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July 31, 2013

Yelp's Summer Break at Petaluma's Social Club

Posted by Kevin
Yelpers enjoyed a fun evening full of booze, bites, and beats in the Social Club's new beer garden in downtown Petaluma. Attendees were treated to tasty bites from the kitchen, including: deviled eggs, mac n' cheese, and perhaps the largest meatballs the North Bay has ever seen.
Guests washed it all down with pints of Redd's Apple Ale while listening to folksy music by Incubator Duo.

Judging by the rave reviews, Social Club's beer garden is a welcome addition to P-Town's lively food/bar scene. Check out the party photos courtesy of the lovely and talented Shannon Warf.

Special thanks to owner Mick Suverkrubbe, GM Damion Wallace, and the entire Social Club team for being the fabulous hosts with the most. We hope you and your friends come back soon for happy hour, dinner, or Sunday brunch.

If you wish to share your thoughts or photos of the event, please do so here!

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Stay tuned for more cool events coming up in August!

First up, we're hosting a Lark Creek Food & Wine Crawl on Wednesday, August 7th at the Tavern at Lark Creek and Yankee Pier. If you like oysters & bubbly, then you won't want to miss out.

And then on Monday, August 12th, we're hosting a Trivia Night at Sprenger's Tap Room in Santa Rosa. The winning team will win $100. We'll also be doing a complimentary wine tasting before the games begin.

You can RSVP for these events on your Elite Calendar.

Yelp Elites Step Back in Time for a Swanky Sixties Dinner Party at Ruth's Chris!

Posted by Cindy

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Yelp Cincy's Swanky Sixties Dinner Party was one for the record books. There were hors d'ouvres, old school cocktails, and a three course steak dinner in the formal dining room. What more could you ask for?

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"We stepped back in time in our 60's Swanky Sixties attire and the evening began with an array of vintage inspired cocktails including the Blackberry Sidecar, Sazerac, Moscow Mule's and Karen D's favorite? The "Ruby Red Greyhound with pink grapefruit vodka, St. Germain and lime juice." 

AppsYelpers then mingled while munchin on delicious hors d'ouvres like "Warm Crab bites, Fresh Summer Bruschetta, and Smoked Salmon on a cucumber round.Danae B shares, "All were very good, the salmon on the cucumber was so refreshing and the bruschetta was amazingly fresh!" 

 

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The Yelp elites then made their way up to gorgoues formal dining and were seated with custom name tags, swanky menus, and tons of class to boot!  

 

The first course was a delcious Steak House Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette. 

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After a few rounds of liquid courage, the Yelpers shared one interesting fact about themselves, and the tispy tweeting began! This 20 person dinner party "turned out to be a really nice intimate setting and I really enjoyed getting to know more about my fellow Yelpers!" - Nate SDrinks5

For the second course Yelpers got to choose from a Petite Filet Mignon, New York Strip, Stuffed Chicken Breast, or Salmon. Needles to say, we all went with the Filet...

"Twenty juicy steaks came out sizzling! If this were Iron Chef, butter was the not-so-secret ingredient. Each cut was so tender and mouthwatering, but I swear the sweet potato casserole almost stole the show!" - Elaine W


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Dawn P shares, "Everything from the craft cocktails to the melt-in-your-mouth filet was so delicious and perfectly made. The service was on point all night, both downstairs during happy hour and upstairs during our dining experience." Hats off to the chef!

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For dessert Yelpers chose from Bread Pudding with Whisky Sauce or Fresh Berries with Sweet Cream. Both were insanely delicious and worth every bite!


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After we were full and stuffed to the brim, the ever-so-handsome General Manager Shawn Gardner, awarded Erin awarded a $50 Gift Card for her super swanky best dressed outfit! Angela C admits "it was super fun to dress up Mad Men style" and it totally made the night!

 

Chelsea C "was stoked to finally find out the mystery of the tounge twister that is 'Ruth's Chris' after watching a great video on how Ruth's Chris got it's start. What an inspiring story! It explains why the staff here are so proud to work at this organization and why the level of service here is heads above the rest. Thanks for an amazing night!"

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But don’t just take our word on the night’s awesomeness, you can read all the reviews right here. You can also check out the other scrumdiddlyumptious pics by photographer extraordinaire Laura Gory of Laura Elaine Photography on the Official Yelp Facbook Page!

  

A huge thank you to Rebecca, Shawn and the entire staff at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse for inviting us into your home and making this night so very special! To make a reservation at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse at the Banks visit their website right here.

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Erin K said it best, "Many, many thanks to Cindy and all of the Ruth's Chris staff who showed us such an excellent time. I genuinely appreciated every second of my experience and left with a happy (and very full) tummy, and even some new friends! So to anyone curious about joining Yelp, or those of you who are on the fence with your review writing—if you love food and fun, it's 100% worth it." 

Wanna get in on all this free local lovin? Salivate and nominate right here at www.yelp.com/elite


Until the next bite,

Cheers! 

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Cincy Cindy

Yelp Cincinnat Community Manager

Boston Yelpers Set Sail Aboard Yelp's Midsummer Odyssey!

Posted by Damien S

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale. Yelpers flocked to Rowes Wharf this weather-wacky Monday evening for a night of floating, feasting and... Pirate Karrraoke? Smear on the sunblock and soak up the fun aboard Yelp's Midsummer Odyssey! The harbor didn't know what hit it.

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Nearly 500 Yelpers flooded four decks of debauchery aboard the newly renovated Odyssey entertainment cruise ship. From the moment they stepped on board, guests were met with a full dinner buffet along with roaming hors d'oeuvres, courtesy of the Odyssey's galley and "oh-so-sweet" staff (so sez Megan H). For those not sated by the endless spread, the Scoop Deck sampled local snackables from Q's Nuts, Taza Chocolate and Alex B's new drug of choice: Corn & Co. "That was popcorn crack if I have ever seen it."

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Specialty cocktails powered by Onyx Spirits and Ipswich's own Privateer Rum kept each deck lively, and cocktail connosseiurs discovered every bar (there were five total) featured a different specialty drink. Ben L only needed one, taking "the occasional moment to refill on my Onyx Sour – I have a new favorite moonshine." Barons of the barrels found four local beers (Yuka Y "felt like being in a brewery tour again!") from Down The Road tapped in the Brew Brig, while grape escaped went off the vine, sipping daintily on Still River's apple ice wine. Of course, we're all about Team Hydrate, which meant plenty of Hint essenced water, IZZE sparkling juices and Runa guayusa teas. 

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It's not all just food and booze, folks. Jennifer S watched "new friends sing their hearts out" at Pirate Karrrrraoke, courtesy of Gorham Productions. The Mark Greel Band rocked the first deck, while those looking for a low-key escape relaxed on high in the Admiral's Lounge with sweet beats by DJ Ryan Brown. If the lapping waves, fine tunes and cool, cool beverages weren't enough, The Danger Booth snapped all sorts of shakey-cheek duck facing en frame while Pretty Instant roamed the boat, capturing your nauti antics for social photos-a-go-go and live streaming to the Odyssey's TVs. We're living in the future! 

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Did we mention Boston Derby Dame sea creature sightings (oh, the Arkham Horrors!), pop-up hair feathering from Fast Phil's, and the complimentary rides from Uber? Well, there ya go. Tatsu caught all the wonder on film – check 'em out on Flickr and tag away on Facebook. Can't get enough visual stimulus? Here are the bonus albums from The Danger Booth (click) and Pretty Instant (click).

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Check the five-star reviews here, and join in the conversation on Talk. Or just take it from Yelp event newb AJ B: "There are few things better than meeting a bunch of heretofore strangers and carrying on with them as though we had always been thick as thieves." Or David C: "Five TRILLION stars." We'll drink to that.

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This is your captain speaking,

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Yelp's Rise and Dine Brunch at North

Posted by Bella

Last year, North invited Tucson Yelp Elite for an exclusive preview of their new dinner menu and updated digs. Over the weekend, we did it again! This time Yelp Elites woke up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for Yelp's Rise and Dine Brunch to sample a lavish family-style spread of brunch entrées. Grazie to the gracious staff and culinary team at North for an amazing experience!

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Mini Yogurt Parfaits. Astonishingly delicous baked French ToastShort Rib Hash with Sunny Side Up Eggs, Veggie Scramble. Decadent breakfast Donuts. North went above and beyond. "From the attentive service to a thorough explanation of the food prep, I was blown away throughout the (5 course!) meal," exclaims Jide F.  Yeeps also indulged in a "sparkling breakfast shandy with an Italian lager and pomegranate seeds and ultra fresh mimosas," served with orange juice freshly squeezed on site! Tiffany S plans on "on bringing the fam back for some breakfast grande."

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But the decadence didn't end there. Yelpers got in on the some culinary action with a DIY breakfast donut demonstration with Chef Carlos! Amanda D sums it up perfectly: "Oh the donuts...what a perfect way to end our brunch. The donuts are the way I want to end every future brunch I have at North! Cream on the inside with lemon curd on the outside. Oh my!"  

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Every single bite was worth the early morning wake up call. "Not only was this a wonderful event, it was the best brunch I've ever had in Tucson," Yelps Trevor C. We couldn't agree more! And just as we thought North outdid themselves, they surprised us one more time! Each guest was gifted their own jar of Apricot Mostarda (Italian condiment for cheeses and meats) to enjoy at home! Yelpers had a chance to win gift cards with North's Instagram Instaprize photo challenge. Lucky yelpers: Trevor C, Isabel K, Christy F and Sylvia M all went home with gift cards!

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An enormous thank you to North for a phenomenal feast, Chef Carlos for spending the morning with us, and the cheerful staff that went above and beyond in every way.

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Peep the Brunchtastic pics of the event on Flickr, courtesy of Ann Bradford Photography. Read the 5-Star reviews and if you were there share 'em here.

  • Tag yourself on the Yelp Tucson Facebook Page
  • Peep more pics on Instagram: TucsonYelp Hash Tag: #NorthEliteBrunch
  • Don't forget to follow @YelpTucson on Twitter
  • And if you're interested in joining the Tucson Yelp Elite Squad, you'll find the info here.

Until next time!

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Yelp Tucson Community Manager

 

 

 

 

 

 

J2 Loves Sushi - Yelp Dublin July Elite Event

Posted by Emily C

Forget Jiro. There was only one King of Sushi in the house on Monday, and that was Jason of J2 Grill & Sushi. "It may be partly the shine in his eyes that intensifies when he talks about it, or the level of detail that trips effortlessly from his tongue, that leads you to imagine that Jason is to sushi what Cassius Clay was to boxing: made for it. And not afraid to pack a punch."  Thank you Ciara C. Couldn't have put it better ourselves. 

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Just what made this night stand out? Well here was the loose leaf green tea that J2 staff greeted guests with, served from beautiful glass teapots. Then the lesson in how to cook the perfect rice (massage and love is key!), and how to create your own flavours of soy sauce as the restaurant does - from honey sweet to chili hot. "This food was something to get excited about. Everything from the lightly battered asparagus to the different homemade soy sauces, the sushi, aloe vera juice, green tea, all of it!"-Elisha C

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We had tea, we had rice, we had raw and cooked samples, we had miso soup. Each little bit put together entirely freshley and from scratch, as is always the case in this restaurant. Guests relaxed in the fabulous glass box with the killer view of the river Liffey and stealed themselves for the 'main'. As Mark H said; 'Towards the end I was no longer hungry but I had to keep eating, the food was just that good.'

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And finally, the sake ceremony for some tradition. Followed by a spectacular break in tradition when guests were served with green tea cheese cake and chocolate brownies (plus a sushi bear keyring!) "I was secretly hoping to get something with green tea and boy was I served! The green tea cheesecake would be reason enough to go back!" According to Emilie A; "It was absolutely amazing, drives me insane just thinking about it!" 

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Thank you to Joe, Jason and all of the crew at J2 Grill and Sushi. Truly spectacular food, with infectiously passionate staff, and a venue with an extraordinary Liffey view to boot. 

To read more of the many five star reviews on the event, check them out here. For more photos, have a look here.

Thanks to All Out Designs for the photography.

Emily C, Dublin Community Manager

 

July 30, 2013

Yelp Phoenix's Summer Splash & Dash Under City Lights

Posted by Lindsey Fosse

As the sun was sitting over the city, the Yelp Community donned on their bathing suits and high heels for Yelp’s Summer Splash & Dash Under City Lights at the Hotel Palomar. Between the pool time on the rooftop and striking a pose in the photo booth, to getting balloon hats made while rockin’ out on Guitar Hero from Gypsy Bar, it was a night not to be forgotten!

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Elites were greeted with a special Yelp floatie to use as a flotation device during the party. After checking in on their Yelp mobile app and redeeming their check-in offer for a free high five, they found a lounge chair and enjoyed the music spun by DJ Sterling.

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In between cannonballs, Yelpers enjoyed a buffet of food from Lustre that included sliders, hummus, fruit kabobs, pizza and more. Luckily Tanqueray Gin and Don Julio cocktails were on hand to help the Yelpers wash down the delicious food.

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Halfway through the night, the Yelpers were surprised with a stand up comedy performance from Stand Up Live while Dizzie Ramsey created shapes and hats of all sizes with his balloon skills. To capture the memories, Yelpers stepped inside the Social Chimp photo booth or struck a pose with Mike B Photography.

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Before the Yelpers called it a night, they grabbed a goodie bag filled with coupons for businesses in CityScape and everyone also left with discount cards that invite the Yelp Community back to the Hotel Palomar, Blue Hound and Lustre for a special Yelp price.

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A special thank you goes out to the Hotel Palomar, Lustre, DJ Sterling, Dizzie Ramsey, Social Chimp, Tanqueray Gin, Don Julio, Mike B Photography, Stand Up Live and Gypsy Bar for making the party so special. If you missed the splashing, take a look at the photos and reviews!

 

Until next time,

SYOY!


Lindsey D

Yelp Phoenix Community Manager

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Yelp Chicagoland's Fare Share at Dancing Marlin

Posted by Candice Gatlin

Yelp Elites followed 3 simple rules at Dancing Marlin of Frankfort: Eat, Drink, and Share! All about sustainable food with a purpose and backed by 24 premium wine and cocktail taps, Dancing Marlin had the sea of Chicagoland Elites hooked at Yelp's Fare Share at Dancing Marlin.

