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March 18, 2013

Orlando Yelp Elites Party With Paninis

Posted by Colleen Burns

Orlando's latest Yelp Elite Event, Yelp O' Natural at Hot Krust Panini Kitchen, was layer upon layer of delicious fun. Entree after entree was served and savored by some our best elite yelpers, who also enjoyed beer, wine, hot sauce, giving back to the community, and an all-around good time. Read on, and check out this March kick-a event!

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Hot Krust is a Panini Sandwich Kitchen, offers delicious sandwiches, soups, wings and more. Their recipes call for only the freshest gourmet ingredients. They don't believe that they should compromise quality to make a profit. Their fresh panini sandwiches are made with freshly roasted meat made daily in-house. They've made a commitment to serve high quality ingredients at affordable prices.

"I'm also very appreciative of the owner and staff at hot krust panini. When the owner got up to say a few words, I found myself nodding with what he was saying. I could hear the passion for his food through his words but even more so through the food that we were served, just bursting with amazing flavor!" - Enit S

We were lucky to sample an array of their favorite sammies and more: Cactus chili and herbed tomato bisque soups, baked chicken wings and various flavors of baked waffle "fries"… just to start. The panini madness ranged from Chicken Florentine, Chicken Hula Hoop, Chicken Buffalo, to Yummy Turkey , Gobble Gobble Turkey to Cowboy Jack Steak, Philly Steak, Shrimp Sangria to the Veggie Vacation and Veggie Alibaba. 

"Cactus chili, Alibaba, Philly Steak, and Hula Hoop Panini's knocked my socks off and I loooved the HK Burgers." - Brandi B

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We also feasted on their new Burgernini: 8oz of All Natural 100% Angus burger patty (never frozen) made to perfection with lettuce, chopped tomatoes, onions, melted cheddar and their BBQ honey mustard sauce. 

"My favorite was the HK burger panini. So tasty. Everything there is fresh so it tastes just a bit better than you'd expect." - Kristen P

Our Yelp community is also known for supporting various non-profits via volunteering and donations. An organization very close to the owner of Hot Krust's heart: Give Kids The World "Where Happiness Inspires Hope" is a non-profit organization that exists only to fulfill the wishes of all children with life-threatening illnesses and their families from around the world to experience a memorable, joyful, cost-free visit to the Central Florida attractions, and to enjoy the magic of Give Kids The World Village for as long as there is a need. The Yelp community raised over $200 supporting their amazing cause

We indulged on Save Me San Francisco wine company, created by the band Train and support their charity Family House! We sipped on Calling All Angels Chardonnay, Drops of Jupiter Red Blend and California 37 Cabernet

Fat Cat Gourmet Foods was on site with samples of their boutique condiments company dedicated to making sauces that offer unique tastes and flavor combinations. Their products root themselves in some of the world's best cuisines, and they range in taste from strong and savory to spicy and sweet -- often in one shot. One taste, and yelpers were hooked. It was purr-fectly good.

"I finally got to meet with the master mind and creator of Fat Cat Sauces - Eyal Goldshmid. Don't let Eyal's calm and soft-spoken personality fool you. His sauces are vibrant and fiery." - Rashmi P

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Local sammie lover, Anthony 'Biggie' Bencomoa launched a local t-shirt company dedicated to the sandwich, aka, "King of Meals" : Deli Fresh Threads! Yelpers filled out interactive quizzes learning all about the history of the sammie and won Deli Fresh Threads goodies. 

"It was also cool meeting Deli Fresh Threads. This is a very cool concept and shirts! Yes I did win a shirt with he help of Brandi B..She is a rock star!" - Frank L

Our fun, mingling local photog man, Jim White, was on premises catching all the action. Check out all of the awesome photos here or on our YelpOrlando Facebook page and tag yourself! 

Did you attend and want to share about your experience? Head over the event listing and get typing. For those of you who were unable to make it out, check out what everyone is saying here or find out how to get the invite to these fab parties over at yelp.com/elite

SYOY, Colleen B

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