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January 31, 2014

Some Golden Times With The Pals And Confidants At Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza

Posted by Mike Bishop


On Monday night, the MD Burbs Elite Squad got together to celebrate Sicily, New Haven Connecticut, Sofia, Dorothy, Blanche, And Rose. Wigs were optional but encouraged, pizza was mandatory. 4 different pizzas that emulated institutions in New Haven were offered up along with fresh local vegetable antipasti dishes that would make Blanche blush.  Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page here

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Desserts, Diamonds Galore And More In Sacramento

Posted by Alex L


Sacramento Elites shone bright like the diamonds they perused during Yelp's Desserts & Diamonds last Wednesday at Shane Co. Our guests were not only encouraged to handle this well-known jeweler's sparkling collection, but were also treated to desserts aplenty from various local caterers and sweet shops, and all to hypnotic guitar from a local virtuoso. Read all sparkling reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page.

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Tacos & Touchdowns in Morristown, NJ

Posted by Stephanie


To get pumped up for the "Big Game", 60+ Elites and guests got together for a Tacos & Touchdown event at The Taco Truck in Morristown, NJ. Donning some throwback Jerseys, guests enjoyed passed apps while mixing and mingling. The event got real when guests were treated to a taco and torta hour where each guest could order off the menu and sample what they wish. Talk about a treat! Overwhelming favorite: the taco pescado and hidden menu item, the pescado torta. Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page.

It's A pleY Date For Boston Elites!

Posted by Damien S


Boston's finest threw strikes, dropped eights and Skee'd balls like pros for Yelp's pleY Date at Kings Back Bay. The multifaceted adult playground provided guests with steak tips, seared scallops and other sultry stuffers, while neon fishbowls, Sam Adams and cocktails like The Dude kept thirsts quenched. Beautiful faces hoisted giant Elite '14 badges, and Party Prints had hard copies in the subjects' hands within moments. Yes, someone scored 300 at Skeeball and scored a pair of Make Me Yelp hot shorts – Dwinq caught it on digital. Take a peek at the reviews and photographic evidence!

Providence Elite Kick Off 2014 In Style!

Posted by Hilary H


100 Providence Elite braved a freezing cold January night to kick of a new year of yelping in style. Circe Restaurant & Bar treated us to an amazing array of vodka cocktails, wine and beer to accompany their delicious bites of beef crostini, smoked salmon canape and lamb meatballs. Freshly-badged Elite, new and veteran, kept warm by posing for pics and marveling at the stunning space. To find out more about this event, check out the reviews and photos.

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January 30, 2014

Philly's Golden Happy Hour

Posted by Michelle C


On Monday evening, Philadelphia's gold badge elite members got together at Old City's Sassafras Bar to celebrate five or more years on the Yelp Elite Squad. Cocktails included the Dark & Stormy and The Pinkerton. Fresh bruschetta, crisp cheesesteak spring rolls and teriyaki wings were served. Guests mingled under the pretty tin ceilings in the glow of flickering candles while checking out collages of photos from YEEs past. For more on this event, check out reviews here and photos here.

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San Francisco Elites In Two Night Barbecue Residency

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Like always needing to go back for seconds, the SF Elite Squad had two nights in residency at Ironside West Coast BBQ. To rinse the brisket and ribs off, Boston Beer brought their famous Sam Adams lager, the new Rebel IPA, the seasonal Cold Snap ale, the new Double Agent and Angry Orchard cider. Joia soda spiked their ginger, lime and grapefruit sodas with gin and vodka. With the comfort of collard greens and communal dining, the first events of 2014 signal that the Elite Squad is one big happy family. Find out what the five star Elites are saying here. Five star photos by Jorge Novoa Photography here. Interested — you should be — in getting into these parties and becoming Elite? Find out here

London's Incr-Edible Event At 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory'

Posted by Alex Shebar


There was so little to see, so much that didn't spectacularly amaze... Wait. Scratch that. Reverse it! London yelpers were invited to see the fantastic new West End musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a dazzling delight of sights and sounds on January 14, 2014. Afterwards, we were taken behind the scenes for a tour of the sets, costumes, props (many stamped with tiny 'W's for Wonka) and more. We got to see how the chocolate was made, but in no way did it make it less magical. Check out all the reviews for what Yelpers thought and the amazing photos by Elad Itzkin here on the official Flickr page here.