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Over the course of 2-hours, 80 Elites drank over 160 cocktails, and shared over 260 plates, including such notable nosh as:

Fried Kale (Tuscan Kale fried in Olive Oil, dusted w/ Truffle Salt and topped with Parmesan Cheese) "The fried kale was delicious. I didn't even have to bargain with the BF like I normally do when it comes to vegetables." ~ Melissa B

Fried Green Tomato Sliders (w/ Pimento Cheese & Piquillo Peppers) " My favorite dish was the fried green tomato sliders.  This was the first time I've tried fried green tomatoes, and I think it may become an obsession.  The buns were soft, which complimented the crispy breading on the tomato.  The sauce and cheese really topped these off." ~ Angela P

Sloppy Joseph Sliders (Braised Beef Brisket, Stewed Peppers, Thyme Aioli)

Mushroom Flatbread (Roasted Local Mushrooms, Braised Leeks, Montemorre Cheese, Cream Sauce) "Mushroom flat bread has the best shiitake mushroom flavor mixed with excellent cheese on a very thin crust." ~ Jie S

Ahi Tuna Nachos "The Tuna Nachos were the best thing I have eaten this summer. They had such a bright flavor that paired so well with the creaminess of the avocado and tuna." ~ Emily B

Seared Sea Scallops (Corn & Brown Butter Puree, Carmelized Leeks, Pickled Corn & Pistachios)

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Aged Gnudi Ricotta Dumplings (w/ Braised Carrots, Green Beans, Marinated Beets, Dill & Lemon)

Braised Berkshire Pork Belly Buns (served in a Steamed Bun with Daikon, Cucumbers, Pickled Scallions & Hoisin Sauce) "the Berkshire pork belly that was in the buns was cooked beautifully. The seasoning was delightful, and I couldn't have been happier to have that piece of pork in my mouth." ~ Janni V

Grilled Berkshire Pork Tenderloin (w/ Tomato Roasted Green Beans, Saffron Braised Potatoes & Pesto Mayo)

Grilled Meyer Ranch Hangar Steak (w/ White Bean Puree, Grilled Leek & Radicchio Relish, Spinach & Beef Jus) "Meatilicious!" ~ Kathleen M

Carrot & Almond Cake (Cream Cheese Mousse, Almond & Candied Ginger Granola, House-Made Marshmallows)

Dancing Marlin's famous Coffee & Doughnuts (Brioche Doughnuts, Salted Caramel Sauce, Whipped Cream Coffee) "I am still thinking about the coffee & doughnuts dessert and wished I had some for breakfast!  The donut had a tasty maple-like glaze, and the coffee mousse was tasty both on the donut or alone on my fork." ~ Angela P

  

And the night wouldn't have been complete without a toast to Dancing Marlin's 24 tap handles touting wine and cocktails. Some of the night's featured potent potables included the

**Tom Likes Cucumbers (Pearl Cucumber Vodka, Italian Aperol, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Fresh Lemon Juice) "I don't even like cucumbers normally but damn that was amazing. It was so cool and refreshing that I could see myself laying around by the pool drinking one or ten." ~ Courtney C

**Gin & Juice (Hendrick's Gin, Lillet Rose, Fresh Watermelon Juice, Lemon Juice & Simple Syrup) "It's laid back, yo!" ~ Janni V

**Scofflaw (Templeton Rye, Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth, Fresh Lime Juice & Pomegranate Syrup) "Of the cocktails, scofflaw was my favorite. I was a bit apprehensive because I'm not the biggest fan of rye (even though I enjoy other whiskeys) because the spice can be a bit overwhelming, but the sweetness of the pomegranate and lime juice gave it a delicious finish." ~ Lucy C

**Bikini Bottom (Bacardi Pineapple Rum, Stirrings Ginger, Lemon Juice & Simple Syrup) "The Bikini Bottom comes with a little Spongebob-shaped wedge of fresh pineapple!" ~ Janni V

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You can read all the 5-Star reviews right HERE and peep a few of our favorite quotes from the night:

"I never would've guessed I would find such a chic, modern, inventive menu in this area." ~ Angela P

"My goal is to make the owners of Dancing Marlin open a new one at Naperville, Oak brook and everywhere in between. Who is joining me with the campaign?" ~ Jie S

"I love their commitment to sustainability and being green - from the reclaimed wood for the tables and floors to the reduction in waste by having their wine and cocktails on tap. The decor is modern and elegant. Oh and the party room downstairs is beyond gorgeous!" ~ Stina N

"What do you need for a perfect Yelp event?

A fabulous restaurant - check
A bevy of beautiful women surrounding you - check
Generous amounts of decadent food - check
Clever cocktails that pack a nice punch - check
Gracious restaurant owners - check
Best Community Manager in Yelp - check

These six checks don't begin to describe what an outstanding Yelp event this was." ~ Clifford S

Thanks to the 2013 Yelp Chicagoland Elite Squad for coming out and a BIG THANKS to the entire staff & crew at Dancing Marlin (Ed, Tom, Theresa, Ray and Company) for the flawless execution of everything from edibles to service, to presentation and atmosphere, and more.

A extra special thanks to photographer & videographer Andres D for capturing all of the evening's Elite attendees, insurmountable sips, and ambrosial bites. You can check out all of the night's memorable moments (thanks to the swift click of Andres' camera) right HERE and the video right HERE.

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Yelp Miami’s Monumental Journey

Posted by Johnny Todd

Let it not be said that there’s no jaw-dropping Asian fare to be found in Miami. All one has to do is take a trip to find it. ‘Trip’ like passports and airfare? Not this time. The only physical travel involved getting to Lincoln Road and walking into Khong River House. Starstruck members of the Yelp Miami Elite Squad learned this first-hand when they entered into a culinary journey down the Mekong River for Yelp’s Khong Day Journey Into Night.

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While breakfast might not be the first meal you associate with northern Thai cuisine, it’s safe to say that after this event you’ll be eager to start your day with papaya salad, mini coconut & sesame pancakes served with Mekong rum punch, taro root hash topped with poached egg & Thai hollandaise, grilled pineapple skewers, and rotisserie pork belly buns. And who needs OJ and coffee when there’s Cava with guava, lychee or mangosteen & A Very Thai Bloody Mary to drink?

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Lunchtime got an upgrade. Why? How? Banh Mi Bites (pork rillettes and grilled tofu) and Burmese Egg Noodle with Local Vegetable are a good start. Rotisserie chicken buns with kai soi curry and house-made pickles kept the momentum going and Thai Iced Tea & Singha Beer made sure that a post-recess nap was in the future for the thrilled guests.

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But there was no time to sleep; dinner was upon this road-tasted crew of urban adventurers.  Stretched bellies were the perfect match for Famous Thai Fried Chicken Bites, Burmese Fresh Noodle Wraps, Korat Beef Jerky, House-made Chiang Rai Sausage, and Slow-cooked Whole Pork Leg with fresh steamed buns. The evening hour (meal) called for cocktails and Khong answered with the Killer B (gin, lemon, chili syrup) & The Stone Cold Rocky (Gin, apricot liqueur, lemon, and bitter lemon soda) made with Farmer's Organic Gin.

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Who can go without dessert? Not these Elites. Luckily, there was plenty of Thai Donuts with assorted dipping sauces, Mini Chocolate Trifles, Guava Jellies, and Petit Fours to keep sweet teeth sated. But the sweetest part of the evening was hearing from the dynamic duo who made these spectacular eats possible: Chef Cristian and Mama Pai.

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It was an evening of culinary travel, exploration, fun, music — and confession. Soul-baring Elites wrote down their most private confessions or hoped-for dreams on paddles and laid them upon the wall for the world to see and universe to handle. Intrepid photographer Alex H took all the shots you want to see here. Elated Elites penned ecstatic reviews here. Being a tourist in your own city has never been so fulfilling.

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Rollin’ on the river,

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Zürich Elite Event: Vegi Sommernacht

Posted by Simon R

Es war also soweit. An einem eigentlich herrlich warmen Sommertag, der abends wunderbar mit einem Schauer abkühlte, war die Yelp Elite in Zürich im Haus Hiltl zu einer Vegi Sommernacht eingeladen. Das älteste vegetarische Restaurant Europas wird bereits in der vierten Generation geführt - und hatte uns so im altehrwürigen Haus im Herzen Zürichs so einiges zu zeigen und zu berichten. Seit 1898 sind die Pforten des Vegi - wie die Zürcher das Hiltl liebenswürdig nennen - für alle geöffnet. Ob Vegetarier, Veganer oder auch normaler Karnivore: Die moderne, kreative und oft durch Indien beeinflusste Küche überzeugt.

Etwas war diesmal jedoch anders: Die Elite waren dazu eingeladen, den neuen Private-Driver und Taxidienst Uber auszuprobieren und konnten so mit der Uber App und dem Yelp Promocode in einer schwarzen Limousine vorfahren.

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Um 19 Uhr gings los. Die Elite Yelper kamen, sahen und tranken gleich einen Cocktail. Und zwar einen leckeren und zur Saison und der Hitze draussen passenden und wunderschön angerichteten Lillet. So konnten die Teilnehmer mit der einen Hand trinken und mit der andern beim Yelp Event einchecken. Nach einiger Zeit ging's dann aber zur Sache: Community Manager Simon R begrüsste alle und lud im Namen von Marsha und Christoph sogleich zur Führung ein. Zwei Gruppen, eine deutschsprachig, die andere englisch, machten sich also in entgegengesetzter Richtung auf, das Haus zu erkunden. So sahen wir die kleinsten Ecken, die Kochnische im Obergeschoss wo regelmässig Kochkurse inmitten der speisenden Gäste durchgeführt werden, die hauseigene Bibliothek mit Fachliteratur und auch die Küche. Im Ort, wo die Hiltl Magie passiert ist alles sehr durchgeplant und jeder kennt seine Arbeit genau. Von der Spülerei zur Küche bis hin zum begehbaren Kühlschrank (hier mit Gemüse anstatt Bier): Überall konnten wir unsere Näschen reinhalten.

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Am Ende der Führung wurden wir dann natürlich auf Probe gestellt und mussten eine Quizfrage beantworten. Die glücklicken Gewinner erhielten je einen Gutschein für ein Kochseminar in der zuvor besichtigen Kochnische. Wie cool! Und danach wurde auch für unsern durch die wunderbaren Düfte in der Küche immer grösser werdenden Hunger gesorgt. Zuerst mit Hiltl-Häppchen: Bruschetta, Tomaten-Mozzarella, Tapenade und sogar ein Vegi-Tatar. Dazu gabs frisch gepresste Säfte, Wein (wunderbarer Amarone), Prosecco und Wasser. Nach dem Einwärmen kriegten dann auch alle einen Teller: Wir durften uns am Buffet bedienen. Yummie!

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Als sich der Abend langsam dem Ende neigte, erhielten einige Elite Yelper ihre roten Elite Socken: Das Elite-Geschenk 2013. Cool wie sie nun mal sind, haben sie die Socken auch gleich angezogen.

Martin H war vom Hiltl sichtlich beeindruckt: "Die Führung war eine Super-Idee, ist schon toll mal hinter die Kulissen eines der bekanntesten, und historischsten Restaurants der Stadt zu sehen. Von der 'Gewürzausstellung' bin ich immer noch ganz verblüfft." Und auch Simon W gefiel, was er sah: "Die Zutaten für die Gerichte bereitet Hiltl in-house vor, alles ist frisch und authentisch. Kein Convenience-Müll, und man schmeckts!"

Standesgemäss wurde wieder ein Yelp T-Shirt verlost, der glückliche Gewinner Matthias E läuft ab sofort nur noch in yelpigem Rot durch die Gegend.

Ich möchte mich hiermit ganz herzlich beim Haus Hiltl, und somit bei Rolf Hiltl mit seinem Team, unter anderem Marsha, Amber, Christoph und Rolli für den sehr grosszügigen Abend und die tolle Betreuung bedanken. Vielen Dank auch an das Team von Uber für die nette Kooperation. Und ebenfalls ein Riesendank an Michael Läuchli für die tollen Fotos.

Hier könnt ihr lesen, was die Zürcher Yelp Elite über den Anlass denkt und hier könnt ihr alle Fotos des Abends anschauen.

Wie wir ja sagen: "Elite sii isch schigg"! Interessiert? Erfahre mehr über die Yelp Elite.

Bis dann, SYOY

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North County Yelpers Feel The Burn With Yelp's Month Of Wellness

Posted by Trish

SD_MonthofWellness_300x250(1)Every Monday in July local Northern SD Yelpers gathered to sweat it out at a featured fitness focused business. Each customized exclusive Yelp Class boosted heart rates and supported whole body health! We replenished calories burned with clean and healthy snacks from wellness-centric juice bars, restaurants, locally made products and more. Yelp's Month Of Wellness was the perfect summer sit-up set up! We committed to the month with our minds on wellness and pushing our fitness limits! First

Five local gyms and studios hosted groups of Yelper's for a diverse schedule of custom classes each Monday of the Month. Starting at The Dailey Method we burned to our cores! Then it was Frog's Fitness for cross functional training, pedal and pilates at pushHouse followed by a chance to center ourselves at YogaSix. We wrapped it up with our fifth and final class this month at Fit In 60 with barre practice! Image 1 

All that sweating earned attendees some post stretching snacks. Suja swooped in with an array of juice, GoodOnYaBar provided gluten free organic clean eating with their NCSD produced bars, Healthy Creations wrapped it up and served sustenance, Nawgen poured liquid refreshment for the mind, Beaming brought it big time with fresh bites and cold pressed juices, and Whole Foods had us at hello with salads and veggie wraps. Bloom Natural Health gave us B-Shot coupons and super schwag too! Food
 

Our thanks to all the instructors, organizers, helpers and sponsors: Yelpers raved about North SD's fitness finds with 5 star reviews on the Events Page! Check out some of the photos here, We can't wait to show off our Month Of Wellness bods for the rest of this sizzling Northern San Diego summer. 

Here's to your health!

Trish S NCSD Community Manager & Intern Jocelyn R

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Buffalo Yelpers Travel the World at Yelp Without Borders!

Posted by Alex L

Think you need to leave Buffalo to travel the world? Think again. This past Sunday, July 28th hundreds of Yelpers gathered for an epic ethnic food celebration of culture and fun in the name of a great cause: raising money and awareness for the International Institute, a non-profit serving refugees in Buffalo.

The atmosphere had Lindsay A feeling “full of exciting, fun energy from the minute they got out of the car,” and was only amplified by “the ample portions and high quality of the sips and nibbles” provided by some of the most highly ranked businesses in Buffalo who all came together for this beautiful cause. Despite some strangers meeting each other for the first time, Jonathan D remarked that “the Buffalo Yelp community always proves to be an amazing group of people and he was made to feel welcome the moment he walked in.”

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The food? We’ll let the reviews speak for themselves: Ristorante Lombardo’s “Arancini was a warm mouthful of awesome,” remarks Jonathan D and their “oxtail slider was out of this world” added Christina H.

Jamie P was not the only one to rave about The Lodge, opening soon at 79 W Chippewa St, exclaiming that their venison skewers with “tenderloin, sliced thin on naan bread with a delicious sauce spread on it,” were entirely wonderful. Lindsay A added that she “can’t wait for them to open” around August / September (us too). She also couldn’t get enough of “Thai Chili Lime Glazed Baby Back Ribs from Left Bank,” and found the soup from Sun Restaurant to be one of her favorites, along with “adoring the iced peppermint tea from TeaLeafs, with the icing making it super refreshing and a great palate cleanser.” She confesses she “wanted to sneak the whole pitcher from their table!

