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June 30, 2014

Brunch at Poppy Kitchen Delights Tucson Yelpers

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Tucson Elites and their guests brunched with a view at Poppy Kitchen, the newest Metzger Family Restaurant concept, where they were greeted with mimosas and enjoyed a family style sampling of delicious menu items such as House made Muffins, fresh fruit, the House Smoked Salmon Board, Scrambled Eggs, platters of Bacon, Sausage, Breakfast Potatoes, Veggie Caramelos and the decadent Blackberry & Ricotta Crepes. Did we mention Bloody Marys and Margaritas flowed like water? Pair that with a guided tour of the restaurant with owner, Brian Metzger, a water balloon toss with prizes hosted by Poppy manager, Anne Davis, stunning views to the Catalinas and the special 2014 Elite gift (beach towels), and you've got quite the Saturday Funday! Can you really think of a better way to spend a Saturday? Read the reviews, check out the photos on our Flickr page and if you were there, tag yourself on Facebook!

A huge thank you to our generous hosts Brian and Michelle Metzger and the stellar team at Poppy Kitchen for a fabulous experience! We had a blast!

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Un, Deux, Trois...Yelp Brisbane's French 101

Posted by Lani P.

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Sparkling champagne, cheese, charcuterie, a warm winter's day and seven of Brisbane's Yelp Elite Squad is all it took to create a light-hearted and fun-filled afternoon at Lingua Franca's new studio in Newstead. Some of the squad played down their ability to turn on a Parisienne-phrase with their pitch perfect pronounciation wowing us all! Check out the reviews and take a look at the photos on Flickr

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Yelp Takes Sacramento To Great White Heights

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Sacramentans rose above the white hot summer heat during Yelp's Great White Heights, a white-attire themed party on the spacious 25th floor of the Park Tower, with stunning 360-degree, floor-to-ceiling views of the city below. Yelpers of all stripes came dressed in their best whites to enjoy food, drinks and entertainment from 26 different local vendors! Check out the reviews and photos!

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Yelpers Rally to Raise Funds for Kids in the Community

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It was a night of warm fuzzies last Wednesday as we celebrated our first Yelp Helps Happy Hour at the new Costa Mesa 55 Tavern+Bowl. More than 300-people attended the fun-filled night of socializing, sampling and sips in honor of the NPO where a suggested $10 donation at the door benefited Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire. Not only did the guests go crazy for the food and complimentary cocktails, they rallied together to raise over $2,000 for the cause during the two hour event. The night ended on a sweet note as guests were treated to a variety of the venue's desserts during the raffle, and even scored some amazing takeaways to use at another time. Read what the fuss was all about and check out those great pics that photographer Meg Strouse snapped throughout the night.

Participating Sponsors:
- Costa Mesa 55 Tavern+Bowl
- Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire
- The Triangle

Raffle Sponsors:
- Segerstrom Center for the Arts
- City National Grove of Anaheim
- Honda Center
- Battleship IOWA
- Laguna Art Museum
- OC Fair

Yelp's Summer Solstice Celebration At LYFE Kitchen

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50+ Elites and their guests took time out to breathe LYFE into their summer at LYFE Kitchen, one of Evanston's hottest new restaurants. Guests enjoyed delicious wine and raved about the specialty smoothies like kale banana, healthy flatbreads and grilled artichokes, chocolate budino dessert with pomegranate chia seeds, and vegan chocolate chip cookies. Dining gift certificates were raffled off, and LYFE herb seed packets were a memorable takeaway. Owner Carey Cooper personally welcomed guests, and Aine O'Brien and her team made the night a smashing success. Executive Chef, Jeremy Bringardner, recent winner of Food Network's Chopped, flew in from California and graced everyone with his presence... now that's a highlight! Read the reviews of the event here and two sets of photos here and here.

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2014 Yelper Party: Yelp's Ultimate Science Fair!

Posted by Jennie

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Edmonton Yelpers were invited out to attend the annual Yelper Party, Yelp's Ultimate Science Fair at the Telus World of Science Edmonton on June 26, sponsored by Lexus Of Edmonton. This celebration of locally owened businesses in the Capital Area came with full access to all the amazing exhibits at Edmonton’s Science Centre - including Canada's newest IMAX. Yelpers got to see science in action and take part in featured fun like at fire karaoke, hoverboard races, a human gyroscope and Van de graaf machine. Friendly and feirce Yelp ambassadors greeted all of the guests, and with a $10 donation Yelpers were entered into draws for fantastic prizes and raised over $3500 for local Etown NPO, Sports Central. There was plenty of food and drinks from 20 different restaurants, 2 food trucks, 4 breweries and the frozen night club; which kept everyone’s stomachs and taste buds happy. With 2 Photo booths, music from Virgin Radio, Icon Braid Bar, Feel Fabulous Mobile Spa and Balloon Fairie creations, all were entertained and amazed during this phenominal party. See all the Photos read the Yelp Reviews and check out the Storify!

