After a week of eating specially priced exclusive appetizers and voting for contending kitchens during Yelp Has An App For That: The Ultimate Food Fight, it just seemed fitting to gather a few hundred vintage-clad yelpers downtown at the historic Fox Tucson Theatre for Yelp Has An App For That: The Wrappetizer Party. This, the first Open Party in the OP, was a celebration of the city's finest fare, in addition to serving as a platform to announce T-Town's champ of the chomp!
Kamryn C claimed the food from the 18 participating eateries was epic! She sunk her teeth into the quinoa patties from Contigo, goat cheese tart from Jax, Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails popcorn surprise (handed to her by Chef Janos Wilder himself), caprese and beets from Tavolino and a spinach artichoke crostini from Renee's Organic Oven. Danny S savored oxtail croquettes from Maynards, pork belly BLTs on corn pancakes from Pasco and smoky braised beef tongue sandwiches from the Cup Cafe. Ana T touts terrific things for Rio Café and the tuna bites from Delectables, while Molly H favored duck confit fried rice from Neo. Apps from Om, 47 Scott, The Abbey, J Bar, Lodge on the Desert and La Cocina rounded out the menu of intense eating which led Cheryl M to wonder, "Was that just a dream, or was I just in appetizer heaven?"
How do you wash down delectable bites from 18 eateries? Five New Belgium brews certainly helped quench people's thirst! For wine lovers, Lulu B "paired well with friends," and made sure party-goers were having a grape time with pourings of Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio. Those that didn't aim for alcohol were happily satisfied with Vita Coco and Vitamin Water. And our yelpiest of yelpers, Tucson's Elite Squad, had a private reception where they were given tastes of exclusive wine from Yvonne Foucher at CataVinos. Cheers!
What's a party without a little entertainment? Genevieve and the LPs certainly set the soundtrack for the night! They were jammin' away with their irresistible blend of jazz, blues, soul, R&B and funk upstairs in the Clubhouse, while downstairs in the Locker Room the experts at Elements In Balance offered short stress-relieving rituals to help get peeps prepped pre-fight.
After mixing and mingling at the winner's circle soiree, folks filed into the theatre for the main event! Big Tony & The House Boys took the stage to offer up fist-pumping tunes and Jennie and Chris of 92.9 The Mountain raffled off oodles of amazing prizes before announcing the winner of Yelp Has An App For That 2011, Steve and Renee Kreager of Renee's Organic Oven! On the way out of the theatre guests were greeted with yelpgasmic mini red velvet cupcakes from the famous Lucy Cioe and Pretty Sweet Desserts!
Thanks go out to Executive Director, Craig Sumberg at Fox Tucson Theatre, Kara Chesser and the entire Fox staff, in addition to Carrie & Ken Flower of Arizona Party Rental for tables & linens, Pop-Cycle and DDCO Design for creating amazing commemorative coasters for our chefs and all of the sponsors that donated their time and product to make this event so successful. Yelp Tucson raised over $1000 for the Fox Theatre Foundation, and thanks to Chris Richards Photography and Billy Kovacs we can relive the entire evening through photos. John Sears Media and Stepheny Kieth of Black Sheep Filmworks are editing together some video, stay tuned to our Facebook page for those links. Until then, read the reviews, peek inside the photobooth and check out shots from the main event!
See you at Yelp Has An App For That 2012,
Tucson Community Manager &
Ringside Event Director