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The Black Market Food Truck won a whole lot of new fans with their Bánh Mì, with Rachel M considering it to be one of her favorite items along with Sun’s black rice rolls. To wash all this food down and give guests a nice refreshing kick, Encompass Coffee Bar (who recently won Spree's award for best coffee) provided South African Ginger Beer, which Tom D proclaims, “was some really amazing ginger infused beverage that had me sprouting more hair!Sean P opted to enjoy the “awesome beer from Community Beer Works,” wonderful “craft cider from Chateau Buffalo” and end the night with some delightful “gelato from the Gelato Gypsy.” And who could forget The Rooster & Two Chicks, a recently opened gift shop and bakery that cooked up a delicious storm of goodies for which Jamie P “indulged in a sea salt caramel and chocolate chip cookie AND a blueberry tarte on almond crust (gluten free).” Yum!

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Entertainment was in full swing throughout the night with DJ Projex spinning eclectic beats from around the world as well as Elena M’s favorite bit: the “photo booth from Big Picture Photo Booth, which was “such a great way to be silly with friends and bring a memory back home.” Jody G loved having her “caricature drawn by Dario Mohr of DM Caricatures,” remarking that she “doesn’t know how he did such a great job so quickly; such a talented guy!”

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A huge thank you to all those that made this event possible! Thanks to the sponsors, Elites, Buffalo Yelpers and all those that attended, we raised over $1,100 for the International Institute! Big shout out to Paul Fanara from Living in the Buff Studios for the wonderful photos. Peak the rest of the flickr gallery and find yourself at this link!

See the rest of the reviews: Yelp Without Borders Reviews
More Living in the Buff Studios Pics of Event: Flickr Gallery
Follow us on: Facebook and Twitter

Until next time -- SYOY!
Alex "Adventurist" L

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South Bay's Summer Splash @ Hotel Paradox

Posted by Abby Schwarz

No matter what part of the country you live in, there are two words synonymous with summer: Pool Party! Even in a beach town like Santa Cruz, there's absolutely nothing wrong with kickin' poolside it at Hotel Paradox. Who says you have to be checked-in to check out such an awesome outdoor space? Yelp South Bay got the 5-star guest treatment a few Sundays ago, at our Summer Splash Elite Event.

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Hotel Paradox is a most unique experience that explores an urban forest set inside a beach town. That's the paradox of Hotel Paradox. Designed by acclaimed designers Orlando Diaz-Azcuy Design Associates from San Francisco, the boutique Hotel Paradox prides itself on genuine hospitality, and a design-forward experience delighting the senses. This sophisticated hotel combines guest rooms, suites, modern amenities, unique meeting spaces, and Solaire Restaurant Bar to create the ultimate guest experience in Santa Cruz, California. Experience Santa Cruz from a whole new perspective at Hotel Paradox, everything but ordinary.

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Close to 200 Yelp Elites and their guests partied poolside on one of the hottest, sunniest days this summer in Santa Cruz. It really was the perfect setting for an outdoor event! "The sun was shining and instantly brought us back to our island state-of-mind and happy-to-be-sunkissed, feel-good vibes after high-tailing it out of the city in SF where we were freezing our okoles (that's Hawaiian for hineys!) all weekend," exclaimed Giselle P. "Why hello there beautiful sun," squealed Ly D. "It was so nice of you to join us during our pool party." 

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Food sponsors included Solaire, Pacific Thai Santa Cruz, The Picnic Basket and The Penny Ice Creamery, all of which were a huge hit with the Elites! Denise L broke it down for us. "Pacific Thai - tasty spring rolls and mango curry with shrimp. The Picnic Basket - delightful mini BLT's! The Penny Ice Creamery - fennel peach flavor, what what?Vi T was was equally as impressed: "Paradox's on site restaurant and bar, Solaire, provided grilled beef wrapped scallions with a dandelion greens salad. Interesting combo! Pacific Thai's tofu springrolls were delicious, yet light while their rich shrimp and mango curry was apparently so good my +1 went back for fourths! Lol... The Picnic Basket dished out BLTs made with meaty heirloom tomatoes and the absolute BEST bacon I've ever had. In. My. Life. Penny's Ice Creamery scooped up cone after handmade cone of deliciously sweet yet savory fennel peach ice cream." 

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No summertime soiree is complete without boozy bevies! Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing was there to serve up their Casino IPA, Pale Ale and Amber Ale. Dee L couldn't believe her eyes, "Santa Cruz Mounta Brewing-organic beer? Say what!" And Mike H thought "the English style IPA was really smooth, and not too hoppy, perfect for a pool party." Not to be outdone, Bonny Doon Vineyard was also there with a crisp, refreshing selection of wines, which Ly D found to be "very light and summery." Daisy Z was almost too excited for words when they busted out an unexpected vino: "Bonny Doon Vineyard had a great rose and they directed me to a *sparkling moscato* that they have. My liver will never be ready for this news."

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Last but certainly not least, Segway Santa Cruz was onsite offering Segway demos! Elites (who hadn't yet sampled the drinks!) were allowed to drive around a mini course in the parking lot. "The absolute thing I was most excited to try was the Segway- that was on my bucket list and because of yelp I got that chance," exclaimed Desiree C.  Initially, Dee L  thought there would be some sort of "an elaborate segway show. Who would have know they would let us test drive a Segway?!  Eh hem, I ran over a cone and I still passed with flying colors.  I loved the instructors' energies.  "It's all in the hips. Yah feel that? It responds to your body."  (Wish other things in life followed that mantra.)"

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There to capture all of the action with their green screen photo booth was Exposure Entertainment. "Who doesn't love photobooths??? Love the backdrop of the waves superimposed," said Amanda L. Jennifer H also commented, "The picture quality though was AMAZING. Our pictures came out great, the prints they gave were super nice. It was such a cool way to remember this yelp event (:"

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To top it all off, Yelpers raised money for a wonderful Santa Cruz non-profit, Grind Out Hunger, who aims to eradicate childhood hunger and malnutrition in the US! Warm, sunny day and warm fuzzies all around. Read all of the glowing reviews from the Yelp Elites and their guests - by all accounts it was a fabulous day in the Santa Cruz sun. All of our event photos, courtesy of Alex Liu and Exposure Entertainment are on the Yelp South Bay-Peninsula Flickr page. 

Until our next YEE, enjoy your summer!

Abby poolside

Abby S (With Janet O and Kevyne R), Community Manager

July 29, 2013

Yelp's Pineapple Express To Hawaii Giveaway

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Yelp's Pineapple Express - you in the know? Well, you should be...

Thanks to our pals at the 3rd Annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival, Hawaiian Airlines, and the Hyatt Regency Waikiki - one contest winner will fly himself and a friend non-stop from New York's JFK to Honolulu, as well as one room for three nights at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa, sometime between September 1 and 9th. The winner will also receive tickets to attend various events during the Third Annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival, the premier epicurean event in the Pacific taking place that week.

Yelp hit the streets for a full two weeks where entering to win was easy: come find us and our Pineapple Express mascot throughout New York City, upload a photo, and you're entered to win a chance at dipping out to Honolulu. After hangin' 10 for, well... 10 days – we wrapped up Yelp's Pineapple Express and randomly selected our winner. Anderson C from Queens needed just one Drop In to secure his Hawaiian Airlines chariot to Honolulu. Congrats, kane! 

Big ups once again to our fine sponsors:

Hawaiian Airlines (@HawaiianAir :: FB http://on.fb.me/qaJFSw
Hyatt Regency Waikiki (@HyattWaikiki :: FB http://on.fb.me/oIfCK0)
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival (@HIFoodWineFest :: FB http://on.fb.me/Skpo16)

Yelp's Centre of the Universe

Posted by Monica
On the eighth floor of a sleek office building and hotel in Tampa's bustling Westshore district, the Centre Club played host to the latest Elite event. The venue boasts beautiful views of a lush, green tree canopy and the waters of Tampa Bay – not to mention great drinks, service, and food! Here, at the Centre of the Yelpiverse, wine and beer were flowing, appetizers were appealing, and everyone enjoyed a great evening. On a personal note, it was wonderful to meet so many friendly new faces!
 
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First of all, Tampa Yelpers rock – we enjoyed perfect attendance at this event! Crystal H raves, "the Yelpers are freaking amazing! I loved hanging with my friends and seeing some people that I only get to see once a month." Meanwhile, Josh H calls the event "a great chance to whet my appetite enough to want to know more about becoming an Elite." He says, "A highlight for me were the containers of Yelp propaganda around the room."
 
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Our host for the evening, the Centre Club, is a mix between a professional conference space and a swanky private ballroom. Mary J tells us, "This is a nice and very versatile venue that has probably hosted some great gatherings over the years. It seems to be extremely well kept up and maintained.Amber M agrees, saying, "This is a great spot for event rentals – with a great view of Tampa."
 
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"The food was tasty," Dianna B notes. "I especially enjoyed the beer battered cheese sticks and the pot stickers – the savory soy dipping sauce was really good. The breading on the zucchini was spicy, and the coconut shrimp were flavorful." Even better, "Wine and beer was flowing quite liberally, and there were a nice selection of Pepsi products to choose from." Kristen P tells us that "each appetizer served was so delicious!" Her favorite? "The coconut shrimp... the sauce was light and delicious."
 
Thank you to the Centre Club for showing us exceptional hospitality and service – Cassie P comments, "The bartender was great – super friendly!" And thank you, Elite Yelpers, for attending this event and making it a fun-filled evening. If you don't want to miss the next event, find out how to become Elite by visiting http://yelp.com/elite. See you next month!

Brett N, Yelp TB Community Manager, & Justine B, Yelp TB Marketing Assistant

KC Elites Rev Up The Fun at Yelp Gets Your Motor Runnin'

Posted by Matt

Yelpers, start your engines! The KC Elite Squad spent an evening doing laps around Hollywood Casino, with fantastic food, drinks and fun around every corner. Whether it was sampling selections from four different restaurants, competing in a scavenger hunt, or racing to win tickets to a NASCAR event, everybody agrees: this was a 5-star experience that wasn't to be missed!

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Before they rode the escalator up to host restaurant Turn2, each guest was given a scavenger hunt list that sent them throughout the casino's many dining options. Whether counting the (49!) TVs in Turn2 or browsing the Hollywood memorobelia at Final Cut, Yelpers enjoyed the opportunity to test-drive the casino's culinary selections. 

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Of course, what's checking out a restaurant without sampling their food? The hosts made sure that everybody had plenty of fuel in their tanks, with tasty bites from all four restaurants. Sushi and spring rolls from Epic Buffet, pork sliders and shrimp tacos from Turn2 and chicken and waffles from Marquee Cafe. All were excellent, but the checkered flag went to a taste of Final Cut's new Thursday night special: strip steak, baked potato and Caesar salad. Normally $19.99, the complimentary bites whetted appetites and had people promising to return. 

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Yelpers kept their skills sharp by competing for a chance to win tickets to the upcoming Hollywood Casino 400. The challenge was simple: by the end of the night have the fastest time in Mario Kart! Many came close to winning, but there was only room for one victor, who made everybody else eat his (virtual) dust. 

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At the end of the night, the casino hosts thanked everybody for attending and everybody that got 100% on the scavenger hunt was entered in a drawing for restaurant gift certificates! Then all were sent on their way with casino gift bags full of swag to keep your gaming skills sharp!

Thanks to everybody for coming and making the event a success. Thank you to Hollywood Casino for showing us all such a great time. I know I'll be back to do some gaming and some dining, and I hope you will too.

Your friendly CM,

Matt E

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Madison Yelpers "P" Themselves @ American Players Theatre

Posted by Corey Dane

Minds out of the gutter, not that kind of P... we're talking Potluck, Ponzi Vineyard Pinots, a tour of Production spaces, a Play (The Two Gentleman Of Verona), and because this was part of Yelp's Big Bite: Pizza!, Palatable Picnic additions in the form of Pizza with locally milled wheat flour crust and locally sourced toppings from The Kitchen at Arcadia Books. (Whew!) It was all part of Yelp Madison's "P" Party at American Players Theatre

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Ok let's be honest, Wisconsin's no hop, skip, or jump to The Globe, but taking in some Shakespeare is as easy as setting for Spring Green, and what's more, you can picnic on the grounds prior! Lexie G gabs, "The Kitchen at Arcadia Books provided some excellent pizza. Fennel pizza? I'm a foodie, but I'd never think of that! Delicious," and Kate T touts, "The potluck aspect was great, there was an excellent smorgasbord of salads, meats, cheeses, hummus, crackers, tortellini with pesto..." And what better way to wash down  amazing eats than great grapes! Joe Tarpey of Wirtz Beverage was on hand sampling Ponzi Vineyard Pinots.

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Yelpers were treated to a pre-show chat about the play and what it's like to perform there from actress Abbey Siegworth, Silvia in The Two Gentlemen of Verona this summer. Sara Young of APT talked about the history of the space and Jacki Singleton of The Kitchen chatted about her approach to pizza and what it's like to split her time between kitchen chef and APT stage manager! We were also treated to a tour of the backstage production and storage facilities before the show which Scrantz L loved! "1000 hats! 500 cloaks! 600 jerkins! boxes upon boxes of prop apples, bread and other foods." She also explains, "every wig is made by hand from real hair," and mentions "the millinery was awesome (the hat shop)."

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Finally, everyone grabbed their seats in the gorgeous Up The Hill theatre for a show under the stars. Lu Ann O opines, "The play was well performed and nicely balanced between poignant moments and lighthearted comedy. The outdoor theater provides for unexpected wildlife additions - a whippoorwill made an appearance!"

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Special thanks to Sara, Michele and the entire team at American Players Theatre for welcoming us into your space and giving us a peak at how you put together a production. Thanks to Jacki at The Kitchen at Arcadia Books for making our bellies happy and Joe of Wirtz Beverage for sharing some Ponzi Vineyards wines with us. Thanks also to Stephanie Kluz for snapping some stellar pics.

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Boston Elites Twerked It At Yelp's Heart Pumpin' Elite Event

Posted by Damien S

If this ain't your first Community Lowdown, you know Yelp Elite events are all about amazing food, phenomenal beverage and are usually free of sweaty locks and panting Yelpers (that comes later - hello!) But this Thursday at Equinox Franklin Street in Boston, a gaggle of health-conscious Elites and their guests gathered for body working, deep breathing, Heart Pumpin' Elite Event!

