New Orleans Elites were able to enjoy a special evening in The Magnolia Room and Courtyard of Broussard's, one of the oldest restaurants in the historic French Quarter. "In case you ever needed a reason to earn Elite status, this event was it. This is the carrot dangling from the stick. Only, its not a carrot, but more of an all inclusive holiday party at one of the old grand dames of New Orleans," Ronnie R sums up how neat it is to be Elite.
Though there was no chance of flurries for the Winter Yelperland, the tone was set with Yelp gloves and socks, rock candy crystals, and take-away gifts of Hot Toddy and Snowman Soup mixtures to warm the soul. "I love getting new fun Yelp Elite gear" swoons Jen B, "I have my new tube socks as I type!"
A nippy 50 degrees for New Orleanians, Elites were able to enjoy the patio by warming themselves with a delectable hot punch, corn & crab bisque and warmed bananas and sauce over ice cream from the Bananas Foster station. "The soup was one of the best things there. Nice, hearty, and warm for your soul, raves Ian B on the bisque. "Then there was veal with mushrooms, salad, and a wasabi mashed potatoes. I loooooved the potatoes. I never thought the kick of horseradish would be so addicting to my taste buds!"
Sunpie & The Louisiana Sunspots, who played Jazz Fest and other big festivals throughout the year, kept the tempo up with their own sound of blues, zydeco, and Afro-Louisiana music. Between drinking, eating, and enjoying the music, prizes were raffled off including Fulton Alley gift certificates, tickets to Harrah's New Year's Eve party, Buff Beauty Bar pamper passes, and Yelp's grab bag of goodies including snow ball bath bombs and ninjabread cookies.
But the icing on the cake was the Elites joining together for one last Yelp hurrah before the New Year. "Regardless of any other factors, the people in attendance are what makes an event truly great. This event had some of the best Nola Yelp had to offer," concludes John L H on his six reasons this party exceeded expectations.
Thank you so much to Broussard's for providing the Yelp Elites with an amazing spread, great service, and a beautiful venue to host our party. The gifts from Fulton Alley, Harrah's Casino, and Buff Beauty Bar were very much appreciated. And a special thank you to our amazing photographers, Billy Welliver of Welliver Productions and Royal Montz. To see their great shots of the evening, check them out here! For an Elite's point of view, check out their reviews here!
See You Next Year!
Yelp New Orleans Community Manager