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August 31, 2011

Yelp Philly Heads Back To School

Posted by Michelle C

After a weekend spent indoors due to Hurricane Irene's wrath, elite yelpers were anxious to get out – even if that meant getting schooled a bit. Monday night's Yelp Lab: The Science of Happy Hour at Adsum taught yelpers that chemistry can be fun, especially when it comes to mixing cocktails.

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Stationary nibbles including pickled veggies, edamame and house-made chips and dip were waiting to greet hungry guests arriving after a long day at work. On tap at the bar? Magners Cider, house wines and Stoli you-call-its. Despite being an elite-only party, it took no time at all for everyone to meet up with friends, new and old.

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Butlered snacks like buttery grilled cheese with Brie and figs, fried chicken and coleslaw and meatloaf with crispy polenta kept bellies happy. Brad P even accomplished a life goal by being able to eat mac n' cheese out of little spoons.

To prevent being blinded with science, Yelp sunglasses were distributed in lieu of goggles. I'm happy to report there were no mishaps with any Bunsen burners.

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Big huge yelpy thanks to Kar and the staff at Adsum, who kept the party rolling right along, even butlering around shots towards the end of the event. Thanks also to Magners Cider and Stoli for donating product.

See what everyone is saying and check out reviews from the event and pictures by James David Saul!

Class dismissed,

Me at Adsum

Michelle C

Bourbon's Up Yelp! - Calgary Yelp Elite Party

Posted by Wendy

The forecast for Calgary may have been rain and cloud, but it was nothing but fun and sociable times and smiling faces at last night’s Elite Party.

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Yelp Elites and guests went old-school with bountiful bourbon bevvies from Maker’s Mark paired with Southern-themed food and warm, friendly hospitality to match at Buchanan’s.

The bartenders kept the drinks coming. Sarah Louise F “enjoyed many a sweet tea,” while Crystal W thought the “Old Fashioned … was respectable and surprisingly refreshing.” Turns out, bourbon’s not just “an old gentlemen’s drink” anymore! Right, Arc P?

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Lisa P lavishes that the “food Buchanan's had paired with the bourbon was spot on. Amazing!! I'd love to get the recipe for those BBQ ribs with the smokey bourbony sauce.” While other party goers couldn’t stop talking about the bourbon glazed crawfish and Buttermilk crusted Chicken Burgers.

Victor P sums it up simply, "Great venue, lovely people, had a great time!"

Want a first-hand read? Check out the party reviews or take a peek at the photos from Voyager Photography. See you at the next event!

SYOY,

 

Wendy P
Community Manager
Yelp Calgary

Vancouver Elite Secret Midnight Supper

Posted by Robin

Who does Yelp Vancouver think they are?

In a dinner that brought together old friends with new, celebrated great British Columbia food and the allure of a good ol' fashioned surprise, Robin held an Elite Secret Midnight Supper on Saturday night. After weeks of encrypted messages and talk threads, the lucky few attending Elites spent the day foraging for six special, local, seasonal ingredients to bring to dinner that night. At 10pm we showed up at Kitsilano Daily Kitchen's doors where Chef Fowke and his team then prepared a 6-course feast, black-box style. 

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Greeted with a Pegu Club Cocktail made with local Schramm's Vodka, yelpers' "anticipation of what was to come was almost overwhelming." And what did come was "six courses of bliss." Photographer Tyler McGowan wasn't the only one snapping photos that night, as "Elites were twittering away, busily taking pictures when a dish dropped on the table." A small group with a mighty voice, #SecretYelp was a trending topic in Canada that night!

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The first course made Vincci L's "eyes widen and glimmer with happiness." Team Oyster's Miyagi & Golden Mantles were paired with a Quails' Gate Chenin Blanc. Then came a second course that brought the room to a silence. "Brought in by Kat S, hours fresh of some magical fishing boat (guts intact), this was the star of the night," and was paired with a tasty Desert Hills Viognier. But the third course of Saltspring Island goat cheese served with an 18-bean ragout alongside Thornhaven's Pinot Noir could've made "a short-term vegetarian" out of Mark C. And the Vancouver Island Mushroom Risotto was "so astoundingly rich and savoury" that it was begging to be paired with a Burrowing Owl Merlot.

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AND THERE WAS MORE. Raised "the way cows should be fed," the Big Creek Valley beef found a friend in Hestor Creek's Cab Franc, reminding Christine R of her "own family dinners." And finally for dessert, "a rhubarb crisp with blueberries procured by the resourceful Vincci L practically in her own Richmond backyard" was paired with the luxurious Sumac Ridge Pipe.

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Despite the length of a 4-hour meal that went until 2am, the atmosphere and energy at each of the tables was completely relaxed. "The entire experience has made Yelp more alive for me. The space which Yelp elite parties takes up in my head has moved from "lots of good food and liquor with cool people" to "an exploration of what it means to be a Vancouverite...with cool people."

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And that, friends, was a yelpy good time.

A huge thank-you to the Daily Kitchen for not just an amazing meal, but an unforgettable experience; and to our photographer extraordinaire, Tyler McGowan, who worked on his birthday.

 

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vancouver community manager

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August 30, 2011

Yelp's Adrenaline Adventures Take Seattle By Storm!

Posted by Katy

With over 1,100 expected guests, there was no cooler place to be this past Saturday night than the Seattle Design Center. This spacious venue hosted Seattle's biggest Yelp event to date! With live bands, a mechanical bull, a DJ, aerial acts, stiltwalkers, and more, it was certainly an event to remember. In fact, with a total of 4 photobooths, it'd be hard to forget! Best of all, all money raised at the event through donations and dollar beers went to Seattle's rockinest NPO, The World Is Fun. With over $2000 raised, it was certainly a party to be proud of.


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Designed to connect local yelpers to fun adrenaline-inducing activities around town, there was no shortage of fun to be had. Alki Kayak Tours and Mountain To Sound Outfitters brought out a paddleboard to teach dry-land lessons. Folks who tested the equipment were offered passes and coupons to check out the real deal at a later date. iFLY Seattle talked up indoor skydiving techniques while Sky High Sports played games on mini-trampolines. And if that's not enough, Market Ghost Tours spooked Seattleites while The Cabiri danced and twirled above our heads! Not limited to just aerial performances, they also provided a stiltwalker to walk among the crowds of people in line for tricks and treats.
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Waiting for a free caricature drawing from Over The Line Productions was totally worth it as guests were treated to a special portait of themselves at the party to take home as a souvenir. Adventure seekers sought even more opportunities from Evergreen Escapes and Z-Ultimate Self Defense Studios. And Games2U provided a 4D theater and gaming experience for folks waiting in line to get in. But that's not all! They also provided a 12ft monitor on which guests could play XBoX Kinnect, as well as a giant man-powered robot who rolled around the event greeting gaggles of guests. The ever clever ClownsUnlimited practically stole the show with a massive mechanical bull, a photobooth, unlimitedsoft-serve ice cream and ping pong tables to play with.


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As we mentioned, there were a total of 4 opportunities to get your photo snapped. Qdoba not only served up guac at a do-it-yourself guac bar, they took some super silly pics of guests with props like mustaches, sombreros, and maracas. Props weren't limited to the Qdoba booth, though. David Wentworth and Heathoriginal hosted a fabulous and fun booth with props of their own. Goofy glasses, big bow-ties and manly mustaches made for some of the parties prettiest pics! But what's that? You didn't get a snapsot of the Panda?! Courtesy of Soul'd Out Events, DJ Marty McIntyre dawned a badass bear suit while spinning records and taking photos with friends and fans.


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If you managed to make it to the Atrium you couldn't escape the rockin' rhythms of Irukandji Physics of Fusion! Sharing the stage, the band took a break to allow for Seattle's funny and fabulous Jet City Improv troupe from Wing It Productions.
 
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Our favorite eco-friendly friends at Frogbox provided some wacky entertainment as well. Fans of iPhone app, Angry Birds got to play a real live game and knock birds off boxes! And our non-profit buds TWIF hosted a cardboard tube competition. Battling it out, guests were able to (card)board fight with one another for a chance to win TWIF buttons and stickers.


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But what's a party without food? A special thanks to the folks from: The Triple Door, On Safari Foods, Pampeana Empanadas, Jodee's Desserts, Lynnae's Gourmet Pickles, Intrigue Chocolates, Qdoba, Zing Bars, Kind Snacks, PoPchips, Molly's Salads & Sandwiches, and La Isla Puerto Rican Cuisine. Bellies were a burstin' after this shindig!


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Washing it down free non-alcohilic options included: FIJI Water, DRY Soda, Honest Tea, and Zevia. And for just a $1 donation to The World Is Fun, guests were treated to Ninkasi Beer, Emerald City Beer, brews from Odin Brewing, Sky River Mead, Crispin Cider, and even 509 Wines!

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A special thanks to Nityia Design for photographing the event, Soul'd Out Events, DJ panda Marty McIntyre, Games2U, and Clowns Unlimited.

Chime in on Yelp to contribute your review for the event and peep the photos from our Official Flickr Page.

More photos can be found on Nityia's Facebook page as well as here on the Soul'd Out Events Yelp album. Did you get a panda pic?!

Here are a few videos too!

     

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SYOY!
Katy H
Seattle Senior Community Manager

Rowena Rocks! Yelp LA Elite Event

Block parties are the new black, so LA East Elites pounded the pavement (literally) for the Rowena Rocks! event in the private parking lot behind The Establishment salon last night.

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First stop? Food trucks, naturally. We're not talking roach coach, we're talking gourmet grub hot off the grill. The babes behind Baby's Badass Burgers busted out their meaty, cheesy Original Beauty sliders, and new siren to the street scene, Egg Slut Truck dished out The Slut (Coddled egg and potato puree cooked in a glass jar, garnished with grey salt and chives). While technically more of a cute cart than a full blown truck, Ice Ice Shavie held its own on the mobile munchie front with Pineapple/Cilantro/Jalapeno, Mojito, VW (elderflower, vanilla, grapefruit), Blueberry Ginger, and Raspberry Cinnamon flavored shave ice. And just when everyone thought the food had been 86ed, tardy for the party The Shrimp Guys (soon to be brick and mortar as Rich's Shrimp Shack) set up shop towards the end of the evening with Coconut Lime Shrimp and Garlic Butter Shrimp served over rice.

Picnik collage During bite breaks, Elites and their plus ones made their way to the bar for sips of Oprah-approved "boxed" Bandit Chardonnay and Three Thieves The Show Cabernet Sauvignon. And you better believe that cold cans of PBR were on hand, too (it is hipsterville USA, afterall). In addition to slinging O.N.E. Coconut Water cocktails and cartons of the good stuff, the uniquely flavored water brand also sponsored a stage featuring the talents of three local bands who jammed the night away (Jack Littman, Jessica Verdi, and Bethpage Black).

Picnik collage1 When guests weren't guzzling or gorging, they were receiving tarot card readings from Cauldron Kitty (thanks Lizzie and Ed), stamping post cards with ArtCycle, chatting with The Pilates BodyShop, and of course trying out the brand spanking new Pretzel Crisps cornhole and tasting their delectable new flavors. Le Fashion Truck popped itself up on site as well, inviting everyone on board to show off their collection of uniquely retro fashions and accessories. The bodacious cigarette girls notched up the hot factor by prancing around looking perfectly coiffed and styled thanks to Le Fashion Truck and The Establishment.

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Katie B

LA East CM

Yelp Gets Sweet In SoLo @ Campbell's Sweets Factory

Posted by Cara

This past Friday night, over 70 Elite yelpers and their guests indulged locally in the sweet life celebrating the newly bustling South of Lorain district of Ohio City. And who better to host us sugar coated yelpers to Get Sweet In SoLo than Campbell's Sweet Factory in their new store front?

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The dessert studded evening started with a cupcake tree loaded with different flavors, like salted caramel and red velvet, all made on-site at Campbells. The chocolate lovers rejoiced with tastings of coated gummy worms, coconut mounds, Oreos and more. But what Campbell's party would be complete without their signature treat—popcorn. We're talking a line of over 15 flavors to sample, including garlic parmesan, dill pickle and their most popular, the dichotomy. Owner Jeff Campbell and family also whipped up and handed out fresh batches of caramel popcorn balls, still warm and chewy on the inside. Carol L swooned, "I'm telling you, it doesn't get much better than this."

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The noshing didn't end there. Neighborhood restaurant and bar, Touch Supper Club, came to the rescue with some savory snacks. You know, just in case we needed to feel better about eating something other than treats. They served up delicious crustinis covered with coffee-braised pulled pork, freshly prepared salsa, homemade southwest sauce and chives. After scarfing way too many of these crunchy delights, Peter W exclaimed, "my pancreas cussed me out and gave me the finger." I know more than a few yelpers who'll be heading back to Touch for their weekly specials, like burger Mondays, gourmet taco Thursdays (featuring that delish pulled pork) and free sushi Fridays. And let's not forget Magic Hat, who supplied kegs of #9 to quench our thirst from eating all these noms.

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The bustling event spilled out onto the sidewalk where there were tables set up all along the street, loaded with yelpy schwag. Guitarist and songwriter, Ty Kellogg, serenaded yelpers with his folky tunes while neighboring boutiques, Room Service and Salty Not Sweet kept their doors open extra late to allow guests to shop. Roxanne O "loved browsing through the nearby stores and picked up a couple cute, handmade things from Salty Not Sweet." She gushed, "I can definitely see myself heading back to Room Service to do some gift shopping." 

