12/12/12 was 12 days till Christmas Eve so NCSD Elite partied Santa style at Yelp's Elite Ugly Sweater Holiday Party! Over 120 Elite Yelpers and thier lucky plus 1's went all out in sweaters of ho ho ho-rrific proportions at the California Fruit Wine Company's wine making and tasting facility in Northern SD.
Our hosts for the evening, the California Fruit Wine Company, made sure all were armed with cups of cheer and everyone got their fruity fill on a tasting flight full of flavor. The owners and the staff filled our stems with apricot, plum, pumpkin spiced, and chocolate covered cherry wine! Followed with a very special "barrel tasting" of the upcoming cranberry wine. Just to be neighborly, Aztec Brewery from around the corner sent a couple kegs over for the evening, including the hibiscus wheat flavor, beloved of Yelper's since our first Elite Event in NCSD earlier this year!
Sugar plums were dancing in our heads, courtesy of The Cupcake Inn! They served up samples galore, including flavors like red velvet, pumpkin, chococo almond, and cookies & cream! In addition to our just desserts and in incredible savory skill, Chef Michael and his team from Temecula Catering wowed us with their culinary creations. Using an anti griddle they created "Lox", (a sour cream mixture with frozen lox with dill syrup in a pipet) sushi style cucumber rolls, a lemon lavender sorbet using CFW plum wine, crowd pleasing ribeye with truffle pea puree on a barley chip, and a creation dubbed "Blown Biscotti"! (Biscotti with wine infused pineapple dipped in chai tea glass) The Fotobox provided Yelpish Holiday memories in a custom photo booth, we had fake beards, elf ears, and even Santa's jacket to try on! Festive lights and tunes surrounded us all and set the mood, courtesy of Jay from Brannan Entertainment, one of the best local DJ's around!
The NCSD 2012 Squad made neat Elite life even sweeter by giving back! Over 70 new and unwrapped toys were donated for the Marine Toys For Tots Foundation collection box! Thanks guys! Oh and the ugly holiday attire? Check out all the pictures on the event page, NCSD's Facebook page, and our album on the Yelp Flicker photostream.
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