A special thanks to all of our sponsors and vendors for making Yelp Edmonton’s annual Yelper Party a huge success.

104.9 Virgin Radio • Alley Kat Brewery • Attila The HUNgry • Balloon Fairies • Ballon Matrix • Burrito Libre • Cha Island • Club XO • Cookie Love • Creole Envie • Fantasia Caffe • Feel Fabulous Mobile Spa • Guru •  Hogs Head Brewery • Hong Kong Bakery • Icon Hair Braid Bar • Jacek Chocolates • Jones Soda • Karma Wellness Water • Lexus of Edmonton • The Lingnan • The Melting Pot • MojoPhoto • Moonshine Doughnuts • Normand’s Bistro • Oliv • Padmanadi Brewery • Popbar• Red Piano • Ribstone Creek Brewery • S'wich Food Truck • Saccamano Bros • Select • Sherlock Holmes • Smokehouse BBQ • Social Photo Booths  • Swiss Butter House • Swiss Melo • Swiss To Go • Taste of Edmonton • Telus World of Science Edmonton • Yellowhead Brewery  

 

PDXYelp Elites Take it Easy @ Easy Company!

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What happens when you combine a sunny Saturday afternoon, insanely delicious craft cocktails, tasty local brew and a crowd of Elite Yelpers? You get good times, which is the every day way of life at Easy Company, one of Portland's best new cocktail bars down in Old Town. 80 of Portland's Elite gathered for an early-evening cocktail blowout featuring Gimlets, Derbys, Old Fashioned's and tasty microbrew on Saturday, June 28th, 2014. And based on the reviews, we're pretty sure that Yelpers will be asking Easy Company out on a second date very soon. Thanks to our partners listed after the jump...

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Yelp's Magic Brew Bus Tour in Portland, ME

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Hot summer sun and cold drinks... they go hand-in-hand, right? So why not load a green bus named Mabel with some amazing people and celebrate the great city of Portland on a Magic Brew Bus Tour? That's how the Elites of Maine kicked-off the first official weekend of summer in absolutely beautiful weather! Zach and Don (entertaining and highly informative about beer and the history of our city) of The Maine Brew Bus "drove us to drink locally" for the afternoon; from a seriously hoppy I.P.L. and cornhole at Bunker Brewing, a Spiced Mead (which tastes like the holidays all bottled up!) at Maine Mead Works, drinking carrot vodka while toasting a photo of Neil Dow - former mayor of Portland and the Father of Prohibition - at Maine Craft Distilling, to some very refreshing brews next door at Rising Tide... there was a little something for everyone (including spinach-artichoke-goat cheese hand pies from Maine Pie Line, and Hangover Kits filled with snacks, Emergen-C, and superhero band-aids)! Read the reviews of the event here, and be sure to check out the fabulous photos on the Flickr page, too.

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Yelp Toronto's Sombrero Fiesta

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Hola! Yelp Toronto was sinfully spoiled by our amazing amigos at El Caballito Tequila y Tacos! Elites and guests were treated to towers of salsa and guac, tacos, cold cerveza and, of course, tequila drinks! As if this weren't enough to make it the best fiesta, each guest left looking smashing in their brand new sombrero.
 

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Yelp's Culture Clash: Kapow VS Dubliner

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PicMonkey Collage.jpgLast week members of the Yelp Elite Squad had the oppertunity to judge the most epic battle in Boca Raton history! Resturant heavyweights Kapow! Noodle Bar & Dubliner Irish Pub faced off in a clash of cultures that pitted Asian influenced dishes against traditional Irish fare. The four course battle included a chicken wing faceoff, sandwich showdown, fish brawl and dessert duel. Plus a drink portion that pitted Kapow's Sexy Lover VS Dubliner's Guiness. When it was all said and done the real winners were the Yelp Elite. Check out the reviews here. Did you miss the war? Check out the photos from Mavila Photography.

 

 

Yelp Stockholms Sommarfest på Flyt

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On Sunday June 29th Yelp Stockholm's Elite squad got together on Flyt for a summer party. Although the sun was late the party was filled with shiny happy people who enjoyed cava, rosé wine and a buffet with shrimps, aioli, potato salad, different breads and tasty sides. Being on a boat there was a photo competition with the theme "On a boat". With the waves slowly rocking the boat and the crew at Flyt being the perfect hosts this Sunday will be a day to remember even when the tattoo's rubbed off.

Read the reviews and check out the photos and especielly these photos - this was surely a great way to start the summer!

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June 29, 2014

Schroeder's San Francisco Stammtisch

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Stammtisch = "An informal group meeting held on a regular basis, and also the usually large table around which the group meets. A stammtisch is not a structured meeting, but rather a friendly get-together." Schroeder's Restaurant invited the San Francisco Elite Squad for a new twist on an age-old German tradition. Close to 40 San Francisco Elites were treated to a four-course family style dinner, completed by a live polka performance. Read the 5-star reviews and see how much we enjoyed the experience!

