Here at Yelp, we know a lot about the chemistry of a great party, and that's why about 450 Yelpers came out to Yelp Cleveland's biggest event yet, our Ultimate Science Fair!
Hosted at one of our city's greatest attractions, the Great Lakes Science Center, guests were greeted by about tons of food from 9 different local restaurants, a variety of wines and cocktails from our sponsors, live science carts, two pop-up dance shows by Ballet In Cleveland, massages, make-overs, dancing and the entire floor of exhibits open for yelpers to play with—and more, all in celebration of Cleveland!
Thanks to the amazing bites from our food vendors, no Yelper left hungry! These mighty morsels included pizza from Gillespie's Map Room, homemade pierogies from Perla Pierogies, artisan ice creams from Sweetie Fry, vegan-noms from The Flaming Ice Cube and freshly prepared Indian comfort foods from Charkha Exoctic Indian Cuisine. Participating food trucks revved it up with gourmet scallop bites from StrEat Mobile Bistro, international inspired hors d'oeuvres from Umami Moto and tender pulled pork sammies from newbie Pigaliscious! And let's not forget Orlando Baking Company, who served up their newest varieties with delicious spreads. Yum!
Yelpers sipped on special cocktails from Ohio-based Watershed Distillery, including a French 75 made with their delicious vodka, and their other delicious, artisan gin and bourbon. Barefoot Wine & Bubbly made the event sparkle with a variety of their new Refreshers, while also serving up our classic, favorite reds and whites—all complimentary!
Once guests warmed up with a cocktail (or three), they got to do some exploration and experimentation! Thanks to the Great Lakes Science Center, Yelpers got to touch and play with all the exhibits on the Phenomena level of the museum, while several live science carts wowed participants with balancing acts, chocolate tastings and more! All the while, DJ MisterBradleyP keep the beats bumping all night on the Yelpy dance floor—you know, in case guests wanted to get down in their lab coats.
That's not all! Local meat finder, HooftyMatch quizzed guests on where their beef comes from, while BUCKBUCK Gallery had arts and crafts time with their doodle area. Local designer Yellowcake broght out her fashionable goods and guests headed upstairs to get pampered by make-up artist, Kylee Cook and hair stylists from Eddy's On Coventry. HennaMe created lasting temporary tattoos and Destiny Derma Spa showed us how to care for our skin with jet and diamond peels and free samples of great products!
And no Yelp shindig would be complete without some pictures capturing our outrageously great time, so thanks to Photosnapz, Lager Art & Photography and Mark Honning for snapping our crazy selves! Check out the party pics on our Yelp Flickr Page and the digital versions of the Photosnapz booth are HERE!
But there's more! Local organization, Ballet In Cleveland, put on two incredible live shows during the event. The first was a classical ballet piece and the second was a large group hip-hop number to the Cleveland-based hit, "Mah City." Although the event was free, there was a suggested donation to Ballet In Cleveland to help them bring back the incredible culture of ballet to our city and they collected over $400.00—thanks to you Yelpers!
The event reviews are 'a flowing, so check those out—or share your thoughts if you were at the event!
And thanks to all who participated, helped and came out to enjoy the biggest Yelp Cleveland event, yet!
Until next time, SYOY!
Yelp Cleveland Community Manager