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All Elites and guests were entered into a raffle at check-in to win a yelpy bucket chock-full of Campbell's treats and a special gift from Room Service. Congrats to Stefanie C and Young P who were lucky enough to win these bad boys!

Super-special thanks to Jeff, staff and family at Campbell's Sweet Factory, the awesome folks at Touch Supper Club and Meg of Magic Hat and North American Brewing. Katie Cutshaw of Ackey+Z Photography captured the night with phenomenal pictures. Also, thanks to the amazing Columbus CM, Chrsitina C, for driving up to help us out! This truly was a night of epicly indulgent proportions. But don't take our word for it, check out the reviews and photo page!

Until next time, SYOY!

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Cara L, Yelp Cleveland CM

(Pictured with Christina C, Yelp Columbus CM... and photo-bomber Meg M)

Yelp Cincy and Dhani Jones, For The Win!

Posted by Alex Shebar

DhaniKaraoke It's hard to sum up Dhani Jones: Former bengal, philanthropist, former star of The Travel Chanel's Dhani Tackles The Globe and currently host of VH1's new show, Ton of Cash. Still, there's one real way to describe him: Cincinnatian. Owner of The Bowtie Café, Dhani loves this city and this week talked with Yelp Community Manager Alex S all about it. 

Alex S: Talk to me about your café, resting on top of one of Mt. Adam’s many hills.

Dhani: The café is great. With the café, I hope to reach people in a different format. I want it to be a melting post of understanding and conversation. We want to be a place where politicians come to debate, town hall meetings are held, private parties are put on, speaker series are noted. We want people to come up here and listen and be inspired. I mean, everyone has a cause, but if you don’t have one now, eavesdrop on someone here and find your new one. We want to be the corner in Mt. Adams where people know good things are happening.

Alex S: Do you like Mt. Adams as a neighborhood?

Dhani: I love Mt. Adams. And summer time’s the best time to be in Mt. Adams. Everybody’s outside, everybody’s having a good time. I love the community. There are only so many ways to get up here and so many ways to get down, so if you’re coming up here, you’re coming up here with a purpose.

Alex S: I know you’re a big proponent of riding bikes instead of cars, Dhani. So what’s your opinion on the proposed streetcar?

Dhani: I think the streetcar would add an incredible dimension to the city … it would add another element of glitz and glamor to the city. Its evidence of Cincinnati’s growing nature.

Alex S: A lot of people who are for the streetcar are using it to promote the developing area of Over-the-Rhine. What’s your take on OtR?

Dhani: Over-the-Rhine is definitely up and coming. A lot of people are moving into that vicinity and there’s great restaurants like Senate and Lavomatic. You know, in Cincinnati is takes a little while for things to catch on. It’s like, “Ok, I’m used to going here, I don’t know if I want to go there” but it’s all about opening up the door and being ready for a new situation. And I think Cincinnati is becoming more and more open.

Alex S: And Yelp is helping them to do just that!

Dhani: Yep

Alex S: So what restaurants does Dhani Jones haunt? 

Dhani: Besides the Bowtie Café? (laughs) I’ve been too Ambar, the Indian restraint. That’s a great spot. Nada. I love Mexican food. I also go to Morton’s all the time for their steak. There’s really great restaurants here in Cincinnati. Oh, GreenPapaya, great sushi. It’s so good, so consistent.

Alex S: Besides great eats, what are three things Cincinnati offers that you couldn't live without?

Dhani: Oh, The Righteous Room for a drink. I love going down to the stadium for work. Let’s see, Mirror Lake in Erie Park. That’s really beautiful. Hmmm, I like going by Lunken Airport too.

Alex S: Really? What do you do at Lunken?

Dhani: There’s a great park right there where people go running and play sports. It’s nice. I like to just sit there and watch the players.

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Alex S: Talk to me about your new VH1 show.

Dhani: Well, 14 people who are in dire straits, in financial peril if you will, try to win a million dollars. They actually get a million up front and have to go through different exercises and adventures in order to keep the cash. And at the end of the day, one person keeps all the money. And I’m hosting it.

Alex S: There’s actually been a lot of Cincinnati on reality TV recently, what with Police Women of Cincinnati and the Mayor on Undercover Boss. As a former reality TV host, why do you think Cincy’s such a cinematic place?

Dhani: A lot of people have said that more people watch reality TV here in Cincinnati than a lot of other places so it’s sort of a proving ground. If you can make it in reality in Cincinnati, you can make it anywhere. I also think there's a lot of interesting people here in Cincinnati, they want to learn their stories.

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Alex S: Are we going to see more of Dhani tackling the globe?

Dhani: No, maybe not as much of me tackling the globe, but maybe some other things. I’m looking at some other opportunities and will see what’s going to happen.

Alex S: If someone were to review you on Yelp, do you think you'd get a 5-star rating?

Dhani: Of course! Why not?

Alex S: What about the team?

Dhani: Uh, the team … you know, Cincinnati is heavily opinionated, so we’ll just leave that for the people to decide.

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Alex S: Any tips for yelpers when at a Bengals game? Something either they don’t do or you wish the fans would do?

Dhani: I think we should do a wave?

Alex S: You don’t think there are enough waves?

Dhani: I don’t ever see a wave. I think there should actually be a little more fan interaction. You know whistles, fog horns, people acting crazy, streaking. People do those type of things, it makes it more entertaining!

Alex S: Ok, so why the bow tie?

Dhani: One of my friends challenged me, saying if I wanted to be anybody I had to rock the bow tie. I didn’t really buy into his idea, but then he got sick with cancer. I put the bow tie on, he got better and I never took the bow tie off.

Alex S: Anything else you want to say about Cincinnati

Dhani: You know, Cincinnati’s become home. It’s a special place, it’s become family. I like being here. I’m going to stay here.

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Yelp Triangle's Mystical Masquerade

Posted by Christina Gates

There wasn't a masked-less yelper in the house at Vivace on Sunday night. From New Orleans-styled feathered numbers to glittery gilt pieces, mysterious adornments were the name of the game.

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Vivace matched the showiness with a menu that had Michelle M gushing, "We were impressed by the clean, modern decor -- but the food was outstanding!" It's not every day you get to graze on a never-ending supply of tuna tartare, arancinis, and fried oysters.

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We have to deem The Mad Housewife "Coolest Chaperone Ever." She chatted with the crowd, dazzled in her dress, and brought her delicious wines to share. Yelpers lapped up Merlot and Chardonnay, and positively guzzled the line's new Besitos Sweet Wine.

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In between catching up with old Elites and meeting new ones, yelpers tapped toes to DJ Galdytron, and were stunned by the acrobatics of AcroEntertainment. Daring balancing acts, sexy hooping, and skilled poi twirlers were among the avant-garde acts...

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Of course, Yelp photog -- Shon Williams of Shon Digital Photography -- was there to capture all the glitz and goodness with formal "prom" portraits (minus the bad hairdo you sported in junior high!). And the extraordinary Mike Patterson snapped the night away. Check out the full album right here.

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We have to give extra special thanks to Jay Spungin and the entire Vivace staff for all of their hard work leading up to and at this event. You guys are true professionals! Thank you so much for hosting us.

Be sure to check out all the sexy five-star reviews here, and Talk about the party with all your new Yelp pals right here.

Until we make merry again, I'll SYOY!

Me
Christina G
Yelp NC Triangle Senior Community Manager

Beads and Beignets: KC Elites Laissez Bon Temps Roulez!

Posted by Joi

Mardi Gras may be six months away, but why wait 'til then to celebrate New Orleans?! At Sunday night's The Big Yelp Easy, Elites came out and loaded up on beads and beignets at the latest culinary addition to the Crossroads, Nica's 320.

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The sit-down dinner involved endless rounds of Nica's phenomenal fusion fare: BBQ wings, carnitas papusas, specialty "Veg Head" pizza, Cajun mac & cheese and for dessert, piles of the aforementioned powdered, doughy delights.

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As Elite Clarice W so aptly puts it, "each bite was like a little symphony in my mouth. This is the kind of food that truly excites me and leaves me craving more."

Fat City sans booze? Unthinkable! Nica's talented mixologists plus the fellas behind Most Wanted stirred up some hurricanes, sazeracs and other Crescent City-inspired concoctions. High Plains Distillery and PBR supplied the libations.

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A BIg Easy bash wouldn't be right without lagniappe (a little something extra) and Chris G can appreciate! "We walked out with the nifty Yelp Elite watch, flashy beads... and memories of an evening spent with good friends." Marie F took 'one for the road' from High Plains Distillery. "The travel bottles of booze were an extra nice touch."    

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Many thanks to Brian, Phil and the spectacular staff at Nica's 320, Geoff of High Plains Distillery and Jessica of PBR. Monica Cole and Daniel Hu captured the night on film. This truly was a night of epic proportions. But don't take our word for it, check out the reviews and flickr page!

Until next time, keep up the good reviewdoo and SYOY!

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Joi B (pictured with Yelptern, Amanda F!)

Yelp KC Community Manager

Yelp's A Complex Tapas-try at distrikt!

Posted by Rowena Harris

Now that's the way to get the Bank Holiday weekend started! Despite a rather drizzly month it seems as though the sun was shining just for us on Thursday 25th August, for the latest installment of Yelp Elite party goodness, at Leeds' most fabulous cocktail and tapas bar distrikt. Indeed, it was the golden lining to this fabulous evening of frivolity, which saw over 50 yelpers descend into the cool and quirky cave-like depths of distrikt for an epic tapas-tasting and cocktail-consuming caper.

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As folks were welcomed into the fold they were sent straight to the bar, where Johnny began crafting two of their signature cocktails for the guests, including a muddled berry masterpiece - the Baies Sexual - and an artisan coffee creation – the Araku Daiquiri - which turned even the most decidedly anti-coffee drinkers! The Araku Daiquiri included fresh lime juice, Santa Teresa Araku, Santa Teresa Claro and Gomme and the Baies Sexual included Belvedere Black Raspberry, Licquor 43, fresh strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, muddled with lemon and apple juice. (Both are £6 and included in the two for one offer distrikt hold on a Thursday!) Tessa S delighted, 'The bartender was great – very friendly and chatty,' and Tyler K confirmed that 'the cocktails were lovely. Everyone seemed to have a fantastic time trying the berry and the coffee cocktails from the event.' Within moments the bar appeared four deep but that didn't stop Rosita, distrikt's delightful host, from meeting and greeting the guests to welcome them in and explain what they are all about. As Douglas P explained, 'Rosita was a great host and mingled all night'!

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Once everyone had been well watered, folks set about having a good hobnob, and filled up the booths to await the much anticipated menu sampling. Some dove straight into the board game booth to enjoy a bit of light entertainment with Scrabble, playing cards, Carcassone and Zombies, like Sarah K, who yelped, 'When my friend and I arrived at the event we immediately bagged the table with the zombie game and headed to the bar.' Others simply played meet and greet and sat down for a right old natter!

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Temptations were high as the delicious fare was laid out in front of everyone's eyes, but soon enough the first course of five different tapas samples were ready for feasting on. Each item was prepped, cooked and prepared absolutely fresh on site by distrikt chef Paul, whose delights tempted all into a frenzy of tapas-try! The tantilizing aromas alone were enough to lift everyone up from their seats and in a flash the age old British tradition of queuing took place. (With a queue long enough to snake around the entire venue!) The extended sample menu included pickled wild foraged sea vegetables, rare British beef with wood sorrel crème fraiche, wild crayfish with tomato, corriander salsa and fennel flowers, Yorkshire chorizo with braised cherry tomato and red pepper, roasted Mediterranean vegetable stack with goats cheese and balsamic and crispy tatas, amongst many other items!

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As the first course was being devoured folks returned to the bar to refresh their palates with yet more delicious drinks, simply chatting and sipping the night away in the main space, closed exclusively for this Elite event. Despite already being gifted five different samples from the menu, another five were soon to arrive, as distrikt chef Paul continued to make his magic. Before the second sampling began Paul took a moment to explain the passion behind his food, detailing how he hoped to re-inspire people's excitement for truly British ingredients, and explained that much of his menu derives from his expeditions for foraged foods. Many of the tapas items have been influenced by flavours and foods naturally growing in the British countryside, such as fennel flowers and rock samphire!

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Nothing was left to waste, as each sample was devoured and dispatched. Laura J sums it up, savouring: 'The food was also lovely, my particular favourite being the chorizo, and there were some really unusual things such as the pickled sea vegetable.' Those thoughts were shared, as Nikolai C observed, 'The food was really good and nicely presented. The second course came with a little introduction from the chef about the (foraged) food which was interesting to know. What I did have was lovely and obviously people seemed to share that opinion as most of the food was hoovered up by the masses'!

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Once the party had reached a close a few folks stayed on to take advantage of distrikt's two for one deal on cocktails, and socialise the night away, taking in a few night caps to finish the evening off. A massive thanks goes out to distrikt, for their fabulous and most generous hosting, and Joel Rowbottom, Ian R and Heather M for their photographing skills! Overall the evening was a fabulous success, full of fun, frolics, fine drinks and foraged food samples, but don't just take our word for it! As ever, you can read the buzz and check the pictures – but watch out for some serious food envy! Mind you, the only answer to that is to check out distrikt for yourselves...

Until next time, I'll be seeing you on Yelp!

Rowena H

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August 29, 2011

Red is Sexy: Boston's Land of the Rising Fun Elite Event

Posted by Damien S

Even under threat of a hurricane, Boston yelpers showed in full force for Saturday's Elite event at Red Lantern – Back Bay's newest Asian bistro and lounge. More than 180 Elites and guests braved postman-jingle conditions this weekend to attend the Elite event that couldn't be washed away!

