On a balmy 90+ degree summer day in NYC, naturally, Gotham's Yelp Elite crew invaded Delicatessen in Nolita for an evening of holiday duds, gift exchanges, and piquant food and drink ripe for a Halfway to the Holidays celebration!
Specializing in international comfort food from the talented hands of Executive Chef Michael Farrero, Delicatessen brings this unique fusion of flavors to the crossroads of SoHo and Nolita serving familiar favorites with a twist for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night, channeling a friendly neighborhood vibe in the process. With passed items like phyllo-wrapped asparagus, Delicatessen's signature sliders, and mint chocolate chip semifreddo with macerated cherries, it was certainly a holiday for the palate.
After a couple months of 100 person Yelp Elite Events, Montreal took it tiny this June with a Surprise Summer Supper for a select guestlist of only 25 Super Elites. Salad sisters Mandy and Rebecca of Mandy's Salads welcomed Yelpers to their gorgeous salad bar, a small beautiful space tucked unexpectedly in the back of a chic Italian fashion boutique called Mimi and Coco. Guests oohed and awed in delightful discovery at the oasis many had walked by countless times without noticing. Krista M "left Mimi Coco's/Mandy's glowing" after indulging in giant salads, sipping white Barefoot Moscato Sangria out of mason jars, and playing dress up with the gorgeous duds. "Mandy's is my new Coup de Coeur" she crowed, "You CAN make friends with salad!"
Stephane S was thrilled with the cozier connections made at this sit-down summer supper. Mandy's invited guests to order anything they wanted from their menu and made each giant custom salad fresh to order. "The salad was just mind-blowing! I had the "Asian Salad" with chicken and it was huge, delicious and fresh. The vegetables and the dressing were just perfect." To top it off, each guest was given a gift bag including a bottle of Mandy's most popular salad dressing, which according to Mike S "was really worth the anticipation and will most certainly make me a star in the kitchen."
Not to be outdone, the Yelp Elite arrived at Mandy's with a surprise of their own! Tipped off by their everlovin' Community Manager that Mandy had had a baby just two weeks prior to this exceptional event, every guest arrived with bouquets of flowers and gifts for the new mama. The summer evening glowed with gratitude and good vibes, and then we tripped off into the night looking forward to the next time.
I am your MTL Anglo CM,
Après quelques mois de soirées Élites Yelp d’environ 100 personnes, la communauté de Montréal a eu droit à un Souper Surprise plus intime pour seulement 25 Élites. Les sœurs salades Mandy et Rebecca de Mandy’s Salad ont accueillies les Yelpeurs dans leur magnifique bar à salade. C’est un tout petit espace charmant caché à l’arrière d’une boutique italienne coquette qui se nomme Mimi et Coco. Les invités ont émis des « ooohs » et des « aaahs » en découvrant cet oasis qu’ils n’avaient pas remarqué auparavant. Krista M a « quitté Mimi et Coco/Mandy’s toute rayonnante » après avoir dévorer des salades géantes, siroter de la sangria blanche au Moscato de Barefoot dans des pots massons, et jouer à la poupée vivante avec des vêtements splendides. « Mandy’s est mon nouveau coup de cœur! Vous pouvez être amis avec la salade! »
Mandy’s a invité les Yelpeurs à commander ce qu’ils voulaient du menu et chaque personne a reçue une géante salade personnalisée selon ses goûts. Christine L a adoré le côté plus intimes de ce souper et « quelle salade! C'était fantastique! Servie dans un gros bol, je n'ai même pas fini ma portion tellement elle était énorme! Avec la sangria blanche fruitée, c'était exquis! Un beau repas de soir d'été! » En plus, chaque invité a reçu une bouteille de la vinaigrette la plus populaire de Mandy’s qui selon Mike S « a valu l’attente et fera de moi la star de la cuisine! »
Pour ne pas être surpassés, les Élites Yelp sont arrivés à Mandy’s avec une surprise eux aussi! Ayant eu ouï-dire de leur Chef de communauté, chaque invité a emmené un bouquet de fleurs pour la propriétaire qui venait tout juste d’accoucher d’un joli petit garçon à peine 2 semaines avant la soirée. Cette soirée d’été a scintillé de bonté et de bonnes vibrations. Nous nous sommes quittés dans la nuit en ayant déjà hâte à la prochaine rencontre.
À la prochaine my friends!
What do you do when it's 106 degrees? You sweat of course... and have an elite event! The good news is that we had an inside/outside space at the inimitable Stephen F Austin. What a fabulous venue and shortly being made MORE fabulous by some serious renovations. We were able to sneak into the historic bar and grill before the tear down for the most chic of Terrace Tete a Tetes with music, fun, food and drinks galore! Amy D comments: "The party oozed with atmosphere from tip top staff, music by Danielle Reich and one of the best terraces to people watch in Austin."
Elites were treated to a smorgasbord of delicious drinks. "Refreshing. Great variety. Sangria punch. Yum. Icy beer. Shivers. Totally deserving of an Anchorman style soliloquy...booze, booze, booze, boozy, booze, booze" enthuses Keyla R. Between the Vermouth Punch, Brandied Sangria, Genever Mint Punch, The Pepperita made by "mexologist" Rob Cantu and Treaty Oak, the 512 Wit & a Brut Rose, there was no shortage of delightful concoctions.
And the food... oh the food. Compressed Watermelon with Balsamic and Kaffir Lime Oil, Hamachi Crudo, Crispy Quail Legs, an incredible spread of Antonelli's local cheeses. Felecia I "feasted on deep fried quail legs, watermelon cubes and raw hamachi. When we thought things couldn't get any better, there was the Antonelli's cheese smorgasboard: delicious stinky cheese, fruits, breads, crackers, nuts, tapenade, olive oil and honey. And for afters, they brought out fresh buttered popcorn with parmesan cheese sprinkles. Yes. Just, yes."
In between noshing and networking and boozing, elites enjoyed the handrolled goodness of Bolivar Smoke Shop's Honduran Cigars and the jazzy crooning of the Danielle Reich Four Piece. There's nothing like puffing on an excellent cigar while tunes drift out the door as you watch a beautiful sun set over Austin. Ann N sums it up: "Between the tasty food and the abundant drinks and the delicious cigars and the fab people, the Stephen F. event turned out to be 5 stars all the way." Peep the pics by the fabulous Chad Adams and the reviews!
Yelp Elites walked the red carpet for the second time in 2012 as we kicked off the opening of one of the most advanced theaters in America at Cinetopia's new Vancouver Mall digs for Yelp's Night @ The Movies 2.0 - Bride of Cinetopia! Around 60 elites and their lucky guests were treated to an hour long reception in one of Cinetopia's swank movie parlors, followed by tours of the movie theater from the mastermind himself and a movie of their choice!
At 6:30pm Yelpers were invited in to one of Cinetopia's four luxe Movie Parlors that was laid out just for us. The spread presented by Cinetopia's Brewtopia restaurant was epic, stocked with a heavy array of apps including skewers, crab rangoon, fruit platter, hummus platter, caprese platter and more. The servers from Cinetopia poured up glasses of red and white wine, as well as some tasty local micros. After learning about the revolutionary sound and projection offered at Cinetopia, Yelpers were treated to a movie of their choice in one of Cinetopia's GXL Auditoriums, Living Room Theaters or Movie Parlors. Those that had to wait for a movie start enjoyed more cold brews from one of the 50 taps in Brewtopia.Oh, and big props to those who dressed for the theme: Best/Worst sequels. From Boba Fett to Austin Powers to Men In Black III, we saw some awesome costumes!
As Kayta L succinctly states: "It was incredible. My world has been changed. I'm in love." So are we! And that's thanks in big part to Rudyard, Megan and the awesome folks at Cinetopia; Mantern Kevin K; and of course the Portland Yelp Elite Squad, without whom this wouldn't be possible. You don't have to take it from me. Check out the reviews from your fellow yelpers (and write one yourself!). Here are some photos. And of course you know we're on FB and the Twitters.
Until we release the trilogy... SYOY!
--Don "Spielberg" B
Het derde Yelp feest in Antwerpen was duizend keer beter dan de voetbalwedstrijd Spanje-Portugal. Véél meer actie bij Yelp dan op het veld! Lombardia, de veggie-heaven bij uitstek, was de ontmoetingsplaats van meer dan 60 yelpers op een zonnige zomeravond!
Alain Indria van Lombardia zorgde voor dead-hippie-cocktails met koude gingerlove thee, rode wijn en rietsuiker, veggie versnapperingen met guacamole en magic mushroom. De Antwerpse Yelpers waren blij en uitgelaten aan het praten en genieten op het terras toen ze werden binnengeroepen voor een speciale voorstelling!
Maud N speechte en op luid applaus van het publiek werd William Boeva aangekondigd, een stand-up comedian van formaat! Er werd een half uur lang gelachen en gehuild van het lachen. Alain Indria gaf daarna een emotionele speech dat deze zaak dit jaar 40 jaar bestaat!
Lombardia is wereldberoemd kan je wel stellen; niet alleen de kleine Antwerpenaar is fan ook de wijde wereld is hier al komen genieten van Alain’s Gingerlove, sapjes en overheerlijk veggie broodjes. Niet de minste zoals Sting, Faithless, Tiesto, Moby, Steve-O, Jonsi, Kim Clijsters, Eliza Doolittle,…You name it!
Van harte wil ik Alain Indria en het hele Lombardia team bedanken voor de drankjes, de hapjes, de sfeer en hun glimlach! Nog een zeer oprechte dankuwel aan Sien Josephine Teijssen de fotograaf van dienst die prachtige foto's van dit event maakte. En lieve Yelpers, jullie natuurlijk voor de grote opkomst! Lees zeker de reviews van het Lombardia with Gingerlove Yelp Elite event!
Ilse V : Op naar het volgende event, weer met toffe Yelpers? Ik geraak altijd aan de klap met mensen die ik niet of niet goed ken, in deze sociale media wereld toch speciaal, niet?
Sigal R : Dead hippies rule !! Wat 'n heerlijke gezonde Lombardia cocktail op het yelp event, gingerlove met rode wijn en crushed ice, yummie !! Sowieso altijd een relaxed, no nonsens place to be!
Bart G : Ook de vegetarische hapjes waren zeker te pruimen. (moet ik eerlijk toegeven als hardcore carnivoor :-))Stand-up comedian William zorgde voor de komische noot, of eerder het komische nootje, om het in zijn zelfrelativerende woorden te zeggen :-)Volgende keer zijn we zeker weer van de partij!
Maud N - Community Manager Yelp Antwerpen
The third edition of the Yelp Party in Antwerp was thousand times more interesting than the football match Spain-Portugal. You could find more action at the party then on the field!. Lombardia,vegan heaven "par excellence" was the meeting spot of 60 and more Yelpers on a sunny summer eve.
Alain Indria, owner of Lombardia provided us with sumptuous dead hippie cocktails with cold gingerlove tea, red wine and sugar accompagnied by tasting veggie snacks with guacamole and magic mushroom. The Antwerp Yelpers were excited and happy when they were called in for a special surprise performance.
Maud N gave a speech to the crowd and introduced William Boeva, a famous Antwerp stand-up comedian, to raptuous applaus. For half an hourthe crowd was brought to tears and laughs. Alain Indria also gave an emotional speech about the 40 years existence of Lombardia.
Lombardia is world famous, not only small Antwerp is a customer, but the whole world has already passed this magical place and tasted the famous Gingerlove tea, juices and delicious veggie sandwiches. Artists such as Sting, Faithless, Tiesto, Moby, Steve-O, Jonsi,Kim Clijsters, Eliza Doolittle
I would like to thank Alain Indria and his team at Lombardia for bringing a wonderful atmosphere, drinks food and simes! A very sincere thank you to our photographer Sien Josephine Teijssen who made beautiful pictures. And of course last but not least my dear Yelpers for turning up and making this a great event again! Be sure to read the reviews, they are great!
Ilse V : On to the next event, hopefully with nice Yelpers again? At every event I start talking to people I do not know or not very well, kinda special, not ? In this world of social media!!
Sigal R: Dead hippies rule !! What a delicious healthy Lombardia cocktail we had at the Yelp event, "gingerlove with red wine and crushed ice", so yummie!!Anyhow, Lombardia is always a very relaxed, no nonsens place to be!
Bart G : The vegetarian snacks were very nice I have to admit even though am I a hardcore carnivore! Stand-up comedian William was responsable for the great atmosphere though he is rather small :-) Next party we will be there again, for sure!
Oh what a night! Humid as a Mississippi day. When the air is heavy and your brow is perspiring there is only one thing to do, drink some cool cocktails and ice cold beer - oh yeah!
Darren, bar manager and cocktail mastreo got things started with some tea cups. We all had Hendrick's high tea and the presentation was an ode to Prohibition times. On Darren's orders we all stuck our pinkys out. Next up was one of his signature cocktails, Mr Exchequer. The spicy rum flavours mellowed the masses out and made us forget about the heat! Keeping things tropical we then imbibed a passion fruit & thyme caipirinha!
