, but even so, 75 Elites and guests donned wintery weather apparel and banded together to share the warmth of the season, at Yelp’s Home for the Holidays at The Abbey!

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There’s nothing more festive than family and friends this time of year, so restaurant owners Brian and Sandy Metzger brought together staff from their family of eateries, Jax Kitchen (named after their son Jack) & The Abbey (named after their daughter), to create the evening’s eats and sips.

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Executive Chef Casey McQueen (Jax) and Executive Chef Virginia Wooters (Abbey) worked harder than holiday elves to create a spread that would send Santa back for seconds. For those craving something salty and savory there were English muffin burgers with bacon jam, fresh-from-the-fryer hush puppies with kernels of fresh corn, pork belly with truffled polenta, artichoke dip, brie wellington and garlic bread. No meal is complete without dessert, which is why those with a knack for something sweet were treated to rich chocolate cake bites with peppermint frosting and sprinkled with crushed peppermints.

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Libations were epic! But how ever did yelpers choose between "The One" (the 2009 National Margarita Championship winner made with silver tequila, fresh basil, granita and fresh "triple" juice), "Holy Water" (citrus vodka, gin, simple syrup, soda water, and fresh squeezed juices), red wine and white? Why not try all four?

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Decked out in their holiday worst, yelpers participated in an ugly sweater contest that brought out some pretty amazing fashions. Elite yelper Yvett R took home first prize for best…er…uh…WORST dressed. Folks mixed and mingled to the terrific tunes from Shaky Bones Jazz Quartet, Jade Bealle photographer extraordinaire was on hand snapping shots of folks feeling festive, and a few luckily yelpers won raffle prizes from reclaimed, recycled and sustainable gift makers at Pop-Cycle. No holiday happening would be complete without giving back, so in the spirit of the season, yelpers donated 25 toys to Casa de los Niños.

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The reviews are pouring in faster than a sleigh-ride, and it’s clear this 5-star inaugural Elite Event will be one for the history books. Check out more photos and feel like you were there. Huge thanks to Brian & Sandy, B-MO, Carla, Chef Casey, Chef Ginny, Connie and The Shaky Bones, Jade, the entire staff of The Abbey, Pop-Cycle and Lindsey F!

Happy Holidays to all, and to all a good Yelp!

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Corey D

Tucson Community Manager

 


Comments

Jade Beall

This was a fantastic event!!! If any of you would like to see all the photos, just go to my website and click on the square that is the Yelp party! That will take you to where you can access a gallery with all the pics!! There are some fun ones for sure!

Happy Holidays!
Jade

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