Originally founded in 1893, Schroeder's longstanding history, friendly atmosphere and convenient downtown location has made the Bavarian inspired beer hall a favorite of San Francisco residents and business professionals for the past 120 years. Breathing new life into the historic restaurant, new owners Andrew Chun and Jan Wiginton have revitalized and remodeled the space to include a new facade, interior detailing and communal seating, and have introduced a modern, German menu under Chef Manfred Wrembel.

Danke schön, Schroeder's!

June 27, 2014

Elites Explore Art & Artisans At Distinction Gallery

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North San Diego Yelp Elite Squad members and their guests were enthralled with last night's event, Yelp Presents: Art & Artisans. It was an "Alice & Wonderland-like" exploratory evening, with something amazing behind every door in the gallery venue! Artists in residence were in house creating pieces before our very eyes and each room was paired with a delicious local businesses. This event benefited the ArtHatch Teen Program and while neighborhood food and beverage businesses made sure we didn't go hungry, it was also a true feast for the eyes.

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Bourbon & BBQ at The Flying V in Brooklyn!

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If you think there's anything better than BBQ and frozen bourbon drinks in the summer, you're doing it wrong. And that's why some of Brooklyn's finest yelpers hit up The Flying V last night! We packed this classic dive attached to the Beast of Bourbon for some unbelievable ribs, delicious brisket, decadent mac 'n' cheese and much more. As Alan L says, "Delicious barbeque food and some delicious whiskey drinks. Dangerous combination. Oh yeah!" Don't worry if you missed out on this event, these folks are slangin' amazing BBQ and those frozen whiskey drinks all summer and beyond, not to mention having live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page.

A huge thanks goes out to James, Scott, and the rest of the Flying V and Beast of Bourbon staff for inviting us out and throwing a kickass party. I know I'm coming back for ribs and live music ASAP, so I'll see you all over there!

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Yelp Event - Underground Night Tasting @Catacombe

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A breathtaking cultural hot spot for the Yelp event of June in Naples. More than sixty yelpers attended a night gudied tour at Catacombe di San Gennaro, a hidden place also for locals. A travel back in time to discover sanctified roads, fascinating basilicas and ancient graves built with vulcanic rock. Than a great fried pizzas "battilocchi" tasing from the famous Ciro Oliva of Pizzeria Concettina ai tre santi and local bubbles wine with a AIS professional sommelier to appreciate the value of district of Sanità. Do you wanna more know about the amazing event? Well, just check out the reviews to see what everyone says, and view the pictures on Flickr.

Un luogo mozzafiato per l'evento Yelp di Giugno a Napoli. Più di 60 persone hanno partecipato alla visita guidata notturna alle Catacombe di San Gennaro, un luogo sconosciuto anche ai napoletani. Un viaggio indietro nel tempo per scoprire misteriose strade, affascinanti basiliche e antichi sepolcri scavati nella roccia vulcanica. E poi via ad una degustazione di "battilocchi"  pizze fritte del famoso pizzaiolo Ciro Oliva della Pizzeria Oliva- Da Concettina ai tre santi e bolle flegree con sommelier professionisti dell'AIS per apprezzare meglio il valore storico e gastronomico del rione sanità. Vuoi saperne di più su questo bellissimo evento? Leggi le recensioni perconoscere le opinioni di chi ha partecipato e guarda le foto su Flickr.

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On dirait le Sud @ Meatballs

Posted by Lucie

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June is the ideal month to celebrate the Summer season, and the Meatballs was just the perfect place. This new restaurant with this unique concept in Lille invited more than 70 Yelpers to discover these original meatballs.

Laureen, the manager of the restaurant and her team welcomed every Yelper warmly, so and it made the succes of this event: three bars with fresh and delicious cocktails, meatballs tasting : falafel, beef, shrimps, Thai … And even cream puffs for the dessert. Everything here is fresh and home-made. A very beautiful restaurant which risks to be a HQ of Yelpers this summer. The terrace itself has to be known.

Marie P, the wonderful assistant Community Manager for Yelp Lille made a DIY workshop where each Yelper could make his own cocktail decoration !

Find out more about this event by clicking here, and the photo album there.

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Pour glisser doucement vers la saison estivale, le Meatballs, ce nouveau restaurant au concept unique à Lille a invité plus de 70 Yelpeurs à découvrir ces boulettes plus originales les unes que les autres.

Laureen, la gérante des lieux ainsi que son équipe a tout mis en œuvre pour que cette soirée soit la plus réussie possible : trois bars avec des cocktails frais et savoureux, toutes les boulettes en dégustation : falafel, au bœuf, aux crevettes, façon thaï… Et même des choux à la crème pour le dessert. Tout est frais, tout est fait maison. Une bien belle adresse qui risque d’être un QG des Yelpeurs cet été. La terrasse à elle seule vaut le détour.

