Vegas Yelpers gathered at The Las Vegas Distillery for a Sunday that tapped into the spirit of holidays past, present and future at Yelp's Spectacular Spirit Spree! With a very Elite potluck, local shopportunities, classes from the School of Spirit, craft cocktails and snacks a-plenty, Yelpers had no problem delving deep into the holiday spirit.
Elites hit the Distillery early bearing dishes for a deliciously competitive potluck. Elites were gifted a $10 Fresh & Easy gift card so they could recreate their winning dishes over the holidays, and Julie K wasted no time: "Later on that night we went to Fresh & Easy and bought ingredients to make sinigang for dinner with our gift card!" From lasagna to salted caramel bread pudding, the spread was divine, but the crowd favorites were cooked by Arvin C, Ian A and Nelson Q. The lucky winners went home with treats from the Distillery, including a First Edition Whiskey!
The snacks didn't stop there! Local jerky wonder JoJo's Jerky was dealing everything from teriyaki to triple threat beef treats. True Foods Salsa kept things fresh with homemade salsas and guacamolito, and Dip Sticks Bakery kept things sweet with a selection of cake pops, including a a Guinness and Moscato crowd pleaser. Coast 2 Coast food truck sampled selections of their regionally inspired sammies, waffle fries, and Regina P's fave Cool Ranch Chili Cheese Doritos. "Yum yum yum. Talk about flavor explosions in your mouth!" All of the tempting treats were washed down with craft cocktails (hot buttered rum, anyone?) created using The Las Vegas Distillery's artisan spirits.
With full bellies, Yelpers were definitely ready to shop local until they dropped. Whether they bottled their own booze to purchase from the Half-Full Liquor Store, selected a hand-poured candle from The Fragrance Factory, scored a nerdtastic custom iPhone case from The Ninjabot, picked out a one-of-a-kind shirt from a local designer at the Downtown Hanger Project's booth, found a custom piece of jewelry from Dee Rubio or stashed some loose leaf tea from Iron Kettle Teas, there was something for everyone on the nice list!
Just in case Yelpers needed a bit of guidance for holiday cheer the day was also filled with classes and experiences from Yelp's School Of Spirit! Luxy Nail Salon created very merry gel manis for guests. Massage Envy worked out holiday knots with complimentary chair massages, and Paint and Party taught everyone how to paint a winter wonderland. Janel S confessed, "This was my favorite thing to do!" Plus, special guest appearences were made by hypnotist Kevin Lepine from the Las Vegas show Hypnosis Unleashed and the Balloon Master from the Las Vegas show The Balloon Master Show!
Be sure to read all of the cheery details (and if you were there, add some of your own) in the official Yelp reviews! You can also peep all of the fantastic photos by Anthony M on the official Flickr set right here.
Until 2013, think global, shop local and Yelp everywhere you go!
Misti Y, Your Friendly Yelp Las Vegas Community Director