On Sunday evening Hampton Roads Yelpers gathered together for Yelp's Passion For Aloha at Passion The Restaurant in Chesapeake. Elites enjoyed a beautiful evening of fine food, fine wine and indulged in the Aloha spirit. Owners, Michael and Diane Gormori, have a history in Hawaii with Michael's two tours of Pearl Harbor when he served in the United States Navy. As official Hawaii "Kama'āina", they decided to bring a little bit of Aloha to Chesapeake and brought to the community Passion The Restaurant. Through thick and thin this place is now standing out as an important part of the Chesapeake restaurant community.
Yelpers were served a buffet style Hawaiian-themed dinner with Betsy, the roasted pig, being the star of the event. We happily feasted in Kahlua pork, fried rice, chicken wings, meatballs and fried lumpia.
This event was certainly one for the Yelp Hampton Roads Elite Squad history books. Sally M "loved the super generous buffet, top-notch service and meeting lots of friendly Yelpers." She also enjoyed the mini speeches the staff made about the restaurant. “There is something about talking to the person who has prepared your food that gives the meal that little extra something special,” Martina D yelps. Julia A adds, "the owners and staff were beyond phenomenal. Passion The Restaurant did such a wonderful job hosting."
Looks like Yelp's Passion For Aloha will bring back some raving Yelpers. Keith C is "definitely coming back to enjoy their rush hour specials" while Alicia W and Warren B are looking forward to trying some of Chef Garrett Barner's specials.
Ben D and Julia A received the prestigious awards of best Aloha spirit for the evening. Both took home bottles of wine courtesy of Passion and a Yelp bag full of swag.
A HUGE thanks to Michael and Diane Gormori, Chef Garrett Barner and staff members Karen and Mike for welcoming Yelp Hampton Roads with love of the Aloha spirit. Plan on seeing us Yelpers come back to enjoy rush hour, dinner and cooking demonstrations. In case you missed this great event check out all the reviews of the event, the photos from the lovely Vanessa G and what folks are saying about the event.
Xerxes N - Yelp Hampton Roads Community Manager