Marie P, assistante Community Manager merveilleuse pour Yelp Lille avait concocté un atelier DIY où chacun pouvait réaliser sa déco de cocktail. Top !

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Un grand merci à nos partenaires / Thanks to all our partners :

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Pragues Elites on June's Thai Extravaganza

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Finally, new thai restaurant in Prague opened their door for us. 40 Yelp elites gathered in Zebra Express to taste thai cuisine authentic like from a thai kitchen. Manager Jana and thai chef Keng   were great hosts with a lot to say about each dish. What is a better way to introduce us to Tom Sam salad, than by a cooking show? Keang Keaw Wan kai slightly won over other fantastic dishes we had a chance to try. Read all the reviews of the event and see all the yummy photos on our Flickr page.

Konečne, nová thaiská reštaurácia v Prahe nám otvorila dvere. 40 Yelp elít sa stretlo v Zebra Express aby ochutnali autentickú Thajskú kuchyňu. Manažerka Jana a šéfkuchárka Keng boli fantastické hostiteľky a veru mali čo povedať ku každému chodu. Ako lepšie sa zoznámiť s lahodným papajovým šalátom Tom Sam ako práve prostredníctvom cooking show? Keang Keaw Wan Kai vyhralo tesne nad ostatnými chodmi ktoré sme ochutnali. Viac sa dozviete v recenziách, a z fotiek na Flickri.

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June 26, 2014

World Cup Elite Event: Beer & Brats At The Biergarten

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The rain gods cooperated just in time for the sun to shine down on last Wednesday's Elite Event: Beer & Brats At The Glass Boot Biergarten. In anticipation of the World Cup match up between Team USA and Germany, some Elites piled in while decked out in red, white and blue (shoutout to Albert N!). Others devoured German-inspired cuisine: brats topped with sauerkraut alongside German potato salad. Add in a deck of cards, live music by Seth Falker, free flowing libations and craft beer and you've got a party on your hands! A special thanks to owners Blake and Di Ann who graciously hosted us. See you at the next one, Dallas! Check out the official photos on our Flickr page and don't forget to add your review here!

Gold Elites Experience a Taste of Paradise at Tommy Bahama Island Grille

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Gold Badge Elites were transported to a tropical-like paradise this past Tuesday as Tommy Bahama Island Grille in Newport Beach showed off why they’re the premiere happy hour and dinner destination. From an amazing sommelier doing blind wine tastings to a bartender mixing up some incredible craft cocktails, the event was interactive, informative and most importantly, delicious. Throughout the four-course meal, guests sampled everything from coconut shrimp and slider appetizers to mains like Wagyu New York and Peri Peri Crusted Alaskan Halibut. The exquisite experience ended on a sweet note with house-made Humboldt Fog ice cream paired with the Port-Of-Call libation leaving guests full and in a blissful state.

Sounds amazing, right? Check it out for yourself or peruse the amazing photos and reviews from the fantastic evening.

A big thanks to the venue and hosting sponsor:
Tommy Bahama Island Grille

Kansas City Enjoys A Vampire Weeknight

Posted by Matt

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Where do you find the hottest twilight pool party in Kansas City? Head to Hotel Sorella, go up the elevator and down the stairs into Bar Rosso! On Tuesday evening, the Yelp Elite Squad ventured through this sexy, blood red bordello of booze for Yelp's Fangtastc Pool Party, a night of vampire themed cocktails and delicious bites from Rosso's top-notch bar menu. After getting vamped up with fangs, capes, and bite marks, brave creatures of the almost-night lounged poolside and watched the sun set over the Plaza in Sorella-style luxury. At the end of the night, two lucky guests won gift certificates to Rosso, and Elites were gifted with swag bags including complimentary drink coupons and Yelp beach towels! Check out the reviews and pictures!

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Painting Party at Pinot's Palette in St. Louis

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Pinot's Palette had 40 lucky Yelp Elites come out and enjoy light snacks, wine, beer, and an evening of painting! This 5 star night was made possible by the amazing Pinot's Palette instructors! A huge thanks to Jessie Flori Photography for the amazing event photos. Don't forget to look at the outstanding 5 star event reviews!

PVD Elites Sail Into The Sunset!

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'Twas a perfect day to be at sea... Er, on the river, anyway! A crew of Elites hopped aboard The Proud Mary and were treated to a history lesson of Providence as we cruised the mighty river that formed our fair city during Yelp's Elite Sunset Cruise. Captain Tom of Providence River Boat Company told us everything from tails of The Great Flood to the founding of Rhode Island whislt 'Gansetts were sipped and photos were snapped. Check out the reviews of this event here and the photos taken by the Elites themselves on Flickr here

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Philadelphia's Dance Party On The Delaware

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On a gorgeous summer night, more than 150 Yelp Elite Squad members and their guests gathered at Cavanaugh's Riverdeck for food, drinks and merriment. The beats were pumping and it wasn't long before Yelpers were shaking what their mommas gave them on the dance floor. A limbo stick was most definitely involved! For more about this event, check out reviews and peep the photos!

