This week, some very lucky Yelp Phoenix Elites got VIP treatment during Yelp’s Dine Around at Biltmore Fashion Park. Throughout the evening, the Elites visited several different restaurants and businesses in the fashion park and enjoyed an education and several tasty samples along the way.
The evening began in the center courtyard of Biltmore Fashion Park, where Elites were greeted by live music from guitarist, Lee Perreira, salad from California Pizza Kitchen, frozen drinks from Paradise Bakery and even a puppy from the Arizona Humane Society! After mixing and mingling with fellow Elites, everyone was split up into two groups and the Dine Around began!
Throughout the night, Elites made five different stops. Julia Baker Confections opened their doors for a sweet and enchanting chocolate education by none other then local celebrity, Julia Baker herself. She charmed the crowd with her story, the history of her products and then wowed everyone by providing a plateful of her desserts along with Prosecco and chocolate martinis for everyone to enjoy.
Williams Sonoma invited the Elites in for a special cooking technique class that taught everyone how to make a perfect pizza and perfect miniature pies! The Elites watched while two chefs worked their kitchen magic and then passed around the food for everyone to enjoy. Inspired by the demonstration, Elites then had the opportunity to make their own purchases with a special Yelp discount.
Next up, Christopher’s welcomed the Elites for a cocktail demonstration followed by drinks for all, along with plenty of passed appetizers that included flatbreads and burschetta. Chef Christopher himself even stopped by to chat with Elites while they ate!
Just when Elites thought the night couldn’t get better, they showed up at The Capital Grille for a private meat education. The chef educated everyone on each cut of meat and then put platefuls of the delicious meat in front of everyone to eat! They washed it down with a homemade Pineapple Stoli Doli and wine and some lucky Elites walked away with gift cards to come back for another visit.
The evening ended with a shopping party at UNION, who houses 18 local businesses. With DJs spinning lively tunes and Queen Creek Olive Mill passing out sangria and cupcakes, Elites took to the stores to finish their evening with some retail therapy. A special thank you goes out to Mike B Photo who was there to capture it all on camera. Thank you to Biltmore Fashion Park, California Pizza Kitchen, Christopher’s, Julia Baker Confections, Paradise Bakery, The Capital Grille, Williams Sonoma and UNION for hosting the Yelp Elites and of course to the Elites who came out for the party! Don’t forget to take a look at the pictures and reviews and until next time…
Yelp Phoenix Community Manager