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New Year, New You in Charlotte

Posted by Nikki

On Saturday afternoon, nearly 50 Elites and friends gathered in South End for the first Elite event of 2014 at Iron Butterfly Pilates and Moga. In the spirit of keeping New Year's resolutions, guests hit the mats and reformers to try their hand at yoga and pilates. After working up an appetite, it was time to head over to the main room for healthy eats and drinks. No one left empty handed. On top of fun giveaway prizes, everyone who checked in to the event got a Yelp water bottle. Read the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page. 

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Sewing Workshop At Louloute In München.

Posted by Verena

Monika and Claire from louloute have awakened the creativity of the Munich Yelp Elites. In an exclusive sewing-workshop in their Munich studio the elites proved that they have not only great writing but also sewing skills. With the help of the two professionals we were making cool hats and small bags - of course everything selfmade. The most important "side" product of the evening was truly lots of fun, great conversation and delicious cakes. ;-D Find here all reviews from the elites. Curious how the final products looked like? There you go! 

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January 29, 2014

Mixing and Mingling OTP

Posted by HeidiP

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On Monday night, over 50 Yelpers mixed and mingled at Social Vinings for 2014's first Elite event. Elites submitted interesting facts about themselves for Yelp-O, our Bingo-inspired ice breaker, and socialized to figure out who belonged to which fact. Winners matched the most facts and received Yelp's newest schwag item! Between getting to know each other, Elites sampled hors d'oeuvres like sushi atop a wooden boat, jalapeno mac and cheese fritters, mini smoked duck tacos, and deep fried Oreos to name a few, and tasted three signature event cocktails like The Happy Yelper. Then, Mixologist Morgan showed off some intoxicating moves! Read all the reviews here and see all the pics on Flickr

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Sock Hop In Pittsburgh

Posted by Rachel Carlson

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Last Thursday night Elites were treated to a swinging good time at Klavon's, a Pittsburgh ice cream institution, under new management and ready to dazzle! We had scrumptious ice cream sundaes, but also dived into some fresh outta the press panini's. But we didn't stop creating there, we also sampled some local Roundabout Brewery Coffee Porter, which some added a scoop for a far out float. Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fab photos on the Flickr page.

Yelp Elite Kickoff at Oak Haven Table & Bar

Posted by Emily

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On Monday night, Hartford and New Haven's Yelp Elite Squad gathered for the 2014 kickoff event at Oak Haven Table and Bar. Between the restaurant's delectable farm-to-table fare, amazing cocktails, generous raffle giveaways and fantastic company, the event was the perfect way to warm up Yelpers from the January chill. Guests sampled everything from pork belly dumplings to eggplant arancini and crab cakes (to name a few), while imbibing on creative specialty cocktails sponsored by Tanduay Rum. Thank you to Oak Haven and Tanduay Rum for hosting a fantastic kickoff event! Read more about the event here and check out the photos on Flickr by Nick Caito

Northern VA Puts On Its Game Face

Posted by Gretchen

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Y-E-L-P! Elites from all over Northern Virginia rallied together on a frigid Tuesday evening at Fanfare Eatery to take in some sports, nosh on some wings, and have a grand old time! Fanfare provided a gameday-appropriate smorgabord of wings, hot dogs, onion rings, mac and cheese, and more, and Elites who came sporting the most team spirit walked away with trophies of their own! Read reviews of the event here, and visit the Flickr gallery to see some of the fabulous photos!