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Donning the reddest of reds, stormchasers sipped sudsy Sapporo and Pisco Porton-powered Mai Tais, while chowing down on a sweet mix from Red Lantern's pan-Asian menu. A full sushi spread, passed ducks spoons, lobster rangoon, shrimp shumai, roasted eggplant, avocado salad in bamboo boats and more pleased the palate, and for Bryan R, "was some of the best I've had at a Yelp event!"

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A Pai Gow poker table prized Yelpy playing cards to the victorious, and our kneady friends from Harvard Square Shiatsu massaged away the hurricanxiety throughout the day. From the SituAsian himself, Tony S quips, "Great food, scintillating Shiatsu, and sexy service. Could it BE any more 'fast and furiously' awesome?"

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Tatsu puts the eye in, well, Tatsu I, capturing the visuals beautifully and sharing for all the world to see (and tag!). Power out or not, the reviews are red-lighting up the internetz, and the kids won't stop Talking about how they weathered the Yelp Elite storm. An extra special thanks to all the sponsors for going above and beyond - not bad for a party put together in a week!

KEEYAI!

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August 28, 2011

Yelp Cincy Throws A Mustache Bash!

Posted by Alex Shebar

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Let’s face it; there may be nothing more manly, classy or downright spectacular than a full-on glorious mustache. Burt Reynolds knew it, William Howard Taft knew it, you know it.

Yes, the mustache truly is the king of facial hair, and Yelp Cincinnati celebrated its bushy goodness with an all-out event for facial hair extraordinaire: The Mustache Bash!ArnoldsArnold’s Bar and Grill opened its doors for all things mustache in the Queen City - a fitting place with terrific old-timey feel since it’s the oldest continually running bar in the state of Ohio. It even has bathtubs on the second floor that were once used to make illegal prohibition gin. A wonderful historic spot indeed.

As Zach B commented: “How could anyone disapprove of a theme party at one of the best bars/grills downtown? The night was filled with yelpers with real and fake mustaches, food, beer and great bands.” We couldn’t agree more.MustachesFilling up the first floor were mustached aficionados of all types, old and young. We saw handlebars, stencil staches, Dalis and even a man, with a mustache, dressed as a giant mustache.GirlsThere wasn’t even discrimination between the sexes, as some of the ladies wore the finest ‘staches of the evening. (One yelper, Kara C, even came with a homemade mustache created from cat hair … that she combed out of her own cat.)

“Upon arrival, I was greeted by Ronda, the owner, who gushed over my fake moustache and took a picture. That was a great way to start the night!” Paige M exclaimed.SociwetyHow did we know we had such fine facial hair? Why, The Queen City Beard and Mustache Society was on hand to let us know. They sold their fantastic mustache wax, ran our mustache contest and awarded the evening’s prizes. It was a difficult judging session, but in the end, we feel they choose fairly and wisely.

The fact that the Queen City Beard and Mustache crew was there ... Ummm ... AWESOME?! I mean seriously, who does that?! Well played!” Rachel G told us. Thank you for the hat tip, ma’am. 

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Of course, no party is complete without grand food and alcohol. Amazing free food was provided by Arnold’s for the Yelp Elite and everyone else was able to order off their delicious menu.

The night’s festivities were sponsored by Christian Moerlein, who sampled three different free beers for the Yelp Elite as well as Bacardi (who created a grape and sprite cocktail) and Eristoff Vodka (who put together delicious Cape Cods with cranberry juice). And the amazing vitaminwater gave out full free bottles to everyone in attendance! It was a little toasty on a hot August night, but everyone was fully refreshed.DrinksThe event really took off for yelpers when it was time to “face the music.” Three different bands took Arnold’s stage for a night of terrific tunes. Singer Kelsey Skaggs played a short set to warm the crowd up before Cincinnati favorite The Turkeys came on to folk-rock the house for an hour, enchanting the audience.

Who, like Alison M, could hate such a good time: “Arnold's is a great bar to be at for any occasion, but this Yelp event really took it up a notch, good music, free beer, and a fun theme.”BandsWhen The Turkeys finished, Indigo Wild, an amazing on-the-verge-of-exploding band from Columbu,s took the stage. Brought by Far-I-Rome Productions (the group that puts on the Clifton Heights Music Fest), Indigo Wild was about to drop their first CD and beautifully ended the night with their Fleet Foxes-esq sound.

Overall, the event was a giant success for giant mustaches. We’ll let Angela C sum it up: “Holy Moly, mustaches! I always love Arnold's, and especially love Arnold's plus Yelp. Good theme, good drinks, loved the vitmainwater, and the music was great.” 

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But don’t just take our word on the night’s awesomeness, you can read all the reviews right here. You can also check out the other awesome pics by photographer extraordinaire Anna Penny on the Official Yelp Flickr page!

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Mustache up, my friends!

Alex S, Cincy Community Manager

Yelp Milwaukee's Bridge Burner!

Posted by Rachel Fell

Here in Milwaukee, we don't burn bridges. We adhere to those Midwestern values. We're courteous, friendly, and thoughtful. We'll smile at you on the street. We'll share a brew and some conversation with you at our favorite corner watering hole. We pick up trash on the street. We pet strangers' puppies. So we don't burn bridges here in MKE... unless you're talking less about the metaphorical and more about the literal. THEN we do. We roll out the frickin' barrel.

Yelp Milwaukee's most recent elite event — Yelp's Bridge Burner! — was definitely one for the books.

So why a bridge burner, then?

Because this event was a 2-4-1, with two fantastic venues playing host to elite Yelpers! Most importantly, our bridge burner featured a real-life keg roll over Beerline B's neighborhood marsupial bridge. Fun doesn't quite sum it up!

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We started the evening off at Lakefront Brewery, perhaps Milwaukee's most well-known and loved craft brewery. So what exactly do you get when when you throw together a fantastic and generous (free) beer sampling with live music (courtesy of Texas Dave and Rhode Island Red), a mini-tour of the brewery itself (courtesy of Jim Klisch), piles upon piles of toys, and an icebreaker that included questions such as: "What's your favorite color? And do you own a gun?" and "If you had to cook a raccoon, how would you prepare it?" in an amazing setting?

You get a magical sort of awesome, friends.

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Wheat Monkey, Fixed Gear Red, and of course, the perennial Riverwest Stein flowed freely from the taps. And those raffle prizes? Nine inflatable monkeys, and each monkey was associated with a different prize. Pray tell... 'em what they won, folks)!

(Announcer voice): Yelptastic gift bags full of swag! Yelp T-shirts! Wasabi gumballs, fake moustaches, and bacon air fresheners! Cases of Lakefront beer, variety eight-packs, and tour tickets! Gift certificates to Brocach! Brocach swag! Big Lebowski booze prize packs!

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So of course we move the fun over the river, on the marsupial bridge, and on to Brocach Irish Pub... Nerf swords, T-Rex masks, hula hoops, sombreros, and inflatable monkeys in tow. We noshed on classic (read: delicious!) Irish fare, including Reuben Sliders, Bangers and Mash, black bean burgers (some of the best in the city!), fish and chips (stellar!), buffalo wings, and bruschetta. We drank even MORE free Lakefront beer (was that even possible? ... or necessary?) We rocked discounted Strawberry Mojitos and Dublin Mules. We pretty much just rocked.

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Our servers and bartenders couldn't have been more welcoming and accomodating as we played giant jenga and bags on Brocach's gorgeous patio, watched the Big Lebowski, and rocked The Living Photo Booth Project's amazing photo booth!

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What a wicked freaking good time! Nothing beats watching our Milwaukee community grow and bond over their love for our the good ol' four-one-four.

Until the next go-round, Yelp MKE... SYOY!

Rachel F — Yelp MKE Community Manager/rocker of the tiniest squeezebox + dinosaur pictured above

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Yelp Hamburg auf georgisch

Posted by Sophie Krause

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Das war georgisch - und bedeutet "Prost". Da haben wir also wieder was gelernt auf dem zweiten Elite Event in Hamburg. Aber nicht nur das! Merke: georgischer Wein schmeckt sogar denjenigen, die bisher eigentlich gar keinen mochten. Bestes Beispiel ist Alina C: "Eigentlich bin ich ja gar kein Weintrinker, deswegen war das absolutes Neuland für mich. Gelohnt hat sich aber auf jeden Fall! Ab sofort kann ich mich dann endlich auch mal mit 'ner Flasche auf den Balkon setzen."

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Freitag, 20 Uhr: Im Geovino stehen die Gläser bereit. André und Irma, Besitzer des georgischen Weinladens, füllen den Wein schonmal um, damit er atmen kann. Nebenan backen im Ofen die Chatschapuris - eine georgische Spezialität, die ein bisschen an Pizza erinnert. Anstatt der Tomaten gibt es aber vieeel Käse - Käsekuchen mal anders.

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Kurzes Ding Dong, die Tür des Ladens geht auf, rund 25 weindurstige Yelper marschieren herein und schon fließt der Wein - erstmal in die Gläser. Bevor es zur Verkostung kommt, klärt André noch kurz auf: "Es gibt nur zwei Arten von Wein: den, der schmeckt und den, der nicht schmeckt." Darauf ein Schlückchen und klar ist: das ist einer, der schmeckt. Das gilt übrigens auch für die Chatschapuris.

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Im Laden gibt es auch noch weitere Spezialitäten, die ihr unbedingt mal probieren müsst. "Besonders die Walnusskonfitüre und das Gelée mit Blattgold" haben Fran Z beeindruckt.

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Seit diesem Event singen wir das altbekannte Lied neu: "Georgischer Wein, ist so wie das Blut der Erde, komm schenk… trallalala", während wir uns die Fotos von dem schönen Abend angucken. Auf Irma & André und das nächste Elite Event!

Eure Sophie.

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Friday night: André and Irma, the owners of Geovino which serves Georgian wine and specialities, decant a bottle of their best to let it breathe before. Suddenly about 25 yelpers arrive to enjoy a good drop of one of the oldest wine-growing area. But as you know: don´t drink on an empty stomach. So, André and Irma prepared another Georgian delicacy: Chatschapuris, which looks like a pizza but instead of tomatoes there´s a lot of cheese on it - kind of a new version of a cheesecake ;)

Take a look!

Thanks to André and Irma for letting us know where we´ll find the very best wine. Vakhtanguri!

August 27, 2011

LA West Elites get cultured at The Hammer Museum

Posted by Brinny

LA West Elites proved there is more to a party then food and booze, but don't worry as there was plenty of that as well! The Hammer Museum opened it's doors and it's exhibits to the LA West Elite squad on Thursday night. The Ikea furniture lounge provided ample resting space in between yelpers time in the exhibits, both permanent and temporary, that offerd works from van Gogh and modern pieces from Paul Thek and Ed Ruscha.

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Yelpers perused the art while participating in a scavenger hunt in an attempt to win tickets to the very exciting food event, The Taste. Jeanie C was delighted to find out that there was going to be an Elite event at a museum: "It definitely delivered - tasty (and healthy) snacks, free flowing wine and beer, fun ping pong tables, lots of seating, and a clever scavenger hunt that encouraged us to get out and explore the museum instead of sitting around on our butts drinking and eating."

After the hunt, Wolfgang Puck provided bites of his gourmet fare including hummus and babaghanoush with vegetable crudités and chicken curry on wonton chips. The highlight of the evening were his famous blondies and brownies.

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Ping pong tables brought out Elites competitive side. Vanhessa H took the game to a different level: "We took speed-rotation ping pong to new heights and literally worked up a sweat. We noshed on delectable delights from Wolfgang Puck catering (those chicken curry cups made an instant addict out of me!). And we even got to walk through some of the galleries in search of the scavenger hunt clues!" 

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The lounge provided the perfect environment to chat with old and new friends alike. Photographer Nicholas Mele captured every moment and the photos can be seen in the gallery here. While some played ping pong, others got "hammered" but we all got cultured! Read reviews here.

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Brittany B

LA West Community Manager

August 26, 2011

Chicagoland Yelp Elites Rock the (Round)House!

Posted by Jelena Z

Arguably the hardest-working interns in Yelp business, ChiBurbs yelptern duo Candice G and Dana G produced the first-ever IYEE (Intern Yelp Elite Event) at Two Brothers Roundhouse this past Monday evening. The newest outpost of the popular brewery welcomed Elites and their guests with their award-winning artisan craft beers in addition to red and white Savida Sangria and Firefly Sweet Tea cocktails.

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Chef Tommy dazzled palates with fantastic fare capable of making even the most discerning foodie effervesce with enthusiastic approval. On the mouthwatering menu? Two Brothers Robust Porter marinated skirt steak sandwiches with horseradish cream; smoked brisket on polenta toast covered with Cane & Ebel pasilla BBQ sauce; baby empanadas of artichoke, piquillo peppers, dried cranberries and bleu cheese with lemon aioli; almond and grape chicken salad on Domaine Dupage beer bread toast; pickled veggies with Bitter End cheese mousse and Cane & Ebel chocolate truffle balls. In a word: GLORIOUS!

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Once tummies were amply sated, Elites took to the balcony-raised level for a customized style session smacking of glam, gloss and rock 'n' roll. The ladies of Rock Razor Scissors took guests from conventional to the exceptional with mohawks, spray hair color, punk-inspired pompadours and also affixed Yelp tattoos. Now prettier than David Bowie, the crowd rallied around the stage for two smoking live performances from Balls Mohawk (fronted by gifted chanteuse, Dana G) and The Roaring .22s (featuring axe-shredder Elite, Kyle B). And how about that magical collaboration? Hair stood on end, skin goose bumped, faces were melted and the entire house was rocked!