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Yelpers arrived in gym-dandy style, ready to tackle one of three exclusive classes offered by Equinox: a quad-blowing spin cycle class that put your training wheels to shame, a power flow yoga practice with upward dogs that stretch the mind and the body or the ultimate trainer – a metabolic conditioning bootcamp that meshed movement, weights and elevation to, well, destroy your puny physical form. Says Joanna H, "IT WAS INTENSE!" Caps on lock.

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Breath caught and sweat steamed off, guests sipped on mocktails from The Ripe Stuff, antioxidant-rich guayusa teas by Runa and a bunch of grape juices – boosting HDL production! – from a selection of wines. A wind-down with a chair massage rejuvenated those musskles, and to refuel: protein-packed nibbles like Peking duck wraps, Asian gazpacho shooters and steamed shrimp cocktail!

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To ice this fat-free cake, One Medical Group was on hand to offer an education on the importance of continued health care, showing Yelpers their unique, high-touch model and offering all attendees a free initial year of membership to their service (a $199 value)! Allison R was impressed: "Bravo! I'd love to see more events focused around cool activities and/or healthy living."

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Tatsu caught it all on film, and is now powered by Dwinq for instant social posting of event pics! Check the Flickr and Facebook albums, peep the event reviews or just stay in the steam room all night. You raisin.

Sweatin' to the oldies-

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July 28, 2013

The Crest Uncasked by Yelp Elites!

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

Whole Foods Wilcest unveiled their latest store renovations and addition, The Crest, a new wine and beer bar located right inside the famous grocery store – and the Yelp Elite Squad was invited to uncask The Crest!

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There was much to see, taste and do. First up, the Whole Foods goodie bags! The first 100 Yelpers to "check-in" to the event via their Yelp mobile app received a goodie bag filled with multiple Whole Foods products – like hand soap, toothpaste, candles, snacks, bevs and more. Meanwhile, other Yelpers made way to the screen printing station where the first 30 Elites received a screen-printed tee with The Crest logo. 

As guests listened to the tunes spun by DJ Cuba Gooding Jr, they tried out multiple brews at the three beer stations provided by Karbach Brewing Co., Brooklyn Brewery, and Cedar Creek Brewery. For noshes, guests sampled KIND Healthy Snacks (which were also in the goodie bags), and Whole Foods catered roasted chicken quesadillas in spinach tortillas and watermelon/red onion/feta salad. Oh so summery and delish! 

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For those who missed out on the brewlicious action, check out the event reviews and photos!

SYOY,

Farrah A
Houston Community Director 

Plump Fiction @ The Senator

Posted by Evelyn W

Excellent Elites drowned out the fierce floods in favour of a night of Plump Fiction @ Toronto's oldest restaurant, The Senator.

We bellied up to a bar dripping with deliciousness from our friends at Beau's, which is "a phenomenon" according to Robert K, along with The Senator's specialty Goldschlager Strawberry Shakes and Sambuca coffees. Boozy shakes?! "Divine" according to Lauren B's refined sweet tooth. 

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To soak up the party we had treats that taught us that diner doesn't have to be a dirty word. This scratch-made menu was large and in charge and favourites included sliders, mac and cheese and Kobe beef hot dogs. According to Martin S the best part came at the end, when the evening was "topped off with a fantastic Strawberry Crème Brûlée for dessert."

The fabulousness of The Senator ain't fiction.

Stay Plump, Elites!

Evelyn W

Yelp Puts A Ring On It At Marisa Perry

Here at Yelp we're all about connecting folks to great local businesses. Of course we find ourselves eating and drinking most of the time, hence several Elite Events at bars and restaurants... but every now and then, it's high time for something a bit outside the (ring) box. Case in point: Yelp Puts A Ring On It At Marisa Perry in the Village. Perry1

The friendly husband-and-wife team of Douglas Elliot and Marisa Perry specialize in the thinnest micro-pave diamond band in the market. Their Vintage Collection has a huge following, and they're the types who'll find you any shape, size, color, and clarity of stone that you'd ever need at prices that will leave your financial planner grinning from ear to ear.Perry2

For this particular soiree, we invited a few Yelp Elites for an evening of refined bites from an array of local artisans, Champagne drinks to stave off the hot summer weather, and plenty of bling to bring out the inner fashionista (or fashionisto) in all of us.Perry3

To live vicariously through reviews and photos, click on said likes ASAP. Keep up with Marisa Perry on Twitter and Facebook as well. 

Manhattan Yelpers Get Brined At L&W Oyster Co.

Yelp Elites burned the midnight oil as we embarked on Flatiron's L&W Oyster Co. With morsels stemming from the Eastern Seaboard alongside an artisan menu that changes daily based on what's brewing in the local farmer's markets... they give the slow food movement a good name. Lwcollage1

L&W Oyster Co. specializes in in modern and classic takes on all things raw, smoked, cured, steamed, and fried. With heaps of fanfare from esteemed blogs, magazines, newsletters, et al., it's clear that L&W Oyster Co. has filled a void that was sorely missing from Manhattan's culinary landscape.Lwcollage2

Nibbles that made the rounds included Montauk Pearl Oysters with cucumber-sake sranita, lobster deviled eggs, shrimp corn dogs, fried olives, and house made Cape Cod style potato chips. To wash it all down, Hemingway-style daiquiris and dark and stormy's made the rounds courtesty of Red Hook's VanBrunt Stillhouse Rum. Lwcollage3

Keep tabs on L&W Oyster Co. on Twitter and Facebook. Also be sure to check out photos of the event here. 

Yelp Toronto Presents: Nauti By Nature

Posted by Evelyn W

It might have been a little bit rainy, but that didn't stop the best boat bash in the history of the Great Lakes, Nauti By Nature, from setting sail aboard Epic Cruises' The River Gambler.

 

Our friends at Epic Cruises brought the boss venue and warmed us up with their sinfully tasty snacks, such as mac 'n' cheese spoons, pulled pork sliders, and jerk chicken skewers. Joining in on the flavour fun was OMG Baked Goodness' signature cupcakes and cookies and Pop Chips' newest savory selections. Thirst was quenched by our besties at Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and Mill Street Brewery!

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On board our beautiful vessel was be Bearmoon Entertainment pumping today's best tunes along with tracks from yesteryear, Two Dames Productions, Fifi The Party Mermaid, and That Choir kept us warm as with their perfect harmony. Were Yelpers wet getting home? Nope! Everyone's desgingnated driver Uber was on hand to get everyone home safe and sound.

Beyond all of the Nauti fun, this event was oh-so-full-o' nice, and thanks to Yelpers and our sponsors above we raised nearly $2K for the MS Society of Canada.

Your Yelp Toronto Captain,

Evelyn W

Frankie's Innocent Picnic

Posted by Pohman

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Lördagen den 27de juli var det dags för Yelp Stockholms sommarpicknick vid Hornstulls strand. Innocent var på plats bjöd på fruktsmoothies, Innocent for kids, Stockholms sötaste food truck, Frankie's Coffee Truck, serverade islatte, kaffe och chokladkakor och Yelp Stockholm hade bakat ;)

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För att läsa recensioner om picknicken och skriva din egen, gå in på eventsidan på Yelp. För fler bilder, se våra album på Facebook och Flickr, samt Instagram #innocentsweden #yelpfest #frankiescoffee #yelpstockholm.

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Stort tack till Pia på Innocent Smoothies och Emma på Frankie's Coffee Truck för att ni ville vara med och göra den här dagen så bra!

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On Saturday July 27th the Yelp Stockholm community met up for a summer picnic at Hornstull's beach park. Innocent was there with Innocent fruit smoothies for kids, Stockholm's cutest food truck, Frankie's Coffee Truck, served ice coffee, latte and homemade chocolate cookies and Yelp Stockholm had been baking ;)

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To read reviews about the picnic and write your own, go to the event page on Yelp. For more pictures, please visit our albums on Facebook, Flickr, and Instagram #innocentsweden #yelpfest #frankiescoffee #yelpstockholm.

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A warm thank you to Pia at Innocent Smoothies Sweden and Emma at Frankie's Coffee Truck for being part of this day and making it so special!

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See You On Yelp,

Paula B

Yelp Stockholm Community Manager

July 27, 2013

Yelp Denver's Aloha Affair!

"Hula dancers, roasted pigs, fresh fruit and rum punch - am I sitting 500 yards away from I-25 or on a Polynesian island?" Denver Elite Vicki P ponders? That was definitely the feel Yelp and the Sand Dollar Gallery was aiming for when planning the luau of the year: Yelp's Aloha Affair. Adorable gallery, the Sand Dollar converted their quaint turquoise house into a Polynesian escape with watercolors depicting Hawaiian scapes, and even raffled off an original watercolor by the gallery owner's father, William Condit, valued at $900! Wellington C was the lucky duck to take the painting home along with a book of the artist's other works.

AlohaCollage1The fun continued throughout the whole gallery as the expansive backyard was turned into a relaxed island getaway with delicious Mai Tais, Hula Dancers from Kalama Polynesian Dancers, Three whole roasted pigs from Panzano, and hand-crafted and yummy ice cream sandwiches courtesy of Petey Bird. Jennifer B couldn't get enough of the "whole roasted pigs" that "were succulent and finger licking good. I didn't let an ounce on my plate go to waste. I don't think I'm willing to let everyone know how many servings I had (total secret)." For the perfect dessert companion, Petey Bird made guests, like Demitri R, happy. "I tried the Chocolate Chip Cookie with Vanilla. Then The Sea Salt cookie with Strawberry Ice cream. Both were delicious." As DJ Postman spun some island beats, Polynesian dancers provided history behind each dance and hula-ed the night away to authentic Tiki melodies and stereotypical classics, like Hawaii 5-0. 

A huge thank you again to our sponsors, The AlohaCollage2Sand Dollar Gallery, Panzano, Petey Bird, and partners Marc Hughes (DJ Postman), and Kalama Polynesian Dancers. For more highlights and pics of the event, visit the separate business listing . If interested in becoming elite please visit the Yelp Elite page.  Be sure to pay a visit to Sand Dollar Gallery, Panzano, and Petey Bird in the near future. Support local businesses. It's the Yelpy thing to do.

Until Next Time...See You On Yelp.

And in the meantime, be sure to:

Follow us @YelpDenver

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Subscribe to the Weekly Yelp Newsletter for all the hot local tips!

Mahalo,

Frances "Attempting to Hula" G

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July 26, 2013

Yelp San Antonio's Backstage Pass To The Empire Theatre

Posted by Gloria

'Twas a night to remember, hazily perhaps, as 300 Yelpers gathered at the iconic Charline McCombs Empire Theatre to mingle amongst some of our cities' best and brightest local businesses. Nine restaurants, eight beverage partners, and three music acts put on their best performances, making Yelp's Backstage Pass the biggest and baddest Yelp event in San Antonio to-date! 

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"From an upscale zucchini with tomato foam from Chef Jason Dady, to sausages from County Line, pita and hummus from Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, and chips and spinach and artichoke dip from Hard Rock Café" the variety of eats was neverending, pleasantly suprising Sarah J. Then there's more: Zedric's Asian Summer Slaw, Bohanan's gourmet charcuterie spread, Green Vegetarian Cuisine's "I-Can't-Believe-They're-Vegan" Brownies, and Kettle King's assortment of homemade popcorn. Ending the evening on a sweet note, each Yelper walked out with a personal macaron, compliments of Bakery Lorraine

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Feuling the party, two local favorite breweries represented San Antonio craft beer – Branchline Brewing and Ranger Creek – while liqour-ous libations flowed from Blue Nectar Tequila (Reposado and fresh pineapple juice anyone?), Deep Eddy Vodka (hello Ruby Red!), and Genius Gin (a tongue-Thai-ing craft cocktail). Crispin Cider provided the ideal Summer refresher, Juicer Heroes served up samples of their organic fresh-pressed quenchers, and Redbull gave us all wings. 

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We wouldn't be keepin' it puro if we didn't rock out to some local beats. DJ Steven Lee Moya set the smooth tone, followed by local duo who Ash M swears by, "if you're not madly in love with Lorita Drive after last night, check your pulse people!" Rounding out the night and bringing down the house, was rockabilly group, The Hares. Post-getting down on the dance floor, Yelpers relaxed in the Raw Hair Studio lounge with complimentary head and hand massages, and a little bit of stylin' advice. Guests stopped by the Banana Stand photo booth to create some moments of their own, and the remaining candids were captured by the talented Parish Photography

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Ultimately, all this fun culminated in a whopping $1,800 raised for the Las Casas Foundation! Summing it up better than we can for ourselves, event newbie Betron S, "This party was so much more than getting to know fellow yelpers, this event was a fantastic opportunity to sample the town, and get to know the vendors, distillers, brewers, and restaurateurs alike. I was able to connect so many people to their online personas, and ultimately experience the individual fabulousness of each!"

Read what fellow Yelpers are saying about the shindig, and feel free to add your own review to the 5-star mix! 

Until we party again, San Antonio!

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Yelp's Cheeky Tiki Yelper Party Fires Up Brisbane

Posted by Lani P.

It was a wintery Wednesday night when Yelp's Brisbane Community dressed with warmer temps in mind and made their way to The Jubilee Hotel for Brisbane's first Yelper Party. More than 250 Yelpers celebrated Brisbane’s biggest Yelp event since its launch in the city in 2012.

With tiki-torches lighting the entrance, guests were welcomed by Lei greeters and tribal tunes before entering a tropical oasis of floral arrangements (thanks to Flowers in Hand), the cutest pineapples you have ever seen from Food Connect and a sea of costumes. 

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Collage3There was plenty to eat thanks to our great food partners with Yelpers dining on a feast of gourmet delights. Who could deny themselves a gourmet “haute” dog from Snag Stand or the resoundingly popular sriracha marshmallow which won Maria Palitos a legion of new fans. There was also pineapple coconut fairy floss from Spun Fairy Floss, a selection of steamed buns from Happy Little Dumplings (let’s stop for a moment and think about the custard bun) and a selection of samples from The Jubilee’s new menu.

Last but certainly not least, closet brownie lovers came out thick and fast for I Heart Brownie’s exclusive creation for the evening.Yelper Cynthia W spills the beans: “May I say I heart I Heart Brownies? Coconut rum brownies. Are you geniuses over there? Why can’t you bake in my home everyday?” 

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Of course, what’s a Tiki party without some cheek? The Bombshell Burlesque and Beauty Academy upped the cheek levels with two performances rousing the audience. Fire twirling, hip swaying and more left us all wanting more when Heilani Polynesian Entertainment Group captivated the crowd with their moves. A few game Yelpers even tried their own hand and shaking a tail feather. Shakira’s hips have nothing on these guys! 

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The evening would have been nothing without the support of two very special partners on the night. Our venue, The Jubilee Hotel and our charity partner, headspace (auspiced by Aftercare). 