Then came some cool toffee infused Innis & Gunn rum cask followed by Ireland's own, Dungarvan's Helvick Gold. All this alongside platters of crispy pork belly squares with fish sauce caramel, potato skins with sour cream & chive creme fraiche & lemon pepper calamari. Finally came our digestif which was an espresso martini with coffee beans floating on top, being high never tasted so good.
Darren and all The Exchequer staff are passionate about what they do. Last night was not a case of them filling our glass every second, Darren and Patrick explained in detail how to make the cocktails, the history behind them. Huge thanks to Gordon for making this happen and for you folks for coming out! Photos by the talented Claire Nash can be viewed here! Read and write the reviews of the night here! And post your thoughts etc here on talk!
Till next time!
On a steamy June evening, adventurous Denver yelpers ventured into the heart of the city to Table 6, the most recent location for the Secret Supper Club series. The restaurant was ready for the summer season by offering diners a selection of foods fit for an indoor picnic.
To begin the communal meal, our thirsty guests were given a glass Creekside Cellars’ Viognier to whet their palates. The first course had diners munching on fresh bread, biscuits and cornbread with house made salted butter that Karen M warns she will hog: “I do believe that all of the little ramekins of butter ended up empty, in front of me. No apologies here.” No apologies needed. The bread was accompanied by a delicious dill vin salad that nearly all guests raved over.
The main course that followed was replete with summer staples including a grilled vegetable medley, baked beans made with pork jowl and beef bacon, penne mac and cheese with an herbed panko topping and beef brisket. “The brisket? Holy hell, that was good brisket,” proclaims Terry B and we’re inclined to agree.
The dinner was completed by a strawberry almond cake with sweet goat ricotta cheese. Most of our yelpy friends left the restaurant with full bellies and a smile on their faces. To see the reviews for the evening, check out the 6 pm seating here and the 8:30 pm seating here. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to join in on the secret everyone’s talking about, check out the listing for our July Secret Supper Club!
Until next time SYOY (See You on Yelp)!
Yelp Denver Marketing Assistant
Yelpers showed off their groovy side in Phoenix this Monday during Yelp's Sol Train at Sol Cocina. During the night, disco dollies and their soulful men sported their finest bell bottoms, afro wigs, tie dye and go-go boots while they enjoyed tasty cuisine and cocktails courtesy of Sol and delicious desserts from Sweet Tooth Fairy and more!
Yelpers entered the sol-train on a toasty Monday night only to be instantly greeted with a SnapBooth Entertainment photo booth and a buffet of food favorites from Sol Cocina. Sporting their finest 70's attire, yelpers grabbed a prop and struck a pose in the photo booth. After scoring their snap shot, Yelp Elites and their guests stopped by the first food station and tried some made-to-order guacamole station and two types of fresh ceviche. Throughout the night servers kept the yelpers full with Carnitas tacos, watermelon gazpacho, quesadillas and calamari steak.
DJ Hart Breaks kept the crowd lively with disco favorites. While yelpers enjoyed both skinny and regular margaritas as well as beers, disco balls and strobe lights turned SoL Cocina into funky town for the night. Classic 70's activities enticed yelpers, like decorate your own pet rock and bedazzle your own shot glass or key chain. Whether yelpers were eating, drinking, dancing, taking pictures or crafting, all mingled at some point with each other for Yelp-o where they got to know each other and turned in their cards for the chance to win a prize!
Before the night came to a sweet ending, yelpers chowed down desserts from Sweet Tooth Fairy and a dance instructor came in and taught the yelpers the hustle. John Travolta would be proud of the dancing queens in the house! Plus, each yelper left with a card good for a complimentary appetizer upon their return!
A special thank you goes out to Sol Cocina for hosting the yelpers, SnapBooth Entertainment, DJ Heart Breaks, Sweet Tooth Fairy and all the yelpers who came to the party! Check out the reviews and pictures from the night.
Yelp Phoenix Community Manager
What are the things you love? Poetry? A glass of scotch? Endless edibles and dastardly drinks among shelves of leather bound books and the smells of rich mahogany?
Enter the Anchorman Aweigh! Elite Event at PARK Restaurant & Bar.
Harvard Square's hotspot for nouveau comfort food and craft cocktails hosted more than 100 Boston Elites and their guests for an evening rich with laughs, love and sparkly shorts, as we paid tribute to the Channel 4 News team. Dressed in their finest 70s attire, attendees basked in the glory of Old Bay pitas loaded with crab and lobster dip, roasted vegetable crudité sided by whipped feta and hummus, and a full New England cheese table with fresh berries. Trays of sweet garlic, roasted mushroom and telligio toasts, crispy sour dough mussels with horseradish dipping sauce, baby “bacon, egg and cheese” toast points, steak tartare and house-cured gravlax sent skyrockets in flight, while the mini crème brulees and salted caramel + peppered chocolates made for an after-snack delight.
After a rousing round of Booting Baxter (in the bin to win Yelp sunglasses!), thirsts were quenched by Písco Porton-powered punch and Lavender Moons, a blend of Greylock gin, St Germain & house-made lavender rose honey syrup. High & Mighty Beer sated the strictest of suds snobs and Two Oceans provided grown-up grape juice that sprayed the whole crowd with Sex Panther. Speaking of! Vance Legstrong, WYLP sports anchor and international sex symbol, stopped by to say hi and judge the best dressed contest. Dorise G won dinner for two at PARK, and runner-up Voravut R landed the sweetest prize of all – a 1lb Sugar Daddy.
Tatsu got it all on film (tag the Facebook album!) and the Talk threads are rife with scandal. Kind words galore string together to make this event's five-star reviews, but most importantly, Vance Legstrong approved. VANCE LEGSTRONG APPROVED!
Taking you to Pleasure Town,
Ahoy mateys! Yelp set sail for an adventure on the Three Rivers for Yelp's on a Boat Elite Event hosted by the Gateway Clipper Fleet last week. As Miriam W put it: "The gods were smiling on us last night as we stepped aboard the USS Princess for an evening of fun, as the weather could not have been more picture perfect."
Guests were treated to an exclusive sightseeing tour round the Steel City compliments of Captain Kate Denham. Did you know that the Smithfield Street Bridge was designed by John Roebling, who later designed the Brooklyn Bridge? Now we do! "The tour itself was fun and informative." recalls Morgan D. "The captain had lots of new, interesting tidbits to share about our great city." See, it's fun to learn!
A bountiful looking buffet was bestowed upon the lucky Yelpers that included a spread of antipasti, crudite of artistic vegetable, boursin and grape puffs, mushrooms with veal florentine, bruschetta, smoked chicken quesadilla, chicken and prosciutto ham tempura and petit fours. Linda W was excited to see "piles of fresh and vibrant fruits, stacks of tempting cookies of all kinds that rivaled the traditional Pittsburgh cookie table! Trays and trays of hot foods of all variety, platters piled high with shrimp, cheeses and slender rolls of salami and pepperoni abounded. If you went away hungry, well shame on you!"
Later in the evening the group grabbed another perfect summer thirst quencher, IC Light Mango and moved to the top of deck to enjoy the open air and get down to some sweet tunes. We couldn't put it any better than Jenny B did: "It's so nice to be out on a boat at twilight, looking at Pittsburgh's beautiful skyline with a group of your Yelp-iest friends. I met new people, listened to fun music, and had a wonderful time."
A big thank you to the Gateway Clipper Fleet, Charter Sales Manager Lori Jaczesko and the amazing staff for treating Yelpers to such an amazing evening! Also, thanks to Ray Miles Photography for the fab photo's that you can check out here. And last, but certainly not least, thanks to IC Light Mango for providing the fantastic fruity brews.
Cap'n of Awesomeness,
Pittsburgh Community Manager
Un an de Yelp à Lyon, vous avez dit ? Il fallait bien une soirée pour fêter ça, et c'est en partenariat avec le festival Woodstower et le Club Transbo que Yelp l'a organisée ! Pour fêter ce premier anniversaire, quoi de mieux qu'un concentré des bons plans Yelp de l'année... en live ? Une soirée au goût de Festival d'Eté et une sélection de commerces lyonnais parmi les plus savoureux et les plus originaux, c'était le 14 juin dernier !
Une fois franchies les portes du bar extérieur du Club Transbo, transformé pour l'occasion en buffet géant, les Yelpeurs se sont vus accueillir par différents stands, délices et animations, pour leur plus grand bonheur, apparemment ! Pour attaquer en beauté, nombreux sont ceux à avoir succombé aux cocktails de Marc de L'Antiquaire. Daïquiri ou Green Beast, à base d'Absinthe Pernod ou de Havana Club, il y en avait pour tous les goûts ! Juste à côté, c'est le Gonzo Bar qui régale, avec ses délicieux hot dogs, son punch et ses bières allemandes, bien sûr !
A l'intérieur du Club Transbo, la fête continue de plus belle. Après avoir attrapé un verre de vin servi par l'équipe du petit nouveau et ultra dynamique All you need is Wine, c'est sur le stand de Bongapola que ça se passe : Emmanuel y mitraille à coup de Polaroïd vintage, et fait des heureux ! Non loin de là, c'est dégustation du fabuleux carrot cake de Nuage & Caramel et de ses nouvelles petites merveilles à découvrir (et bientôt à acheter sur son site). Une petite soif ? Le Chat Fou fait découvrir absinthes vertes et blanches sur son stand ! Saviez-vous qu'on appelait à une époque l'absinthe un verre de gris, un tremblement de terre ou encore une entrée à Charenton ? Vous vous coucherez moins bête !
La fête continue dehors : direction, la délicieuse salade de quinoa aux légumes croquants et herbes fraîches à la sauce thaï de Moustache, saveurs garanties ! Ceux qui ont la dent plus sucrée succombent pendant ce temps aux célèbres fruits moëlleux de L'Epicerie Fruit, ou aux douceurs salées et sucrées de Chez Guillemette, what else? Accompagnées d'un verre de thé glacé concocté par Le Parti du Thé, d'une boisson pétillante aux fruits naturels CBBio ou d'une Bière Bio des Monts d'Or bien fraîche, ça y est, tout le monde en est persuadé : c'est l'été !
Entre deux bouchées du zaatar concocté par L'Epicerie Equitable et une « grignote » de poulet bio de Satoriz, les Yelpeuses les plus téméraires confient cheveux et yeux aux experts de Beauty's, pour pouvoir ensuite agiter la tête avec style et rock-attitude au son de la musique live concoctée par Woodstower et sourire pour les photos de B-rob et la vidéo de la soirée par les talentueux amateurs de « pixels et de décibels » d'Etr-ange Production. Encore faim ? Les Gourmandises de Camille se charge de l'apéritif et sa tapenade fait des heureux ! Au fait, si cela vous dit pour continuer la soirée, Camille a créé un code de -10% de réduction sur tout son site pour les Yelpeurs gourmands : le code c’est YELP !
Mais que serait un anniversaire sans une part de gâteau ? Vite, vite, il n'y en aura pas pour tout le monde, on se dépêche de goûter à celui préparé avec amour par Oooh my Cake, avant de participer au délicieux blind-test culinaire préparé par Violette & Berlingot ! Saurez-vous reconnaître le goût de ces bonbons ?
Avant de partir, aucun Yelpeur n'aura raté un passage par l'instant DIY animé par Sarah, la « Super Girl » de Yes I made it!, qui aide chacune et chacun à se confectionner un accessoire rock à son goût ! Juste à côté, c'est chez Unique en Série que ça se passe, avec confection de Tote Bags et de t-shirts sérigraphiés, aux couleurs de Yelp, s'il vous plaît !
La BO de cette soirée ? Signée Woodstower, bien sûr ! Aux manettes : Dj Paco (Bee Records / Aimez Vous Brahms / Keep in Touch), Dj Mat’ (Armée du Salut, Team Café Cousu), Dj John Foot (aka Chris Toni, Ravioles Records) et un live par David Suissa (anti Hype Sound System) ! Qui dit mieux ?
Raphaële F - "Mélanger un super endroit avec une super ambiance... rajouter plein de gens sympas et des stands à découvrir....on obtient : une excellente soirée !!! Le soleil n'était que la cerise sur le gâteau ! Merci Camille et vive YELP !"
Quentin C - "Une soirée vraiment réussie ! J'avais l'impression de retrouver l'ambiance des kermesse de l'école quand j'étais petit...mais en version adulte (et avec de l'alcool :) Il était possible de tout (re)découvrir, sur le même espace le temps d'une soirée...et de revoir tous les potes Yelp qu'on s'est fait depuis l'été dernier...On se la refait quand ?"
Marine T - "On fait comment pour mettre plus d'étoiles ???!! ... parce que j'en mettrais bien au moins 100 (voire 1000) pour la meilleure soirée Yelp du monde entier ! Des cocktails de l'Antiquaire aux brookies de Guillemette, je crois que j'ai tout adoré ! Et autant de bonne humeur au m ça fait plaisir !"