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They say all good things must come to an end and boy, were those some sad faces to see once the curtains closed on this spectacular showcase. But don't despair: you can forever hold on to this evening's epic memories by peeping photos by the legendary Andrés J. DeLeón, snapshots from Sean Davis and the gravity-defying shots from ActionBooth. If you haven't yet reviewed the event, feel free to do so here or just catch what you missed. It's official, guys: Chicagoland Yelp Elites can rock it, and they rock hard!

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SYOY,

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Team Yelp Chicagoland (Jelena Z, Candice G and Dana G)

Yelp Queens Revival @ L'Artiste: We're Back!

Posted by Jando

It's been a long time. Too long by some accounts for many Yelpers, but August 24th marked the return of Elite Events in Queens in a scintillating summer soiree at L'Artiste in Astoria.

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Courtesy of Chef Luis and the rest of the L'Artiste staff, Elite Yelpers of Queens were sampling some of the finest French cuisine in the Q-borough. The deliciously decadent menu included: vegetarian amuse bouche, beet salad, soup du jour, sea scallops "en croate", mushroom risotto, braised lamb shank, seared duck breast, and profiteroles and a coffee panna cotta for dessert. Nga C had a "temporary moment of insanity" during every bite, exclaiming "I almost felt like I was on the show Masterchef, sampling editable pieces of artwork that was presented in such class, sophistication and tastefully prepared with love and passion."

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A sumptuous meal is nothing without a glass of wine. Yelpers clinked their glasses and toasted to each other by drinking complimentary red and white wines from LuluB. Ki G enjoyed her free flowing glass, "I sipped on a lovely, flavorful pinot noir," which after all of the food was "a perfect complement."

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Donning some of their snazziest duds, Yelpers wined and dined their way back into the Elite universe in this intimate venue. They rocked their new Yelp watches and found themselves elated when the lovely owners of L'Artiste, Daniela and Youssef, offered a 20% discount to all in attendance for a return visit. Speaking of returns, Jennifer C got a "glimpse at the future of the ongoing revival of Queens," and proudly announces, "We are officially back on the map, baby!"

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A big thanks to the entire staff at L'Artiste, the folks behind LuluB wines, and Yelp Queens for showing up to make this evening a memorable night for all.  For all of those who couldn't be here, be sure to check out the gallery and read the reviews.

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SYOY,

Jando S and Team Yelp NYC

August 25, 2011

San Diego's Prohibition Repeal Party

Posted by Danny Wurst

Comparable to post temperence movement, last Tuesday 250 Elites roared into Bootlegger for a celebration filled with booze, bites, and buddies. Yelp's Prohibition Repeal Party had guests draped in their 1920's best, with everything from fedoras and fine suits to flapper fems and fancy shoes.

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The friendly neighborhood tavern did guests right rocking complimentary SKYY Vodka cocktails and free flowing Miller High Life. Served in flutes, The Champagne of Beers lived up to it's name classing it up with 40 oz self service bottles at each table. Maria C was certainly a fan yelping, “We schmoozed and boozed it in our 20's gear - flapper and fedora style, baby... It was HAWT.”

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A fine array of tasty appetizers were also on hand. The wonderfully attentive crew made their rounds with crab hush puppies, shrimp and cilantro fritters, mini Sloppy Giuseppes and much more. David G was at a loss for words claiming, "I couldn't tell you which one was the best, because they all were!”

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Capturing mug shots Project Photobooth saved some of the memories with a black and white setup representative of the era. Whether poses were making it rain, smoking fake cigars, or sporting a machine gun and fishnets...photogenic yelpers proved it really does feel good to be a gangsta!

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To read or write reviews for this event click here, and don't forget to check out the photos either! There are plenty more that were taken by new Yelp Intern Heidi G on our Official Yelp Flickr page as well as the Project Photobooth page. 

Until next time, SYOY (See You On Yelp)

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Danny W

San Diego Community Manager

Tights, Capes, and Karaoke Elite Event

The Tequila was flowing, the tacos were abundant, and Yelpers, boasting some serious vocal talent, sang the night away to the tunes of Rick Astley, Lady Gaga, Talking Heads, and of course – Journey at the Tights, Capes, and Karoake Elite Event at Taco Ocho.

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Totally Twisted Karaoke brought the SuperHero house down with an endless inventory of songs from the likes of Shania Twain. Check out Bryn B and her lovely guest belting out "Any Man of Mine" No doubt, guests took the Tights and Capes theme to the extreme. Props to Chip C as SupperMan: Complete with a roll of paper towels attached to his belt in the back.

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Jalixco Trading Co. provided liquid courage to get us feeling loose and ready to approach the mic. With an abundant flow of Margaritas and an informative tequila tasting that titillated our taste buds and expanded our knowledge of that nectar of the gods. FotoFavor was there in full-force making sure to catch those candid moments of debauchery.

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The shining star of the evening was the freshest fare this side of the border. As Taco Ocho brought out more and more tacos and tostadas, it became increasingly more difficult to decide which was our favorite flavor. From the Latin Love (beef, black beans, and plantains) to the Cabo Fish (grilled or fried fish, jicama slaw, and a yummy cream sauce) – just like the tacos – we were stuffed full of goodness!

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Not to worry, we made sure to crown a King or Queen of Karaoke for the night. After a very tough competition, Geoff, went home with the highly coveted Margarita Cup of Madness! Singing songs from the best of them, he had a voice worthy of a swoon (sigh). Congrats, Geoff!

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Check out reviews from guests, FotoFavor shots, and more shots of the evening here. Thank you again, Dallas Yelp, for creating yet another unforgettable evening. Until next time, I'll SYOY!

-Frances G

Yelp Dallas Community Manager

 

August 24, 2011

Yelp Brooklyn in Bed/Stuy: Time to Do or Dine

Posted by peter d.

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It's Brooklyn (read: we go hard). So even though some people might have cowered under their desk for hours afterward (this guy), like Sarah B says, "There was no way in hell an earthquake was going to keep my ass from showing up at this event." Because last night the best of Brooklyn Yelp took a [fine] dive into Do or Dine.

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You might've heard tell of this avant-garde eatery as a result of their foie gras doughnuts, but there's much more on this menu that's worth a walk down Bedford Ave. Justin, George and the rest of the pabulum professionals in the kitchen put out a stellar spread for the Yelp Elite, including deviled E666s topped with baby octopus, a wonderful wedge salad, their tender, fatty lamb breast and the coup de grace: a whole suckling pig. Take it from Ryan B: "This event is definitely going to be near the top of my "Tastiest Food Adventures of My Life" list.

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21st Amendment provided their badass Back in Black IPA to get the party started, and Coors kept it going along with the Calypso Cup, a delicious pisco cocktail courtesy of Do or Dine FOH man Luke's lovely wife. A huge thank you goes out to her and the rest of their staff for welcoming the Yelp Elite with open arms. One thing is sure: this spot specializing in fine diving (the very best in unique drunkfood) is doing big things over in the Stuy, and I'll see you back there VERY soon.

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Whether or not you made it out, be sure to check out the pictures (courtesy of Ben of LozoPhoto) and the reviews!

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SYOY,
Meaty Petey and the rest of the NYC Yelp Team

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August 23, 2011

Yelp Manchester's Summer Stunner

What a way to end the week. On Sunday at the height of summer, a huge horde of Yelp Manchester enthusiasts descended upon Stockport’s gorgeous Victorian Market Hall to browse some rather different stalls at our very first Open Party.

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They came empty-walleted, as these wares were there to be sampled, savoured and spoken about. Yelp’s Summer Stunner guests enjoyed tasty treats from no less than ten food and drink sponsors from around the Greater Manchester area.

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There was an iced down barrel of Vitamin Water bottles to quench thirsts (which was emptied within minutes), but for those in the mood for something stronger, Brockmans Gin (made with ten botanicals), expertly crafted into fresh strawberry cocktails or cloudy lemonade coolers, was just the ticket. Meanwhile, nobody could resist the sheer volume of Barefoot Wine on offer with whites, rosés, reds and even dessert wines to die for. Both came accompanied by friendly faces, knowledgeable staff and a plethora of informative material including Barefoot schwag bags!

'Can we do it all again tomorrow Em, can we?' asked Lee Z. Now that'd be spoiling you...

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The Market Hall paid host to delicious nibbles including innovative push-up cakepops from Dukinfield's Stuart Thornley Cake Design, spicy Thai fishcakes with sweet chilli sauce and fresh coriander courtesy of Siam Orchid Catering, truffles of many varieties a La Chocolatier of the Royal Exchange Theatre Arcade, light crisp and colourful English Rose Bakery macaroons, savoury polenta muffin bites and gazpacho shots from Little Bird Catering, sundaes and cake slabs from Northern Quarter new kid on the block Home Sweet Home, and city centre business district Spinningfields and leafy rural Poynton went head-to-head as part of a friendly cupcake contest between Hey Little Cupcake! and The Butterfly Cupcakery.

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The Manchester Twittersphere went cataclysmic mere minutes after the event. Emmapple33 enthused, ‘Mmmmm cakes and loved the gin ;) thanks’. VanessaThirsk ‘had a great time at the foodie fair in Stockport,’ and MartinBain ‘really enjoyed the event at Stockport Market. Good food, good drink and met some great people. Thanks!’ Sarzg ‘loved @LittleBirdFood’s gazpacho and prawn and dill canapés – delish!’

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Gabi S wanted 'to say thank you for organising this lovely event that helped me discover divine Brockmans and Stuart Thornley Cake Design! I also loved the Barefoot Rose wine (very crisp and fruity) and the delicious brownies from Home Sweet Home!' Brand new Manchester Elite Arsheen Q found 'great food, lovely people and a sweet vibe at the lovely Yelp Summer Stunner at Stockport. Discovered gems like Home Sweet Home, Little Bird, Hey Little Cupcake and La Chocolatier! Will be making a trip to Home Sweet Home soon to delight in all their cakes and malkshakes. Oh and Stuart Thornley Cake Design had the yummiest cake pops I have tasted. Soft and melt in your mouth!'

But if anyone needed a rest after all that, there was Mancopoly to be played – yes, you guessed it, Monopoly: The Manchester Edition.

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And this event summary would be far from complete if we neglected to mention the awesome Screen Stockport, who talked all things film and video to our enraptured attendees, and captured the most amazing video of the Summer Stunner above. It's an utter delight – do watch it. And don't miss their independent film fest on Saturday the 17th of September!

(Watch out for that Yelp-inspired and colourfully eye-catching bunting draped all around... if you want your own, you'll have to take it up with Bunting Queen. And boy, did Harrison Edwards take some stupendous snaps for us.)

We'll leave the last word to the delightful Kelly F: 'Wow – what an event, massive congratulations to the organisers and the stall holders. It almost seemed a shame to eat such beautifully presented food. A special mention needs to go to Home Sweet Home for their amazing Carrot Cake Sundae.

'Thank you Yelp for putting on an amazing night, a couple of questions remain... When is the next one? And where can I sign up to it?' Well Kelly, until then let's keep an eye on that Talk page, don't forget to read the reviews here, have a gander at the pics on Flickr... and aside from that, we'll SYOY.

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Love, cakes and a far from maudlin Mancunian musical soundtrack...

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(flagged by our super Yelp ex-pat Kevin L, and Leeds and Edinburgh counterparts Rowena H and Jenny L)

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Denver Yelp's Midsummer Night's Dream!

On a balmy Saturday evening 500 yelpers and their guests gathered at Eden to celebrate the sizzling Yelp's Midsummer Night's Dream! Guests explored the beautiful labyrinth of a venue, discovering a forest of fun, food, and merriment around every corner.

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Plenty of eats abounded including decadent waffles with fresh cream from Waffle Brothers, tasty sandwiches from The Uber Sausage, sweet and savory treats from Route 40 Argentinian Grille, vegetarian fare from Eden, pork belly sliders and mahi mahi wontons from Rialto Cafe, a wide variety of samples from Whole Foods - Capitol Hill, Kind Bars, soft serve ice creams from KD Supply courtesy of Hockenbergs, and alcohol infused mini cupcakes from Yours Truly Cupcake.


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Our DJ, the Postman kept the tunes bumping on the dance floor and the music was so irrestible that even one yelper on cruches had to bust a move! All that heat left yelpers with some seriously dry throats. Luckily the folks over at Funkwerks, Wynkoop Brewing Company, Craveira Wines, Platinum Vodka, Honest Tea, and SoBe were on hand to quench the thirsts of yelpers.

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No midsummer night is complete without a bevy of whimsical entertainment! Yelpers received airbrush tatooes, henna, and face painting from Fanciful Faces, pyschic readings from Andye Murphy, Rock 'N Roll Shaman and Wade Wilson Insights, watched magic performed by Shawn Preston from Open The Trapdoor Entertainment, got tinsel put in their hair from Salon Utopia, and clowned around in the photo booth by Adam Russell Photography all while surrounded by beautiful floral arrangements courtesy of Alan Perry Floral.

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Make sure that you check out the rest of the photos of the evening and from the photo booth, read over the reviews of the event, or chime in on Talk about the event! Plus, we have this fantastic video of highlights for you to watch thanks to SWaT Production.

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As the bard wrote himself, "parting is such sweet sorrow" but until I see you again I'll be sure to SYOY (See You On Yelp)!

Tiffany N

Your Denver Yelp Community Director

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Providence Elites' Amazing Adventure In Wonderland!

Posted by Hilary Henning

The Yelp Providence Elite fell down the rabbit hole this past Saturday while 'Yelping in Wonderland' at beautiful Aspire in Downcity!