Louisville Takes In "Our Town"

Posted by Emily H


The Louisville Elites turned out for a three-part event at Actors Theatre of Louisville, as part of opening night of the Thornton Wilder classic, "Our Town." And it was all based on "our town," aka Louisville. The night started with a reception catered by Orange Clover Kitchen & More. They served up three variations on the hot brown, a Louisville delicacy involving an open-faced turkey and bacon sandwich covered in mornay sauce. The Elites received free Original Makers Club Louisville City Guides, and some took home prizes from Actors Theatre and WHY Louisville. They then took their seats for the performance, and several also attended the after-party with cast and crew. Read the reviews, see the pics on Flickr and watch a video on YouTube.

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Awards Time In Tampa Bay

Posted by BrettNehls

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On Sunday night, a group of Elite Squad members celebrated the event that Tampa Bay has been waiting all year for: The Yelpies! The Yelp community voted for the best businesses in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area for all of 2013. After results were tallied, we partied and presented awards to Elite Yelpers during a special Sunday night event at Datz Dough in South Tampa. Read all the reviews of the event here on Yelp and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page!

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Cocktails, Oysters And Mignonettes In Montréal

Posted by Katherine B.


On Monday night, over 50 Elite Squad members braved the cold for Montréal's 5 à 7 Élite : La Mignonette Fait Les Huîtres. A wonderful evening of cocktails, oysters and a friendly mignonette sauce competition at Huis Clos, one of the city's newest neighbouhood bars. Our bartenders served up some Moscow Mules, French 75s, Bloody Caesars and prosecco to complement Chef Judith's tasty creations, as well as the Mlles Gâteaux's sweet treats. Read all the event reviews here and check out the amazing photos on the Flickr page

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Wiener Elite Event im ausklang - Prost! Mahlzeit!

Posted by Andreas R


The very first Elite Event of 2014 and the last under the guard of Andreas R. went down in cosy-living-room-like ausklang. The busiest yelpers were in for a real treat. Tasty cocktails such as Mojito, Pina Colada or Sex on the Beach accompanied by ausklang’s great signature food like burgers and salads. Meanwhile, the interesting stories of business owner Christian kept everyone engaged. The ideal combination for a happy, laid-back evening with a bunch of yelping friends. Proof be found in the latest reviews and photos.

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Bow Ties And Boas At BO-Beau Kitchen + Garden

On Monday night, 200 Elite Squad members and their guests got together to celebrate the first Yelp Elite Event of 2014 at BO-Beau Kitchen + Garden in La Mesa Village. Bow ties and boas were in full effect, not to mention seemingly endless bites, oh-so crafty cocktails, and a live band that had the entire beutifully-lit patio singing and dancing! Chef Benjamin Moore took to the mic and delivered a welcome to the crowd that was just as warm and heartfelt as the food he whipped up all night long, while the newly appointed 2014 Elite Squad took it all in. Want all the juicy details? Read all the reviews from those in attendance here and see all the fabulous photos on the Yelp San Diego Flickr page!

KC's Gold Elites Live Out Their Champagne Wishes

Posted by Matt

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Sunday Funday has never been so classy! Kansas City's Gold Elites truly experienced the good life at Renee Kelly's Harvest. Chef Renee opened the doors to her real-life castle and treated these VIPS to a progressive cocktail party, touring the nooks-and-crannies of her iconic establishment.  Greeted with a champagne toast, the Gold Elites enjoyed an afternoon filled with farm-to-table flavors ranging from quail eggs and beef bacon on brioche toast to a smöråsbord of desserts such as carrot cake and s'mores with homemade marshmallows! After imbibing on sparkling shiraz or artisnal G&Ts, guests left with swag bags including gift certificates and copies of the chef's own cookbook! Read reviews of the event here, and for pictures visit the Flickr gallery

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January 28, 2014

Dallas Lives Well And Eats Well In The New Year

Posted by Heli M.