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See You On Yelp,

Lani P (Brisbane Community Manager)

 

YelpYEG Elite Event: Taste Of Indigenous Edmonton

Posted by Jennie

On Monday, July 22nd YelpYEG Elite’s were the honoured guests of the Taste Of Edmonton in their Sip' N Savour tent for: Indigenous Cuisine Night! The extraordinary night was hosted by the legendary Chef Shane Chartrand, of Von’s Steak House & Oyster Bar. He selected 4 local Edmonton and area Chefs and presented them with a Master Chef style "Mystery Box" challenge. The Chefs were disclosed with a list of foods and ingredients that are indigenous to Alberta and were tasked with creating a modern meal for us to judge! The event also featured a Scotch Tasting from Alberta Distilleries and Highwood Distilleries.

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Oh Canada, we sure have an amazing abundance of natural recourses availible here in the Prairies! The incredible edible entrees served up were based upon traditional Aboriginal dishes and were given a modern, culinary kick. Starting off, Chef Eric Hanson and his team presented us with stunning smoked Sturgeon with pickled fingerlings, figs, plum salsa, cress purée and finished with a fig balsamic reduction and sage. And as if that was not enough, served alongside the dish was a cocktail shooter containing potato vodka with plum reduction and fig caviar! Chef Doreen Prei of the Petroleum Club created a Bison Brisket dish with cherries, rosemary, ramps, baby potatoes and champagne vinaigrette! From Team Von’s, it was a smoked Elk jerky with turnips, pine nuts, apples, bone marrow and mint tea. Last but certainly not least, a ravishing rabbit dish marinated in black tea with maple, sage, corn and morels on a bannock like cake, created by Chef Joel Ghostkeeper of Normand's.

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The Chefs and their astonishing dishes may have been the stars of the show but the outstanding varieties of Scotch, Whiskey and Bourbon were definitely an award winning supporting cast. From Tullibardine Distillery there was the Tullibardine 225, Tullibardine 228 and the Tullibardine 300. Antiquary 12 year from Tomatin Company of Scotch definitely wowed the crowed. From the worlds most difficult to access distillery, located out on a desolate Scottish island, The Isle of JURA Elixir. Then there was the Dalmore: At over $250 a bottle, the extremely rare 1995 Dalmore Age Of Exploration; aged in white oak barrels and finished in Madeira casks for three years, before a final year spent resting in Matusalem Oloroso Sherry butts before bottling. Not to be outdone by the Scotts, from Canada there was North America's 1st Single Malt Whisky: Glen Breton Rare 10 Year hailing from Nova Scotia! Pendleton Canadian Blended was also on hand and surprised us all by being distilled in Oregon! Last but not least, Kentucky Bourbon. Jim Beam brought out their new Devils Cut - and that it did! And finally, Knob Creek proved that depth and sophistication can be bottled south of the boarder ;) 

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This fabulous event all took place in the middle of Sir Winston Churchill Square. The weather was gorgeous and the patio perfectly designed and decorated by PUR Living patio furniture. A huge thanks to our resident Yelp Photographer, the talented Mr. Dave Tameling. And a tremendous thank you to the organizers and dedicated staff of Taste Of Edmonton for all their hard work to make this Elite Event an extraordinary evening!

See You On Yelp…

Cheers, Jennie M. Your YelpYEG CM!

@YelpEdmonton #yelpYEG

 

 

Yelp's Fiesta Fantastica!

Posted by Jonathon

Last week, the Baton Rouge Elite Squad met for its first Elite Event at Caliente Mexican Craving. It was without a doubt, a Fiesta Fantastica. They served up traditional favorites and new takes on the classics – Yelpers were exclaiming aye dios mio!

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The staff at Caliente treated us like royalty, and served us bottomless top shelf margaritas and sangria. We all gathered on the patio to and shared a sampling of many of the awesome menu items Caliente offers like Ceviche, Mexican Egg Rolls, Crawfish Bread, Black Bean Soup, Mini Chimichangas, Chicken Quesadillas, Street Tacos, Kabobs and Chocoflan. The Street Tacos caught everyone’s attention, especially Joel M, who wrote that he “LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the,” and is planning to  “hit this place again just for these.” Perhaps the most unique part of the menu was the Chocoflan. It is flan on top of a brownie! They took two of the best desserts and covered them in a caramel sauce.

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Of course, this event fantastica could never have happened without the generosity and dedication from Caliente Mexican Craving. Thanks, Jessica, for hosting us, and Cristina for all of your hard work and planning to make our party so successful and fun! I also owe thanks to all of the Elites who came out, especially those dedicated Yelpers who drove all the way from New Orleans to celebrate our first Elite Event in Baton Rouge. Don’t just take my word for it that we had a great time, you can read what Yelpers from NOLA and Baton Rouge had to say about the evening here. And be sure to check out the rest of the pictures, courtesy of Yelp Intern extraordinaire Vicky, from the event on our Flickr page here.

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Until Next Time, SYOY!

 

Jonathon R

Yelp Baton Rouge Community Manager

July 25, 2013

Yelp Denver's Secret Supper - July 2013 Edition

For the fifth installment of the successful string of 2013 Secret Suppers, Denver Yelpers gathered at 16th Street Mall favorite, Rialto Cafe for an intimate dinner of 45 people perched above the restaurant on their own private dining mezzanine. Upon arrival, guests were greeted with a refreshing cocktail: A Sky Moscato Grape with sparkling wine, a splash of Chombard, and a perfect accent of a lemon peel garnish to top it off!

SSCollage1As guests took their seat they were presented with a bountiful array of appetizers for the table to share. Among the assortment was bruschetta, calamari, hummus, seared Ahi tuna, and assorted condiments. For Jennifer B, " The winner for most of us was the bruschetta, it had a great balsamic on it that was addictive." Next up was the main attraction of the night, the entree. When there is three solid choices from which to choose, it's not always an easy decision. Whether, it was the Fresh Scottish Salmon (All natural and grilled, creamy goat cheese polenta, heirloom grape tomatoes, wilted spinach), the Beef Short Ribs (Slow-braised in red wine, rustic root vegetables, whipped potatoes), or the Eggplant & Portabello Stack (Grilled portabello, panko crusted eggplant, wilted spinach, whipped potatoes, marinara, grilled asparagus, balsamic reduction), every Secret Supper diner enjoyed every last bite. Alicia K went with the braised beef short rib and has to say, "it was tender and didn't need a knife, falling apart with a tap of my fork."

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Thanks again to the most wonderful hosts and talented staff and chefs at Rialto Cafe. To read up on more foodie highlights from the Secret Supper check out the reviews and pics here. For more information and to reserve your spot for the next Secret Supper, please visit yelp.com/events

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Until next time, Denver,

See You On Yelp!

Frances G

Denver Senior Community Manager

@YelpDenver * #DenYSS * facebook/yelpdenver

 

Jax Elites Have The Luck Of The Irish

Posted by Allie

Tuesday proved to be a night for the lucky, ahem, Elite ones, as Jax’s finest Yelpers flocked like seagulls to Atlantic Beach for Allie A’s first official YEE at Culhane’s Irish Pub! Yelpers took to pint drinkin’, riverdancin’ and sampling great bites, of course!

The party started with a nice buzz, thanks to adult beverages like the Hot Honey Bee, (Jack Honey with Fire Eater), and an imported cheese platter  loaded with a variety of Irish cheeses, figgie almond cake bites and tasty toasted baguettes. “The Dubliner Stout cheese was amazing – creamy with a nice bite – and the drink had wonderful taste and quite the sting,” says Chris C about the pairing. 

Apps drinks 2May your cup (and plate) always be filled” was the staff’s mantra and round two featured the crispy cut chips with Sheppard’s Pie and Irish Nachos! The beer-battered cod bites with Cajun remoulade that followed proved to be Daisy D’s “favorite savory dish of the night!” 

It wouldn’t be a true Irish party with some pints of Guinness rightfully paired with the Guinness marinated beef and cheddar sliders, aka “tasty little bombs of spice and flavor.” A sweet segue to the crowd favorite, and last up: Cinotti’s Bakery bread pudding on a stick with warm Bailey’s Anglaise dipping sauce. Naomi B was not alone in her sentiment, but said it best: “I could have eaten a dozen of these things easily! The bread pudding alone was warm and delectable, but dipped in the sauce? WOW. I'd come here just for THAT!”

CulhanescollageThe Celtic tunes played on as the “Show Yelp You’re Best Riverdance” competition commenced for Yelp schwag and a Culhane’s gift certificate. Mary Jane Culhane crowned Julie A the ultimate jig master. Riverdance

New friends and fans were simultaneously made, and if you ask Bill K, “We're making Culhane’s one of our main places at the beach to lift a few pints and sample some interesting appetizers.” A huge, huge shout out to Brett N, who not only drove from Tampa to join us, but is the only guy who can rock a green mustache like this! Another thank you to Cassandra HC Photography for making the memories live on (re-live them here and here) and of course to Culhane’s entire crew.

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You weren’t there?! Check out the reviews and the chatter. Or, find out how to get the invite to these fab parties over at yelp.com/elite.

Slainte and SYOY, 

Allie A (and her tiny green hat)

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Yelp Proposes A Toast At Toast Enotecca & Cucina

On a brisk Wednesday night in San Diego's East Village, a select group of Elites were invited to a true display of overwhelming hospitality. The tables were set, the music was raised, the wine glasses were filled and the staff welcomed the guests with a mountain of beautifully prepared food. Yelp Proposes A Toast At Toast Enotecca & Cucina was ready to begin! As the spirited group settled in, Toast's very own elite group of hard-working bartenders, management and kitchen staff got to work laying out a spread that would even make the most seasoned Elite blush. Cheers!

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An enormous thank you goes out to Chef Martin Gonzalez and restaurant manager Carlos for an incredible menu that featured:

An assortment of the following Pizzas

-Gluten free pizza

-Verde Bianco E Rosso Pomodoro sauce, bufala mozzarella and fresh arugula

-Pizza Del Giardino Light pomodoro sauce, mozzarella and seasonal vegetables

-Pizza Al Prosciutto Pomodoro sauce, mozzarella and prosciutto di parma

-Pizza Al Gorgonzola E Peperoni Dolci Light tomato sauce, organic sweet mini peppers, onions, mozzarella and Gorgonzola cheese

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-Insalata Della Casa Fresh arugulua and cherry tomatoes in our honey mustard dressing

*Antipasti

-Focaccia Ripiena Focaccia bread filled with stracchino cheese and mortadella

-Pere Al Gorgonzola Oven baked anjou pears with Gorgonzola cheese and honey glaze

-Crostini Al Pomodoro Arrosto E Formaggio Roasted tomato with feta cheese and sage, crostini

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Thank you so much to everyone behind the scenes at Toast Enotecca & Cucina and it's fantastic team of bartenders and servers, Angelo F for the photos and Trumer Pils for their generous donation. Of course countless props go out to the lucky group of Elites in attendance for bringing Yelptastic attitudes and snapping all the pictures that were contributed to the event page. You can find additional photos on the Yelp Flickr page and the party reviews can be found here!

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De Rooden Hoed Yelp Elite Event

Posted by Maud

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Grand Café De Rooden Hoed is het oudste horecabedrijf van Antwerpen en heeft een erg rijke geschiedenis.In 2013 werd dit pand volledig gerenoveerd en terug in ere gebracht, zowel langs binnen als langs buiten. Je komt binnen langs hun zeevruchtenbar waar je verse kreeften, oesters en zeeëgels ziet liggen en waar deze voor jou ter plekke worden open gedaan.Naast hun zeevruchten en vis-specialiteiten kan je ook genieten van de klassiekers welke hier al decennia meegaan: choucroute d' Alsace, steak tartaar, escargots, konijn en veel meer van dat lekkers.

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Om de heropening te vieren nodigden Cas Goossens en Kevin Strubbe de Yelp Community uit voor een avondje om nooit méér te vergeten! Bij aankomst kregen de Yelpers als aperitief Saumur met Liefmans Cuvée Brut en mocht Dorien L, één van de Yelp Elite's een fles sabreren met een zwaard. Daarna werd de bende binnen in het restaurant verwacht voor een 1/1 Krab Belle-Vue met een glaasje witte wijn.

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Tijdens het voorgerecht kreeg de Yelp Community een ware etiquette voordracht van Kevin Strubbe, ge-wel-dig! Het hoofdgerecht volgde snel ; Zalm Dugléré - witte wijnsaus, peterselie, tomaat concassée & aardappelmousseline" met een glaasje witte wijn.Na het hoofdgerecht kregen alle Elite's in het restaurant hun Yelp sokken en blij dat ze hiermee waren! Als dessert kregen we een Coupe Negro - vanille-ijs, chocolademousse & advocaat.

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Dit was event was ronduit schitterend, zelden zo beleefd en vriendelijk personeel in een Antwerpse zaak gezien en zulke lieve charmante warme gastheren die ons een avond gaven om nooit meer te vergeten!Yelp LOVES De Rooden Hoed, dat is zeker!

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Onze oprechte dank gaat naar Cas Goossens en Kevin Strubbe van Grand Café De Rooden Hoed en hun hele team voor al het lekkers en de fantastische zorgen. Een groot applaus voor Sien-Josephine Teijssen voor de prachtige foto's. En last but not last de Yelp Community voor hun komst en hun superbe smeuïge lekkere reviews over deze hernieuwde zaak. We komen allemaal zeker terug, beloofd!

Fatima B : "Niet alleen het eten verdient een vermelding. De bediening was van begin tot einde vlekkeloos. Je merkt dat iemand tijd steekt in de etiquette.  Niet toevallig het paradepaardje van de gastheer"

Christophe L : " Ik denk dat iedereen het er wel mee eens is dat de Rooden Hoed terug op de kaart staat als een zeer goed restaurant in hartje Antwerpen. Ik heb de prijskaart niet bekeken maar enkele vrienden zeiden dat deze eerlijk geprijsd was. Dankje Rooden Hoed: jullie waren formidabel."

Bart D :" Cut the crab ... the best is in De Rooden Hoed ... flessen champagne worden gesabreerd, tafelen aan hoge tafels, super lekkere wijn, kannen vol met limoenwater, zalige porties, het vriendelijkste personeel ever ..... Fantastische kelder voor feestjes ..... bedankt Yelp voor deze ontdekking, bedankt Kevin voor de mega gastvrijheid ..... we will be back, definitely ...."

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SYSOY!