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Elite gathered on the patio and munched on scrumptious Wonderland-themed treats shelled out by the gracious servers who Carly B found "had a sense of humor while sailing the goods through the crowd." The Giant Cheese Flowers (stuffed & fried squash blossoms), The Walrus's Guests (littlenecks on the half shell), and Un-Meat Burgers (beet and quinoa sliders) prepared by the talented, adventurous & charming Chef Gregory Kohl "were amazing" drools Eric P. The tempting and refreshing 'Drink Me' cocktails were flowing all night, and with names like Absolut Alice, The Oak and Coke, and The Mad Hatter, who could resist? Certainly not Clara L, who found them to be "really creative and delicious."

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Stacey Doyle joined in the merriment while snapping away and caught all the mad-ness on film, so be sure to check out all the photos on the Yelp Flickr page!

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The Elite hammed it up and jumped in the photobooth courtesy of the amazing ShutterBooth Rhode Island to pose for some crazy pics in all their costumed glory.

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Accompanied by the other-worldly music of Spogga, which Kisha T found "refreshingly brilliant" and Jennifer H "couldn't help but move to", Elite saw the Red Queen, were taunted by the White Rabbit, and (in the name of the Caterpillar) could even indulge in a hookah pipe!

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By the end of the evening Marcy L was "seeing pink-and-black Cheshire, rabbits with clocks, Mad Hatters, and Alice galore...Great time. Great people. Great venue." Couldn't have said it better myself, kid! "The night just flew by" for Lucy G, and before she knew it, she "was back to being ordinary again... DARN IT!"

Until next time... see you on the other side of the rabbit hole!

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- Hilary H

Yelp Providence Community Manager

August 22, 2011

Vegas Elites Meet And Grill

Posted by Misti Yang

Just when we thought the summer couldn't get any hotter, Yelp Las Vegas Elites gathered for the Meet and Grill at Yagyu, a sizzling afternoon of delectable eats and generous hospitality that left Lucy E declaring, "It is good to be a Yelp Elite." Yes, Lucy, it is.

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Elites were diviied up into tables with their own private grills and a set of Yelp fans to keep cool. They "broke the ice" with some "Would You Rather..." questions, and then it was time for a start to finish tasting through the greatest hits of Yagyu's menu washed down with some icy cold beers from their 32-degree beer kegs!

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The feast got started with wakame soup, chicken kara-age and kimchi fried rice and went straight into a tender, juicy meat fest of pork belly, kalbi and rosu. Yagyu really put the "meat" into the meet and grill! Or as Mike H summarizes, "There was so much meat provided at this event, I forgot what a vegetable was!" There was lychee sorbet for a sweet finish. Plus, Yagyu was kind enough to give every yelper a gift bag of Yagyu goodies with everything from a swanky tumbler to baggage tags and coupons.

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"We were treated like Kings and Queens," Niki H happily reports! To read more about the lives of royalty, visit the reviews here. Special thanks to Anthony M for capturing the good times, more to come on Flickr.

Until we meat again...

Misti Y

Your Friendly Las Vegas Community Manager

Save A Horse, Ride A SacTown Yelper!

Posted by Alex L

The Sacramento Yelp Community came with faux six guns a-blazin' to Yelp's Wild West Showdown on Saturday! Cowpokes from far and wide literally took over the Cordova Restaurant Casino, the "classiest card room and gourmet restaurant in Northern California!"

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from Top Hand Ranch and hay stacks from Bradhsaw Feed & Supply while waiting to get checked-in, making the inevitable line we've all come to expect at open parties less of an issue and more of the perfect photo opp! A $5 suggested donation went to Horses, Hope, and Healing, a 100% volunteer program that provides a positive environment for young people by connecting them with horses that were often formerly abused or neglected. They facilitated the wrist band process, allowing for a faster check-in and giving them the opportunity to directly interact with everyone, resulting in over $800 raised (see, horses really were saved)!

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Once inside, the showdown became a hoedown, as our hosts generously wrangled up quite the evening of booze, food, gaming, and o.k. corraling! The boot stompin' tunes were provided by Sacramento Banjo Band. These fellas really know how to get busy on the banjo! There was also a nifty country soundtrack and a projection of classic western flicks assembled by videographer Jason Vetterli for additional flare.
 

And what would a western event be without a good old gun draw? Modernized, of course, in the form of beer pong on the patio! It was a bit of a stretch, but far better than broken beer bottles and ruffians swinging from the chandeliers.

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went all out with a decked-out staff and $5 gambling vouchers for all attendees to try their luck at games like Blackjack, Texas Hold 'Em, Pai Gow and Baccarat... one of the non-profit volunteers even won $1,000! Cowboys and girls were busting at the Wrangler jean seams with complimentary nibbles like chicken fingers, fries, potato skins, potstickers and pork sliders, and a seemingly endless supply of suds from Olympia. As to not overwhelm the bar, an entire room was transformed into a Bacardi lover's dream, where the Bacardi gals showed off their newest grape flavor and mixed up a lovely coconut/pineapple concoction to boot!

You can't have a showdown without a way to capture the memories. That job was accomplished by the lovable Photostudio29 and Encore Photobooths, the latter of which provided an incredibly popular corral for folks to wrangle up sepia-colored nostalgic prints of themselves!

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Yvonne N sums it all up: "This event put Sacramento on the Yelp map!! It's safe to say that out of towners will probably be making their way to Sac for our events soon! I would like to commend Sacramento YELPERS because we have definitely recruited a strong, intimate community!"

Think she's a lyin' scoundrel? Check out the reviews and photos!

Until next time...happy trails!
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Yelp Sacramento Community Manager

Magical Macarons and Marvelous Wine at Muka

Yelp Elites got intimate and cozy at Jean-Luc's Muka - this past Wednesday. Escaping the quickly approaching San Francisco fog, yelpers were able to retreat to an undergound magically sweet lair full of marvelous macarons and wondrous wine.

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Rebekah T. adored the intimate space and the way that it allowed people to mingle from cocktails to dinner. Her and her father were captivated by "the black and white movie playing in the softly lit background." Catherine O. is still salivating over Muka's famous "flavor blasted, juicy burgers," while Jay H. swooned over the decadent array of  "beautiful little dessert macarons in different flavors, such as chocolate, passion fruit, mango, coconut, coffee and strawberry."

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Attendees were able to partake in Claypool Cellars' 2008 Russian River Purple Pachyderm Pinot Noir and their 2009 Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedré blend. Les Claypool describes the Pinot as a "moderate amount of French oak and some whole cluster fermentation that sits silky in the mouth with a finish that glides away with elegant authority." Claypool Cellars' unique Sebastapol tasting room caboose opens up to the public this upcoming Saturday, August 27th!

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Phil H captured the vibe of Muka eloquently: "Muka is the perfect spot for a happy hour with co-workers, or a date with the hipster girl you met at Fourbarrel, or some late night grub. Do yourself a favor and give Muka a shot, you can thank me later. "

Check out all of the fantastic PHOTOSTUDIO29 pictures  here and read about the evening here.

August 21, 2011

Charlotte Elites Get Groovy with Piece, Love & Pie!

Posted by Nicole W

It could have been just another Saturday night at a pizza joint but Yelp Charlotte Elites took a psychedlic turn when they entered The Pizza Peel for a groovy time!

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Hungry bellies were fed with the most fabulous of pizza bars ever imagined. Each Elite designed their very own creation from more than twenty different toppins and a myriad of sauces. While everyone's pie looked mighty fine, Eric D is convinced that Tonya P's is one for the books: "Red sauce, mozzarella, red onion, chopped jalapeno, cilantro, and an olive oil drizzle. Her combo should be a menu item!"

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And of course, it wouldn't be a party without some luscious libations, provided by Empire Distributors, Inc. For the beer lovers, seemingly endless bottles of Sam Adams, Sam Adams Light and Sierra Nevada flowed freely. And for the winos, palates were pleased by Red Knot Chardonnay and Fog Head Pinor Noir. Cathy B loved the "fantastic Pinor Noir" while Jimmy D said that both the chardonnay and pinot paired perfectly with the pie."

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Speaking of palates...and palettes...The Wine Palette guided the guests through a far out painting session of peel painting. We have some super talented Elites in the house! Piles o' polyester did not get in the way of some serious talent.

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The evening concluded with prizes doled out to the dyn-o-mite dressed Chad E and Dion L (Dion-A Ross)! Enjoy those lava lamps, folks!

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All of these good times were augmented by the groovy tunes provided by the talented Lindy Dobbins. Everyone dug it! Thanks to all of our fantastic sponsors and to Ms. Tonya P from Poprock Photography for capturing all the action – be sure to check out all the photos on our Flickr page! Comon' on you cool cats, give us your opinion and review the event!

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Peace to y'all & SYOY!

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-Nicole W., Your Polyester-Clad Community Manager

August 20, 2011

Honolulu Yelpers Come Pley With Yelp

Posted by Emi H


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After the kiddies had been tucked safely at home in their beds, 600+ yelpers bounced up to show their playful selves at Honolulu's biggest event to date, Come Pley With Yelp, at the Hawaii Children's Discovery Center

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Generously giddy yelpers lined up to stuff the donation box with dollar bills raising over $2,000 for the museum's Rainforest Adventure Program, which aims to teach kids about conservation. We then moved on to flipping out over hilarious costumes, signs and the animated backdrops from Flipbooks Hawaii.

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PF Chang's lettuce wrappers tickled taste buds while grownup tootsie rolls (aka savory hand rolls) from Hanapa'a Sushi Company gave us something to hold tight to while we ordered up ice cold Aloha Beer. "Finally, a local dark beer that I like!" shouted a gleeful Monica L.

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Outside, on the lanai, The Starfish Guy, Evolve1, EdyG and Phatees painted colourful cartoons while Mystical Sounds and DJ Maleko from Star 101.9 pumped tunes into the fairytale fantastic setting sun.

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Adult bevvies were a moving and a shaking at Tower 10's cocktail bar and a delish deconstructed Elvis dessert. Designated drivers were tempted towards cranberry-pomegranate or mango Honest Tea and Waialua Sodas.

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Camille's on Wheels comforting meatloaf + potatoes and mango pies were to "dieeeee for" according to Lauren T. And jalapeno and spinach flavored poppers from Paul's Poppers were crispy and spicy, just the way Jennifer L likes em. 

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Meanwhile, amongst the police office, pet shop and the movie theater of the museum's child size city, delicious delights were waiting to be discovered. Generous servings of lotus leaf wrapped mochi rice from Jade Dynasty and Mac 24-7's mac and cheese, reminded yelpers of pleydates from days of yore

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While grape & lychee juice balls from C.H.E.F.S bested juice boxes any day! And the best to come from a puppet theater yet? Mini mango cupcakes presented by Fairy Cakes through the curtained door! And no one could say not to eating their veggies with Whole Foods on hand, dishing up lush green kale salads.

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Of course, no pleyful party would be complete without the right whimsical look. Lena's Fab Brows primped and shaped brows while Heaven on Earth Salon and Day Spa dolled up nails and kneaded out the knots.

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Face painting and glitter tattoos were accompanied by balloon art all whirled together by the fanciful team at Colorwhims. Once yelpers were dolled up they had no choice but to jump inside the magical StarShotz Photo Booth for some snappy snaps. 

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Reading, writing (but no arithmetic) of all of the five star reviews live here and find your favorite faces on the official Flickr page (with more party pics from Shoots! Photography and star photo ops by StarShotz)!

Til' we PLEY again...

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Emi H

Community Manager

Yelp Honolulu

August 19, 2011

Yelp Austin's Evening With Finn & Porter

Posted by kelly stocker

Yelp's evening at Finn & Porter was an embarassment of riches. Three years ago we came into this space and it's still the gold standard for events. Turns out they've done it again - aweing Yelp elites with the abundance of gorgeous food and drinks. And speaking of gorgeous, we kept this elite event seductively simple, asking yelpers just to wear their night on the town best. Lisa M's poetic review? "Fancy dresses hang forlorn in darkened closets like a box of long-forgotten sparklers.  Waiting to light up a room, a space, a face.  All they need is occasion. Yelp's Evening with Finn and Porter was just such an occasion."

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The abundance of libations was downright bacchanalian. The event featured Coruba Rum poured with a strong hand into beautiful bevvies like "Under the Mango Tree." This pretty little concoction of Mango rum, St. Germaine, fresh lemon and club soda was a total crowd fave. Those who prefer to stay on the hoppy side of life opted for one of the four Independence Brews. Local love for those guys and their Austin Amber, Stash IPA, Freestyle Wheat and Brown Bottle Ale. Of course, what better to wash a drink down with than a delicious massage from Tower Spa. Relaxation: Complete.

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The food, glorious food. There's nothing yelpers love more than trying new delectables and Finn & Porter brought their A++++ game to the table. Some of the featured bites included smoked escolar and watermelon, spiced jumbo lump crab cake, seared beef tenderloin, steamed sea bass, sugar cane brined pork belly & banana beignets. I'm going into a food coma just thinking about it. Jesse D is sure of one thing: "I'm certain the term food porn was coined on a night like this."

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You'd think this was all a magical dream until you take a moment to read through the glowing reviews and to check out all of the pictures from the lovely and talented Erin Molloy. Megan L"Erin Molloy rocked our faces off with her always engaging photobooth skills as well as casual snaps here and there." Erin's pics capture the moments and the food and the Yelp love perfectly. Tasha B's only complaint? "That it had to come to an end." Thanks again to our fabulous sponsors. And until the next time, see you on Yelp!