Alexandre J - "UN AN ? Vous êtes sûrs ? Ça ne fait qu'un an que Yelp est arrivé à Lyon ? Pfff, mais non, vous avez fumé, c'est pas possible qu'on ait gouté autant de saveurs salées, sucrées, locales, exotiques, fumées ; de délices fondants, pétillants, croustillants, fruités, alcoolisés, crémeux ; de plaisirs chauds et froids à tomber ... en 1 an !"
...Et pour lire tous les AVIS sur la soirée et publier les vôtres, c'est par là !
Si vous en voulez encore, vous pouvez aller voir :
Les PHOTOS de la soirée (by b-rob.com)
Et on vous laisse découvrir en images la soirée à travers cette sublime vidéo, signée Etr-ange Production ! Enjoy !
Community Manager de Yelp à Lyon
*À Bientôt Sur Yelp
Merci pour leur aide pendant cette soirée à Elodie F, Julie M, Zeva B, Chloé G, Justine C et Alexandre J ! Merci également à toutes les équipes du Transbordeur et du festival Woodstower, ainsi qu'à tous les participants et partenaires de la soirée !
In English! What better way to describe one year of Yelp in Lyon than a party, pictures and a video?
Here's to one year of Yelp in Lyon, in a 3 minutes video, created by the great Paul and Anthony from Etr-ange Production ! Enjoy!
REVIEWS for the party
Community Manager de Yelp à Lyon
*See You on Yelp
Brinner. Breakfast for Dinner. Of course, with an all-day breakfast menu crafted by head chef Rory Doyle, the obvious hero for Brisbane's very first Elite party at Pawpaw Cafe was the food.
Last night, 30 of our yelping Elites and special guests sipped on sustainable wine from Yealand Estate and 100% Australian beers from Blue Sky Brewery while mingling and delicately devouring brinner delights like pikelets with passionfruit mascarpone, black pudding with apple and jalapeno relish crostini, potato hash with tomato relish, and perhaps the stand-out of the evening: peanut butter and jelly french brioche toast and cereal milk custard with smashed brownie and praline.
Thank you to the Elites, Yelpers and guests who braved the cold for Yelp's very first Elite event in Brisbane. A big thank you, of course, goes to the team at Pawpaw Cafe who were a huge support, Yealand Wines and Blue Sky Brewery who got the night off to a great start and our photographer Janet Pogorelc.
See you at the next on and SYOY until then!
Brisbane Community Manager
Sure it’s not springtime in Paris, but that didn’t stop Hartford’s finest Francophiles from celebrating Yelp’s French connection! On Thursday evening, Hartford’s Elite Squad escaped the climbing temps by partying like Parisians at La Petite France Bakery and Café. After-hours wine, moustaches, berets, and samplings from the café’s brunch menu proved to be the perfect recipe for summertime merriment. Merci beaucoup to our fabulous hosts at La Petite France! As Lesley Q puts it, the event was nothing short of très magnifique!
French berets and moustaches were out in full force as guests noshed on plate after plate of sweet and savory pastries, éclairs, tarts, croissants, quiches, sandwiches and an array of other café specialties. Dan R was captivated by the freshly baked treats that "kept rolling out in waves. Tray after tray, one more scrumptious than its predecessor." For Madeleine L, “the croque monsieur was possibly one of the best things” she’s ever eaten!
Wine, coffee, conversation and irresistible carbs flowed throughout the evening, and just as Joshua L was enjoying “great food, plentiful drink, good company, lots of new Yelpers, and a wonderful, gracious owner,” all guests were gifted with a loaf of traditional boule bread to take home. “BAM! A loaf of bread! Just like that! Suddenly you're swimming in the riches of whole grains, laughing at those breadless suckers on the outside.” Alicia S agrees, “this event was already rocking but that just sent it over the edge!”
Jusqu'à la prochaine fois (until next time), SYOY (See You On Yelp)
Mademoiselle Emily C
Hartford Community Manager
DC yelpers took art appreciation to a whole new level at The Dunes, an uber cool, independent art gallery that showcases awesome rotating art shows and hosts concerts and events on the regular. Forget stuffy bores and fuddy duddies! Culminating in a delightfully inappropriate Super Art Fight, this art'splosion was for the raddest Washingtonians around: Elites, of course!
When they weren't scoping the rotating slideshow of past yelpalicous shindigs, guests stared down the barrel of Nikki Page's camera lens, and got some very personalized art made by Alex Vernon of Tiny Paper Portraits, who did the seemingly impossible: hand-cutting silhouette replicas of our yelpy little faces out of tiny pieces of paper.
Cupcakes and cake pops from Perfect Pink Cupcakes and showcased in their custom-made display made for an edible artpiece that had yelpers drooling. In fact, Suzy D "may have seen at least one person eat part of one off the floor. Totally worth it." Perfect Pink's new food truck is launching soon, but for now, they deliver their goodies for parties and events around town. Guests washed down their dessert with Virginia wines, poured by the Washington Wine Academy with a side of vino education. Check them out for quality local wine, and classes for anyone from expert wine-lovers to the everyday wino! Local brewery Chocolate City took care of the beer-drinkers with their Cornerstone Copper Ale, and Red Stag by Jim Beam made the mixed drinks extra irresistable!
The climax of the night was an Elite Event first: an art showdown that makes the WWE look like a bunch of pansies skipping around in their knickers. Super Art Fight kicked ass (each other's, that is) and took names in a battle that left ferocious falafels, giant pandas, and some very undignified renditions of past presidents in its wake. You'll definitely want to check them out on August 25th at the Red Palace.
'Til next time!
Kristin M, Yelp DC Community Manager
Over 50 Elites and guests had a Marvel-ous time this past Thursday at our comic booked themed event, Yelpers Assemble!
With the filming of The Avengers in downtown Cleveland sizzling the box office, why not celebrate our comic roots? I mean, we *do* have the Superman House in our own backyard (ahem, bragging rights...) Carol & John's Comic Shop know what's up, so they flew in like a superhero and helped us host a victorious Yelp party with superpower panache! Long time yelper, George S, said it best: "I've never been to a Yelp Party... now, I'll try to be a regular. To put it simply, it was so cool!"
Yelpers checked-in and were able to browse the thousands of comics, figurines and nostalgia all over the shop. Each guest got a free hardcover and paperback as a gift from the shop owner himself and gaming stations were set up for unlimited play. No Yelp CLE Elite event would be complete without a killer photobooth! Carol & John provided real-life size replicas of Captain America's shield and Thor's Hammer, while One Red Door Photography snapped the hilarity that ensued. See all the pictures HERE!
The Red Lantern is actually not the Green Lantern's cousin, but could have been the way they saved the night with delicious noms! Elites nibbled on a spread of fresh fish fry bites, homemade mini meatballs, cheeses and veggies galore. Peace, Love & Little Donuts took care of all our sweet teeth with mini donuts adored with pretty toppings in tons of unique flavor combinations, like maple bacon! And a thirsty yelper is never a good thing, so Cleveland Action Brewery swooped in with their cape and cooler full of hometown brewed goodness. Apple Pie Ale anyone? How about a Strawberry Chocolate Stout? Guests were even allowed to take home the commemorative Yelp bottles!Each guest was entered to win an enormous gift basket chock-full of comic-themed goodies, like an Avengers lunch box, DVDs, and more! Winners also scored two tickets to Scene Ale Fest and a social media photo shoot with One Red Door Photography. Congrats to yelpers Pamela M and Matthew M for lucking out in the raffle!
Many thanks to all our sponsors who made this event superhero-worthy: Carol & John's Comic Shop and their amazing staff, The Red Lantern, Peace Love & Little Donuts, Cleveland Action Brewery and One Red Photography! And thanks to all the yelpers and guests who made it out!
Until next time,
Cara L - Being nice to my sister since 1985
Summertime in Wisco + Yelp MKE + Oscar's = perfection.
Beer, burgers, and games on a sunny summer Sunday afternoon, y'all. What more could you want?
Given Oscar's Pub and Grill's generous hospitality, not much! This past Sunday afternoon, Yelp MKE elites were treated to an awe-inspiring spread of Oscar's storied mini-burgers/sliders, chicken tenders, fried pickles, green beans, cheese curds, their oh-so-famous sweet potato fries, chicken wings, and more... (and had you not been before, now you know why Oscar's has an almost five-star rating on Yelp)!
Their burgers and apps are out of this world, folks.
Apples to Apples, giant Yelp Jenga, mini-squirt guns, cornhole, soccer on the tube, and great conversation rounded out this fabulous, elite-centric Sunday funday par-tay.
Pair it all with Milwaukee Brewing Company's fantastic Flaming Damsel, Pull Chain Pale Ale, and Louie's Demise, and you've got an epic, Milwaukee-tastic Sunday funday courtesy of Yelp MKE and Oscar's.
Looking forward to July in a big way...
Until then, cheers... and SYOY!
Rachel F — Yelp Milwaukee CM
The summer of '12 is sure to be epic, and last week Yelp Brooklyn kicked it off right with the hottest event around. Literally. With temperatures reaching a record-breaking 98 degrees, New Yorkers needed the breeze of the Brooklyn waterfront, and Summerfest delivered. We don't think Nick Lachey made it out, but over tons of NYC yelpers checked into the gorgeous Liberty Warehouse in Red Hook to sample some of Brooklyn's best restaurants, indulge in an adult beverage or three and revel in all sorts of summer fun. Check the amazing video here from Man With a Cam, and read on below for more details...
Brooklyn's finest arrived in style thanks to the New York Water Taxi's special shuttle (among other transportation options), and were treated to a breathtaking view of the Manhattan skyline and the sun setting beside the Statue of Liberty. Once inside, yelpers were in for two floors of scrumptious summer samples. As DeShaun C said, "The entire event will have to be committed to the Yelp Asylum for the Deliciously Disturbed." Some started off with the succulent shrimp toast from amazing Aussie eatery The Sunburnt Calf BK, others flocked to the (five-hundred!) fresh-shucked oysters from Littleneck and the mind-blowingly creamy sausage polenta courtesy of The Saint Austere. DuMont's delightful white gazpacho with cucumbers and almonds won over many a partygoer, and Lara G insisted Benchmark's pork parfait was the most dazzling dish of the night.
The tasty treats didn't end there! There was magnificent crawfish Maque Choux from Tchoup Shop, the most succulent brisket sliced fresh from Mable's Smokehouse and chilled corn and crab soup courtesy of Kiwiana. Sips & Bites had an awesome array of eats including mini-meatloaf sammies and cookies. Similarly sweet, the legendary Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory kept cones coming for all, and the sea salt brownies from Robicelli's rocked the yelpers' world. Super Wings NY put out an impressive spread including award-winning ginger and tamarind options; as Jaimie L attests, "these wings are the truth." And of course, two of the best food trucks in town posted up on the patio: it wouldn't be summer in Red Hook without official mini lobster bruschetta from The Red Hook Lobster Pound, and Korilla killed it, offering up their entire incredible menu and serving 'til long after the sun went down!
It wasn't just eats at Summerfest! Heartland Brewery's beer was free-flowing with five different options available including the crowd-pleasing Summertime Apricot Ale. The crack Liberty Warehouse bar staff was slangin' seasonal cocktails from Effen Vodka, Red Stag and Skinny Girl, while wine from Pass the Bottle circled the room. In this heat, hydration from Hint Water was more than necessary, and it washed down all the snacks from Perky Jerky (jerk suits and all!), Kind, PopChips, and Popcorn Indiana quite well. DJ Marvilous was on the 1s and 2s getting the crowd moving, and the patio peeps relaxed to the sounds of City Rain and Bern and the Brights firing off sizzling sets on the patio.
Don’t believe everything I'm telling you? Read the reviews (and add your own if you were there)! Make sure you check out all the photos from Melanie Fidler, the photobooth shots from BK Booth, and what people are saying on Talk. There's still time to donate even more to our worthy charitable partner, the NYC Coalition Against Hunger.
By the way – have you connected with YelpBrooklyn on Twitter or Facebook yet? Downloaded the mobile app? What are you waiting for? Summer has officially started, and how else are you going to find out about the best of Brooklyn...
Peter D and the rest of the NYC Yelp Team
Viva Espanchester! Folks might deem it 'grim oop north' at the moment, what with the flooding and all, but Mancunian Elites know how to take a holiday from the woeful weather warnings. Sandinista! Cantina Bar hosted an exclusive new menu launch just for Yelpers (and VIPs – very important press), treating attendees to more tasty tapas than they could shake a pair of maracas at.
Looks like El Rincon de Rafa's got a rival when it comes to City Centre Spanish fodder. Firstly though, whistles were wetted with some delicious cocktails. As well as our Kahlúa check-in competition entitling every avid smartphone Yelper to a delicious shot of the finest coffee liqueur as a nightcap, tasty ice-cold punches were glugged out by the jug with Arette tequila and Wray Overproof rum. Enthused Lee Z, 'The drinks that were on offer were very, very nice. A BIG mention has to go to the drink I lovingly referred to as Redrum; that was addictively nice (as I'm sure Chris M will concur). I lost count of how many of them I had, that's how good it was!'
