One of the most awesome aspects of Yelp's Community events is meeting the owners of all the "Mom & Pop shop" businesses that the site supports. Mike and Fera from Arya Global Cuisine are most definitely a pleasure to work with... so much so that they've hosted not one but two South Bay Elite Events in 2012! The first "Around the World in 80 Yelps" was hosted at their Redwood City restaurant and our most recent event, "Around the World in 80 Yelps... Again" happened just last week at their Cupertino location!
Interestingly enough, Arya's menu consists of Persian and Italian food, as the head Chef/Owner Mike grew up in Persia and also spent several years training in Italy. As with the last get-together, Elites showed up dressed in international attire and Arya's gracious staff showered them =with an endless supply of hummus, kebabs, flavored rice, lamb, samosas, bruchetta and their famous pomegranate pistachio meatballs. Not to be forgotten was the sinful chocolate mousse cake served as the final course! "How much food did I have? Too much!" said Elite Peggy S. "But all that was well worth the struggle... the food was absolutely amazing! There were many different dips and spreads, and, lavash, bread, and chips. We also got to try two types of basmati rice, one cooked with chicken, dates, raisins, and the other one with lamb, dill and other spices."
SignatureWines.com, a Bay Area-based site who offers compelling, full-service wine experiences, was on-hand to offer tastings of Touriga, "True Red" and Tourvanillo from Fenestra Winery in Livermore, which paired perfectly with the menu. "If I were a richer man, I would've joined Siganture Wine's club on the spot as it was very tempting," touts Carl W. In addition to vino, Red Hook IPA as well as Widmer Brothers Marionberry Hibiscus Grose were provided. And because it was an international affair, Magner's Irish Cider made an appearance which Ben H.L really appreciated, "I hadn't had cider in a long time and it was refreshingly good." Needless to say, no one was without a tasty beverage at this event!
Not only was there a smorgasbord of food and drink, Elites stared in amazement at (some even tried to replicate) Maria the belly dance and her hipnotic moves. "SALAMAT to Maria!" cried Ellen L. "I was absolutely amazed at how long and how well she could shake her hips, and never missing a beat! Catch her performing reguarly at Arya on the weekends.
"Seeing as how October is breast cancer awareness month, it was very fitting that this event was a fundraiser for HERS Breast Cancer Foundation," Leslie H pointed out. And she's right! HERS Breast Cancer Foundation, based in Fremont, has a mission to support all women healing from breast cancer by providing post-surgical products and services regardless of financial status. Albeit a small party, the South Bay Elites donated close to $400 to the cause!
Au Revior! Ciao! Sayonara! Annyeonghee gasaeyo! Auf Wiedersehen! Namaste!
Fera & Mike (Arya Global Cuisine) and Abby S (Yelp Community Manager)