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Boston Elites Meet The Maws At Kirkland Tap & Trotter

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Remember that time you brushed elbows with that dude who looked like Alan Thicke? Get ready for a little more celebrity in your life. On Tuesday, Boston's best and brightest feasted on pate spreads, fried perch and house-made hot dogs at The Kirkland Tap & Trotter, while chatting with James Beard winner (and Iron Chef assassin) Tony Maws. Kicking back Privateer-backed Tidbits, Sixpoint tallboys and frosty Allagash to calm the meat sweats, Yelpers mopped those beading brows with bingo-ready Yelp Elite Towels! Read the event reviews, and check out the photos (tag 'em on Facebook). Summer, commence.

June 25, 2014

Getting Jazzy In Tampa Bay

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On Monday night, about 50 Elite Squad members enjoyed an evening at Da Sesto Italiano Ristorante e Vino in Pinellas Park. Guests got a taste of Italy as a Masciarelli Wine rep handed out wine and a Russian jazz musician played songs. Read all the reviews of the event here and check out all the wonderful photos on the Flickr page. 

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Yelp Arrives In Buenos Aires With a Bang

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Tuesday night over 150 people gathered at Duarte Bar to celebrate Yelp's launch in Buenos Aires with terrific cocktails, great food and and cool music. Lots of smiles, friends having fun and helium balloons to go around in our first official event in the city. You can see what yelpers had to say here and see all the fun pictures in Flickr.

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Greater Toronto has a Häus Party @ Musiqhäus

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Your parents are away, and you want to have a few friends over, what do you need? An array of savoury and sweet bites, funky cocktails, and some live Musiq! Ya, that should do the trick! Yelp GTA Elites didn’t need to worry about annoying their neighbours last Thursday night, as the hottest new live music venue in Vaughan (Musiqhäus) hosted 80 elites and their guests for the most rockin’ Häus Party the ‘burbs has ever seen! Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page

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NC Triad Elites Spice It Up!

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On Friday Triad area Elites learned a whole lot about spices! The lovely Ashley over at Savory Spice Shop taught us all about the Moroccan spices that were used in the items we were sampling that night! From preserved lemons in the vegetable dip to a baharat glaze on the chicken skewers our taste buds were tantalized. Elites sipped on a Moroccan inspired sparkling wine cocktail while browsing the shelves, taking in the endless amounts of spices available. Check out the reviews for the event here and the photos here!

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June 24, 2014

Tulsa's First Burstday!

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On June 9th 2014, Yelp Tulsa celebrated its first burstday at Black Optical! Cheers-ing was in full effect with Prairie Wolf serving up their vodka and all-natural coffee liqueur DARK along with Premium Brands wine and champagne. Delectable food like shrimp cancun, anaheim chilis and basil bites were served from Blue Moon Cafe. All the while, Elite Yelpers and their guests were able to try on fashionble frames from Black Optical. UBER also sponsored rides to and from the event! Phew! Talk about a spectacle of an event. Read all the reviews of the event here and see the incredible work of Atria Creative in their photos and video recap!

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Take me to Yelp's Secret Cabin!

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Well the Secret Cabin really isn't a secret anymore, thanks to 45 Reno Elites and guests! These fine folks were invited aboard the legendary Rapscallion, Reno's classic seafood house and bar est. in 1977, to expose the fantastic off menu items loyal diners have enjoyed for years. With password in hand ready for adventure guests were whisked away to Yelp's Secret Cabin and asked to explore an all new small plate menu created by Chef Dan, along with a beautiful list of summer cocktails created by the beauties behind bar. After an evening filled with fun, food, drink, and impeccable service, everyone agreed this secret needed to be unleashed. But don't take my word for it! Read the reviews, check out the fantastic photos, along with all the shots shared on social media with #YelpsSecretCabin

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Yelp's Family Night at Children's Museum Tucson

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Locals and their little Yelpers kicked off summer at the Children's Museum Tucson for our first ever family night! From disco dancing and karaoke to science demonstrations, story time in the Wee World and painting in the art studio, the museum was exclusively open for yelp families to explore the unlimited fun it has to offer. Add some local goodies and entertainment to the mix and you've got yourself a Yelp Family Night! While PhotoFunBooth snapped family pics and Twilight Productions painted faces, folks snacked on chicken tacos, quesadillas and Gio Pops courtesy of Gio Taco. Gentle Ben's Gelato setup shop and sampled some house-churned scoops and Tucson Olive Central gave the parents a lot to talk about with their extensive sample collection of infused olive oils and balsamics. Plenty of fun was had and memories made!