An enormous range of fresh tapas dishes spoiled guests completely. From salt cod croquettes and calamari with alioli to tender rump steak, pork loin, pulled pork with squid ink rice, patatas bravas, pimientos del padron, feta stuffed peppers, desserts of chilli chocolate tart and Crema Catalana and more, no attendee went home with an empty belly. Chris P said of the choccy pudding, 'It started off sweet and smooth, and a few seconds after you finished your bite you realised that it had a spicy kick!' And that certainly is a good thing.
But the piéce de resistance was the sheer showmanship generated from the presentation of a truly gigantic pan of paella. There was more than enough to go around, and its combination of prawns, mussels and chicken with veggies and saffron rice had everybody salivating.
Huge thanks go to all the Yelpers and Press who attended the menu launch, our awesome booze sponsors Kahlua for our check-in competition and the fab Wray Overproof headed up by Mark Cato and Hazel Glen's Arette (rum and tequila available at Sandinista!), the talented chefs who provided such delicious food and bar staff for making the cocktails, the beautiful Katy Johnson who works tirelessly for both Sandis (Manchester and Leeds) and Leeds' sister-bar Smokestack too, Sandis' awesome manager Adam Binnersley, gorgeous Leeds Yelp Community Manager Rowena H who'll be repeating the event in her own constituency (look out, Leeds Elites!), and the always-exceptional Jody Hartley for the supreme snaps.
Your Yelp Manchester CM Señorita, Emma-Lou H
John Coltrane may have spent his career searching for that one perfect note, but, thanks to the sweet sounds of Shelley Carroll and Titos Vodka martinis, Fort Worth yelpers at Scat Jazz Lounge found their evening pitch perfect!
And Harry O was down from the get go in his tux and shades to recreate a bygone era: "I liked the idea of just walking on the streets of downtown Ft.worth and then slipping thru an alleyway to reach an elevator that takes you to the basement where the Scat Jazz Lounge hides...." And Eric W concurs, noting that he "learned several things, but first and foremost is, if there is a theme, I'm going to find out what Harry O is wearing, as this guy knows how to dress the part."
And Reena D embraced the gestalt of the evening, cocktails in hand: "Tito's cocktails were flowing. The jazz band was great. The fun part at this event was the photo booth. That was so fun and it had everyone giggling." Hard not to giggle in any jazz band, cowboy hat, martini situation, Reena!
And the band was terrific: Shelley Carroll, who's toured with both the Duke Ellington Big Band and Sheryl Crow (presumably those were separate tours), tore up the stage from the word go. Sometimes taking the elevator down a floor means being transported a little. Thanks to the band, the photo booth, Tito's and the slinging bartenders at Scat Jazz Lounge, this truly was a night to remember!
Until next time, SYOY!
Senoritas is one of Melbourne's latest Mexican hot spots, offering a fantastic tequila selection and food that sings with the authentic flavours of Mexico.
Upon arrival, Yelpers settled in with pear and apple cider from The Hills Cider Company while taking in the striking art work and decorations. Small fried tortillas topped with cactus, green tomato, frijoles, queso fresco and guacamole gave everyone's mouth a preview of what was to follow.
Linus from Herradura then took Yelpers on a tequila journey, matching three tequilas to tasty morsels from the kitchen.
First up, a crab tostada with the Herradura Silver - a clean and smooth tequila that went superbly with the delicate dish. Then it was time for Herradura Reposado and this was matched with a chicken flautas, a crispy rolled tortilla filled with succulent meat.
Finally, a shredded pork taco matched with Herradura Anejo - an earthier tequila aged for two years. The variety in flavours was an eye opening experience for many Yelpers, many vowing to try more tequila and learn about the many varieties available.
A big thanks to the wonderful team at Senoritas - Matt, Jess and Dick on the floor and the hard working chefs in the kitchen. Thank you to Linus and Herradura for educating us, The Hills Cider Company for lubricating us and Senoritas for hosting and feeding us!
And, finally, thanks to John Hewat from Phoenix Photography for capturing all the fun!
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Check out the PHOTOS
See you at the next one and SYOY until then!
The Yelp Indy Elite Squad kicked off the summer high on the hog at Chatham Passage Alley on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. Yelpers enjoyed a summer night of live bluegrass by Shades of Grass accompanied by games of cornhole with Indy Custom Cornhole. Down home pulled pork sliders and BBQ beans from Squealers award-winning BBQ were washed down with Sun King Brewery's oh.so.tasty. Firefly wheat ale. The evening was made even sweeter with Hoaglin Fine Catering's blondie brownies and 240Sweet's artisinal marshmallows. Let's get the lowdown straight from the gingham-clad Elite Squad themselves…
Scot C says, “ A Touch of Grass bluegrass band, one of my personal favorites from Broad Ripple! I tell you what, as far as local bluegrass is concerned, these guys are top-notch!”
Jeff N’s favorite part: “240 Sweet and their delicious homemade marshmallows! Oh my goodness. I think I may have a new obsession with lavender thanks to their Lavender & Lemonade marshmallows. I'm still slightly miffed that I missed out on the bacon flavored one...but believe me I'll be making a trip to try some more. Especially considering there are so many different flavors (Beef Marshmallows???)”
A mighty big "Thank you!!" to all of the wonderful partnering businesses and Solar Flare Photography for capturing the memories!
Hankering for more?
-Read the reviews!
-Browse the photos!
-Learn more about the Elite Squad!
Yelp Indy's Bright and Shiny New CM,
Brittany S. (pictured with Touch of Grass bluegrass band)
Last night 20 Yelpers descended the stairs at 37 Barrack Street to enter the treasure trove of vinyl and vintage that is Fat Shan Records. Yelpers were greeted at the door and handed a beer in a Yelp stubby holder which they could crack open with their Yelp bottle opener key ring.
After flicking through the vinyl, cds and racks of vintage clothing, all eyes were on Amanda Merdzan, as she took to the mic to perform a few of her songs. Yelpers were unanimous in their adoration of Amanda’s talent. Ivory Wolf followed, with more magnificent music. This was a very special evening indeed.
Thank you to Chris, Wil, Kacie and everyone at Fat Shan Records for hosting such a superb night and of course to the Elites, Yelpers and guests who came out for this intimate gathering.
• Read the REVIEWS
• Check out the PHOTOS
• Learn more about the Elite Squad HERE
See you at the next one and SYOY until then!
Perth Community Manager
Just your ordinary Tuesday? Not when it concerns the LA East Elite crew, no sir. Instead of just mingling it up at Silver Lake's newest cocktail bar darling, The Virgil, we jazzed it up a notch by sporting bows, ties, and bowties! Fashion's knottiest accessory came out to play in the wildest of ways. From bows on dresses to sparking tie necklaces to tuxedo t-shirts, guests really brought the bow.
The Virgil played the part nicely, too, with bartenders and bouncers sporting their own version of the stylish adornment. In addition to looking dapper, they also kept the bar up to dress code with clever conconctions. Atlantico Rum and Oro Pisco were the main players in a menu boasting not one, not two, not three, not four, but FIVE, count 'em, FIVE, cocktails for yelpers' enjoyment: Torentel Fizz, Antique, Rum Cobbler, Dark Angel and self-serve Pisco Punch! Hungry Nomad Truck was on hand delighting palates of picky yelpers with two heaping portions of their Armenian-inspired menu items, ensuring that no bower fled the scene feeling famished.
While enjoying The Virgil's new Southern estate library meets parlour room digs, tunes from the complimentary juke box in the lounge kept guests from experiencing the silent treatment, while the other room was kept lively with the sounds of El-Haru Kuroi. Jane Sha Photography went back and forth from room to room to capture all the bow-tie worthy moments that can be seen on Yelp LA's Flickr page. Read the reviews here.
LA East CM
This Wednesday documented an artful and flavorful evening soiree at 5Church in Uptown Charlotte. A restaurant/lounge, bolstering a crew of chefs, restaurateurs and venue aficionados alike, is one of the most swanky and tasty new gems festooning the Charlotte dining scene. The ceiling is painted by a local artist with Sun Tzu's The Art of War and made many stare with amazement. This corner of 5th and Church was flooded by eager Yelpers who we were destined for an evening of Chef Jamie Lynch's culinary craft and ambient décor of the upstairs lounge.
The kitchen and staff supplied a tableful, and yet a whisper, of the gastronomic bounty that 5Church churns out on a nightly basis. Beth F sampled all “delectables” and learned the menu as the servers “described in detail” as she stacked her plate. Will H devoured lamb sliders and pork belly shooters that seemed to “disappear with shocking regularity.” Also, mini crab cakes with poached quail eggs, quinoa tobbouleh, black bean hummus and shrimp pizza filled the lounge and plates of Elites and their guests.
John H “quenched his thirst buds” as Four Friends Brewing brought the brewskies and welcomed the first day of summer with a limited release! 24kt was a smashing, dancy, Belgian ale that tickled the palate. Queen City Red was another choice brew and filled and refilled glasses in the sizzling lounge. Huge props to Emily from Four Friends for talking up the hoppyness and emptying growler after growler of locally crafted beer!
Fetzer supplied the vino and Matt Leblanc, a familiar face in Yelpland, educated, poured and entertained each glass throughout the night. Travis W noted the “wine was flowing” with Fetzer Pinot Grigio, Jekel Chardonnay and Bonterra Pinot Noir. Many a Yelper sampled all vintages and burned through bottle after bottle as the evening burned on (literally).
Yelpers sleuthed their way through the crowds on a scavenger hunt to find the owner of a "Fill in the Blank" phrase game and painted 3 different canvases with their own artful touch and brush stroke. Yelpers truly broke out their creative side and went to town with paint markers in hand!
Photo documentation was artfully executed, yet again, by the lovely Tonya Price from Poprock Photography. This blue-haired wonder is a breath of fresh air, a ray of sunshine and party diva rolled into one! She whizzed around the lounge with camera and wine in hand with graceful ease. Check out the whole shebang here!
What a way to start the summer in Crown Town! Many more fantastic events to come, no doubt! But don't take my word for it, read on here!
Until next time….
Ben G (pictured with wife, JJ)
Yelp Charlotte Community Manager
This Tuesday proved to be quite the feast for LA West Elites at the Pink Taco in Century City. This was an Elite only, exclusive affair with over 10 courses! We are still full... Literally. Read the reviews here!
50 elites came out to taste the menu items prepared by Pink Taco's executive chef. For starters, guacamole and salsa is a must in any Mexican restaurant, but they went way above the norm with seafood towers that would impress and fish aficionado. Crab, shrimp, mussels and clams were piled a foot high. Next came the individual plates - eight of them to be exact!
Cynthia A was swooning, "The Sweet Corn Tamales were warm and melted in my mouth. Really enjoyed the combo flavor of the queso fresco, grilled corn, and crema." Tiffany D found another favorite: "Mini tostada salad was delicious! Great mix of flavors and blending tastes. Tostada was crispy but not over fried, just enough to compliment the cute little pile of veggies on top."
Meanwhile Christine T enjoyed "Carne Asada- marinated cilantro jalapeño skirt steak ( perfectly grilled with a nice pink color. Very tender and juicy!)"
Their head bar tender gave us all cocktail lessons and Anne A loves all the new improvements: "tasty and love that they are now "farm-to-table" and creating quality cocktails by mixologists. It shows with the the passion from our "bartender" who schooled us on tequila tasting."
Kenneth S sums it up nicely, "This event was all kinds of amazing! The continuous flow of delicious food, strong and tasty drinks, care and attention from the Pink Taco staff, then you're sent home with a $50 gift card! Wow! At one point during dinner, I had to take a silent moment of self reflection to figure out what positive karma influencing act I did in the past to deserve this!" You're elite Kenneth! Of course you deserve it! See more event photos here.
Until next time,
LA West Community Manager
Long Island Elite members have been waiting eagerly for their first restaurant Elite event and hearing the foodie battle cry, Miraku stepped up to the plate. Miraku is a fresh addition to the Long Island Japanese food scene with its blend of traditional sushi spreads along with modern Japanese tapas. The cuisine served to over 70+ yelpers ranged from edamame falafels to cheesesteak maki rolls to sushi combinations made with curry, pesto sauce and melty mozzarella cheese (drroooool).
Between those bountiful bites, yelpers took a turn around the sake tasting stations. Sipping on over a dozen sakes from various regions of Japan, we met the brewer and learned some serious sake lessons from World of Sake staff. Guests certainly didn't go thirsty since Miraku was also serving up fancy libations such as fuji apple martinis, ginger margaritas and craft brews for all. And what do you do with a bunch of yelpers full of food and drink? Entertain, entertain, entertain! LUMi8 busted out the costumes and provided an impressive new photo booth for all to enjoy. Check out the smiles, 'staches and boa's here! Also working the crowd was our Yelp LI resident wizard, Rich from Canosmagic. When he wasn't wow-ing Elites with slight-of-hand and card tricks he made entire beers disappear (we all know how that one is done). Last but not least, everyone was photographed smiling and chatting with friends, old and new, by John Emig. Did you miss the event? Silly you. Check out all the rave reviews here and if you were in attendance, talk it up!
