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April 22, 2013

Yelp Goes Green @ Grill & Vine!

Posted by Abby Schwarz

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How appropriate that Yelp's South Bay-Peninsula Elite Squad have a Sunday afternoon event at Grill & Vine, right before Earth Day? 'Tis true! On Sunday, April 14 Yelp's Going Green @ Grill & Vine was a 5-star, Mother-Earth approved affair.

Having opened just a few months ago, Grill & Vine is located inside the Westin SFO in Millbrae. But just because this was hosted at a hotel restaurant/bar doesn't mean it's a quick snack designed for out of town guests! On the contrary, they offer modernized reinterpretations of the classic bar & grill designed in signature bistro-style. Casual-upscale, yet comfortable enough to make you feel welcome, guests may enjoy traditional favorites with a modern twist. Complementing Westin's core brand values, their menu supports wellness with simple, light, fresh foods while also focusing on locally sourced items from the Bay Area.

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Because this was an intimate, Elites-only event (no +1's this time around), there was a "get to know you" icebreaker activity ready for everyone who arrived. Fun facts were taken from each attendee's Yelp profile, written down on notecards and, according to Lyn L " It was our mission to find the person whose fact we had on our card. Super fun!"

Even if guests weren't playing the game, another thing that brought them together was the tasty spread provided by Grill & Vine, including flatbread pizzas, glazed wings, edamame with sea salt, housemade potato chips, assorted cheeses and marinated olives. "Not to mention the bottomless supply of wine," squealed Christine P. "My white zinfadel never ran dry because all the (amazing!) servers kept refilling it again and again."

"Props to Grill & Vine for a nice spread of light bites, said Maria S. "The cheese selection was high quality; the wings sticky finger licking good; the edamame, chips and flat bread selection was very flavorful." Plus, "staff were friendly and very accommodating. So nice that this is just a few freeway exits away from home/work, and so close to the airport for a bite to eat."

"Where better to end up on a blustery day than an Elite event filled with tasty food, comfortable chairs, and friendly peeps?" asked Tami S. "Grill & Vine provided a warm and welcoming, (and primarily green!), polished-but-still-casual setting for this party. The food was really enjoyable (that flatbread was gorgeous, and the wings had a lot of flavor to them), and we had a very generous selection of wines from which we could choose. I can totally see coming here after a nice walk along the bay front. A nice way to warm back up with a glass of wine in a comfy chair."

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Not only were Yelpers treated to all sorts of seasonal goodies at the party, but as the event was winding down they also got a reusable tote bag ful of Yelp schwag, including a sweet pair of Elite knee socks! *AND* for those who wanted to stick around and have dinner, there was a check-in offer for 50% off all food and bottles of wine at the restaurant. The Grill & Vine staff also passed around 20% off cards to come back another time and enjoy a full meal. Candice T "would definitely visit here again should I need a place to stop over in Millbrae and/or set as a meeting place for traveling friends."

Read all of the event reviews or page through the pictures on Flickr, courtesy of Open Light Photo. And of course, stop by Grill & Vine on your way to SFO or if you're ever in the need for a good glass of wine or fresh, seasonal meal in the Peninsula!

SYOY!

Abby Green

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