Read the five-star reviews, check out the event pics by Pedro Romano on our Flickr page and relive the PhotoFunBooth experience here.

A huge thank you to Daniela and the folks at Children's Museum Tucson for creating the most welcoming environment for our Yelpers and their families. And thank you to all of the Yelp families for your donations benefiting the Children's Museum!

We look forward to another family fun night!

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Louisville Elites Picnic With Shakespeare

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Fairies meddled. A man became an ass. Love got confusing. And the Louisville Elites gathered last week for some food, mingling, and culture with Kentucky Shakespeare, the oldest free Shakespeare festival in the United States. The evening started with an indoor picnic inside the Old Louisville Information Center in the picturesque Central Park. The Elites put together their own picnic baskets with an assortment of favorites from Earth Friends Cafe. They sipped on cocktails made with Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka and Epic Vodka, and Louisville Local Market was also on hand with samples as well as bags of treats for the Elites to snack on when, during the latter half of the event, they went out into the park's amphitheater to watch Kentucky Shakespeare perform "A Midsummer's Night Dream." Read the reviews, check out the pics and watch the photo slideshow!

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London Captures Shoreditch With City Academy At Vibe Bar

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Picture this: the day is beautiful, the sun is shining and yelpers are on the hunt to capture that perfect moment. This was our day on a grand Sunday out during Yelp Captures Shoreditch at Vibe Bar. People came to the fantastic circus-themed room in Vibe Bar for a day of photo education from City Academy and their great teachers, Zarina Holmes, Carole Edrich and Steve Lee. Check out the fantastic shots yelpers took throughout the day here. Afterwards, Vibe Bar served up post-class glasses of Prosecco and Mama's Jerk Station fed us some delicious eats. Learning works up an appetitie! You can check out all the reviews here and the photos by Jason Eliss on the Yelp Flickr Page

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Watch The Clock; It's Whisky Time For Birmingham

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On a sunny Monday evening, thirty Elites and their honoured guests were invited down to the Creative Watch Company in Birmingham's gorgeous Jewellery Quarter for an evening of photography, tasy canapes and Whisky tasting. As well as a "drinkucation" and the wonder of discovering untold settings on their Smartphone cameras, they put their skills to the test to win "Best Photograph" of the evening and take home the coverted Jewellery Box of temporary fame and fortune. Needless to say... it got competitive. Why don't you check out all of the reviews here and check out all the fabulous photos on our Flickr page?

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Yelp's Revelation Perth International Film Festival Screening

Posted by Laura

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Last night 100 Yelpers got an exlcusive preview screening of one of Revelation Perth International Film Festival's 2014 films – To Be Takei. The documentary on the actor turned activist was a hit with Yelpers, and I’m sure they can’t wait to check out more of the films on offer for Revelation 2014. Check out the photos and read the reviews.

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June 23, 2014

LA West Elite event at Marine Layer

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Elite Yelpers took over Marine Layer, a clothing store on Abbot Kinney, for a private shopping experience complete with cocktails, wine, the Komodo food truck, and Zouq exotic healthy snacks.  Marine Layer is all about the California casual style and super soft fabrics.  While some Yelpers took advantage of their special shopping discount, others chowed down on Komodo's always delicious tacos and garlic fries.  Zouq was also there to keep Yelpers fueled with a variety of their snacks.  To see all of the reviews from the event click here.

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Yelp PVD's Passport to Downcity!

Posted by Hilary H

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Providence yelpers were treated to a week of Downcity's best during Yelp's Passport to Downcity from June 11th - 18th. With everything from private tours of The Dean Hotel, a shopping crawl complete with fantastic Check-In offers, special gifts at Movies on The Block, an Itialian feast for the senses at Roslina and a cocktail party at new space Aurora, yelpers saw and experienced Downcity in all its magnificence. Read all the reviews of the events here, here, and here, and checkout the gorgeous photos from the entire Passport to Downcity series here

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South Of Fifth Or Sao Paulo?

Posted by Johnny Todd

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SoFi transformed into Sao Paulo for an evening when members of the Miami Yelp Elite Squad got together at Texas De Brazil for a night of caipirinhas, meat, views, and a bit more meat. Not only did Elites get the chance to taste caipirinhas, they had the opportunity to make them. Muddling will never be the same. After the drinks were made and flowing, it was time to taste such meaty selections as garlic sirloin, chicken breast wrapped in bacon and Brazilian sausage. Top these bites off with views of the Bay and you have one sultry night… or maybe that’s the meat sweats. Pictures found here and reviews are here.