On Thursday night, nearly 100 Elite Squad members got together to attend the very first event of the year. The 2014 squad of newbies and OG's alike mixed and mingled catching up over wine, brews, herbal teas, salads, pitas, hummus, wraps and soups. Peep the reviews of the event here and check out our Flickr page to view fab photos of the food and festivities.

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January 27, 2014

Seattle's Cure? A Holiday Hangover!

Posted by Katy


Emerald City Yelpers found the cure for their Holiday Hangover by gathering together to sample food and drinks all while being entertained with a killer combo of artwork, music, games, and even a balloon artist! The giving spirit was still in full effect as 100% of drink token purchases benefitted Seattle-based non profit The World Is Fun. What a way to keep everyone’s spirits bright and glasses full! All told, it took just 3 hours to raise nearly $1,300. See what people had to say on the review page here and check out all the great pictures on the Yelp Seattle Flickr page

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Jacksonville Gets Simply Southern

Posted by Allie

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Is there a better way to start 2014 than getting together, elite reunion style, to take in some delicious comfort vittles at our Southern Food and Wine event at Simply Sara’s? We think not! From pimento cheese to fried chicken, (and plenty of biscuits and gravy, of course), 50 Jax elites indulged in some real local, real-deal, home cooking. The Mason jars were for decoratin' and drinkin’, filled to the brim all night with gallons of sweet tea and complimentary Flip Flop wines. Y’all check out the reviews here and be sure to take a peek of all the fabulous Flickr photos here.

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Detroit's Italian Social

Posted by Annette


On January 15th, nearly 150 Elite Squad members got together to kick off the new year in style with a swanky social at the newly opened Joe & Aldo's Italian Tavern! Bites of delectable Italian eats, fabulous complimentary cocktails from Captain Morgan Silver Spiced Rum, and live music all made the evening one to remember. Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page here

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Kölner Elite Event Bei La Barra - Viva Espana

Posted by Olli


2014 started with a delight in the Cologne Yelp Community. A spanish delight on January 23rd. The most knowledgeable Yelpers in town got a taste of Spain. In die middle of our city, we were invited to try some spanish Cava. The Champaign of Spain. And what better address to choose, than the exclusive importeur. And who thought Champaign wasn't enough, soon found some of the best tapas in town on the plat. A god given combination, that just made our night. That is the way we roll. Check out the latest reviews and the photos of the night.

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Nashville Celebrates The Past, Present, And Future

Posted by Marcia

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With each new year, we take time to reflect on the past as we embrace fresh starts and plan for the future. 40 Nashville Elites were brought together for a very special evening to light the importance of preserving the hallowed battle grounds at The Lotz Civil War House Museum where so many fought and died nearly 150 years ago. Executive Director J.T. Thompson gave an exclusive tour of the property that has been on the National Historic Register since 1976. Located in the heart of downtown historic Franklin, Tennessee, we sipped on wine, brew, and noshed on delicious hors d'oeuvres as we were taken back in time to the epicenter of the Battle of Franklin which was a pivotal battle in the Civil War on November 30, 1864. Travel back in time by reading the reviews here and check out some of the artifacts here on Flickr too!  


First Annual Nashville Yelpy Awards

Posted by Marcia

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To kick off Yelp's 10th Anniversay year proper, an exclusive list of 50 Elites attend the 1st Annual Yelpy Awards hosted at the revered Music City Tippler. Elites enjoyed savory bites, signature Golden Yelper cocktails, crafty brews, bulging Very Important Yelper goody bags, and even a very drag-tastic special guest while 12 coveted Yelpy Awards were handed out to deserving honorees for their Useful, Funny, and Cool contributions to the Nashville Community. Read all the smashing reviews of the event here but don't forget to view the photos and get the scoop on who took home a Yelpy Award here on Flickr too!  

