40+ Yelpers poured in to the inaugural Holiday Elite Event @ Tapa That, unsure what to expect. Funky tunes and Santa Hats greeted them, along with some delicious local brews poured by Tapa That owner Michael Coutu. Amanda M admits “most in attendance were uninitiated when it comes to Elite events, including myself.” Guests perused local art positioned on exposed brick walls as many of them met each other for the first time off-site.
Glasses clinked and hugs were exchanged as everyone waited patiently for the first round of munchies to manifest. And then, ah-ha! Olive Tapenade, Bruschetta, and Braised Chorizo swirled into the crowd, enveloping the room in a delightful dance of aromas. Morgan H was especially taken with the tapenade and bruschetta, exclaiming “I could've eaten plate after plate after plate of those two dishes!”
Bold City and Intuiton Ale Works beers were flowing, and a pint that mixed Bold City Dukes Brown Ale with Woodchuck Pumpkin Cider was the favorite ale concoction of the night! Steve G observes “the local beers and wines, as well as the local art on the wall were great.” Coastal Vines Cabernet and Chardonnay, Carmenet Caberney and Protocolo, a Spanish white blend were also flowing copiously throughout the evening. Black Bean Cakes, BLT Quesadillas, and Dukes Brown Ale Slow-Cooked Chicken Tacos rolled out next, and the crowd responded with hungry enthusiasm as music by Curtis Mayfield, Ghostland Observatory, and Queen wafted overhead. Finally, Chef Arielle’s specialty, Banana Beignets were served in delicious brown-sugary piles so magical that they disappeared right before our eyes
Until next time,
Yelp Jacksonville Community Manager