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August 18, 2011

Yelp's Tequila Takedown at Reposado

Posted by Vivek S

One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, Yelp! Last Thursday Reposado Bar was overflowing with Elite Yelpers looking to wet their whistle on the Ossington Strip! The theme was Decidedly Southerern (with a twist of lime) and Yelpers definitely dressed the part. Noel D couldn't get enough of "the never-ending amount of hot girls in plaid shirts." ¡Caliente!

For tequila-totaling Torontonians Reposado is the spot to tickle your tastebuds. (Try saying that after a few shots.) Hana B had her shot glass at the ready. "I love, love, love Reposado, especially their patio in the summer to catch up with friends and grab a drink or two." The long and narrow space was perfect for yelpers to catch up with old friends and meet some new ones.

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Of course, a few cocktails can't hurt the mingling. "It may be a small venue," noticed Nikki C, "but this tiny place packs a mean punch -- and serves up a damn fine margarita!" Tequila was the talk of the evening. Elites were sweet on the sour Reposado Margarita with Hornitos Tequila and fresh lime juice. For Lauren M the "Paloma was my fave: Sauza tequila, grapefruit soda with a splash of lime. Yes please!" Meanwhile Jon O "spent most of my time on the Tres Generaciones tequila (neat, of course)" the natural choice for a 'quila connoisseur.

And for the tequila-timid (you had a bad experience in college, we know...) Steam Whistle Beer was there to save the day. Cheers!

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As usual, yelpy shenanigans went down at Paul Hillier's photobooth. There were moustaches, sombreros and a piñata that had Lilliane G's empathy. "The poor piñata - probably best that it had been destroyed, otherwise it would be in therapy." Who can resist the lure of a pink unicorn?

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Capping off the event was an amazing appearance by house band The Reposadists, and Elites got a free CD for checking in early. Hilary S is their newest fan:  "Did anyone listen to the CD yet? Because it's eargasmic."

Daniel O put it best in eBay terms with his "kudos to the staff for the amazing service A+++." Top marks to the crew at Reposado: Sandy, Catherine, Andrea, Jan, Jason and Matt. Thanks again to our sponsors Sauza, Hornitos, and Tres Generaciones tequila; Steam Whistle Beer; and Paul Hillier for event photography. The full gallery is available on the Yelp Toronto Flickr page and you can read all the reviews of the event here!

And a final note of appreciation to Brooklyn Community Manager Peter D who visited our fair city to lend a yelpin' hand. Nothing can come between us, Peter. Except maybe a pink unicorn.

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Hasta la vista,

Vivek S

Toronto Community Manager

August 17, 2011

Yelp's Up North Affair at Republic in Minneapolis

Posted by Annie D

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Dontcha know? Minneapolis and St. Paul Elites broke out their best Minnesotan accents this week for Yelp's Up North Affair at Republic!

A high concentration of jorts and plaid took over this Seven Corners gastropub, fitting right in with the taxidermy on the walls, the locally-focused menu and the dark, rich woodwork of the bar.

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Matty O'Reilly and Rick Guntzel, the two dapper gents who own Republic, took Minnesota nice to a whole new level of hospitality for the yelpers. With Wild Acres turkey burgers, shrimp ceviche, tenderloin crostinis, veggie sliders, fresh made guacamole (with fresh chips too), crostinis with a date reduction and manchego cheese and more, Republic's generous, talented chef knows no boundary (waters) when it comes to his kitchen. After tasting everything, Summer L says, "The food tickled all of my happy spots. Especially the pulled pork with cherries and jalapenos—oh dear, I could have eaten a bucket of them."

Just when it seemed they had finally let up, they sent out housemade chocolate cupcakes for dessert... and all of the sudden, everybody found a bit more room in their satisfied tummies. Anna M found out from one of the servers that the cupcakes are just $2 on the regular menu. Score.

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In these Northwoods, there was nary a lite beer in sight. Seeing as Republic's list features only solid suds, Elites sipped on the good stuff: craft beer courtesy of Odell Brewing. Todd Ewing from Odell even stopped by to say hello and enjoy a brew or two with everybody!

The Republic bartenders also mixed Montreal Mules, an original cocktail made with the new Spicebox Whisky, their housemade limeade and ginger beer. Melissa L called it "spicy, refreshing and the perfect mid-summer drink."

Elites also popped in and out of Shutterbooth's lovely photo booth, which was so awesome and roomy that we probably could have fit an adult moose in there with us.

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The big surprise of the evening? Up-and-coming Americana songsters Bethany Larson & The Bee's Knees came in especially for Yelp to perform! This darling local band is worth keeping an ear on, and you can listen and buy their album online or at one of their many live shows this fall (calendar here).

Still need to know more about this party? View the reviews on Yelp and all the lovely photos from Alanna Olson Photography. Wanna know more about the Elite Squad? Check it.

Until next time,
Annie D.

Twin Cities Yelp Community Manager

August 16, 2011

Yelp's BBQ & Band Tees Elite Event @ Radius

Rockin' everything from NKOTB (what about BSB?!) pins to faded Journey tees, San Francisco yelpers proudly sported old-school band T-shirts to pay tribute to the BBQ and Band Tees Yelp Elite Event at Radius last evening.

Radius is a locally sourced California restaurant, which uses all local and organic ingredients in their dishes, from within about a 100 radius of their restaurant. Their list of high quality purveyors is impressive, and includes local stand-outs such as oysters from Hog Island Oyster Company, Della Fattoria Bread, and Katz Olive Oil.

From the moment that yelpers walked into the well-lit space - they could smell the fragrant bliss of hot food made with profound time and passion. Susie W marveled at Radius' interior: "Each surface combines eco and rustic in a way that made me want to touch everything," while George A was more partial to  "the chicken wings (the BBQ sauce was YUMMY!) and the peach dressing adorned salad." 

To accompany the bold spread of food, yelpers sipped on tall glasses of Trumer Pils, and later in the evening, Christian Baker (one of the co-owners of Radius) officially welcomed yelpers to the space and provided some more background on Radius' pursuit to maintain a strictly locavore restaurant. Karen T was particularly moved by his dedication to stay loyal to local: "When the owner made his speech I literally almost cried, he was so heartfelt and obviously poured his heart and soul into this restaurant. "

Incredible food paired with delicious local beer and some good ol' band tribute T-shirts in the midst of a perfect San Francisco evening made for a truly glorious event. You can peep some of the pics here (more photos to come from the official photographer of the night Chester) and read all of the rockin' reviews here.

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Edmonton's Passport To East Whyte Ave Party at Wunderbar

Posted by Brittany

To celebrate Edmonton's first major promo, Passport to East Whyte Ave, the Edmonton Elites partied with drinks, eats, and swag from the participating businesses along the 'ave!

Local music venue and late-night beer destination Wunderbar squeezed in a pack of Elites in between a busy schedule of Fringe shows. The Elites did the same for Wunderbar, too! When things got too hot outside, we had to spill out onto the patio, too!

Local businesses participating in Passport to East Whyte Ave such as The Paint Spot, Red Pony, Alhambra Books, The Paint Spot, Flirt Cupcakes, Acoustic Music Shop, and The Traveling Tickle Trunk came out in full force to show off their awesomeness to the yelpers and give them a sneak peek of the week-long deals!

 

August 15, 2011

Get Your Yelp On Video Podcast 3.0: Iso from forageSF

Beginning with the affable Ike Shehadeh of renowned Castro sandwich joint Ike's Place, then tapping into the personal side of Brandon Arnovick of Mission Minis fame, Yelp's Community Director, Ruggeford H. Joesten III, began a video Podcast series dipping into the lives behind the Emerald City gates of some of San Francisco's most interesting local figures. Sticking with the previous models, in the third installment of the Get Your Yelp On Video Podcast, we meet arguably one of the most interesting folks in all of San Francisco, Iso Rabins of forageSF. forageSF is a wild foods community that began in early 2008 with the mission to connect Bay Area dwellers with the wild food that is all around them with wild edible food walksUnderground dinners, and the SF Underground Market. So without further adieu, kick your feet up and learn about all of the edible wonders that likely exist right in your own back yard here

 

Yelp's Motor City Bocce Bonanza!

Posted by Annette

Last Tuesday Yelp Detroit hosted a sweet sports tournament we dubbed the Motor City Bocce Bonanza, an elite event hosted by Buddy's Pizza, a staple of Detroit eats for 65 years. It was a true celebration of Buddy’s and Detroit as we were stuffed to the gills with their brand new Motor City Pizza Collection, a collection named after 4 cultural landmarks around town including The Detroit Zoo (Motor City cheese blend, fresh basil and pine nuts), The Parade Company (Motor City cheese blend, carrots and grape tomatoes), The Henry Ford (Motor City cheese blend, red onion, seasoned ground beef, smoked bacon, bleu cheese), and The Detroit Institute of Arts (Motor City cheese blend, spinach and artichoke blend, capers, and roasted tomatoes). We were even lucky enough to get some of their exclusive Kid Rock's Badass Detroiter Pizza, a Kid Rock approved ‘za made with his signature BadAss Beer baked into the crust and topped with cheese and pepperoni! With tasty eats like that it’s easy to see why the City of Detroit officially named June 23rd Buddy’s Pizza Day!

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Of course no pizza party is complete with out a little booze and there was plenty to go around thanks to plentiful bottles of the Kid’s BadAss Beer along with Hpnotiq Harmonie cocktails (a blend of premium French vodka, infused natural fruits, flowers and a touch of Cognac) for those looking for a sweeter treat.

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The rain held off and let our ten teams take each other on in a killer bocce tournament in Buddy’s awesome (and free!) bocce court. Team Mo'Bocce (featuring elite yelper Marissa H and her partner Joe) were victorious and took home prizes including VIP tickets to the Detroit International Jazz Festival and tickets to an 826Michigan Eat Your Words Fundraiser Dinner. Runners up elite Maria B and her bocce pard’ner Jon got take home versions of Bocce and Jenga, a game we had in full effect--giant style--inside the restaurant. Add a photo-booth and plenty of friendly competition and we had a blast!

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Many thanks again to the crew at Buddy’s Pizza for being so welcoming and wonderful! The food was delicious and the service was stellar! Big ups to BadAss Beer and Hpnotiq Harmonie for the tasty beverages we more than enjoyed. Props to Franco PR for helping organize such a fine affair and our bocce tourney judge extraordinaire Becky H. Oh, and much thanks to the help from Yelp Brand Ambassadors Heidi M and Chris T at the event and the sweet photos from Doug Coombe (which you can check out over here). If you were unable to make it you can read what the guests were saying in their reviews coming in here and if you were there please take a moment to share your thoughts on the evening.

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And last but not least, a special shout out to all our fab yelpers who came out ready to rumble. You guys are helliaciously awesome and you keep making our Yelp events (as Jonny P puts it) “better & better.” Here’s to plenty more fun in the coming months!

Keep on killin' it in Detroit Rock City,

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Annette J

Community Manager Detroit

St. Louis Enjoys its First Elite VIP Dinner @ Truffles

Posted by Aimee

Ahhhh, Elite events... does it get any better? Wait, what's this... an Elite VIP Dinner? Three courses? Quality time with fellow Elites over sophisticated and unique dishes? A champagne toast? Alright, now we're talking. St. Louis certainly knows how to wine and dine in style, and Truffles Restaurant in Ladue is much to thank for that.

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After enjoying some cocktails at the bar, 24 of our finest Elites were sat and presented with their choice of wine. Whether it was a pinot grigio, a spicy red California zin, or a bold and flavorful cabernet, the conversation was flowing and excitement built as we waited to be presented with our first course. When it came, it certainly did not disappoint and that's when we knew we were in for a long, incredible evening and some full stomachs. For appetizers, we noshed on some bone marrow with pistachios, capers, crostone and herb salad (well, some of us noshed on bone marrow... some of us weren't quite brave enough, including your fearless CM. Turns out I'm not so fearless after all!) Tomato salad, mussels with acqua pazzo, fennel, preserved lemon and crostone, and grand salumi were also served. Sigh...

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Next up was the main course! During the serving process, chefs brought out the whole roasted chicken and snapper for us to see, and we also got to watch as they put on the finishing touches to each dish. The whole roasted chicken was prepared with rosemary salsa verde, tomato and fennel panzanella, and the roasted snapper with walnut and radish gremolata and summer bean salad. Naples Ragu was also served, which came with salsiccia, beef, veal, fennel, onions and casarecce pasta. I should have kept track of how many "Oh my God's" and "wow's" I heard coming from our side of the room.

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Just when we thought we couldn't eat another ounce of food, it was time for dessert, and what a fine way to end the dinner it was! Up first was the panna cotta with honey rock melon, petite sorrel and pistachios. Next was the peaches and cream, which easily was the crowd favorite! Blackberries, lavender ladyfingers and mascarpone topped off this star of the show. Lastly, a delightful plate of house-made cookies was delivered to each table and we were officially in a sugar-induced coma nothing short of heaven on earth.

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The evening ended with a champagne toast at the bar, where were toasted to good friends, our love of local businesses, and the extravagant dinner we were lucky enough to enjoy. Huge thanks goes to Truffles Restaurant for blowing us away with their generosity and incredible dinner menu and presentation, and also to DMGillespie Photography for capturing it all on camera. This night was one for the books!

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Aimee K
Yelp St. Louis CM

Yelp Orlando Connects @ Urban Rethink

Posted by Colleen Burns

Orlando is bursting with creativity and innovation. What helps us keep those vibes moving is our community and Urban ReThink is a location where we can all come together, meet, mingle, work and play! Our Orlando Elite crew met up Friday evening to kick off the weekend right. We took over the Urban Rethink in Orlando's historic Thornton Park and threw a yelptastic gathering of our own. 