Yelp Long Island Community Manager
Pass the Bottle, a digital ‘pair and share’ program, designed to pair your friends with wine personalities. A Social Sommelier pairs your friends' personalities with one of ten imported wines such as Ruffino Lumina Pinot Grigio, Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc, Primal Roots Red Blend, blufeld Riesling, Rioja Vega Tempranillo and Diseno Malbec.
"Thank you, Yelp. For introducing me to such a cute store full of things that make my heart happy. They had the delightful folks from Pass the Bottle, Izze, and PopChips to ease the pain. My +1 and I planned to guzzle a couple glasses of wine, do a quick lap around the store. This was a very flawed plan. The first flaw was that the Pass the Bottle crew were so engaging and fun, that it was hard to pull away from those conversations. The second flaw was that this store is impossible to take a quick lap around."
Other awards ceremonies have nothing on the Yelpy Awards, a community-nominated and peer-voted awards ceremony honoring the who's who of Yelp Philadelphia's Elite Squad. On Monday, the 2nd Annual Yelpy Awards went down at Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House in the Vault Room, a locale sexier than Fifty Shades' Red Room of Pain.One hundred decked-out Elites descended a flight of stairs to the Vault and were welcomed by Yelp-tern Brie P and the bar. Wine and beer were a hit, but the most popular drink of the evening was the aptly-named VIP, a pineapple and vodka concoction. Party people nibbled on passed hors d'oeuvres including cheesesteak dumplings, mini crab cakes, tuna wontons, fresh mozzarella and cherry tomato skewers and bruschetta.The buzz was intense leading up to the awards ceremony, but it wasn't long before the winners were revealed (from left to right): Most Useful, Funniest, Coolest, Best Compliments (not pictured), Most Rockin' UYEs, Biggest Foodie, Life of the Party, Master Wordsmith, Rookie of the Year, Lifetime Achievement. Acceptance speeches were a highlight, and no one pulled a Kanye. And since little gold men are so last year, winners walked away with a Yelp "Summer Survival Kit" which included sunscreen, travel toothbrushes, Sudoku books, popsicle trays and more.Thanks to everyone at Del Frisco's and Neff Associates for helping to coordinate this memorable evening! And don't forget to catch up on the goss, peep the pics and read the reviews!
Until next time, SYOY!
Yelp Philadelphia Community Manager
Just like Rooster Cogburn, some of Chicagoland's Yelpers were lookin' a little rough around the edges.
Now, we reckon there ain't nothin' wrong with having a little true grit, but even the most instinctual cowboys need a bit of a clean up from time to time. Luckily, there's a new men's grooming center in this here territory (Schaumburg) and they were kind enough to tip their hats and host the Chicago suburbs' June Elite Event for all the rugged gentlemen broncos out there.
Aloha! Since St. Louis gets hit with soaring temperatures and loads of humidity every summer, we at Yelp figured... if it's going to be this hot, we might as well act like we're in Hawaii. Thanks to our stellar June elite event at The Schlafly Tap Room, for a few minutes, we forgot that we're completely landlocked! It was a night of true luau fun, and St. Louis elites got lei'd like the rockstars they truly are.
After checking in to the party, each elite received a lei that they used in an icebreaker that got everyone talking & meeting each other! Along with a lei, they each pulled a word, and the goal was to get other elites to say their word without that person knowing what it is. Long story short, whoever got lei'd the most by the end of the night was the winner (obviously) and was handed a gift certificate to the Tap Room! In between conversations, guests nibbled on quite the spread put out by the folks at Schlafly. Yummy veggies, pitas and dips, and St. Louis meats and cheeses kept everyone full, happy, and filled with the energy they needed to party.
After guests had the chance to catch up with each other and snag two Schlafly beers of their choice, it was time for the hula-hoop contest! Eight brave yelpers got up on the stage to show us their best hoop moves, and we had winners in both the "longest hula-hooper" category and the "most unique hula-hooper" category. Elite yelper Hao X impressed us by doing some sort of neck hula-hoop move while jumping up and down. Lots of laughs could be heard throughout the room, and they were followed by a huge round of applause! Nice work, ladies and gentlemen.
Next up was the performance that had people talking all evening! The ladies from the Hawaiian Polynesian Revue joined us for an authentic, exciting, and rhythm-filled performance. As if their dances and costumes weren't entertaining enough, they pulled yelpers on stage to teach them some moves of their own! Turns out we have some real pros on our elite squad. Perhaps the funniest part of the whole thing is when guests followed the dancers around and kept their hands on their hips while they shook it to the beat.
As always, a themed photo wall kept yelpers busy all night with fun props like inflatable palm trees, flamingos, beach balls, and oversized sunglasses. A+ for the creative of the costumes, too! On the way out, there was a candy & schwag buffet waiting along with super-cool Yelp tote bags to put everything in. Starburst and Yelpstick? Does it get any better?
This was truly a special evening, and as always, the St. Louis elite squad impressed me with their dress-up skills & eagerness to have a great time at a cool local biz. It was a night that will be remembered by all (in very bright colors!) Make sure to check out all the five star reviews, as well as the full set of photos. Special thanks to Cryrolfe Photography & DMGillespie Photography for capturing the whole evening on camera, and The Schlafly Tap Room for hosting the party of the summer!
Until the next one...
What a busy time it's been in the North West of England for our Yelpfolk. They've been inundated with event after event, but one can hardly complain when such amazing local businesses open their doors to their favourite potential and indeed already-loyal customers... for free. Two weeks and two events to report back on, so let's get cracking!
Taps, Manchester City Centre's beloved pour-your-own bar (the first of its kind in the UK), turned three years old and wanted to celebrate with – who else? Yelpers. We were only very happy to oblige when we were invited so kindly.
New Yelper Lucas S has some mad beer-pouring skillz, yo.
No guest arrived empty-handed with Asahi drafted out upon arrival, and that was to be the first drink of many. The fruity nectar of Liefmans was self-decantable for attendees, as was refreshing Amstel, and bar staff were more than happy to treat the non-beer drinkers to wine or soft drinks from the bar.
Of course all that boozy fluid requires some serious sustenance to keep folks compus-mentus, and Taps went all out. The following canapés were handed out generously:
Hmm. Anybody else up for returning to Taps for a three-course slap-up meal? We certainly are.
As well as Asahi, Amstel and Liefmans, Duvel Moortgat beer reps Ross Quinn and Will Evans served up some lovely Duvel, Vedett Blond, Vedett White, Liefmans Cuvée Brut, La Chouffe and Maredsous, and if that wasn't enough, Gemma from Chilli Marketing had every flavour of Rekorderlig for the cider-drinkers as well as light, low-carb, crisp Saint Lager! Phew.
The lovely Gemma liked hanging with Yelpers so much, she returned for our Didsbury event the following week!
Indeed, speaking (whispering!) of our Didsbury event...
...as part of the Yelp Manchester's Passport to Didsbury promotion, the exceptional AiryFairy Cake Boutique in Didsbury Village hosted a whole heap of guests who were most excited to try their legendary cupcakes, cakepops and brownies, as crafted by the lovely Laura Draper.
Like Taps, Laura herself has just celebrated a birthday – her very own Airyversary took place a few weeks ago, so it was the perfect time to introduce Yelpers to her delicious wares. These folks rarely venture outside of the Northern Quarter and Oxford Road borders, so getting them past Rusholme into the South Suburbs was no mean feat! It was those tasy baked goods that coerced them, for sure.
As well as those delectables, partygoers were treated to savoury nibbles alongside a beautiful bounty of beverages – sweet coconut Koko Kanu rum with fresh pineapple juice, delightfully English Saint Lager provided by the gorgeous Gemma, and Omar from the fantastic Didsbury Wine Club offered a free wine-tasting masterclass too, with red, white and a crisp Prosecco that refreshed even the most knackered of revellers on such a humid day. Membership is free, and several Yelpers (and myself!) are definitely getting ourselves involved.
The smiley faces speak for themselves.
Humongous thanks to all the lovely folks at Taps and everyone involved for throwing such an amazing party (and inviting us!), Gemma from Chilli Marketing, Greg Steel for the incredible Taps photos, Cato from J.Wray & Nephew rum, Omar from the Didsbury Wine Club, Laura and Olivia from AiryFairy, Jody Hartley for the superb AiryFairy photos, all the guests who came to both events, Manchester for being so darn awesome and independent business-rich, and Manchester Queen Mother Ruth H and Mr Yelp Manchester Christopher M for keeping your Community Manager keeping on.
Kansas City's Yelpers spend a lot of time trying out new and exciting foods. But a chance to rewire your tastebuds, making ordinary foods taste extraordinary? That's the type of rare opportunity that Yelp Elites and their guests will jump on. And at Yelp's Flavor Rave @ The Drop, we did just that!
Over 120 Yelpers and their guests swarmed upon our host venue The Drop, immediately greeted with glow-necklaces and pills. Don't worry, these pills are legal! The kind folks at mBerry supplied the party with tablets of concentrated miracle berries! With the promise of sour foods magically turning sweet, guests bee-lined for a buffet of everything from lemons to balsamic vineger to Sour Patch Kids.
The Drop teamed up with Dark Horse Distillery to create two signature drinks to highlight the properties of miracle fruit. The first was a chocolate habanero cocktail, the second was lemon and passionfruit. Both were mouth-puckering sour before taking their pills, but afterwards became sweet, delicious cocktails. Bartenders were prepared for those that elected to not take a tastebud trip, offering complimentary red wine martinis to the guests, one of the venue's signaure cocktails.
And then, like any good trip, the effects slowly wore off. Yelp Elites and their guests shuffled out of the dark bar, still wearing glow necklaces as they walked into the light of day, wondering if their taste buds would ever be the same again. I guess we'll find out at the next event!
On Thursday, June 14th, Yelp Elites and their guests had the opportunity to take an undercover look into a space unknown to the Yelp community and the local community at large; Mana Contemporary located in the Journal Square neighborhood in Jersey City. Seema U sums up the experience with her review: "When you think about Yelp, the real beauty of the site is not just the reviews but the opportunity to discover new places, find fun events, meet interesting people, and just have an online community. I feel like this Elite Event epitomized the spirit of Yelp." Agreed Seema U.
Mana Contemporary's professional staff were on site to highlight the 'Conference of the Birds' exhibit as well as speaking of the vision of this incredible place and it's desire to be a mecca for the arts. Artists who were on site welcomed Yelp with open arms and were ready to talk shop. Louis R asks himself where he is throughout the two hour event: "The MoMA, The Met, The Guggenheim? Some gallery in SoHo? Ah hellz nah...at the Mana Contemporary in JC, yo."
With local bites from JC's Indian eatery Taj Mahal, Stella's Emapanada's, SenseFoodability and cupcakes from Sophie Sophia, Yelpers were well fed and well hydrated from the copoius amounts of white wine that was flowin'. For those who needed a break from the booze, Fizzy Lizzy was serving up some delicious juice. David K's four course meal started at Taj Mahal "to taste some of their Chicken Tikka Masala served with basmati rice and some moist naan." Jen G samples the fried goodness of Argentina "Stella's Empanadas were to die for" while Lovet O loves "Sophie Sophia's tiny morsels of moist cupcakes."
Matt S grooved to DJ Rob spinnin' some beats ranging from 1970's soul and funk to 1990's r&b to the latest underground hip-hop: "The music set the mood for a fun evening. I had to go over to the DJ and thank him for playing a little Dead for the older folks in the room. He laughed." Yelp New Jersey learned tonight, that though the food and drink do matter, it's all about the space, place and the people!
Lookin' forward to the next one!
Dressed in their 1920s best, Columbus Elites were given the password to enter Yelp's Speakeasy Elite Event @ Hubbard Grille for a night of smooth jazz, cold cocktails and delectable light bites.
Light bites including, housemade cornbread with lavender butter, cornmeal-dusted calamari and spinach artichoke dip with housemade tortilla chips, surely got the crowd roaring. Stac M's favorite? "The cornbread was sooooo good I went back for seconds, and possibly thirds (hey, don't judge!)"Complimentary wines and Buttles Bohemian cocktails – made with Skyy Vodka, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, pineapple juice, topped with Champagne – got our gals and gangsters nice and relaxed.
No one left empty handed thanks to The Owens Group who provided free swag and movie passes for "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World!"
Until next time, SYOY!
Rendez-vous dans une boutique éphémère, pour découvrir un quartier, une association, des actions et des cupcakes ! En juin une vingtaine de Yelpeurs Marseillais se sont retrouvés juste avant que ne débute l'orage, entre le port antique du Jardin des Vestiges et le Vieux Port actuel, au Petit Magasin.
L'association "Viens ! à Marseille" a pour vocation de redynamiser et de redonner au quartier Belsunce, une belle image. Toutes les actions menées sont guidées par la pensée du peintre architecte Friedensreich Hundertwasser, actuellement exposé à la Vieille Charité. Le Petit Magasin est tout à la fois, une vitrine de l'association et un générateur de fonds pour soutenir les actions à venir en faveur de Belsunce. "J'applaudis de mes deux mains et de mes deux pieds ! Une brillante association qui mérite d'être connue pour ses projets, son ambition et son savoir faire " s'enthousiame Noura N.