Thanks to our sponsors: Music City TipplerThe Andrews Agency • Claudia Kay Photo • Uber


Omaha Elites Get Crafty With Their Cocktails

Posted by Will

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To celebrate the freshness of Omaha's 2014 Elite Squad we threw an intimate party at the Berry And Rye in Omaha's Old Market district. Elites and their guests enjoyed complimentary craft cocktails from the excellent staff, led by Luke Edson, who was recently featured in GQ magazine as a Top 10 finalist in its Most Imaginative Bartender Competition. On top of the drinks, Elites had a sampling of fine locally-sourced cuisine from none other that one of Omaha's highest-rated new eateries, Kitchen Table! Read reviews of the event here. For more photos, head over to Flickr.


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Fort Worth's Fire And Ice Affair

Posted by Kendall


On Tuesday night, Fort Worth Elites witnessed incredible glassblowing demonstrations up close and personal at SiNaCa Studios. The roaring furnace and firey performances kept Yelpers warm while we sipped "fire" and "ice" cocktails and snacked on fruit, cheese, desserts, and surprise pizza! Elites were encouraged to explore SiNaCa's gallery of beautiful glasswork, and a gorgeous bowl and pair of tumblers made exceptional giveaways. Read all the event reviews here and be sure to check out the fantastic photos on our flickr page.

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PDXYelp Elites Get Fit @ Barre3 Vancouver!

Posted by Don Bourassa

On Saturday, January 25, 2014, a small, intrepid group of Yelp Elites from PDX and Vancouver got sweaty at Barre3 for Yelp Raises the Bar, III... the third in our series of fitness-themed events at this homegrown fitness phenomenon. Between the grunting, stretching and burning, Yelpers had an all-around great time. Check out the reviews for more! 


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Greater Toronto Is Mexi And We Know It

Posted by Kris

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Last Wednesday night, a group of over 80 tenatious Elites traveled to Newmarket, ON (the northern most point of the GTA) for the first Yelp Elite fiesta of 2014. Sombreros were worn, Salsa was danced (and eaten) all while an endless buffet of tacos, dips, churros and Margaritas filled bellies and induced immediate siestas! Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page.

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Oriental Tea Time for Napoli

Posted by Maddalena G

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Yelp Napoli organized the first Dim-Sum Event of the city at Hotel Piazza Bellini. From this modern and international design location, the community has left for a trip to the east. The masters of Tana showed the philosophy of Tai Chi Chuan with a magic dance-fighting. With the tea shop, Qualcosa di Tè held a mini workshop about tea together with a tasting of white and green and white tea matching with salad and  sweet chinese dishes. Yelpers were surprised about the amazing flavour. It was a perfect Yelpy event: friends, discoveries and food. Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page.


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Celebrating a Red New Year in Barcelona

Posted by Sharon

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For our very first party in 2014 the Yelpers in Barcelona were invited to a endearing bar, the Le Rouge Bcn, which is as red as Yelp. Many surprises awaited them, from fantastic food and drink samples, a very fun game with the Yelp Wheel of Fortune and even a Karaoke. It was our particular way of saying goodbye to a wonderful Yelper year and welcoming the coming year. Attendees could see projections on a screen about some of the best moments we had during 2013. Check out the reviews about the party here and the fabulous photos taken by Francisco G on our Flickr page!

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January 26, 2014

MSP's Secret Ninja Soiree at Masu Sushi & Robata

Posted by Jonathan T

Ninjas (aka Yelp Elites) ambushed Masu Sushi & Robata (at the Mall of America) to party with Chef Kai and his clan of loyal warriors. Despite the brutal cold and gusts of wind, Yelp Elites came out in full force to have a great time.



Masu teamed up with Joia All Natural Soda to deliver some refreshing cocktails. Whether it was the Coconut Bean or Little Nadi, there was something for everybody. Stephanie K gushed that "The Joia cocktails were absolutely heaven. If I had to live with only of those two cocktails my whole life, I'd be more than happy." Also, the bartenders did an excellent job keeping everyone's whistles wet.