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We started the evening off with a fun community ice-breaker that had everyone running around asking eachother questions so they could complete their scavenger sheet for a chance to be entered into the drawing of the evening. We figured out who knew what FUC in Yelp terms meant (Funny, Useful, Cool! of course!), who had 9 siblings (Paul L's wife, Agnes) and who has tons of lists on Yelp! 

The gentlemen of Lazy Afternoon kept the energy alive and moving with their amazing tunes as well as giving away tickets to the upcoming CMYE: Lazy Evening with Rich Medina. It was a funk-tastic treat for all of us. 

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Noshing nibblers will be provided by in-house cafe: The Virgin Olive. From their signature hummus and sammies to some special watermelon gazpacho. For our sweet tooths we had the pleasure of having mini bites of deliciously, savory cult classic favorites from YumYum Cupcake Truck

For fantastic shots of the intimate Elite event our fabulous photographerJim White was mingling with the yelpers and captured the evening with shots of all sorts. Check all the photos out here. If you want to catch more of the event buzz, hop over to the event listing to read all about the excitement from your fellow yelpers. 

Until next time,

SYOY,

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Colleen B.

 

August 14, 2011

Pittsburgh's First Elite Event: Yelp's Totally Twisted Affair @ Olive or Twist

Posted by Rachel Carlson

Yelp Pittsburgh's very first Elite Party packed the intimate upstairs lounge at downtown hot spot Olive or Twist with the Burgh's finest Elite Squad this side of the Three Rivers! Candlelight and tunes filled the room as Elite's got first intro's out of the way so they could really get down to bizzy, hittin' the bar!

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Yelpers were able to sample from four different signature drinks including the Yelptini, Funtini, Pineapple Juseful and Coolberry from Pittsburgh's own Clique Vodka. "Tasty snacks included mini egg rolls, ahi tuna and raw salmon with a spread of sour cream, capers, red onions and little triangles of rye bread" which Tim W felt complimented Yelp's Totally Twisted Affair to a "T."

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The new "Yelp Elite Squad is a lively bunch" obvserved Jarrett H who was excited "to meet many of his Pittsburgh Yelp heros." Amy C joins in the sentiment: "nice to finally meet all the coolest, funniest and most useful Yelpers in the 'burgh." Looks like there's lots of love shared 'round the room!

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See even more fantastic pics courtesy of Aimee DiAndrea Photography and check out what people are saying about this special affair...

Talk to yinz guyz later!

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Pittsburgh Community Manager

 

 

Portland's Elite Lived L'Yelp Life Magnifique @ Bluehour!

Posted by Don Bourassa

C’est magnifique! On Saturday, August 13, 2011, 150 of Portland’s Elite and their lucky guests lived L’Yelp Life Magnifique in Portland’s swankiest digs – Bluehour!  Not since the reign of Louis XIV has a group of folks been treated to such royal decadence!

Jess L SM With the addition of superstar chef Thomas Boyce (formerly of Spago!) to Bluehour’s quintessential French kitchen, this swankatorium is experiencing a culinary revolution. What perfect timing to invite the core of Portland’s Yelp Community in for a taste!

Yelpers were met at the door by tray-bearing Bluehour staff with cocktails forged with Portland’s local House Spirits. The Paradise #2, a mix of Aviation Gin, Peche, orange juice and a dash of Reagan’s bitters, and the Oslo Gimlet, a mix of Krogstad Aquavit and lime, were the refreshments du jour. They went down almost as smooth and fast as the service itself!

Anna P SM But that’s not all that was on tap this fine day. Widmer Brothers Brewing brought down a special batch of Falconer’s IPA, a new release from their Rotator IPA series. This beer is so new, in fact, that this is the first time it’s been consumed in public, and they were nice enough to serve it up to Yelp! To pair with this local brew, Youngberg Hill brought a mighty fine Oregon Pinot Noir – the Youngberg Natasha Block 07 Pinot. A mighty fine vine made this lush, robust red, which turned out to be a perfect pour for the nouvau French cuisine.

Speaking of cuisine, Chef Boyce threw down what must be the most chef-forward Yelp Elite Event spread to date. Passed apps included items such as: crispy lamb belly with apricot compote and ten spice; grilled prime ribeye with bone marrow emulsion; albacore sashimi; wild mushroom pizza with guanciale and braised greens; rapini pizza with garlic, chili and clams; margherita pizza with tomato and basil; bruschetta with fava beans goat ricotta and prosciutto; sweet corn and marscapone tortellini; octopus terrine with spicy marinated daikon, shiso; foie mousse on grilled baguette; grilled lamb chops with tomato and golden-raisin chutney; and beignets with chocolate fondue. Yes, you read that right. All items from the brand new menu at Bluehour.

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There’s no question that between the top-notch food and high-end local beer, wine and spirits, Portland’s Elite were treated to a swank soiree of supreme proportions. This incredible event could not have taken place without the help of friends like Mindy and Dan from Widmer Brothers Brewing; Matt and Christian from House Spirits; Kelly Kerbs and the fine folks at Youngberg Hill Winery; Didier, Karen, Bradley, Bruce and the tremendous staff at Bluehour; Matt D; and of course the Yelp Elite Squad, without whom none of this would be possible.

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Don’t believe me? Check out the 5-star reviews and photos! Haven’t written a review yet? Well what on Earth are you waiting for?

Until next time, SYOY!

--Le Don B.

 

Columbus Says "Ahhh" @ Studio Elements Salon & Spa

Posted by Christina C.

Yelpers kicked back and said "ahhhh" at the latest Columbus Elite party at Studio Elements Salon & Spa.

Yelp's Brews & Beauties Bonanza truly had something for everyone. "This Elite event was nice and relaxed," explains Allie L. "Whether you wanted to eat the tasty food and desserts, have a drink or get pampered (okay I did all three), it was a great time."

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Neighboring restaurant Loops provided a spread of half-gyros and their "famous feta-fire" hummus. (Yes, Meredith R, you guessed correctly!) "It was totally addictive," she confesses. "And I didn't even think that I liked feta cheese. Way to open my mind, Loops!"

Meanwhile, Kristine E had "never seen a hamburger cupcake" let alone devoured one. The mini hamburger cupcakes, mini cheesecakes and root beer float cakes from Diva Desserts were a huge hit! And the Bailey's Mudslides made for a great dessert sidekick - as did the ice cold Elevator beer!

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"As for the pampering" provided by our hosts Studio Elements, Gary K noticed "it was everywhere! While waiting for my massage, I was whisked away by another pamper-er and had my eyebrows waxed – very nice! Then while waiting again for my massage, I was whisked away again for a mani – and for a mini one, they still look great! Finally, I got to my massage – perfect!"

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For those who were uninterested in getting their salon on, the man cave offered snacks and darts, while an action-packed game of Blackjack raged in the side room.

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This event was just the thing Lisa S "needed to start Yelping again!"

Looking for more photos? Check our Flickr page for shots by MNP Photography. And reviews? Read or write your own here!

SYOY,

Christina C

 

August 11, 2011

Yelp Like a Pirate Date Elite Event @ Forbes Island

Why does it take pirates so long to learn the alphabet? Because they can spend years at C!This and a slew of many other oh-so-hilarious jokes were spun throughout the evening, as yelpers sported their finest pirate wear for a magical evening at the Yelp Like a Pirate Yelp Elite Event at the whimiscal Forbes Island.


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Forbes Island is a unique, fantastical floating island (the only one in the world!) with a swanky restaurant, white sand patios, mulitple bars, and incredible views of San Francisco. Alcatraz, the famous lounging sea lions, Coit Tower & the Golden Gate Bridge. In addition to it's superb location, it hosts a catacomb of warm decorated rooms and antiques, real palm trees, a 40ft. Lighthouse and it even underwater dining rooms. It is, as Dustin G. put it so eloquently, "simply enchanting."


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Once being shuttled across the marina to Forbes Island (the only way to get there), yelpers were able to enjoy a gaggle of small vittles including edamame and mushroom pureed crostinis, chicken skewers, lentil samosas, and a wealth of delicious cocktails from Brugal rum. Keane L. was particularly partial to the Extra Viejo, while Julia D. felt like she was transported to a miniature Disneyland through the killer elixirs, which she happily enjoyed in a colorful Adirondack chair while watching the sun set to the west. 


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PHOTOSTUDIO29 captured all of the "epic" pirate fun here and stay tuned to the aaaaaarhay (that's supposed to be array) of reviews here.

Yelp Elites Hit Lebowskis!

Posted by Chris Docherty

Sometimes, there's a bar, well, it's a bar for it's time and place.... Aye and the good folks of Yelp Glasgow hit that bar on Tuesday night for an evening of fine food and perfectly picked matching beers... the bar? Lebowskis. The outcome? Read on partners, read on. (Please feel free to abide at any point during the reading of this post.)

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Stepping in off the streets of Finnieston, what has to be one of the most up and coming areas in Glasogow for pubs, bars, restaurants, cafes and shops (read yelper heaven!), Glasgow's Elites and their lucky guests were welcomed to the fore father of Finnieston bars (that'll be Lebowskis) and promptly served up a wonderful 'sup folks, how's it?' drink by the lovely folks from MolsonCoors. On offer was the 'grrrrr-arrrgh' manly 'Dude' option of the uber refreshing Blue Moon, served with a bog ol' slice of orange, or the pink and fluffy 'Maude' ladies drink taking the shape of a wonderful Kasteel Cru served up with a drop of Passoa and a sprig of red currants. 

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The plan for the evening? Well, the Lebowskis holy trinity (Mo, Graham and Scott) love their grub and more importantly, they love where their grub comes from. Locally sourced and freshly cooked on up on site, the standing menu is already busrting with flavours, quality and enough flavour to make a nihilist crack a smile. But here's the kicker, Tuesday's night of munching was an opportunity for the dudes to fling out a few new additions to the menu.

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If the food was the dude, then the accompanying beer was a Walter Sobchak if ever we've seen one (wait, does that make us Donny??). With each dish, five in all, paired perfectly with an accompanying beer, the night was a true treat in the ol' tastebuds! For those who attended and were wondering the about the line up, here be a quick wee run down (those who missed out can feel free to salivate and burn with envy right about... now!):

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First up was a double whammy of bruschetta brilliance, with a smoked salmon and coriander creme freche number accompanying a tasty wee tomato basil and buffalo mozzarella nibble. This course was perfectly matched with the Belgian-style wheat beer flavours of Bluemoon, with it's hints of both orange and corinader. Next up, the yelpers were treated to a fresh and zingy spicy aubergine with parmigiana and dressed rocket washed down with a glass of Cobra. Third on the line up, it was the an old favorite dressed up and looking pretty as the Lebowskis kitchen served up a quite wonderful (can you tell this was my fave?) mini fish fillet and chunky tat combo on a stick with citrus Tartar sauce. Again this dish was matched up with an old favorite of yours truly in the shape of the light, clean and crisp flavour of Coors Light... but wait! The batter on the fish? Bluemoon batter! Oh hell yeah! Last dish in the sitting was real east meets west flavour fusion as west coast mussels were sent-a-swimming in a wonderful Thai broth, all washed down with a sip of Thailand's finest, Singa, which just seems to fit any Thai flavoured dish. Done... or were we? More to follow!

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With the grub munched and the beers sipped, slurped and savored, it was time for speeches, thank-you's and a word to the wise from the Lebowskis boys. Braving my first 'backie' in a very long time, I was coerced by Mo (one of three) to hop up on his shoulders to make my thank you's, resulting in making this the most memorable 'cheers folks' i've ever taken part in! Next, the lads (Mo & Graham) each took the stage to thank all involved in making the evening such a blinding success, something i'd like again to echo just now. Big thanks again go to everyone who attended the event, from old hats to new bunnets, the people from MolsonCoors who made each dish really stand out with distinction by way of perfect matching to each beer, and of course to the Lebowskis dudes for having the mad squad in for the night. 

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The nights festivities were brought to a scrumptious end as dessert did the rounds in the form of sublime sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce that seemed to be made just to drink with the sweet malt and roasted flavours of our final beer for the evening, the fabulous monikered Doom Bar... of which Lebowskis certainly is not!

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Big thanks again go out to the right honorable Alasdair Watson who provided us with the flantastic photies of the evening, minion Jamie for making sure that all yelpers were name tagged up and my fair wife for making the schwag look like it was laid out by little Yelp angels. The only thing missing from the night was a nice sarsparilla... say friend, you dont have any....

Looking for the photies of the night? Look no further:http://www.flickr.com/photos/yelp/sets/72157627403720274/

Wanna check oot the reviews and maybe add you own:http://www.yelp.co.uk/biz/august-elite-event-lebowskis-glasgow#hrid:ZG9hayme2wxx9OuzNYxogw

Got a memory of the night, something nice to say:http://www.yelp.co.uk/topic/glasgow-august-elite-event-the-fallout

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Chris D

 

August 10, 2011

Manhattan Elites Heated Up CO-OP Food & Drink Last Night!

So fresh and so clean, so chic and sexy. It was hard to believe that temperatures were in the 80s with 90% humidity yesterday as Yelp Elites rolled up to the velvet ropes in front of the Lower East Side's newest destination at the Rivington Hotel, CO-OP Food & Drink.