"L'accueil était tip top, les tartes salées exquises, les éventails Yelp pratiques et la pluie rafraichissante !" décrit Marie Aqui effectivement a été mouillée par cet orage battant qui innondait la ville tandis que les Yelpeurs participaient à un Quizz sur le quartier, l'association et Yelp en sirotant un thé glacé "Viens! à Marseille", parfum créé par et pour l'association ou un verre de vin rosé ! "Encore une fois j'ai gagné à un jeu (oui Aurelia D et Xavier S, c'est notre équipe qui avait gagné le concours de pizza !!!). Un super joli livre de l'expo de Friedensreich Hundertwasser et je vais me dépêcher d'aller voir son expo à la Vieille Charité". Oui Christine F n'a pas la victoire modeste, mais ne serait-ce pas là un vrai trait de Marseillaise ?
En flanant dans la boutique, toujours aussi fan, Marie A rajoute "le concept est fantastique, le magasin regorge de petites choses merveilleuses avec lesquelles on a envie de repartir ! Ce coup-ci, elle a craqué pour 2 tasses recyclées, bio dégradables et super jolies" mais c'est promis, elle reviendra bientôt !
Rendez-vous très vite pour de prochaines aventures Yelp à Marseille !
Sunny June 11th was the perfect day to host a new Elite Event. Around 25 Yelpers came to this Petit Magasin (litteraly Little Shop) to enjoy a nice party and discover this association work. Viens! à Marseille was created to give a new energy to Belsunce an old neighborhood which suffers from an unfair bad reputation. This short-lived shop will be open until september 9th, to get some money for the actions lead by Viens! à Marseille.
A short-lived shop in a small street, that's where the Yelpers arrived. Balloons, iced tea (a special flavor designed by the association), wine and goodies was offered to the attendees. " They know how to give you 2 take-away-kilos with the delicious quiche and all those cupcakes... amazingly beautiful" says Noura N. But she ate it all anyway ! As this shop is meant to earn money for the association, food was free except for the cupcakes. And Yelpers took some to bring back home..
It does no harm just this once, a big storm started and all the Yelpers were inside the shop. So they played a little Quizz prepared by devoted CM Julie M. They learned a lot about how old Belsunce neigborhood is, and its history. "Once again I won at a Yelp Elite Party game ! And I had a wondeful little book about Friedensreich Hundertwasser. I can't wait to visit the exhibition" declare Christine F !
"It was an other great party in a great shop discovered" says Marie A who has bought some little cups. She'll "come back for sure to have a tea time, and get some nice gift for her friends". Everybody enjoyed the place and were happy to discover it through this Yelp Party. See you soon to the next Elite event !
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So, yeah. Summertime in Miami = rain. And, sometimes, lots of it. But meteorological tomfoolery wasn’t enough to dampen the intrepid spirits of the Yelp Miami Elite Squad. The Perry South Beach teamed up with The One Group and STK to ensure that South Florida’s finest elites got their fill of Summer Chill.
Summer eats are all about light, easy, healthy(ish), and, most importantly, delicious. The food of the evening fired on all of the above cylinders. Guests raved about the Mini Veggie and Hummus Panini, Mini Greek Salad Pita Pockets, Short Rib with Horseradish Cream & Crispy Onions, Chili oil Tuna & Mango Tartar on Cucumber, Steamed Chicken Pot Stickers with Spicy Soy, and Grilled Shrimp with Habanero Glaze & Coriander Cream. The delectable morsels just kept coming throughout the evening. It seemed no matter where an Elite turned, there was a gracious server ready to present her with a luscious lite bite.
This isn’t to say that a summer chill can’t work up a thirst. Thankfully, the expert bartenders of STK were armed with the radical rum and bodacious bubbly of flipflop. This leading libation crafted three signature beverages of the evening: Summer Splash, Pink Paradise and Caribbean Shooter. If rum wasn’t one's cup o’ tea for, Elites sipped on flutes of champagne and the signature summer bellini.
DJ Aulden Brown and DJ Obscene kept the beats bouncing all night but the real show began when male & female models dazzled the crowd in multiple signature looks from Big Drop & Cutler Salon. As they made their turns in the gorgeous clothes, Elites knew summer was certainly here in the 305. And if there wasn’t enough action going on, three guests were big winners of the generous raffle: Melanie A won a two-night stay at The Perry, Eve C won a dinner for two at STK and Whitney K won a $100 gift certificate to Big Drop. If this is just the beginning of summer, stay tuned for even more hotness. For photographic proof, just check out the fantastic fotos of Alex H here. And, if you prefer summer reading, enjoy what guests had to say here.
Can you say, "Pizza!"? Can you say, "Wings!"? Can you say, "Best pizza & wings in the PVD!"? We sure can, cuz over 80 of the PVD's Elites chowed down on the best in town Thursday night at Yelp's Pizza Me, Pizza You! Elite Event at Providence Coal Fired Pizza, which was nothing short of awesome!
"Providence Coal Fired Pizza is great – definitely not your typical pizza joint," and Jamie H can't wait to go back for more of her favorite slice of the night, the "Bianca – cream, onion, extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, ricotta and pecorino. I could live on that pizza!" Outstanding pies came out of the huge coal-fired oven in a storm of scrumptiousness, and included The Rocket (fresh marinara, mozzarella, Pecorino and arugala), house signature The Conrad (roasted onion, sausage, roasted peppers, mozzarella, Pecorino and rosemary), Baby Bella (oyster mushrooms, truffle oil, ricotta and mozzarella cheeses), classic pepperoni and the deliciously simple Margherita.
Joseph D has a "new favorite food: the coal fired wings with sea salt, onion and rosemary." And how could they not be? The little puppies were "out of this freaking world! Salty, smokey and crispy – like the tiniest little perfectly oven roasted chicken, with crispy skin and amazing herby flavor… Like a 2 x 4 to the taste buds!" You said it, buddy! Kisha T's "favorite part of this place is the giant counter that surrounds where all of the magic happens. You can see the oven roaring away as hot, bubbly pizzas magically come out. A lovely sight!"
The signature cocktail - The Mango Fuzz – was a smash along with an extensive beer list including Alagash White and Stone IPA, along with a choice selection of wines. As always, flash master Brad Smith was on the scene, snapping pics of the most memorable moments of this memorable evening and making us all look glamorous, even with wings and pizza dripping from our fingies and faces.
As always, the evening was a smash, and in light of this being the PVD's biggest-ever Elite event, it was a very special night indeed.
Until next time... That's amore!
- Hilary H
Yelp Providence Community Manager
Sandwiches... oh you want more do you? Fine then, we shall expand on this with some additional info.. jeez. The date was June 14th 2012. The place was Piece. The crowd was Yelp. The beer was Williams Bros. The result was pleasing, oh so very pleasing. The gallus guys at Piece (Lauckner & Moore) have been slinging gourmet sandwiches for nigh on four years in Finnieston village. On this night, the Yelp elite and their eager guests were treated to a mouthwatering selection in the cool surroundings of this great wee spot. With a beer in hand courtesy of the fine folks at Williams Bros, Yelpers hung out in the easily crafted cool of Piece, scoffing down sarnies, slurping from a great selection of micro brewed awesomeness, shooting the breeze with other Yelpers and just generally putting the world to right... the usual then no?The term 'laid back' could be thrown at this event and stick without even thinking of falling off. Easy, fun, entertaining and dancing in quality. Pretty much a great way to explain both the night and the great local biz who hosted us. Piece, you make it look easy.
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Move over Lolla, there's a new fest in town and its name is Booze-a-Palooza. On a perfect Chicago evening, over 200 thirsty Yelpers and their guests gathered to explore Binny's Beverage Depot, the midwest's largest beverage retail space. With over 20 tables of beer, champagne, and liquor vendors pouring samples and mixing perfect cocktails, it was quite the buzzworthy evening!
Attendees drank to their hearts content. Metropolitan Brewing brought a Beer Bot that poured a never-before-tasted unfiltered Zwickl Flywheel (and made for many great photo opportunities). From our neighbors to the north, Lakefront Brewery sampled tastes of their Wisconsinite Ale that were exclusive to this event! Alien Tequila taught us that delicious cosmopolitans can indeed be made with tequila, and Hennessy muddled up an Oscar-winning drink with "The Artist". Chicago-based Koval Distillery mixed up huge batches of their refreshingly tasty Summer Slush, which is sure to be a hit at every party in the next few months. And when was the last time you were at an event where Moet & Chandon poured Dom Perignon? Booze-a-Palooza really lived up to it's name!
Here is a full list of all of the generous beverage sponsors:
:: Alien Tequila (FB & Twitter) :: St. Germain (FB & Twitter) :: Death's Door Spirits (FB & Twitter) :: International Beverage Co. :: Partida Tequila (FB & Twitter) :: St. George Spirits (FB & Twitter) :: High West (FB & Twitter) :: Koval Distillery (FB & Twitter) :: Moet & Chandon (FB) :: Veuve Clicquot (FB & Twitter) :: Belvedere Vodka (FB & Twitter) :: Hennessy (FB & Twitter) :: Pierre Ferrand (FB) :: Metropolitan Brewing (FB & Twitter) :: Virtue Cider (FB & Twitter) :: Lakefront Brewery (FB & Twitter) :: Louis Glunz Beer Inc (FB) :: Goose Island Clybourn Brewpub (FB & Twitter) :: New Holland Brewing Company (FB & Twitter) ::
All that booze is sure to make anyone's head spin, but luckily, there was plenty of delicious food on hand to make sure everyone could make it to work the next day. TipsyCake decorated some special liquor brand decorated cakes and served up ultra-moist, rich, and chocolatey slices of Cointreau Cake, alongside Bailey's Cookie Sandwiches with shots of milk and ice-cream. Wild Ophelia Chocolate Company (owned by Chicago's very own, Vosges) (FB) were on hand, sampling their latest chocolate creations with beer pairings selected by Binny's Beer Manager: Adam Vavrick. When was the last time you tried Beef Jerky Chocolate with a brown ale, or Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate with an imperial stout?
For those with a move savory tooth, Qdoba Mexican Grill (FB & Twitter) was located conveniently at the end of the sampling line, and fed hungry Yelpers with their made-to-order naked burrito bowls, fueling them on well into the night. Popchips (FB & Twitter) was there for everyone's snacking needs with their "never fried, never baked" crispy chips in the newest flavors: jalapeno and chili lime. And Binny's showed all the visitors that it can serve all entertaining needs, not just beverages, by setting up an epic spread of charcuterie and cheese for Yelpers to nosh on.
It wouldn't be a great Yelp event without a little entertainment, right? DJs from HouseWreckers (FB & Twitter) kept the tunes spinning all night as guests mixed, mingled, tasted, sipped, and nibbled. Photographer extraordinare, Andres deLeon, snapped pics of all the action. You can relive the night through all his pictures here, and read all the reviews of Booze-a-Palooza here.
Don't forget to follow Binny's on FB and Twitter. And of course, stalk us on there too! (Yelp Chicago FB & Twitter)
Until next time, SYOY (See You On Yelp)
Danny "Thirsty Wursty" W, Chicago Community Manager
Corner Table's new owners Nick and Chenny Rancone pulled out all the stops to make the Elite Squad feel welcome, including a first-rate tasting of their ever-inventive menu. Chef Thomas Boemer treated the Elite Squad to savory ricotta gnocchi, biscuits with rhubarb jelly, smoked trout rilette with lavash, gougeres with ham, pommes dauphines filled with pork confit and quite possibly the creamiest, most melt-in-your-mouth pork belly in the city. Oh, and you carnivores might be interested to know that all this porky goodness came from one pig. Suey!
Not only was the eatin' local, but the drinkin' was too! Jon Messier from Lucid Brewing, brought every single beer that this Minnetonka brewery's sporting right now. Lucid's Dyno, Cammo and Air varieties kept the Elites in high spirits, but the party also doubled as a release of a brand new seasonal saison, Summertide. This refreshing Belgian-style brew was put into kegs just that morning and the yelpers were the very first to get a taste. And in keeping with the country vibe, those with a taste for the grape imbibed from a box, literally.Make sure to check out the reviews of the event on Yelp and the incredible pictures from Cadence Cornelius Photographs on Flickr for more party fun (including the scary horse masks that made their second Elite party appearance of the year). And if you're interested in becoming part of the Elite Squad, let's talk!
Until next time,
Twin Cities Yelp Community Manager
In case you wondering where everyone was last Thursday night - they were all getting their Grease Lightning on at Yelp Dallas's Summer Lovin' Yelper Event. The event rang in a sock-hopping, hand-jiving, 50's lovin' good time for over 600 Dallas enthusiastic Yelpers, dressed in the their Sandy and Danny finest, attended for the biggest bash Yelp Dallas has ever seen. In short, Yelp Was The Word...