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Beverages were complimented with Chef Kai Phanthavong's mouth-watering menu of ninja bites. Tino K said "Everything tasted great and was so texturally interesting - especially the 'bone marrow'. I've never had anything like it and it was hands down my favorite snack'um of the evening." Valerie H noted that "the Togarashi shrimp skewer on curry sauce was fantastic..." Ruth D testified that "The (tuna) sushi looked so good that my vegetarian friend tried one. And came back for seconds." And how can we not forget the vegan yaki noodles that Breanne K professed "blew her mind." We were definitely fed more like sumos than ninjas.

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When they weren't sippin' or eatin', the clan got down at the ninja headband making station, aided by a Masu staff member that guided the shinobis with writing Japanese characters. For those ninjas that wanted to move, they grooved to DJ Petey Wheatstraw's old school hip-hop and R&B jams. Hearing Will Smith's "Summertime" was a great way to forget about the winter... Also, thank you Charlie T and Annie A for bringing the sound!

Headband DjPixelbees Photography snapped some lightening-quick shots of Elites practicing their deadly moves at the Pachinko photo booth and having a great time. Huge props to their excellent photo skills! Check out our Flickr album!

12215816766_876ede8efc_oMasu's staff were the ultimate shogans of service and attendees talked about how friendly and knowledgable they were. They made the evening absolutely amazing! But don't take my words for it, check out what Yelp reviewers have to say here.



Thanks all for coming out and being Yelp's amazing ambassadors!

Cowabunga ninja clan,

Jonathan T aka Donatello and Yelp Twin Cities Community Manager



January 24, 2014

Yelp's Flossy Posse Is All Smiles In Honolulu

Posted by Emi H

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Yelp Honolulu's started off the year blazing at Yelp's Flossy Posse Elite event with the happy smiling faces of our new class of 2014 Elites! 200+ yelpers enjoyed sips and bites from Chef Chai's, posed in the Photo Ops photo booth, glammed it up at the Face Art Beauty lash station, and spoiled themselves out at the Yelp schwag bar! Check out all the sparkling 5-star reviews here and see the fabulous Flickr photos here!

Special thanks to our event sponsors: Ala Moana Dental Care / Face Art Beauty / Photo Ops


Phoenix Elites Screw Their Resolutions at Salty Sow


Phoenix Elites forgot about their resolutions for a brief moment when Salty Sow opened their doors with a feast ready to enjoy! Throughout the night, Elites enjoyed a buffet filled with meats, salads, side plates and dessert, all while Salty Sow provided sips of their signature cocktails. Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the awesome photos on the Flickr page.

Being the first Elite event of 2014, many of the Elites had recently earned their gold badge for being Elite for five years. After the feast, these Elites were recognized with gift cards and a special dessert just for them! But everyone left a winner thanks to the chocolate bacon filled goodie bags complete with two gift cards, a bandana and even a piece of chocolate bacon...and let's not forget about the brand new Yelp aluminum water bottle that everyone also received!

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South Bay's Farm (and Sea) to Table Event in Carmel

Posted by Abby Schwarz

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Over the holiday weekend, over 100 Bay Area Elites and their guests made the trip down to Carmel for our first (and certainly not our last!) event in this quaint, seaside town. It was an unseasonably sunny and warm Sunday in January and our gracious host, La Playa Hotel, treated us to an afternoon of locally sourced food, wine, and entertainment. Read the glowing 5-star reviews from attendees and live vicariously through the event photos

La Playa Hotel in Carmel-by-the-Sea has a rich, colorful and romantic history. What is now the main entrance of La Playa Carmel is the building that once stood as a luxurious mansion, designed in 1905 by artist Christian Jorgensen as a gift for his wife, a member of the Ghirardelli family. Nestled atop a tree-lined bluff, the site looks out across the Pacific Ocean and its rugged coastline with Cypress trees and Pines. Romantic and breathtaking, this view has captivated artists, as well as owners of the property throughout its long history. 