Maud N- Community Manager Yelp Antwerpen

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Grand Cafe 'De Rooden Hoed' is one of Antwerps eldest restaurants and has a very rich history. In 2013 the entire building was renovated in its' original state. They took their time with the renovation because they did the outside swell as the inside which resulted in a spectacular result! You enter the restaurant and the first thing you see is the crustation bar in which they have fresh lobster, oysters and sea urchins displayed. If you want to enjoy some of these, they are opened in front of you so freshness is assured! Besides the amazing choice of seafood, the also offer the classics which have been on the menu since forever. These include choucroute d'Alsace, Steak tartare, snails, rabbit dishes and so much more. To celebrate the grand re-opening Cas Goossens and Kevin Strubbe invited the entire Yelp community for a night never to be forgotten. Upon arrival our community received an aperitif to die for: The Samour with Liefmans Cuvée Brut. Not only did they get to enjoy this, one of our Elite Yelpers Dorien L was allowed to saber a bootle of Liefmans Cuvée Brut.. we were certainly entertained. After that we were guided inside to enjoy a 1/1 Bellevue Crab with a delicious glass of white wine. While we were enjoying this appetizer, Kevin introduced us into the world of 'etiquette' explaining us everything there is to know.. just AMAZING! The entree soon followed but not too fast It was salmon Duglère with a white wine saus accompanied by fresh parsley, tataki of tomatoes and a beautiful potato mousseline…mmm again accompanied with the perfect white wine. Of course Yelp had another surprise for its Yelpers so while everybody was enjoying their entree, they all received their much awaited yelp socks! Everybody was ecstatic! The socks were followed by dessert; A coupe Negro- Vanilla ice cream, chocolate mouse and advocate. No one uttered a word.. everybody enjoyed in silence. The event was spectacular! Never did we encounter such friendly and helpful personel in an Antwerp establishment. And not to forget the most charming hosts who gave us a night not one of us will forget. Yelp LOVES De Rooden Hoed, that's a fact! We want to thank Cas Goossens and Kevin Strubbe from De Rooden Hoed and their entire team that was there to show us an amazing time. A big shout out to Sien-Josephine Teijssen for all the great kodak moments and last but not least thanx to our entire Yelp community that came out, tasted, enjoyed and reviewed this beautifully renovated restaurant in the heart of antwerp. We will be back..that's a promise!!

July 24, 2013

Yelp Hampton Roads Gets Savory, Sexy and Sweet

Posted by Xerxes N

Last Thursday night Yelp Elites and guests dolled up in their finest summer attire to enjoy a special tasting of several fine dishes at Terebinth in Chesapeake. From pasta to paninis and the highly anticiapted macarons, Yelp Hampton Roads was in for every bit of savory, sexy and sweet!

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Well just how sweet was this par-tay? Ashlea L claims, "Everything was so delectable I really didn't know what I enjoyed the most. The lemon basil pasta salad was perfect. The panini bread was amazing. And the tomato jam and cheese on a buttery home-made croissant? Yes, please!" Evelyn A's "palate was truly satisfied." To add to her overall experience, "I loved the decor and knowing that most of it was recycled was a bonus." Katrina C found the entire evening to be "fan-smurphing-tastic, fabulous and fancy-schmancy."

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Now on to what everyone came for, the French macarons. Before the event, our Elites nominated their very own macaron flavors and the staff at Terebinth selected their favorite with the winner taking home a dozen French macarons. Our lucky winner? Paul T, welcome to the Elite Squad and congrats on your maple bacon suggestion. "It was like a little taste of breakfast." It didn't stop there. From the reviews it looks like Yelp's even a fan of rose water. Denise S brags about how "it made my breath smell like roses! I wanted to wear it like an earring!"

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A very heartfelt thank you goes to Kisha Frazer and her staff for hosting the Yelp Hampton Roads Elite Squard. For Nikki F, "all of my pregnancy dreams came true as I stuffed my face full. I'm super stoked to return so I can eat and drink more of their delicious fare and of course, stuff my face with more of their macarons."

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It was certainly a night we all want to relive and the pictures say it all. Read through all the reviews to see what you missed. A special thanks goes to Mary-Elizabeth Hightower of ME Photography for spending the evening with us behind the lens capturing our finest moments.

Until we dapper up next month in black and white, yelp on!

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Xerxes N - Yelp Hampton Roads Community Manager

July 23, 2013

Yelp's Chicagoland's Great American Steak-cation at Longhorn Steakhouse!

Posted by Candice Gatlin

Sayonara, Vegetables! Yelp Chicago 'Burbs Elites have got meat on the mind and what better way to indulge than by devoting 4-days of events to America's Favorite Steakhouse at 4 different Longhorn Steakhouse locations in Chicagoland -- a Steak-cation (Steak + vacation), if you will. Enter: Yelp's Chicagoland's Great American Steakation at Longhorn Steakhouse!

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Back-to-back events kicked off in Orland Park, Schaumburg, Norridge, and finally Bolingbrook with 80 Elites getting to feast on beastly amounts of Wild West Shrimp, Grilled White Cheddar Stuffed Mushrooms before taking on the huge house Ranch Cobb Salad, only to move on to the main event: Choice of Bone-in Outlaw Ribeye, 8oz Renegade Sirloin, or the 7oz Flo's Filet paired with either Fresh Aparagus, Loaded Baked Potato, or Sweet Potato with cinnamon and brown sugar. The group finished off the evening with heaping helpings of the Very Berry Grilled Pound Cake and unforgettable Chocolate Stampede.

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You can read all the rave reviews in full for each event right here:

Yelp's Great American Steak-cation: Orland Park
Yelp's Great American Steak-cation: Schaumburg  
Yelp's Great American Steak-cation: Norridge         
Yelp's Great American Steak-cation: Bolingbrook   

 

And check out just a few of our favorites highlights from each night below.

"We ate unbelievable food, all so fresh and delicious.  Mushrooms that I would gladly have as roommates.  Cobb salad that was out of this world and a meal unto itself.  Melt in your mouth steaks with made at the table steak sauce were divine!" ~ Kathleen M

"Let's talk about steak baby, Let's talk about you and me, Let's talk about all the good things and the bad things that may be...Let's talk abouttt steaakkkk.  What?  No one else was singing that on the drive home??" ~ Victoria H

"I will admit, I was a little bit iffy on what I was walking into before getting there, Longhorn being a chain and all. I've had bad or mediocre experiences at other chains, but the staff at Longhorn is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about their product and brand.  Whitney, one of the managers at the Schaumburg location, took time to get to know us, make recommendations, and teach us great things about cooking and seasoning steaks and all of the food is incredibly fresh and delicious, and the portions were HUGE." ~ Valerie W

"This may be my favorite Yelp event ever -- and that is no small feat. Longhorn could not have been better.  The staff was knowledgeable, friendly, attentive, and all around wonderful.  The food was so damn good.  They even sent us home with parting gifts!  (Spices so that we can try to make our food at home taste half as good as theirs)." ~ Anne S

"I was always a huge fan of Long Horn and last night reminded me why. I typically get the Flo Filet but last night I got out of my comfort zone and ordered the Outlaw Ribeye medium well.. and I've got three words for you; SWEET BABY JESUS!! 18 ounces of pure bliss. Topped if off with their special steak sauce and added some spicy sauce and it was just dee-lish had a nice kick to it ." ~ Beatriz R

"So this was my very first Yelp event as a gluten-free gal. I ordered the rib-eye, as they encouraged stepping out of your comfort zone. Gluten free (so without their seasoning), but hey! I could eat the AMAZING sauce that was brought to our table in the form of a presentation.  The marbling. The flavoring. The tender, juicy, cooked to perfection joy. Well played, Longhorn. Well played." ~ Chrissy W

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At the end of the action and eats-packed evening, Elites were sent home with a package of Longhorn's special seasoning blends and a lucky few who were able to prove their bovine knowledge on the Longhorn quiz went home with a Longhorn Steakhouse signature cutlery set. Congrats to Julie O, Adam H, Janey Y, Anthony M, Angela P, and Aimee M on their big win!

A very special thanks to photographer & videographer Andres D, who was the only man crazy enough to brave 4-night of beefy delights with us Yelp Chicagoland-ers and Longhorn Steakhouse. You can check out all the magical meaty moments (thanks to the swift click of Andres' camera) right HERE and the video for all four nights right HERE.

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Find, Fan and Follow all your favorites below:

Longhorn Steakhouse: (Official, Facebook)

Andres DeLeon: (Facebook, Twitter, Official, Flickr, YouTube) and

NEEDGRAPHICS.COM: (Facebook, Twitter)

Yelp Chicago Burbs: (Official, Facebook, Twitter)

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Pleasure To Meat You!

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Yelp Chicagoland Community Manager

Yelp Detroit's 2nd Annual Family Funday pleY Day!

Posted by Annette

Last week, Detroit Elites braved the unpredictable Michigan weather for our 2nd annual family friendly pleY date at Midway Sports and Entertainment. For three hours folks had unlimited access to all the fun Midway has to offer—go karts, batting cages, eurobungee, water wars, mini golf, a driving range, bumper cars, rock climbing walls, and more! 

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Unfortunately, an hour into the evening the weather turned and the rain came down in buzz killing buckets. Undeterrred, our easy going guests parked under the tents and enjoyed pizza from Pizza Kitchen, plenty of pop and water for hydration, sno-cones for a sweet treat, popcorn from Detroit Popcorn Company for snacking, and balloon animals from Curlie's Face Art for a little extra fun. After, some braved the rains and grabbed buckets of balls to get a few swings at the driving range, others took refuge under the covered bumper cars, and some popped open decks of Yelp playing cards for some impromptu card games under the tents. What rain??

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A boatload of thanks goes out to Jason and the staff at Midway for creating the most welcoming and friendly environment for our yelpers and their families. Thanks also go out to Nicole W and Erin C for being most excellent helpers for the evening, Doug Coombe Photography for the lovely photosCindy of Curlie's Face Art for the artfully crafted balloon animals, and all our elites and their families for being such good sports and braving the weather with us! 

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Want to see more? Check out all the photos over yonder or take a peek at the reviews (or write your own if you were there!) over here.

Until our next elite adventure! 

SYOY,

Me

Annette J

Community Manager Yelp Detroit

July 22, 2013

South Bay Cooked Up a Storm at Savory Kitchen!

Posted by Abby Schwarz

Psst! Wanna know a secret??? Yelp Elites love food! 

Wanna know an even bigger secret??? Yelp Elites are also masters in the kitchen!

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OK, so it's not a big surprise to find out that the South Bay Squad was tickled pink to be part of an intimate, hands-on Elite Event @ Savory Kitchen on July 15. Jealous yet? When you read about the three-course gourmet menu that we prepared as a group and paired with wine,  anyone in their right (foodie) mind would be green with envy!

Located less than a mile down the street from HP Pavilion lies Savory Kitchen, a culinary experience. They provide lovers of fine living a singular cooking and wine-pairing experience. While preparing a four-course meal with friends old or new, learn the art and science of pairing wines with skillfully prepared cuisine. Later, share the delicacies created and discover how different varietals complement and enhance each course. From custom classes, private parties or group classes that celebrate fine wine and food in an intimate, festive setting, Savory Kitchen can meet your needs. 

25 lucky Elites took part in a group session with Chef Colleen and her staff: Nina, Dayna, Destiny and Amanda. Upon arrival, we were immediately greeted with glasses of wine and tasty cheese plates. Not a bad way to get started... And after some introductions, a quick colllection for The One Fund and strict instructions to was our hands, the crew was broken up into three groups and put to work!

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Group 1 prepared ginger soy meatballs, Group 2 made strawberry manchego crostini and Group 3 helped whip together banana salted caramel blondies. Tough job, but someone's gotta do it! Each team learned important kitchen skills, whether it was baking a crostini to the right consistency, making the perfect sized ball of meat, or to how to prepare caramel sauce on the stove without burning the pan. Everyone took turns with the hands-on activities like a good little team should.

Within an hour, the two appetizers and dessert were ready to eat! Everyone sat down to a perfectly set long tables and three glasses of wine to pair with the food. Everyone "oohed" and "ahhed" over our creations. In between each course, Colleen shared a little info about the wines served and the reasons why she chose them. Eifel Riesling for the meatballs, La Cane Albarino with the crostini and Yalumba Antique Tawny Port to pair with dessert. 

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Read all of the 5-star reviews from the attendees, including:

"I never thought that I'd ever do any sort of cooking outside of my home, but this YEE gave me a great opp to do two things: eat food and learn how to make the food!  I was joined by a spirited group of hungry and enthusiastic Yelp Elite team who all pulled their weight to contribute to the three course tasting menu that we ended up ultimately eating! Cooking truly is an experience that when shared with people, can create everlasting memories. Thanks to my entire Yelp contingent for making cooking a lot more fun that I ever thought possible." - Ben H.L.

"The place and the staff are just awesome. I love cooking parties, and never knew this place was even here (and yeah, i'm sooooo going back!!!). They have everything set up and walk you through preparing all the courses.  I loved that they give just enough instruction, but really let you do all the work. They give great tips along the way. And really, they are all so nice!" - Linnea E

"I think every Yelper prides themselves on being a foodie, and the fact that this place can yield 5 stars from the SB Elite Team is saying A LOT! Here's the thing... you can have some amazing she-she-la-la over complicated meals, but the ones that blow me away the most are the most simplistic and create the most amazing burst in your mouth flavors from savvy chefs who know what they're doing with their ingredients. And the most fun part, you get to learn their tricks right along side them!" - Jesse J

A great big THANK YOU to Colleen and the Savory Kitchen team for hosting the Yelp Elites! We had a 5-star evening for sure, just read the reviews, look at all the lovely photos on Flickr and we even have a short video on Instagram. Can't wait to go back for another class... brunch and mimosas, anyone?

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Yelp Elite's Hair of the Dog

Posted by Megan

This month Yelp Louisville Elites and guests met up on a Sunday afternoon at Apocalypse Brew Works for our July Elite event: Yelp Elite's Hair of the Dog. As pups are always welcome at Apocalypse, people brought their dogs and we also had a little hair of the dog with beer brewed on-site from Apocalypse!

Fallout dust is a "totally cool beer and like nothing I have ever had before" raves Kelly O. "It has pepper in it so it is spicy but even in the heat it was refreshing." Other favorites were the watermelon crack, creamation and the smoked porter — and the taps kept flowing all afternoon long. While their brews helped save us from hot temps, it was neat to see that those bright rays from the sun actually play a key part in making those brews so nice to sip on in the sweltering heat. And guests got to learn about that process on small group tours with Brewmaster Leah Dienes — from the beginning with the solar panels on the roof that heat their water all the way to the finished product.

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Guests took away knowledge on everything from tips for homebrewing to info about the equipment Apocalypse uses. The tour blew Mark P away as he randomly discovered a fun personal connection when he saw their equipment "bearing labels stating these urns were manufactured a long time ago in my all time favorite beach village, hundreds of miles north of here, in a place that no longer has any manufacturing.

Any Sunday afternoon drinking session isn't complete without grilled grub and we were incredibly happy to have Busta Grill there for the party. Yelpers (and undoubtedly their dogs too) are still salivating over the bison dogs and veggie dogs. Made with KY Bison and topped with creative additions like potato sticks, garlic aioli, roasted red pepper spread and more goodies, it's no wonder these delicious dogs garnered great reviews. Kathy V simply puts it this way: "they were seriously tasty." 