Guests were first greeted by the only and all-female Valet group in North Texas - oh so appropriately named: Pinky's Valet. Their "very professional and efficient at the Valet service" ensured us all that our rides were in good shape. After all, we can't show with our date at the drive-in without a smooth set of wheels!
As the line of enthusiastic Yelpers and their guests zipped by, Marc Events was popping inside. Upon entering, guests where amazed by the spacious and elegeant venue that so graciously hosted the biggest bash of the summer. Set amongst the high-end showrooms, antique stores, and art galleries of the Design District, many people were excited to realize this chich spot existed, and as Janice L puts it: "a perfect place for a party"
With over 15 beer suppliers on board, 5 local restaurants, an Oxygen Bar, live art from local non-profit ArtLoveMagic, alcoholic winesicles, Deep Eddy Vodka, Bombay Sapphire GIn, and a handcrafted balloon drop this shindig put Rydell High's Spring Fling to shame. The soiree recruited some much deserved recognition and funds for non-profit partners, ArtLoveMagic and Muscular Dystrophy Association. As well as introduced the world of Yelp to a hefty batch of newbies.
"Hands down one of the best Yelp events I have gone to" could definitely qualify as a description of event. Everywhere you turned there was excitement filling the room. From the get go, guests were lured into the temptation of Deep Eddy Vodka's cocktails, Vintage Point's bold-bodied Hidden Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, and the energy-boosting Avalon O2 Oxygen Bar.
Once everyone contributed their $10 suggested donation to our wonderful Non-Profit Sponsor, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and took in some impressive live art demonstrations by our other Non-Profit Sponsor, ArtLoveMagic - they were easily promoted to grab a goofy pic with friends at the Green Screen photo booth courtesy of the highly-rated Rainbow Entertainment.
It's not a Rydell High School Spring Fling wihtout a little spiked punch! Good thing SocialIce was on board to keep our popsicles spiked with wine and flavors from the likes of Sangria and Mimosa. Better believe Bombay Sapphire Gin was stirring up some trouble as their "easy on the eye" servers taught us all how to craft the perfect gin cocktail.
"The rocking roster of brews "weren't in short supply with more beers then my neighborhood corner store," says LaRaina W. Indeed, beer was in abundance as Yelpers were able to enjoy every craft beer under the brewtiful rainbow. According Ted W "The beer selection was sublime with many non-standard varieties and labels." With Magic Hat, Pyramid, Imperial, Widmer Rotator, Redhook, Dale's Pale Ale, Mama's Lil' Yellow Pils, Old Chub, Franconia, Julius Echter, Kronenbourg, Carlsberg, Steinlager, Chimay, Schneider Edelweisse, Affligem, Weihenstephan, Fireman's #4, Lost Gold IPA, Devil's Backbone, Han's Pils, Blanche De Chambly, Trois Pistoles, Ephemere Apple, Hofbrau Hefeweizen, San Miguel Light, Xingu Black Beer, Brooklyn Brewery,Hobgoblin Ale, Woodchuck Amber, Woodchuck Summer Cider, Duvel, Maredsous Blonde, Ommegang Witte, and DeKonick were all in attendance. Angelica N "enjoyed walking around with my Yelp buds, tasting beers left and right and making new discoveries." And no, we aren't all lushes, Sweet Leaf Tea was present and well appreciated by all the parched party-goers! For the sophistacates of the group - Chateau Diana was serving up sensational Pinot Grigio and Cabernet Sauvignon, too!
Thirsts weren't the only thing quenched, but our appetites were more than satisfied, as well. Local restaurants that were hopelessly devoted to showed us their stuff with delectable Pork Tacos courtesy of Prime Bar, Townhouse Kitchen and Bar's Shrimp and Grits, and Out-Of-This World Deviled Eggs provided by the highly anticipated Park Tavern. According to Dan R, A Rydell High class favorite had to have been Mooyah Burgers - "they were great as always; and the demand was so intense they could barely set the tray down before all the burgers were snatched up." Just like Danny Zuko - they are the one that we want! But The Belle of the Ball goes to The Cake Ball Company and their "outstandingly decadent" desserts.
Dancing was in order after we noshed, drank, chatted, flirted with bartenders, drank, noshed, took more pics, hit the oxygen bar one more time, had one last winesicle, drank, drank, oh yeah - and drank. Astounding Sounds had us set with tunes hailing from the 50's to get us in the Summer Lovin' mood. After things got busy and the balloons dropped - the dance floor was buzzing with Danny, Sandy, Rizzo, James Dean, and June Cleaver look alikes. Every guest definitely receives an A+ for costume effort, but only the few and fabulous walked home with a gift certificate to The Capital Grille for best costume. Whether you were a poodle-skirt donning gal or a leather jacket clad guy - every costume was much appreciated as it added the essential sock-hopping sensation to the mood. Though we can only channel the days of Grease through events such as these - there's no doubt that Yelp's Summer Lovin' had us a blast!
Want to hear more? The Yelpers are yakking it up on the business listing here. If you attended, please consider writing a review about your time - we love your feedback in order to build an even bigger and better event for the future! Peruse the pics on our flickr page, be sure to subscribe to the Weekly Yelp Newsletter, like Yelp Dallas on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @yelpdallas for the skinny on all the upcoming Dallas soirees, specials, openings, and more!
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Until next time, Dallas, See You On Yelp!
Maybe what you thought was Thursday turned out to only be Tuesday, or maybe your coworkers finally discovered that teen pop playlist on your work computer. Whatever the occasion, sometimes we all just feel a little crappy.
Lucky for 150 Toronto Elites and their guests, Yelp was ready to turn that frown upside-down and then right back around again with a night of drinks to drown the sorrows, snacks to silence the swear words, and company that loved misery at our Yelp's Elite Crappy Hour!
Hosted by the anything-but-crappy Gladstone Hotel, this Crappy Hour was the perfect solution for a day of suck. Greeted with envelopes of free crap like discounts on dinner and even a surprise room stay for lucky Jennifer K, Elites got the party crap-a-lackin' surrounded by old friends and fresh faces. "Catching up with everyone," turned out to be the perfect cure for Yvonne T's "Yelp Elite withdrawal."
With a martini bar slinging Cosmos and Blue Lagoons, a Margarhita station tipping the tequila, and our friends from Mill Street Brewery popping bottles, sneers turned to smiles as Elites cheersed to crap. "Cosmos, blue lagoons, and beer" had Steph L wishing she "had more hands," while the "out of control" lime and straberry margs might have made Lauren M waking up feeling like P. Diddy on Wednesday.
Bite-sized crappetizers were a hot commodity as chicken wings, sliders, fish tacos, and shrimp cocktail lettuce rolls were shoved into faces. Elaine K wasn't shy about rolling up her sleeves for the "snacks that were ridiculously messy." But wait! Elites weren't the only ones well fed that night. Edwin K noticed a food-filled "table by the entrance look pretty high by the end" with donations for Five Hole For Food!
If you haven't already, be sure to review the crap out of our Elite Event and catch all the photos on Flickr. Feeling crappy that it's all over? Cheer up – the Gladstone is hosting Crappy Hour every day of the week with wallet-friendly food and drink specials from 5-8pm!
Saying so long with a crappy selfie,
Last night an exclusive posse of very lucky Yelpers were treated to an evening exploring the wonderful world of booze courtesy of the crack team at the Oak Barrel, one of Australia’s oldest independent bottle shops and the men behind Sydney’s boutique wine, whisky and craft beer & cider fairs.
What better way to spend a wet, wild & woolly evening than warming the cockles in a purpose-built Cellar Room surrounded by historic alcohol paraphernalia? On arrival Yelpers were treated to Happy Goblin, a fermented-in-the-bottle pale ale brewed by two kooky characters in the depths of Mt Kuring-Gai National Park.
The theme of the evening was ‘organic’, and the Oak Barrel’s resident wine expert and all-round bon vivant Julian launched into a masterclass on some of the more unusual organic drops available, beginning with a brilliant ‘95 Henschke Julius Riesling and followed by a cherry-tinctured Las Temps Des Cerises that had one Yelper declaring: “I get a sense of bacon on the palate. And I don’t actually eat bacon, but I get whiffs of what I imagine bacon might smell like!”
Things took a trippier turn with the introduction of biodynamic wines to the table, which are developed using a holistic agricultural method that emphasizes the interrelationship of the vineyard’s soil, plants and animals as a self-sustaining system . . . and which may also involve sundrops, moonbeams and LSD! The verdict on the 06’ Sutton Grange Estate Syrah? Vibrant and delicious.
Then it was surprise competition time: a masked bottle of wine was produced and a series of questions on its origins and flavours asked. Last woman standing was Chloe, who for her troubles took home a bottle of sublime Monkey Shoulder malt whisky! At which point Oak Barrel’s manager Simon took the floor and taught the room how to properly savour a fine whisky before unleashing a sensational Limeburners Single Malt M6 Barrel that had Yelpers straining for hyperboles. So, how does a whisky that retails for over $200 taste? There are no words . . .
Many thanks to the entire team at the Oak Barrel for an unbelievably fun evening, and to Sam Macdonald from Sam Macdonald Photography for providing the happy snaps on the night. Until next time . . . SYOY!
Yelp Community Manager
Commitment. It's a big scary thing and it doesn't come easily to most people. But Double Gold Yelp Elites have been committed to making Yelp awesome for the better part of six years. So when Trio at the Four Seasons debuted their incredible three course prix fixe menu, our DGEs were the perfect guinea pigs. Like Geoff H says, "This was one of those rare evenings where everything comes together perfectly; the wine, the food, and the company."
First, the sommelier came out to discuss wines. He paired the dinner with a riesling and a tempranillo that were absolute crowd pleasers and were also seemingly bottomless. Mike L's glass was "magically refilled by just replying 'yes please.'" The menu included three perfectly prepared courses featuring fresh seasonal produce.
Ryan S describes the gastronomic delight: We were
"guided through three subsequent levels of locavore debauchery by our chef (Grant) and sommelier (Mark), with some handholding by the lovely Kerri, nearly all of one's possible palate preferences were pleased. Quail, gazpacho, ceviche, steak, pork chop, s'more, and cobbler all paraded by and passed between us, shared and savored."
It was an incredible evening with delightful people and hosts. The three course dinner was impeccably done and paired - no surprise coming from Trio.
Jessica S puts it best: "I love to be made to feel special. I always feel that way at Four Seasons. And I feel special at Trio. And Yelp always makes me feel special. But a Yelp Super Duper Double Gold Elite dinner at Trio in the Four Seasons made me feel extra-wonderful special.
Until the next time, SYOY!
“How do you make a Monday feel less Monday-ish?” asks Jenny J. It’s simple: “Treat it like a Friday!” Veering away from the typical mundane Monday night, Yelp Hartford Elites descended upon historic Collinsville’s Crown and Hammer Pub for an evening of local beer, scrumptious bites, live music from pianist André Balazs and - of course - fantastic company.
Yelpers and their guests enjoyed a full spread of savory bites, including shrimp and scallops with pesto cream, meaty teriyaki chicken wings, spicy fried green tomatoes topped with crumbled blue cheese, and beef tenderloin bites with horseradish cream. Think Crown and Hammer stopped there? Think again! Dan R loved the abundant “cheese and fruit platters” and gave “major props to the desserts” – decadent “mini chocolate lava cakes and key lime pie tarts.”
The extremely talented André Balazs captivated guests with an evening of musical entertainment, which Taryn M found to be “a great touch to the party ambiance.” In the mood for something seasonal? Always “a big fan of Hooker Brewery’s Watermelon Ale,” Freesia S was “happy to see it on tap,” while Kara S swooned over Hooker’s delightful Hop Meadow IPA. And for Dan S, “the highlight of the night was the tasting” from Relic Brewing, Plainville’s hoppin' new nano-brewery. Amber C couldn’t wait to sample Relic’s luscious Houndstooth brew, deeming it "nice and dark, the kind of beer you want to take your time with.”
Til next time, SYOY
Emily C (and Marketing Intern Catherine R!)
Yelp Hartford Community Manager
Here in Leeds we can never be fully sure of the weather, and so when the sun (admittedly amidst the clouds) peeked out for the Launch of Yelp's Passport To Leeds City Centre, of course a hoard of folk came down to celebrate in style. That's right, over 50 folks flocked down to celebrate the launch of Yelp Leeds' first ever Passport promotion, and were treated to delights for all the senses, all packed into one awesome party. The purpose? To introduce folks to the range of fantastic offers on during the week. The result? A most delightful afternoon klatsch of epic proportions. So what is Yelp's Passport To Leeds City Centre? It's a wonderful week, celebrating some of Leeds' best independent businesses, where participating venues put on an excellent offer for the duration for folks to avail themselves of.
To begin, everyone was welcomed into the folds of The Marvellous Tea Dance Company's kitsch, gorgeous tea rooms, in the most fabulous way – with a welcome cup of Yorkshire tea, and a slice of rum and raisin brownie, both of which were most well received. Whilst the musicians readied themselves in the yard, yelpers had a chance to take some tea, served in the most beautiful tableware, whilst getting a good look at all the trinkets and treasures of the tearoom and in the upper echelons of Bird's Yard Boutique – a true haven for vintage and crafts.