Event Sponsors: Texas De BrazilRodney W

Yelp MSP's Oodles Of Noodles @ Noodles & Company

Posted by Jonathan

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On May 12th, Noodles & Company treated Twin Cities Yelp Elites to a fantastic feast that included summer salads to palatable pastas to crunchy Rice Krispies! To say that they were stuffed is definitely an understatement... General Manager Luke Boyd guided Yelp Elites on this delicious journey and provided beers and wine for all. You can read about everyone's fantastic time, here

Thanks to Luke Boyd, Tom Powers, Samantha Fink, and the rest of the Noodles & Company family for organizing. Much thanks to Erik Sande and his father for snapping some awesome photos.

Yelper Party: Yelp Rocks The Boat!

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Spring was winding down, but Yelp San Diego and a boat full of amazing local vendors and national brands were in full swing and bracing for summer last week! The crowd toasted to the weather getting warm and celebrated by getting together on the Hornblower Inspiration for Yelp Rocks The Boat - a hump day evening of food, drinks, community and non-profit love! A two hour cruise around San Diego Bay served as the perfect backdrop for an offshore selfie while three levels of live music set the soundtrack for a night to remember. Over 120 reviews have already been added to the event page read here, almost 700 uploaded photos found here and an additional 425 snapshots from our ace photography squad are located on the Yelp San Diego Flickr page. Cheers, kudos, props and an enormous thank you to all of those who participated in Yelp Rocks The Boat linked here!

South Bay's #sfsofitelfete

Posted by Abby Schwarz

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Ooh la la! In celebration of summer solstice, Sofitel San Francisco Bay rolled out the red carpet for the South Bay Elite Squad at their annual Fete de la Musique. Complete with fancy bites, French jazz, cocktails and waterfront sunset, the 100 or so attendees dressed up and enjoyed a 5-star swanky night at this international hotel. Read the event reviews and see photos from the fancy shindig. 

Thank you to our host: Sofitel San Francisco Bay as well as our sponsors: Grand Marnier and Ciroc

Indy's Yelp Is As Yelp Does Elite Party

Posted by Brittany

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From the mystery truffle table by Best Chocolate in Town to the Dr.Pepper cocktails by Wilks & Wilson Syrups, Yelp elites were partying it up Gump-style for June's elite party at Caplinger's Fresh Catch. The six-month-old seafood market was rolling out all the stops with made-to-order fish sandwiches, shrimp dishes and all the fixin's. Elites were tipping back Bier Brewery beer between batting it out for the best Forrest and Jenny costumes.

Momma always said "Thank You!"....

TMAC Productions                Caplinger's Fresh Catch

Wilks & Wilson Syrups            Bier Brewery

Best Chocolate in Town

 

Check out the photos on Flickr and rosy 5 star reviews here!

June 22, 2014

Yelp Albuquerque Gets Roman-tic

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On Saturday night, Yelp Elites of Albuquerque devoured the science, smarts and seduction of cocoa bliss at Joliesse Chocolates. This Elite Only event featured Mediterranean bites, decadent wines and a Roman theme (toga!) that indoctrined our community to the delicacies of the world's most beloved bliss. Beginning with a tasting of white, milk and dark chocolate blends, attendees dove hands-on into the fold, blending their own concoctions (ginger, chile, wasabi, pumpkin, etc.) to create truffles of their own device to bring home. A delicious spread of finger foods was delivered from Pars, and an exceptional Romanesque décor draped the scene, thanks to Shannon from Embur Interiors. Thank you Winstonfoto and Adam Durant for capturing the dripping, sticky fun. What a deliriously gorgeous night! Check out the rave reviews for details.

June 21, 2014

Hartford's Got Heart! Yelp Helps Gala For Good

Posted by Emily

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On a lovely, warm Wednesday evening, the Hartford community gathered at the gorgeous Society Room of Hartford to celebrate and support 25 local nonprofits at the Yelp Helps Gala For Good. While generously raising $1,600 in door donations for Billings Forge Community Works, yelpers learned about volunteer opportunities from dozens of inspiring organizations and enjoyed samples from fantastic area restaurants, breweries and distilleries. Beyond the bites, sips, and nonprofit mingling, guests were entertained by live music, a DJ, marching band, and Nightfall's giant bird puppet throughout the evening. Want to know more? Check out the reviews here and the event photos here

Thanks To Our Non-Profit Organizations:

Billings Forge Community Works • Cetacean Society International • Connecticut Audubon Society, Inc. • CONNetic Dance • Evergreen Design Co. • Foodshare • Hands On Hartford • Hartbeat Ensemble • Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity • 
Hartford Marathon Foundation • The Hartford Jazz Society • Interval House • 
Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford  • New Britain Museum of American Art • 
Night Fall, Inc. • Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters • Real Art Ways • Stonewall Speakers • 
The Connecticut Forum • Vernon Community Arts Center • Wadsworth Atheneum  • 
West End Farmers' Market • YWCA Hartford Region 

Thanks To Our Sponsors:

The Society Room of Hartford • Powerstation Events • Nick Caito PhotoSteven Rutledge • A Happy Life Coffee • Back East Brewing • Bears Smokehouse BBQ • NoRa Cupcake • Olde Burnside Brewing • Onyx Moonshine • RIPE Bar Juices • Shebeen Brewing • The Kitchen at Billings Forge • The Tavern Downtown • Westford Hill Distillers • Whole Foods West Hartford 

June 20, 2014

SummerFunTime in Astoria: Burgers, Ice Cream, and Beer!