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For Emily W the event was not only "the highlight of her weekend and but it was refreshing to be able to bring her dogs" too! The Animal Care Society joined us so dogs and their owners could sign up for their upcoming Bark in the Park walk. Plus, our four-legged friends got to be the center of attention in photos thanks to our friends at MagBoothKelly O's "Butter was such a ham — she totally jumped at the chance to have her picture taken with me and her uncle Matt!" They even got to leave their tracks, aka doggie autographs, in chalk too — thanks to our friends at the Louisville Artists Syndicate who made dog bone shaped chalkboards for them to run around and mark their territory with paw prints. 

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Thanks again to everyone, especially Leah and everyone at Apocalypse and Adam from Busta Grill for making this event possible — and of course to the Elites and guests for making this a fantastic time. Speaking of, check out more photos from the event on Flickr and those from inside the MagBooth!

Until next time,

SYOY!

Megan F

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Yelp Adelaide's Cooking For A Cause!

Posted by Chloe

Put 20 Yelpers in a room with OzHarvest SA and Silvia Hart from the Seasonal Garden Cafe and you have a recipe for success! Yelp Adelaide was spoilt with an Elite event like no other, combining the power of community with a chance to give back to those less priviledged than us.

Recipe To Cook For A Cause

Serves 224

Ingredients:

  • 20 parts Yelper to 1 part Silvia Hart
  • 4 rations of OzHarvest volunteers
  • $150 worth of ingredients that were heading towards their use by date
  • A crap load of enthusiasm, passion and knife work skills

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Cooking Instructions:

  1. Take 20 parts Yelper on a Saturday afternoon and place in the Adelaide Central Market Kitchen.
  2. Mix in 1 part Silvia Hart and a dash of OzHarvest fresh from SA.
  3. Your ingredients will start to blend into a sweet, gooey mixture of goodness, chatter and excitement as they start to figure out how you can make the most of every ingredient used in your cooking.
  4. Put into stacks of mixing trays and bake for 3 hours.
  5. Serve warm for the next 3 days to those in need at Westcare and take pride in your achievements.
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Did you know? 

  • Australians discard up to 20% of the food they purchase, which equates to 1 out of every 5 bags of groceries they buy.
  • The average Australian household throws away $1,036 of food each year – that’s enough pay off your electricity bill for 6 months!
  • OzHarvest rescues excess food which would otherwise be discarded from restaurants, caterers, hospitality groups etc. This excess food is distributed to charities supporting the vulnerable in Sydney, Newcastle, Adelaide and Brisbane.

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Next steps?
  1. Hear more about food wastage in Australia from Silvia Hart here.
  2. Donate to OzHarvest SA here.
  3. Check out Luke S' photos from the event here.

 

Your Yelp Adelaid CM signing out,

Chloe R.

Speed Dating à la Yelp à Montréal

Samedi dernier, une douzaine d’Élites Yelp de Montréal se sont retrouvez au Kahwa Café pour un avant-midi de rencontres mystères avec des gérants de commerces de l’Avenue Mont-Royal. Au total 5 commerçants ont eu 10 minutes chacun pour séduire les Yelpeurs et les charmer.

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Des boutiques de tout genres ont été visitées
dont Farfelu, Petits Gâteaux, Boîte Noire, Trip de Bouffe et La Pretzelleria. À chaque endroit, les Élites ont eu droit à un tour guidé, l’histoire de la boutique et des petites bouchées en plus de rabais spéciaux qu’ils pourront utiliser à leur prochaine visite.

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« aurais pu poursuivre l'activité toute la journée! J'ai rencontré plein de gens intéressants avec qui j'ai échangé et avec qui je partage plusieurs passions... entre autres, la gourmandise... Chut! Ne le dites pas trop fort! » Un énorme merci à l’Avenue Mont-Royal pour ses talents de marieuse et à tous les commerces participants : vous savez vraiment comment charmer les Yelpeurs! On en rougit juste à penser à vous.

Vous pouvez voir toutes les photos ici, puis lire les avis entiers ici.

À plus sur Yelp!
Marie-Pier R
Chef de commuanuté, Yelp Montréal

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Last Saturday, a dozen of Montreal Yelp Elites met up at Kahwa Café for a morning adventure of speed dates with local shop owners on Avenue Mont-Royal. In total five businesses had 10 minutes each to seduce and charm these Yelpers.

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Boutiques of all kinds were visited
including Farfelu, Petits Gâteaux, Boîte Noire, Trip de Bouffe and La Pretzelleria. At each location, Elites were treated to a guided tour, learned about the history of the shop and enjoyed small bites and special discounts they can use on their next visit.

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“This was by far one of my favourite Elite events!” exclaimed Amanda C who “really enjoyed the fact that we were a small group, so it encouraged mingling, and we visited multiple business, keeping things lively.” A huge thank you to Avenue Mont-Royal for being the matchmaker and thanks to the participating businesses for charming our socks off. Just thinking about you is making us blush!

You can check out all the photos here, and read the full reviews here.

See you on Yelp!
Marie-Pier R
Community Manager, Yelp Montreal

Phoenix Sits Down For A Yelp To Table

Posted by Lindsey Fosse

On a warm Phoenix night, Elites gathered at the brand new Phoenix Public Market Cafe in Downtown Phoenix for a Yelp to Table event not to be missed. With the drinks flowing and the plates full of food, Elites spent an evening laughing, eating and drinking against the backdrop of farm fresh food and charm.

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Elites were greeted with Yelp notebooks and a Yelp pen and encouraged to exchange recipes with fellow Elites throughout the night. In between recipes, other Elites got to know each other with a farm to table bingo game that included singing "Old McDonald Had A Farm" outloud!

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With tunes playing lively over the loudspeaker, Elites enjoyed plentiful bites including made-to-order pork sandwiches, bowls of french fries, farm fresh salads and other tasty bites, all made from local ingredients from farms around town. Luckily the bar was open all night and allowed Elites to order fresh squeezed cocktails from the talented staff.

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While Elites lounged in the comfortable seating, owner Aaron Chamberlin educated the crowd on the Cafe's concept and one lucky Elite even won the chance to be a "chef for a day" and create their own meal from the kitchen! However, every Elite was a winner because everyone left with goodie bags filled with coupons, pastries, soil in a mason jar with a seed packet to plant and more!

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A special thank you goes out to the Phoenix Public Market Cafe for hosting the event and Wrap Arizona for capturing the event on camera! If you missed out on the fun, take a look at the pictures and reviews to live vicariously through the Elites who made the list!Misc Collage

Until next time,

SYOY!

Lindsey D

Yelp Phoenix Community Manager

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Soirée Elite #2 @ Le Rince-Doigts, Bordeaux

Posted by Cyrielle T

Pour cette deuxième Soirée Elite, Vincent, le gérant du Rince-Doigts a réservé de jolies surprises aux chanceux yelpeurs bordelais !

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Cette chaleureuse guinguette à fruits de mer a mis les petits plats dans les grands et a concocté un menu de choix pour cette soirée placée sous le thème : Summer Touch. Oriane C s'est "régalée de leurs spécialités mais gros coup de coeur pour les moules farcies qui étaient vraiment délicieuses." Amandine S, tout aussi gourmande, a craqué pour "le tartare de saumon et les bulots". Les canelés de La Toque Cuivrée étaient aussi de la partie !

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Camille D a découvert la Cuvée Spéciale du Rince-Doigts. Du rosé, du blanc, du rouge "qui désaltèrent bien par cette chaude soirée."

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Si Audrey C ne devait retenir qu'une chose, ce serait "les goodies tout nouveaux tout beaux qui étaient à disposition pour faire des photos originales" sur la plage artificielle du Rince-Doigts. Summer Touch assurée !

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Le mot de la fin pour Anne-Laure S qui "a passé un super moment et a adoré l'ambiance très conviviale ! Tout le monde discute, échange et rigole." Et oui, ça, c'est une soirée réussie !

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Un merci ensoleillé :

- A Vincent et l'équipe dynamique et friendly du Rince-Doigts

- A La Toque Cuivrée pour ses délicieux canelés

- A Arnaud Proust pour les jolies photos : Cycloptique Films

Retrouvez les avis ici, et les photo !

ABSY*

*A Bientôt Sur Yelp

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Cyrielle T

Community Manager Yelp Bordeaux

 

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For this second Elite Event, Vincent, the manager of Le Rince-Doigts reserved attractive surprises for lucky yelpers in Bordeaux !

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This warm seafoods "guiguette" put on a big spread and concocted a menu of choices for this evening placed under the theme: Summer Touch. Oriane C feasted "with all their specialities but had a crush on their stuffed mussels which were really delicious. " Amandine S, so greedy, was unable to resist to " the salmon tartar and whelks ". The canelés of La Toque Cuivrée were also of the party !

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Camille D discovered the Cuvée Spéciale of Le Rince-Doigts. Rosé, White, Red... The wine "quenched well on this hot evening. "

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If Audrey C had to retain only a thing, it would be " the quite beautiful quite new goodies which were at arrangement to make original photos " on the artificial beach of Le Rince-Doigts. Summer Touch assured !
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The last words for Anne-Laure S who "spent a great moment and adored the very friendly atmosphere ! Everybody discusses, exchanges and laughs. " That, it's a successful Elite Event !

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A sunny thank you :

- To Vincent and the dynamic and friendly team of Le Rince-Doigts

- To La Toque Cuivrée for its delicious canelés

- To Arnaud Proust for the attractive photos: Cycloptique Films

All the reviews are here and the photos there !

SYOY*

*See You On Yelp

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Cyrielle T

Bordeaux Community Manager

Evento Elite "Degustaizone a base di frutta" al Tato

Posted by Kristina

L'evento Elite di Yelp a luglio è stato caraterizzato da tanta frutta, vino secondo Ilaria G: "un altro super evento elitè riuscito in particolare per i piatti, l'ambiente e la compagnia". "Un tour-de-force di 10 mini-portate (e 10 bicchieri di vino!!) con piatti molto sfiziosi, ben presentati ed originali. Tutto impeccabile: dall'ideazione dell'evento, alla gestione da parte di Kristina, dalla raffinatezza della location alla disponibilità dello staff" spiega Stefano B".

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Elide M ci illustra le prime portate: "Primo piatto del menu: scomposizione di una caprese, ovvero gelé di acqua di pomodoro con quenelle di ricotta su spennellata di crema al basilico. La gelatina di pomodoro è stata una vera sorpresa, è un modo originale di rivisitare la classica caprese, scomponendo appunto i vari ingredienti,  ma senza intaccare il mix di sapori originario. Il risultato mi ha lasciata soddisfatta e il pesto era di ottima qualità. La seconda portata era Tartare di salmone con senape allo champagne, arancia su creme d'avocado e salsa ponzu ma nel mio caso il pesce è stato sostituito dal Daikon, il ravanello bianco gigante tipico della cucina giapponese, ho scoperto un nuovo ingrediente dal sapore delicato ma ottimo per le insalate. Terza portata: Sashimi di tonno rosso al lime e menta verde in concassé di mela verde e filangé di ginger servito su una spennellata di miele di limone di Calabria e sesamo, che io ovviamente non ho mangiato, per me è arrivata una "torre" di caprese, questa volta nella versione ricomposta"!

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Gianni I fa i suoi complimenti al "grande chef Diego, è stato fantastico, sia nelle proposte che nel suo modo di porsi, socievole e disposto alle molteplici domande con spiegazioni comprensibili, sappiamo bene quale riservatezza hanno i grandi chef. Personale preparato e gentilissimo, sempre presente senza mai forzare". Come non fare a parlare del suo piatto forte "il risotto di zucca con fonduta di caprino e spolverata di caffè"!

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Invece Andrea G non fa che parlare dei dolci, un sorbetto di anguria e a parte la "maratona culinaria tra ottime pietanze e tanto tanto vino! Il cuore caldo al cioccolato a fine degustazione è stata la ciliegina, ottimo davvero"! Invece Vanessa F si esprime così: "Che dire, grazie Kri, per averci dato questa opportunità, e grazie al Tato per l'ospitalità e per la Vip Card che come gesto m'è piaciuta un sacco e vedrò di usarla. Grazie amici yelpers perchè è stata una serata piacevolissima".Tato 4

Grazie alla nostra mitica fotografa Diletta T per questo collage fantastico!

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Potete leggere tutte le recensioni qui, vedere tutte le foto qui e leggere cosa dicono gli Yelper sul forum qui!

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Well it's July and a 10 course meal would have been a heavy load if it wasn't for the fact that every plate had a different type of fruit in it. With 10 different types of wine and great company the event was a success!  Kim S says that "every plate was very creative and the mix of flavors were always a surprise at how beautifully they worked together. The fruit theme was very well executed and left me wanting to try more fruit in my meals at home. The wines were paired beautifully. The bread was fantastic (my silly way of knowing everything else would be exquisite)"!

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Georgette J loved the "caprese salad, with balsamic decoration and a really nice pesto. The prosecco and wine served at the event was very good even if the staff had trouble making sure everyone's cup was filled. My standout dish was the risotto at the end, made with caffe and pumpkin. Very unique flavors which I enjoyed even if by this time I was pretty full".

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You can read all the reviews here, see more photos and the talk thread about the event here!

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Kristina G

Soirée Elite Yelp Summer of Love

Posted by Lucie

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Quand on réunit plus de 45 Yelpeurs, dans un parc, un soir d’été pour un pique nique d’Elites avec les hot-dogs du Food Truck Made In Street, des bonnes bières bio, les Confidences d’Hakim, et un photo shoot magnifiquement orchestré par Alice G de Bliss Out… Ca ressemble à une belle soirée, non ? C’était la soirée Elite Yelp Summer Of Love la semaine dernière !

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Côté ambiance Oriane D se souvient...  : « So bucolique, cette soirée ! Et tout un symbole, presque un an après ce premier pique-nique de Yelpeurs, qui avait rassemblé quelques-uns d'entre nous autour d'une de ces nappes rouges "made in San Francisco"... Les participants étaient alors nettement moins nombreux et un peu timides, aussi... aaah jeunes Yelpeurs que nous étions ! »

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Randolph L a « été conquis par les Hot-dogs de Made In Street tantôt sweety avec une douce sauce au concombre, tantôt spicy avec une délicate sauce aux piments ». Un gros MIAM ! 

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Pour se désaltérer, « Hakim et sa bière bio florale, la Confidence étaient à l'honneur !" Jessica G a "trop hâte de découvrir l'envers du décor et de la fabrication de cette petite merveille » Une visite de la brasserie à l'automne ?

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Alice G, de Bliss Out a sortit le grand jeu ! Virginie M « prend la pose pour se faire tirer le portrait dans l'herbe ». Et Céline L rajoute "Avec son photoshoot, elle vient d'immortaliser une bonne tranche de bonheur dans la vie de la communauté lilloise" ! C'est bien vrai !