Once everyone had refreshed with a cup of the good stuff, it was time to delve into the Yard, where a vision of bunting and balloons awaited them. As well as entertaining themselves with the ever amusing Wheel Of Yelp, The Greedy Pig supplied the most delectable bites to eager peckish mouths, offering up goats cheese, walnut and beetroot wraps, lemon drizzle cake, mini chocolate cookies, pulled pork and veggie tartlets!
Whilst folks got their mouths 'round those tasty treats, the wonderful Holly of Gerry's Wine & Spirits, and Mark of Wray & Nephew, ensured no one guest went thirsty, offering up such sumptuous sips as delectable Wray & Nephew Rum Punch, Cinnamon Treacles laden with Appleton, Koko Kanu and Pineapple, mini Mint Julep shots and an array of other drinkable delights. Once everyone was well watered, everyone took a seat, or had a mingle, in preparation for the sounds of some of Leeds' finest musicians.
First up was the vintage beauty, Ruby Macintosh, who stole everyone's hearts with a mixture of classic covers and velvet original songs. Her rendition of Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy couldn't have been more fitting with the theme and style of the venue, and transported everyone back to an era gone-by. Then, folks were gifted to an incredible impromptu set from Antonio Lulic, rock-folk singer-songwriter from England's fashionably impoverished North East, whose gravely tones engaged everyone's ears and captivated their senses.
Leeds' favourite singer-songwriter, Gary Stewart was to follow, offering up a fantastically folky mix of lyrically virtuoso originals, and finished with a firm-favourite, Paul Simon's You Can Call Me Al, which of course had everyone singing along in unison. To end the event with a proper bluesy bang, Dan Beesley and The S.S.S.S.S performed the final set, and what a way to finish! Not a foot went un-tapped, not a hip went un-swayed, not a head went un-banged, as these kings of country played their captivating carousal. With knee-slapping banjo melodies, incredible violin solos, authentically astounding vocals, and an utterly infectious vibe, there was no better way to beat the drum for the beginning of Yelp's Passport To Leeds City Centre. So much so, that the band couldn't get away without at least one encore, and the crowd were left baying for more, and dancing under the marquee in delight. To top it all off, the rain arrived the moment the party was finished. Talk about perfect timing!
And so, after plenty of announcements, chats and mutual love for Leeds' indie business was shared, everyone left fully informed, fully fed, fully fuelled up on excellent booze and aural excellence (and a few yelpy goodies heavier) for the week ahead. Of course, there's still four more days left to get out and celebrate, taking in the offers about town, so what are you waiting for? Check-in and check out who's in the business of being awesome in Leeds – and see what you can get during Yelp's Passport To Leeds City Centre before it's all done!
A tremendous thanks goes out to Bird's Yard and The Marvellous Tea Dance Company for hosting us in their vintage haven, The Greedy Pig, Gerry's Wine & Spirits and Wray & Nephew for their fantastic fare, Matthew Kitchen for his fabulous photographs, and the wonderful musicians who leant us their talent. And, of course, the wonderful Jenny L of Edinburgh for her help on the day! Fancy listening to more? Check out their pages, and catch them live about Leeds town. Want another sip or sup? Get offline and get involved! Tempted to treasure hunt? Now you know where the trinkets may be found! Check out the reviews here, the photos here and spread the word, Yelp it up, and share the love!
These fabulous chaps are involved:
En sval torsdagskväll i juni väljer solen att titta fram på Upplandsgatan i Stockholm där den första svenska Yelpfesten hålls. I den svartvita frisör- och nagelsalongen Why Nots lokaler har det pyntats med rött Yelp och stämningen är bubblande. Fyra sminköser är på plats och sätter på "läppar" från Violent Lips i olika färger och mönster på de gäster som vågar.
De intensivt glittriga "Glitteratti-läpparna", blandas med leopardmönstrade och prickiga läppar, och läppar med ett litet budskap i text. Fem minuter efter att läpparna satts på glädjs gästerna åt att man får äta och dricka. På plats finns cava från Codorníu Raventós och öl från Asahi samt läppvänliga snacks som popcorn och salta pinnar.
DJ-duon PitchSlap spelar stämningshöjande loungelåtar som bland annat "On The Lips" och allt eftersom tiden går har även fler och fler manliga gäster valt att testa på läpparna. Bland männen är tiger- och leopardläppar samt svenska flaggan favoriterna och Mattias D hoppas på att "få se lite stora svenska leende läppar kommande veckor under EM".
Sara H sammanfattar kvällen: "Roliga människor, snygga läppfix, gott bubbel och bra musik. Kunde inte ha haft en bättre torsdagskväll och ser fram emot nästa Yelp-fest!"
A cool Thursday evening in June the sun has decided to come out for the first Yelp Event in Stockholm, Sweden. The black and white hair and nail saloon Why Not is now Yelp decorated in red and the atmosphere is bubbling. Four make up artists are all set to ”put on lips” from Violent Lips in different colors and patterns on our brave guests.
Intense glittery "Glitteratti lips", are mixed with leopard and polka dot lips, and lips with a message. Five minutes after the lips are applied, the guests are happy to be able to drink cava from Codorníu Raventós and beer from Asahi and eat lip-friendly snacks like popcorn and pretzels.
The DJ duo PitchSlap is playing mood-enhancing lounge music including "On The Lips" and after a while more and more male guests decided to try on the lips. Tiger lips, leopard lips and the Swedish flag are favorites among the men. Mattias D hopes to "get to see some big smiling lips with the Swedish flag at the European Championships the weeks to come."
Sara H sums up the evening: "Fun people, nice lipp-fix, good cava and great music. I couldn’t have had a better Thursday night and look forward to the next Yelp party!"
For more pictures, see our albums on Flickr and Yelp Stockholm's Facebook page. Read more about what people thought about the party here (and don’t miss the pictures our Yelpers posted on that same page).
Many thanks to our sponsors and to my wonderful colleagues at Yelp who came to Stockholm to help out this evening: Tine V Yelp Oslo, Emilie B Yelp Copenhagen and Uli B from our London office!
Yelp Stockholm Community Manager
Yelp Las Vegas Elites were looking to get made during Yelp's A Hit, Man! at The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, in downtown Vegas. With a high stakes competition featuring the museum's engaging exhibits and multi-sensory experiences , guilty temptations from Sin City Cupcakes and an official after party with more eats and creative cocktails at The Mob Bar, it is safe to say the evening was very boss.
Before arriving on the scene of the destination dedicated to the story of organized crime and law enforcement, the Yelp Elite had formed gangs, or shoud we say families, of their own. Throughout the evening, the families competed to earn the most Dirty Darwin Dollars by completeing missions involving the museum's high-tech theater presentations, iconic one-of-a-kind artifacts and interactive, themed environments and risking it all in Ballin' Fuggedaboutit!, a game requiring lots of balls and buckets. In the end, Family Two reigned triumphant and walked with official Mob Museum caps and steins.
But, everyone received their just desserts thanks to Sin City Cupcakes! They made sure every Yelper left with one of their alcohol-infused treats, such as the Midnight Mystery cupcake featuring silky amaretto cake and cream cheese frosting with a chocolate vodka filling. For the final verdict, Yelpers escaped down the block to The Mob Bar, a cozy downtown hang featuring a long list of signature cocktails and light bites. Yelpers sipped Madison Avenue cocktails and nibbled bruschetta, vegetarian egg rolls and some Mob Bar signature spaghetti and meatballs. And there's more: 5 Yelpers won a 90-minute big dig at Las Vegas's heavy equipment playground Dig This.
If eating well and having fun is a crime, then Yelp Vegas Elites are guilty as charged! Be sure to see all of the pictures from Laura Tran Photography right here and recap the 5-star reviews (and maybe add your own if you were a witness!) here!
Until next time, stay innocent!
Misti Y, Yelp Las Vegas Community Manager
Yelp Orlando celebrated the the return of summer (and Hurricane season) as we stormed Pine Street in Downtown Orlando with a bash of yelpy proportions on Saturday: Yelp Orlando's Summertime Street Soirée. Yes, it was the first week of hurricane season and rain tried to hold us down from partying but over 600 community yelpers held strong and braved Mother Nature.
The amazing Yelp community raised over $1,000 in donations to CityArts Factory, Downtown's largest collective of art galleries which showcases an infusion of local and international works of art, rotated on a monthly basis and is a part of the thriving Downtown Arts District.
"Usually when it rains, people call it a day and head inside. What happens when it rains at an Orlando Yelp Event? People take to the streets and start dancing. Take an occasional break for a shot of Jager or a Yum Yum cupcake. And then right back to the streets!" - Joshua J
The V Group headed up our amazing list of sponsors and hosted 4 bars with delicious cocktails: NV Lounge, Vixen, Vintage and their newest Downtown Orlando addition, The Fifth! NOHO "The Hangover Defense," greeted everyone at the entrance to ensure they could drink up and not regret it the next day.
"Lions, and tigeresses, and panda bears...oh my!" raved Jessica R, as she stepped into Yelp's Welcome to the Jungle affair at CityLine Event Center, joining nearly other 300 Yelp Elites and their guests for an evening of jungle-themed thrills, a blitz of local bites, lavish libations, and fierce entertainment. And not for nothing! The California Food & Justice Coalition joined the soiree to accept donations to help fund their efforts to promote the basic human right to healthy food, locally and nationwide. Now that's a cause us Yelpers can definitely get down with.
CityLine Event Center, a stunning bi-level space with exposed brick walls and plenty of space to jungle boogie, rolled out the red carpet (literally!) for Yelp Elites, as they funneled into the first floor where Doggy-Style Hot Dogs presented a table full of their infamous Asian fusion dogs, served in mini party-sized buns. The Doggyzilla Bratwurst with an Asian Slaw, Wasabi Mayo, Teriyaki Sauce, and Seaweed was "the best gourmet hot dogs" Lorissa W has ever tasted, while the "Pyro" Hot Link with Kimchi, Cucumbers, and Special Spicy Red Hot Mayo, set Diana V's mouth delightfully "on fire." Thankfully, St Francis Winery was nearby pouring two old-vine Zinfandels and a crisp Chardonnay to temper palates, while Honest Tea provided non-alcoholic refreshments for fans like Craig F, who loves "all their low calorie tasty teas."
No jungle is complete without a carnivorious feast, and Phat Matt's candied bacon-wrapped meatballs did the job. "I've only had glazed bacon served to me once before, by Emeril Lagasse's catering staff," cites Aaron M, concluding "Phat Matt's glazed bacon was better than Emeril's." Vegans and meat-freaks alike were appeased by the array of pies from Paxti's Pizza, while Cypress Grove Chevre provided creamy rounds of Humboldt Fog, Truffle Tremor, and Midnight Moon to pair perfectly with Freixenet's sparkling cava being poured in the 'bubble lounge'. East Bay intern Jocelyn B was "popping bottles of Freixenet Cordon Negro like a female Puff Daddy," Eugene L notes, while the Blue Angel martini bar was "serving the cutest and tastiest martinis, both Grapefruit and Classic with an Olive," leaving Diana V's fingers crossed that Blue Angel will show up at many more Yelp Elite Events.
Koo-koo for coconuts, John B posted up at Chocolatier Blue's table where a decadent Coconut Sorbet with Pineapple Caramel, "a delicious Vegan treat made more decadent with the addition of the roasted cocoa nibs," was being served by pastry chef, Danyelle Forte. He was also pleased to see ZICO coconut water offering healthy hydration, musing "this hangover remedy should be present at all events!" Speaking of hydration, a tall glass of milk was certainly in order for What the Cake?'s edible art, a three-tiered leopard print cake with mocha ganache, or as Meg T described it, "mouthwateringly delicious and probably my fave of the night."
Cheetah costumes and safari hats were aplenty, but for those who didn't have time to properly tousle themselves before heading to the Jungle, the Paul Mitchell School and Salon had an entourage of hair and make-up stylists in attendance, offering updos and glitzy makeovers for guests wanting to don a savage look for the night. Body paint artist extraordinaire, Jessica Yurash, put the finishing touches on guests with full on zebra stripes and tigeress whiskers. Stephanie M recalls, "I saw so many animal prints I thought I was going to see Fred Flinstone turn the corner for a moment!" Thankfully Oh Snap! Box Photo Booth was there to capture it all on take-home filmstrips.
Entertainment was abundant, with Prize's electro-pop orchestra creating a buzz downstairs, and Nina Sawant's mesmerizing aerial acrobatics from the second floor rafters, leaving John B speechless. "I truly felt that a grand Vegas performance was happening before my eyes. My jaw dropped a bit when we had a cozy front row seat for her eye-popping second act."
CityLine is "definitely THE new venue to have your next partaaaaay at," notes Stephanie M, while Markus N sums up Welcome to the Jungle as "one of the best events I've ever attended; perfect space, volume, attractions, diversions and vittles."
Hungry for our next Elite expedition,
East Bay Community Manager & Chimpanzee Charmer
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