Event Sponsors: La Playa Hotel, Blair Wines, Holman Ranch Vineyards, Chesebro Wines, Trio Carmel, Pieces of Heaven - Fine Chocolate, Spain at Home, and Honest Tea.

Welcome to the Berlin Elite, Sir Yelposaurus Rex!

Posted by Anne


For our very first Elite Event in 2014 the Berliner Yelp Elites were invited to travel back in time - 150 million years to where the dinosaurs lived. From there we travelled into the years of 1909-1913, when intensive exvacation took place around the Tendaguru Mountains. They not only but also found the biggest dinosaur skeleton ever. This skeleton is where we actually met: at the Museum for Natural History in Berlin. We got an exclusive late night tour through the empty exhibition and bone cellar – no one there except us and the security guy. Followed by a meet & greet with the researchers and some wine and snacks between the enormous legs of the impressive Brachiosaurus brancai! For more about the event please read the reviews of the Berlin Yelp Elites and check out the flickr gallery!

Chicago Strikes It's Resolutions

Posted by Danny Wurst


After 3 weeks of behaving about 200 yelpers took to the lanes of Lucky Strike to wreck havoc on their resolutions. Between the fantastic food samples, open bar of beer and call cocktails, complimentary pins to knock down, and unlimited arcade games guests were bowled over by this baron of heavy balls. Check out the reviews here and the fabulous photos taken by An P on our Flickr page!

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Fiesta Del Vino in Portland, Maine

Posted by Steff


Sure, there's a million inches of snow outside and it gets dark at noon. As tempting as it is to bypass winter and hibernate like a bear - think again! Because why siesta when you can FIESTA?! That's how the Elite Squad members of Yelp Maine got through the arctic cold this past Tuesday in Portland. Bright colored flowers and peppers decorated the scene, MJ's provided wines to thoughtfully pair with Spanish cheeses from K. Horton Specialty Foods, and flamenco music by Dean Lamirande brought the party to life! Read the reviews of the event here, and be sure to check out the muy caliente photos on the Flickr page.

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January 23, 2014

Queensland Design, Slam Poetry And Gin For Brisbane

Posted by Lani P.


On Thursday night, the Brisbane Yelp Elite Squad braved a summer rain storm to celebrate our first event for 2014. Surrounded by a curated collection of Queensland's best design pieces for the exhibition titled, "High Tide", Yelpers sipped on gin and tonics while sampling delicious cheeses and salumi. The evening was given life with a rousing spoken-word set from local slam poet, Martin Ingle. Read the reveiws of the event here and see all the photos on the Flickr page. 

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Kansas City Takes A Sneak Peek At Restaurant Week

Posted by Matt


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What's the best way to celebrate a new year of Yelp Elite status? For 100 Kansas Citians, it was a visit to Gallery Event Space for a VIP preview of Kansas City Restaurant Week! Whether their tastes leaned towards lobster mac and cheese, endless sushi or artisnal donuts, each guest enjoyed their opportunity to sample the flavors three full days before the rest of the city! Constellation Wines joined the party, providing bottomless pours from their impressive portfolio. When the night came to an end, all guests left the party with swag bags stuffed with both exclusive Yelp swag and coupons from restaurants all across town! Read all the reviews for the event here and check out the Flickr gallery for photos. 

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LA East Elite Tasting: Burgers, Pizza, Beer And Wine, Oh My

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LA East Elites sporting the '14 badge kicked off the new year with a smashing tasting event at L.A. Live's newest eateries, Smashburger and Live Basil Pizza. The not-yet-open-to-the-public eateries invited guests out to work their way through a serious lineup of stellar offerings that included Live Basil's hand-crafted artisan pizzas presented by Chef Jason and Smashburger's juicy, succulent burgers and fried to perfection sides introduced by none other than Tom Ryan, Founder and Chief Concept Officer. As if that wasn't enough, complimentary beer and wine was flowing, and there was even a salted caramel shake thrown in for good measure. Read all the stuffed reviews here and peep the photos from Albert Liu Photography and Kevin Pong Photography on the YelpLA Flickr page.