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Thursday night was no ordinary night in Queens: sticky weather and an Elite only event at Burger Bistro in it's first loction in Astoria. Elites sans companions got some serious slider action, everything from beef to lamb to veggie friendly combinations. Adding to the fun was plenty of complimentary Queens Lager, courtesy of the amazing people from Queens Brewery. The ice cold beer was a relief from the humid weather and to top things off for the evening? Ice cream sandwiches.

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Drugi Elitarny Event @ konfederacka 4

Posted by Katarzyna Wabik

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Last Wednesday Cracow's Elite Squad visited konfederacka 4. The place used to be a bakery, that's why you can find a tiled stove inside.

The kitchen is not hidden so we could see cooking process. After a delicious meal and wine testing we spent some time outside the building, surrounded by a greenery. It was great!

Check out pictures and reviews!

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W zeszłą środę Yelperzy skorzystali z zaproszenia konfederackiej 4. Lokal znajduje się właśnie pod tym adresem i zaaranżowany jest w miejscu starej piekarni. Z tego właśnie powodu w środku można podziwiać sporych rozmiarów piec kaflowy. Gotowanie odbywa się na oczach gości.

Miejsce położone jest w bardzo pięknej dzielnicy miasta - na Starych Dębnikach. Po wybornym obiedzie i degustacji wina wyszliśmy przed lokal żeby pocieszyć się pogodą. Tam odpoczywaliśmy na drewnianych schodach w otoczeniu zieleni. Było świetnie!

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Asha's Vegetarian Cooking Class At Iunu.

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Asha the charming Lady of the cooking studio Iunu has invited the Munich elite team to a vegetarian cooking class. The menu was very experimentary - Vietnamese Spring Rolls with Hoisin Satay, vegetarian Spaghetti Bolognese and an amazing Tarte tatin. Another highlight was the guitar & vocal duo with Carina Hager and Raphaela and a spontanous standing ovation from Asha on her Hang. A Hang? Yes, this is a kind of huge Swiss singing bowl. I barrel together. Phenomenal sound, phenomenal food, phenomenal atmosphere, read the reviews of the elites. My special thanks goes to Asha and the wonderful Naim, who sweetened the evening not only with delicious food, but also with a warm soul. Thanks to Bionade who cared for some yummie refreshments and Sabine K. , who spontaneously became the photographer of the event - check this out

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June 19, 2014

LA West Elite Event at The Wallace

Posted by Brinny

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Yelp Elites spent their morning brunching at The Wallace in Culver City. There were a variety of morning cocktails to choose from including bottomless mimosas in 3 different flavors (original, strawberry, and pomegranate hibiscus), bloody mary, teepee (campari, cava, chamomile, and lemon), and morning sex (bourbon, passionfruit, chai-fennel syrup, and peychaud's). The food that followed was just as unique and special. Some of our favorite plates included the warm Sticky Bun, the Benedict Tartine, the Farro salad, and the Salmon Gravlax.  To see all the reviews from this event click here and for the Flickr gallery click here.  

LA West Elite Event At Chi’s Chinese Cuisine

Posted by Brinny

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Elite Yelpers came out to Chi's Chinese Cuisine in the Valley for a delicious dinner.  Chi herself was at the event to greet guests to her family owned restaurant. All of the staff were very helpful and made the dining experience even more enjoyable. Favorites from dinner included: Chi's spicy pizza, shanghai dumplings, the walnut shrimp, the hot and sour soup, and the garlic fried rice.  We all left the event stuffed and satisfied. To see all of the reviews click here and for the entire Flickr gallery here

Yelp Orlando Goes Orange: A One-of-a-Kind Hard Hat Tour!

Posted by Andi

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Thirty of Orlando's Elite Yelpers signed their lives away and embarked on a super VIP hard hat tour of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, being built in the heart of Downtown Orlando! They got to check out the models of what the center will look like upon completion and then stand on the stage of the Walt Disney Theater which will be hosting top Broadway shows by Fall 2014. Climbing through the active construction site, Elites felt like urban adventurers (though they replaced Indiana Jones' hat and whip with hard hats and safety googles which were decidedly less hip). Nevertheless much gloating and tweeting was heard through the evening as the Elites imagined casually bragging to their future kids years from now: "Oh that? I was there before the seats were even in the theater, darling!"

But don't take my word for the insanely cool trek the Elites took through the site, check out their reviews and amazing images of the tour here.

Big up to our sponsors

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts • Kim Truelove Photography