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En résumé, pour Hortense D c’était « un pic nic de luxe ! Soleil, parc bien entretenu, nappes, pastèques, bonbons, hot dogs faits avec amour, photos, bonne bière locale, sangria délicieuse, goodies marrant ! Que rêver de mieux ? »

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Un GRAND merci à :

Made In Street, pour les fabuleux hot dogs !

A Hakim pour ses bières Confidence, bio, et florales !

Alice Gonsolin pour les superbes photos et ce photo shoot de folie : Bliss-out.fr

Retrouvez les avis ici et les photos !

ABSY*

*A Bientôt Sur Yelp

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Lucie C

Community Manager Yelp Lille

>> English version <<

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When more than 45 Yelpers meet in a park for an Elite picnic during a warm summer evening with hot dogs made by the Food Truck Made In Street, great organic beers, the Confidence created by Hakim, and a photo booth imagined by Alice G (Bliss Out) … It looks like a beautiful party ! It was the last Yelp Elite Event : Summer Of Love !

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« This time, the meet up was in a park, at Jean-Baptiste Lebas, for a Yelp picnic ! Surrounded by sangria, watermelon, candies, lollipops and Yelp goodies ». Marine G was in one’s element !

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Xavier B has « already seen a food truck with hot dog abroad but never in France and it is a beautiful discovery ! Really want to try the Made In Street’s hot dogs again » !

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During the Elite Event @ la Boulangerie Bar in April, Guillaume G liked Hakim’s Beers, and this time he discovered the Confidence « a local and organic beer » !

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Céline K loved « the idea of Alice’s photo booth (Bliss Out) ! Can’t wait to see the famous family Yelp Lille photo » !

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Special thanks to :

Made In Street Food Truck, and the amazing hot-dogs !

Hakim with his Confidence, organic and fresh beer !

Alice G, Bliss Out, and her wonderful photo booth !

You can find the reviews here and the photos there ! 

SYOY*

*See You On Yelp 

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Lucie C

Community Manager Yelp Lille

 

 

July 21, 2013

Yelp's Gold Badge Bash At The Palm Restaurant

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

We all know it's neat to be Elite – but the Gold Badge Yelp Elite Squad is certainly something special. These Yelpers are legends, sporting that coveted gold Elite badge for five or more years. And this month, they celebrated their dedication to the Yelp Houston community with a fancy soiree at The Palm Restaurant

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The Palm Restaurant, which recently reopened its doors after nearly six months of renovations, treated the Gold Badge Elites to a spread of crab claws, lamb lollipops, jumbo lump crab cakes, lobster on a stick, prime rib steak, tuna tartare, fried oysters – and so ... much ... more! 

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With three wine tasting stations offering Flora Springs Trilogy, Cakebread Cellars Sauvignon Blanc, Greystone Cellars Chardonnay, Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon, Benzinger Chardonnay and Benzinger Tribute – along with The Palm Restaurant's signature cocktail, the "Sparkling Citron" – Elites indulged in a wonderful food/wine/cocktail pairing.

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For those who missed this 5-star evening, check out the testimonials straight from Gold Badge Elites, along with photos on flickr and facebook!

SYOY (see you on Yelp!),

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(pictured with John Bettin, President and CEO of The Palm Restaurant) 

It's Yelp London's Big Night Out at Après!

Posted by Alex Shebar

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Yelp loves London. Qype loves London. Yelp and Qype have merged to make one big giant Yelp, so we came together to celebrate with A Big Night Out!

On one of London’s rare sweltering evening, members of both sites came to the beautiful Après in West London for a night of drinks, food, music and even a little bit of drunk list making.

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“WOW! So many yelpers and qypers in one place! My social butterfly skills worked overtime,” Emma C wrote.

“Even though at the beginning I felt a bit guilty about being 'underground' on such a lovely evening, I'm fast to admit I loved the air conditioning," she continued. "Also let's not forget those Raspberry Mules - I want to drink them all day, they were super delirious as were those mini burgers #yummy.”

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Taking up the decked-out neon-glowing basement area of this cocktail bar, about 80 yelpers and qypers filled the space. Après went all out hosting the evening with a selection of their amazing cocktails, being made constantly behind the bar, like Raspberry Mules and the Palomas.

Chris P drank it up: “We were immediately offered a drink coming in, and I started with the Espresso Martini, made with rum. It was exactly what I needed! According to the young lady who brought us the drink, it was coffee that Après roasts on their own. A nice little touch.”

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The staff also came around with a fantastic tasting selection of items, including duck pancakes, mushrooms filled with risotto and gourmet sliders.

The whole event was set to music with the help of the Christian Miller duet (with Aaron Liddard on sax). “Had an amazing night and the cocktails were the cherry on the top after a long hot sunny day! Gotta say I'll be going back to après as I love the decor and the atmosphere was buzzing!” Saima M told us.

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When everyone was nicely buzzed, everything got a little mixed up with drunk list making! Team were formed and it went down “Family Fortune” style (or “Family Feud” depending on what country you’re in.) The yelpers had to guess things like The Best Burgers in London, Top BBC Shows or Most Quoted Movies of All Time.

Lauren V sums up the event nicely: “Coming off the absolutely baking central line, how lovely to descend into the frosty depths of the lounge and be handed an ice-cold cocktail! good music, great food(those sliders were perfectly cooked), tasty drinks and lovely staff.”

But don’t just take our word for it. But don’t just take our word for it. You can read all the reviews right here as well as check out all the pics by Jason Ellis here and Natalya Spicker here on the Official Yelp Flickr Page.

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Alex S, Yelp London Community Director

Beer Cocktails & Farm to Pizza – San Antonio Style

Posted by Gloria

Elites like to keep it local, and it doesn't get more local than new hip Southtown eatery, Stella Public House. Before the restaurant opened to the public, carb lovin' Elites gathered 'round a communal table to break bread, beer cocktails, and more. Stella's family, in Melia R's words, "lavished princess treatment on our Yelp family. Even the hospitality was Italian-style!" 

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Beckoned to a beautifully decorated table complete with heirloom tomoato centerpieces, Eiltes sat down and were offerred their choice of beverages. From innovative beer cocktails like the popular Mezanotte (gin, St. Germaine, blackberries, and beer) to an expertly curated wine list, Elites had their choice of beverages to whet their whistle. 

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It's a good thing we worked up an appetite, because "embarrasment of riches," in John G's terms, only just begins to describe how the remainder of the afternoon played out. It's not everyday that we're told, "tell us what pizza you want, and we'll make it," but that's essentially how it went down at Stella. First to hit the table were the caprese salad of thick sliced mozarella and local heirloom tomatoes (compliments of Andres, the mozarella mastermind), lamb meatballs, wild mushroom mac and cheese, roasted summer squash, warm olives, and country bread. There wasn't a drop left on those skillets! When the pizza came, we were already verging on full, but managed to make room for a taste of every single pizza on the menu. To name a few, Sopressata, Spicy Fennel Sausage, and Quattro Formaggi with arugula and fig balsamic. Elites event had the opportunity to play Chef, and were asked to come up with their own variations for the kitchen to make! 

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This "leisurely and delicious and boozy afternoon" deemed by Lauren M had a sweet finish with Stella's small but mighty dessert menu. Salted caramel panna cotta with almond biscotti and banana brulee, ice cream sundae with espresso mocha ganache, and the "original goodness" – tiramisu. Jai J puts our feelings into words, "Once the bite was finished, I was brought back to reality. But what do you do when you wanna go back to heaven? You take another bite of course!" As if Stella hadn't done enough, each Elite left with a gift bag full of goodies – homemade tomato sauce, olive oil, and a mini baguette, plus a gift card for future visits!

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The stellar staff, the locally-sourced goodness, and the life-changing libations we'll keep us coming back. Read the full event reviews and check out the photo album for all the scoop!

 

Until next time, SYOY! 

Gloria C 

MD Burbs Elites Race To See Double Rainbow!

Posted by Mike Bishop

What exactly is a color explosion? It’s hard to explain, but we can tell you that it’s very close to a double rainbow, and it all went down this past Thursday night! Palette At Arts District, Hyattsville’s new premiere apartment homes, opened it’s swanky modern doors to a spectrum of colorful Elites to detonate Yelp’s Color explosion.

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Main festivities were held in the community room, filled with pool table, bar, and tons of food and drink.  Hyattsville’s own Spice 6 was there, which serves modern Indian cuisine prepared and customized to your taste right in front of you. This hyper fresh cuisine includes their fresh naan pizza and savory rice bowls. Ingredients include everything from their house made paneer cheese, scratch made naan and scratch made yogurt.

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Famed Busboys and Poets laid out huge platters of mini Reuben, turkey, and chicken salad sandwiches. Elite’s also got to taste a perfect impression of tuna with their vegan tuna canapé. Not too mention their wonderful hummus, pita, and fresh veggies. Popchips came in to lay out a rainbow of colorful flavors including their delicious and healthy sourcream and chive, sea salt, and playfully named Katy Perry’s kettle corn.  St. Killians provided Elites with an amazing thirst quenching alcoholic ginger beer and a complex cirtrus flavored Kronenburg Blanc.

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While each of our colorful guest’s filled up, they were invited to add to a communal canvas that was provided by ArtJamz- a studio in the area where you can pick up a canvas and a drink anytime and paint the night away.  Pinkies Lash Boutique highlighted eyes with glittery color and a touch of fairy magic with their bright eye shadow make over.  While all of this was going on,  guests took notice of local artist DJ Garett spinning tracks that had color in the album, artist, or song name.

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A scavenger hunt around the complex and businesses Spice 6 and Busboys and Poet’s emptied the community room quickly as Yelper’s got to see the apartments inside the building. Apartments that have everything from Ipod docks in the living rooms, brick accent walls, laundry in the unit, large garden size bathtubs, built in shelving, and access to amenities like a large gym, art studio, pet spa, pool, and large rooftop. A group of six finished the scavenger hunt in record time claiming VIP tickets to the National Harbor Beer & Crab Festival. Palette raffled off a prize to one lucky Elite to have a two night stay in the guest suite at the Palette.  

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I'd like to send out a huge thanks again to all our sponsors who did an amazing job at this event:  Palette at Arts District, Spice 6, Busboys & Poets, St. Killians Beer, Pinkies Lash Boutique, DJ Garret, Art Jamz, and Pop Chips. By adding your own colorful touch to this party- you really made everyone shine. Also, a big thanks to our wonderful photographer from Devon Singer Photography for catching all these bright moments for us to cherish! 

If you attending the event, please share your thoughts with her on the event page here. If you're wondering how to be a part of the party: check our information about how to get on the Yelp Elite Squad here.  

Thanks again! 

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Your Maryland Burbs of Washington Community Manager 

Mike B.- Check out of my profile here: yelpmdburbs.yelp.com

July 20, 2013

LA Yelp Elites Celebrate All Things Lime At TLT in Westwood

Posted by Brinny

TLT food stands for "The Lime Truck,"winner of The Great Food Truck Race Season 2 on the Food Network. Their very first brick and mortar, opened in the heart of Westwood and hosted 100 Elites for a taste of All Things Lime!

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Greeted at the door by Pali Wine Co., guests were offered a glass of the sauvginon blanc, or two different reds. Guests sat together community style and braced themselves for the six plus courses that were about to come out of the kitchen.

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Things started off strong with the signature Brussels sprouts topped with prosciutto, garlic, chipotle honey aioli, cotija cheese and pickled red onion. Michelle K shares, "one of my favorites for sure. It was a daily special and immediately made me a fan of TLT Food!" Followed by wings that Matthew T raved about: "I really enjoyed the Spicy Sambal Wings which packed a nice spicy punch that you could cool off with jicama strips and of course a wedge of lime." Next was blistered bok choy with peanuts and sesame seeds and then their incredibly pork belly nachos. Rosalind C couldn't get enough. "My favorite dish had to be the pork belly nachos....man oh man, the cheese sauce, the salsa, the salty sweet pork belly and the fresh chips were amazing! I know what I'll be trying on my next visit!"

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What's an event without dessert?! Sharon H admits, "If I really had to pick, the panko crusted nutella with bananas stole the night for me. Although it was more of a french toast than a dessert, I absolutely loved the concept and the textures and sweetness level was perfect. I'd return to TLT for that alone! But, of course, the rest of the dishes on TLT's menu are also beckoning me back for a second visit."

Owner and founder Daniel Shemtob gave a touching talk to end the night and shared how important Yelp Elites have been for him in growing his business.

Thanks to Brian W for the awesome pictures, which you can see here!

Until next time,

Brittany B

LA West Senior Community Manager

 

Yelp's Improv Elite Event @ Unexpected Productions

Posted by Katy

Tucked away below Seattle's famous Pike Place Market and sharing the infamous Seattle Gum Wall, at Unexpected Productions you can sure expect to laugh. A lot! 

This lovely theater plays host to Seattle's longest running improv act. In fact, here you can find performances of improvisational theatre, Theatresports even improv festivals, as well as improv classes, corporate training, and of course Yelp Elite Events!

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With nearly 220 people packed into their seats this comedy troupe hosted what's got to be the funniest, most brilliant improv show we've seen yet. Incorporating Yelp specific humor into the show, inviting guests from the audience to participate, and even handing out prizes like bottles of champagne, free tickets to see more shows, t-shirts, and more - it was an event to remember.

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Let's not forget the free popcorn, the free cocktails, and the free after-party that included yet another improv act. 

Check out the rave reviews (or include your own) by clicking here.
For more photos, please check out the Yelp Seattle Flickr Folder or follow us on FB.

SYOY!

Katy H
Yelp Seattle Comunity Director 

July 19, 2013

Yelp Elite Chic Peek @ IPO

Posted by Danny Wurst

Last Thursday over 100 Yelp elites gathered for a Chic Peek of IPO inside the W Chicago City Center Hotel. Although it was one of the hottest days of the year the trendy vibe provided the scene with a significant amount of cool to remedy the weather.

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Guests gained access to creativity in the form of cocktail with their Metropolitan and Lemongrass/Pineapple concoctions. They also sipped select wines from the extensive list while sampling signature shared-plates from chef Trevor Hoyte’s New Urban Menu. Between the seared scallops, veal cutlets, banana and nutella desserts and the superb W staff members who provided service each and every attendee left with a true taste of the W brand hospitality.

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In addition to amazing food and drink party goers took away Yelp Elite socks to show off around town while one lucky yelper will receive tickets to the Tomato Blast for winning a picture posting raffle. Congrats to blank!

A big thank you goes out to IPO for being such a gracious host. Make sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter for all sorts of awesome events and updates.

Check out the photos taken by An P or click here if you weren’t able to attend to read all the reviews and see what you missed.

 Until next time, SYOY (See You On Yelp)

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Danny W Chicago Community Director