Burlesque, Booze And Bites In Brooklyn

Posted by peter d.


Last night the best of Brooklyn's Yelp crew kicked off 2014 with a bang at Bed-Stuy's best kept secret, Bedford Hall! Featuring fantastic bites like their crab cakes with avocado aioli, shrimp ceviche, BBQ pork skewers and savory sliders of all kinds, it was a gut-bustingly great night rounded out with stunning Stoli cocktails and a burlesque performance to remember. Read on, and make sure to check out the rave reviews of the event here, and all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page.

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Evento Elite Roma "Canzoni dal Cappello"

Posted by Valeria I.


Hula Hoop Club hosted Rome's very first Elite event of 2014. In their cozy and nice place, Elites were welcomed and the atmosphere was amazing also thanks to the acoustic duo (Gianmarco Dottori and Vittorio Pagano), with their performance "Canzoni dal Cappello" ("Songs from the Hat"). Elites and their guests wrote on pieces of paper the most '80s and '90s trash and pop songs and the two singers were able to sing them all (more or less). With music and improbable dancing, it was a perfect and funny first event of 2014! Read the reviews of the event and check out the photos on the Flickr page.

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Glasgow's Ultimate Elite Coffee Event At Papercup

Posted by Briony C


Papercup showed us what they do best at our January Elite Event – coffee and food! We were given a coffee roasting demonstration (prescision is key!) and then treated to a coffee tasting – espresso, latte, Americano and flat whites were all popular choices! Then they wheeled out the big guns – some tasty treats! Menu samples included vegetable broth, French toast, chorizo & tomato bake with feta and pulled pork brioche! On their way out, Elites were presented with a goody bag to take home with an at-home coffee brew plus an ANZAC biscuit! Read the reviews here and check out the photos on Facebook

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January 22, 2014

Yelp Sydney's Convict Pub Crawl

Posted by Ben B.


A bunch of scurvy Elites got led a merry dance on a Peek Tours pub crawl around The Rocks in all it’s booze-soaked, bloody-minded glory last night. From the Six O'clock Swill to the Rum Rebellion, from kangaroo pizzas to an impromptu piano concerto in an axe-strewn cellar, the evening culminated with Wet Pussy shots atop a rooftop overlooking the harbour. Read the reviews here and check out the photostream for all the action.

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Spa Time For The NC Triad

Posted by Holly

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On Tuesday night Triad Elite Squad members got together for some much needed relaxation after the hectic holiday season. Ma'ati spa treated Elites to foot reflexology, mini head neck and shoulder massages, as well as aromatherapy. Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the awesome photos on the Flickr page.

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Yelp & Delivery.com Team Up To Deliver Game Day

New delivery collageSunday, February 2nd marks the biggest football game of the year! Do you routinely find yourself running out of snacks? Your cheap friends always arrive empty handed? If so, Yelp and delivery.com are here to save your football fiesta. Our Big Game Running Backs will rush through defenders straight to your front door carrying Party Packs stuffed with snacks, beer, and more swag than a Richard Sherman post-game interview. Best of all, these Party Packs are free!

How this will work? Easy peasy:

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Cleveland Cheers To A New Year

Posted by Cara


Cleveland Elites came together on a frigid January evening to warm up to the new year at 750ML Wine's brand new Brecksville location. Guests were greeted at the door with champagne, a toasty fire, NYE hats, noisemakers and loads of delicious bites paired with a variety of unique wines to sip on. In celebration of 2014, Elites took a look into the future with Yelpy fortune cookies and tarot card readings, as well as lots of special gifts and free movie passes. Don't miss the glowing reviews and see all of the fabulous photos from this, mouthwatering NYE re-do!

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