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Riddled with modern art pieces and boasting top-caliber Chef John Keller (of Le Bernardin, Nobu fame), CO-OP invited Elites for an exclusive, early evening soiree that "was, hands down, the best Elite event Peter C had ever been to." The first of many for him! Donning sexy duds, yelpers mixed, mingled and even made it rain on the dance floor as the DJ spun classics beats.

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The dangerously decadent menu included: CO-OP Chicken Lollipops, CO-OP Roll (Spicy Tuna topped with Rock Shrimp Tempura), Ceviche Tacos, Salmon Tomato Sushi, and Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice. Peter K confirms that everything was just as "melt in your mouth delicious" as it sounds!

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On to the most important part of a party: the drinks! Everyone is still raving about the Pisco Portón Strawberry Margaritas "garnished with cayenne salt which gave the perfect kick" in the butt that George B needed. In addition to those saucy tipples, guests sipped on Spicebox Whiskey on the rocks which got Melanie B and her "accomplice and I ready to break it down" on the dance floor! Just in case yelpers were still thirsty, Lulu B Wines offered heavy pours of their signature Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio from France that kept Phil H "cold and refreshed" on the hot night.

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Big thank you to CO-OP, the super fly sponsors and our fabulous yelpers for droppin' it last night. Be sure to leave your review for the event here and check out the full set of photos here.

Until next time, SYOY!

- Jane K & Yelp NYC

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Yelp Elites In Phoenix Score A Touchdown!

Posted by Lindsey Fosse

Punt, Pass, Touchdown! This week, Yelp Elites were doing all three while they cheered on their favorite college football teams during Yelp's Tailgate at Arcadia Tavern in Phoenix, Arizona. Some forked 'em with the Sun Devils, others Beared Down with the Wildcats and some even quacked with the ducks! But regardless of the team they cheered for, elites laughed and enjoyed one lively party!

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The Arcadia Tavern vintage truck and a larger than life blow-up football player welcomed guests to the popular neighborhood restaurant. Upon arrival, elites and their guests received miniature red footballs, sweatbands and they even had access to facepaint just in case they felt like getting in the yelp spirit a bit more!

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For the hungry, Arcadia Tavern served their delicious dishes of heaping nachos, spinach dip, hummus & pitas, cheeseburger sliders, buffalo chicken sliders and a sampling of their pizza including BBQ Chicken, Margherita, Buffalo Chicken and more! Don't worry though, elites didn't go thirsty with all this food on-hand! Dos Equis, Bacardi and Four Peaks kept the spirits flowing all throughout the night and even threw in some scwhag like special glassware!

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As if the heaps of food weren't enough, yelpers got to know fellow yelpers through Yelp Tailgate bingo! Competitive yelpers in the group competed against one another in live goldfish races, giant jenga, cornhole and beer pong. And during all the festivities, Jack the musician performed popular hits over the mic all while guests mixed and mingled with food, fun and drinks and Zach Ishmael captured it with photography.

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U of A and ASU fans were in the house, so raffle winners walked away with a Wildcat fun pack including a $25 gift card back to Arcadia Tavern, a Sun Devil fun pack including a $25 gift card to Arcadia Tavern and two more $50 gift cards for Arcadia Tavern! And everyone else walked away a winner with $5 Arcadia Tavern bucks to use on a future visit!

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A special thank you goes out to Arcadia Tavern, Dos Equis, Bacardi, Four Peaks, Zach Ishmael and Jack the musician for making the Yelp Tailgate one to remember! Even if you didn't make it to the party, you can still read the reviews here and don't forget to check out the pictures!

 

Until the next homestand, see you on yelp!

Lindsey F

Yelp Phoenix Community Manager

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August 09, 2011

Seattle Yelp's Got Talent!

Posted by Katy

Talent oozes through the pores of the Seattle Yelp community. So what better way to feature our fabulous friends than by hosting a talent show? There was just one question on everyone's mind last Friday as more than 250 friendly faces packed the floor at E|M Fine Art Gallery in South Lake Union.                                             "Who arted?"

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 The gorgeous multi-level gallery helped to curate a special Yelp art show/talent event while showing off some of their spectacular pieces of their own. Kick ass contributors included:

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Erik M - photography
Vanessa J - photography
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Kate S - painting
Samantha G - painting
Glory H - painting
Will L - painting
Vicki L - sketches
Dave A - sketches
Jennifer S - quilting
Brendan M - pottery
Lori F - beaded jewelry
Jocelyn B - baked goods

But what's a party without food and bevvies? Our friends from Razzi's Pizzeria sure know how to spoil a hungry crowd. Serving up poping hot vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and meaty pizzas, there wasn't an empty stomach in the house! Keepin' it sweet, Wheatless in Seattle came to the rescue with tasty treats too.

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With Dottie's Lager provided by Emerald City Beer and wine from Chateau St. Michelle, who could've asked for more? And yet that's still not all...

Live performances from our very own Yelp Elite members wowed the crowed and kept the party hoppin' late into the night. Between bodacious burlesque performances, salsa and tango routines, and lots and lots of musical talent, you've gotta wonder why we haven't seen our Yelp Elite members winning America's Got Talent yet!

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Did you recognize your talented friends?

Will L & his band - Live music
Kelly D - cranking out Madonna tunes!
Kiki M "Chesty LaRue" - Burlesque
Marissa S - "Solange Corbeau" - Burlesque
Chris M - Keyboards/singing
Erika C - Salsa/Tango performance

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And for those who left their art at home, Yelp provided a 10ft canvas for guests to paint on live at the event.

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Thanks again to Vanessa J for her photog skills.

To read the rave reviews from the event or see more photos of the action, check the Yelp Event Listing and our Official Flickr Album!

Until next time,

KatyGlasses

SYOY!
Katy H - Yelp Seattle Senior Community Manager

August 08, 2011

DC Elites Get Decked Out At Current Sushi

Posted by Tara Lewis

What do you get when you fill a chic and trendy sushi lounge with a few hundred, stylish DC Elite yelpers, fueled with Blue Moon Beer and Bulldog Gin-ger Cocktails? Give up?

You get a Decked Out Party at Current Sushi!

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DC Elites took in the sights, sounds and tastes of Current Sushi, enjoying their recently renovated outdoor deck while filling up on delicious bites of sushi, edamame, shrimp and vegetable dumplings, hanger steak skewers and wasabi shumai. Guests also got silly, striking a few dashing poses in their Tuesday's finest. (After the last Trailer Park Chic Elite party, who knew that DC yelpers could clean up so nicely?!) But just because we classed it up this time, doesn't mean we turned the fun volume down. A Charlie Chaplin look-alike even managed to get a little frisky and poked me with their umbrella when I did not have a drink in my hand. (Well played.)

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A special thank you to our sponsors Blue Moon and Bulldog Gin for keeping the party incredibly festive! Also, thank you to event photographer SeanMartae for catching us in our best...light! You can check out more pics from this bubbling bash here.

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If you were unable to attend the event, hopefully we will have the chance to party it up or pig out together in DC soon.

Until next time, keep that sake poppin'!

Tara L

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Austin Yelp's First Gold Elite Party

Posted by kelly stocker

Five years ago, something magical happened: our fine city got a Yelp Community Manager and the Austin Yelp elite squad was born with Kevin Newsum. So of course, in the ways of all things Yelp, this year we threw a party for those folks that have the shiny gold badge on their profile. Shoreline Grill, an Austin institution, offered to host these super elites for an evening of feasting, cocktails and reminscing. Susie G writes with nostalgian: "It's pretty crazy to think it has really been more than five years since yelp became a household name and a super awesome part of my social scene."

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Garrett Mikkel of local cocktail fame created custom cocktails with Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka, Maker's Mark, Bombay Gin, Black Seal Dark Rum and champagne. Cocktails were heady creations featuring fresh fruit and delicate blends, shaken and stirred by his expert hand. Delectable gourmet appetizers were circulated around the hungry crowd. Tofu corn dogs, fresh ahi tuna on crisped rice, mini crab cakes, gulf shrimp nachos and mini smores. Shanna P calls the apps "outstanding. I need more of the mini crabcakes STAT. The ahi tartare was amazing, and my husband loved the shrimp nachos. Those corndogs and s'mores were pretty dang delish, too."

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Of course, as with any Yelp event, Jonathan Garza was snapping photos to commemorate the event with action shots and photobooth fun. Take a gander at the reviews here, the pics here and then make sure to have a drool wipe ready. Monica O signs off: "A big thanks to Shoreline, Garrett and Jonathan. You made last night feel like returning home after a hiatus of self-discovery and good old experience."

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Until the next fabulous affair, SYOY!

Kelly S

August 07, 2011

Houston Elites' Late Night Burger Bash At The Counter

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

The Elites come out at night! On August 4th, the Houston Yelp Elite Squad made way to The Counter for a late night burger bash. It was the first time for an "Elite Only" event, and it was a great way for the squad to get aquainted with eachother – in their PJs, of course!

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DJ Ceduxion spun the dance beats, as guest partook in a little game of YELP-O (our version of BINGO) and other board games. Jenga anyone? Keeping our whistles wet was Blue Moon, along with an assortment of wines and bubbly courtesy of The Counter: La Marca Prosecco, The Naked Grape Pinot Grigio, William Hill Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, Hob Nob Pinot Noir and Merlot ... Quite the night cap indeed!

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What's a burger bash without the beef? The Counter provided an array of late night munchies for the crowd to enjoy: juicy turkey, veggie and beef mini-burgers, crisp sweet potato fries, onion rings and their signature parmasean french fries. There was also a sauce bar where Elites could add an extra kick to their burgers. But the highlight of the evening was dessert – milkshakes! Strawberry, peanut butter and chocolate, and apple pie mini-milkshakes put huge smiles on pajama jam partygoers. The night certainly ended on a (sugar) high note!

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Missed out on the fun? ...Or didja pose for the camera? Catch all the photos captured by Kenny Haner Photography, along with all the raving reviews!

SYOY,

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Farrah A
Houston CM

August 05, 2011

Yelp Baltimore's FIRST Elite Event: "Yelp's Turkish Temptation"

Posted by Elsa M.

Who knew Baltimore Elites were so sexy?!  Yelp Baltimore's FIRST-EVER Elite Party nearly set the room on fire with fierce dresses, decked-out dudes, a kick-ass DJ, and one amazingly mystifying belly-dancer with a sword-balancing-on-her-head finale!!!

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Couple all of that that with a table full of Turkish delights (including favorites like Sigara Borek), a three-tiered stand packed with craving-inducing cupcakes, and signature "Yelpquila" cocktails and you have got yourself "Yelp's Turkish Temptation!"

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Kit H. caught "Temptation fever" early in the night after "manhandling much hummus and knocking back supremely smooth (Body By Donovan) Casa Noble Tequila mixology. The cupcakes courtesy Oooh So Sweet Cakery & Cupcakery were moist, très sweet, and scrumptious" and fit Erica C's fancy as well.  She especially loved the little Yelp bursts and logos on the frosting, which of course made each bite sweeter for our dear Yelp Baltimore Elites!

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Elites and their guests entered Cazbar's smokin' upstairs lair, iLounge, and were transported to another land.  Dozens of ornate, glass Turkish lanterns hung above their heads in one room while they ate, drank, and danced.  

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In another, a"photo booth" studio with über-talented Kate Bailey Photography was set up, as well as Yelp Turkish Temptation's "hookah lounge." Definitely made for a confluence of crazy pics with a dose of chillness.

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The bar stayed packed. A morning-after Jessica T confessed she would be laying down "with some frozen Yelp shot glasses on her eyes to reduce the puffiness."  Sinfully sweet, my Baltimore Elite.  You truly lived up to "Yelp's Turkish Temptation" spirit!

Until next time... SYOY! MUAH!

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Elsa M.

Baltimore Community Manager 

 

 

August 04, 2011

Yelp Speaks Easy Elite Event

Once again, the Yelp Dallas Elite never cease to amaze us with their bombastic party skills. 110 degree heat on a Monday night didn't keep the elites away from sneaking into the most secretive speak easy in town dressed in their flapper finest, zoot suiting style, and Gatsby best.

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Guests were first greeted by the tough-talking mobster guard, Sal (short for Salvatore), who was doing his duty of protecting the hooch! And hooch there was! With plenty of spirits to go around thanks to Veev Vodka, Milagro Tequila, UFO Hefeweizen, Firefly Vodka, and the house Cabernet the party was a roaring success. Kristie A gets it right when she claims, "The bartenders were working their booties off getting out drinks to everyone, and there was such a great selection to choose from.  Liquors, beers, wines, oh my.  All the concoctions were great.  My fav probably being the basil gimlet." Indeed, the Basil Gimlets were flowing like moonshine back in the day.

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The Neapolitan style pizza was abundant and enjoyed by all! If the guests weren't already enjoying the lovely, Swing tunes provided by the beautiful, blonde broad, Dana Carlson and her smooth-talking piano player sidekick, Matt Tolentino – they were socializing and imbibing in line for more yummy bites from Napoli or refreshing elixirs provided by Veev and Milagro.

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Mandy H, oh excuse us, Daisy Buchanan from the Great Gatsby, took the theme by storm and donned her own '20s hat she specifically crafted for the event! Kudos, Daisy! But, "call her impressed by the mobster guarding the door - awesome job, man! The jazz duo were spot on - she even danced the Charlseton dance!"

A huge Yelp Elite thanks to Neo Pizza Napoletana for graciously hosting the Dallas Elites with delectable pizza, amazing beverages, and a beautiful space. This was certainly a memorable event that took us back in time to those speak easy days. To learn more about the rocking times check out the event listing or check out the pics here!

SYOY!

Fran&reb

Dallas Community Manager

Frances G

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