November 17, 2014

Yelp Burlington's American Made Roundup in Burlington

Posted by Brittany


In anticipation of Martha Stewart's American Made winner announcement on October 14, approximately 120 Vermont Yelpers and friends gathered at ArtsRiot in Burlington on September 26 to meet and sample products from Vermont's 10 American Made food finalists. 

Martha Stewart's American Made spotlights the next generation of great American makers: entrepreneurs, artisans, and small-business owners who are creating beautiful, inspiring, useful products; pioneering new industries; improving local communities; and changing the way we eat, shop, work, and live. We were pleased to have all ten Vermont food category finalists under one roof to celebrate their accomplishments and their wonderful food!

Many thanks to our partners who made the roundup possible!

We also had a great raffle prize to which every finalist contributed a food item for one lucky winner who checked in on their Yelp App!

Thank you to our host, ArtsRiot for providing the space, Mariko Middleton for assisting and Caleb Ballentine for taking such fantastic photographs. 

Check out the beautiful photos from the event here!

Dallas Shops Local At Y&I For The Holidays!

Posted by Heli M.


The holiday season is right around the corner, but a handful of lucky Dallas Elites got access to some pretty sweet deals early (minus the chaotic long lines)! On Wednesday, November 12th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, we teamed up with Uptown's Y&I Clothing Boutique to bring Dallas Yelpers some of the hottest trends in holiday attire, accessories and local art. Whether gift-giving or getting glammed up for the season, there is no better way to do it than to shop local! Thanks to Y&I  Boutique who generously provided 20% off the entire store; an incredible selection of raffle prizes every half hour; gift bags loaded with local goodies; and complimentary champagne, cider and desserts. Read up on the 5-star reviews (click here) and don't forget to check out the official photos taken by Arty Water's Samantha Rios.

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East Bay: Fright or Flight Halloween Party @ Oakland Aviation Museum

Posted by Nique!


East Bay Elites got into the Halloween spirit, sporting their most frightful and delightful costumes at this spooktacular Yelp Elite Event. 300 Yelpers filled the Oakland Aviation Museum, exploring 20+ vintage airplanes, while sipping on strong spirits, sampling sweet and savory bites, and mingling with fellow fun-loving Yelpers. Breakdancers, aerial performers, pumpkin punch bowls and sugar skull face painting were just a few highlights of this 5-star event. Plus, guest donations raised over $1300 for the Oakland Aviation Museum!

Check out all the event reviews and photos on Facebook.

Monstrous thanks to our generous sponsors!

+ Le Grand Courtage sparkling wine + Crispin Cider + Bison Brewing + Spicy Vines + ZICO Coconut Water + Prickly Pig + Oori Rice Triangles + Golden Peacock Restaurant + True Story Foods + Eat24 food delivery from Red Door Pizza, King Kong Chinese and Bole Ethiopian Restaurant + Three Twins ice cream + Once Upon A Cupcake + KIND Healthy Snacks + Brownie Brittle And killer entertainment from: + DJ BenJammin + Nina Sawant aerial dance + Dwinelle Hall Breakers + Sugar skull face painting by Alana Dill + Costume loans from Joules Jewels + iPhone breathalyzer testing from Breathometer


Hartford County Day Trippers with Whole Foods

Posted by Emily


On Sunday, fifteen lucky Yelp Elites boarded a bus to Eastern Connecticut on Whole Foods Market's first Hartford County Daytrip. This fabulous day long event gave yelpers the opportunity to experience several wonderful local purveyors including The Farmer's Cow, Beltane Farm, Mystic Cheese Company, The Farmer's Cow Calfe, and Back East Brewing. From goat cheese samplings to private brewery and dairy farm tours, the day was a fantastic combination of fun, information, and sneak peeks at some amazing local businesses. Thank you to Whole Foods and all of the businesses involved for a wonderful, incredibly interesting day! Take a peek at the photos here and the rave 5 star reviews here!



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A rainy day in Istanbul could seriously be a hassle, but when it comes to meeting at a coffee house that roasts and brews its own coffee, this whole thing changes into a pleasure. On November 15th, 25 of us went to CoffeeNutz, a coffee house that shows the love for coffee from it's name for learning how to roast coffee, and taste of course! Understanding the fact that coffee making indeed is an art, we learned to appreciate beans. We all decided that coffee brings people together and CoffeeNutz is definitely the right place to have it. From different and creative variations of selections, just select one for your taste and be sure that it's one of the best to have-made with LOVE. Weren't you able to make it to the event? You did miss a lot though, but at least you can check out the pictures here,  and great reviews here

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November 16, 2014

Little Yelpers Club: Proud To Throw Like A Girl!

Posted by Angela S

Saturday was the best day to be a girl! 30 Little Yelpers, between the ages of four to eight, got their girl power on with
The Game On! Sports Foundation in partnership with Game On! Sports Camps & Programs 4 Girls. Mastering the technique of a strong throw, the Proud To Throw Like A Girl clinic fostered self confidence and new friends, and everyone learned about the cool sports camps and classes available throughout the year. Throw Like A Girl! apparel company was also on-site with their trendy sporty clothing for girls in action. See what parents had to say about the event right here and check out photos by Edelyn Ellwood here.

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Houston Goes Green At New Living

Posted by Farrah Akhtar


New Living - a green building, design and furniture store - welcomed Elites for a green design experience like no other! Artisans offered free expert consultation for DIYers wanting to build their own custom pieces, as other Elites took advantage of the complimentary massages atop New Living's fleet of organic mattresses. LIQS – a new local adult beverage brand – sampled tastings of their cocktail shots; Ruggles Cafe Bakery provided light healthy wraps and sammies; and beer from Buffalo Bayou Brewing was a flowin'! To kick off their weekly Thursday block party, Ripe Cuisine Food Truck was on the scene, along with Boulevard Realty providing wine, and an after-party live concert featuring Holly Muñoz, Calley Bliss and New Living's own Melissa Eason. Check out the event reviews and flickr photos

Thanks to sponsors: New Living, Buffalo Bayou BrewingLIQS, Ruggles Cafe Bakery, Boulevard Realty

Auckland Elites Find Their Inner Strength!

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On Wednesday night, Yelp Elites embraced the shake at Auckland’s hot, new barre studio, Barrefigure on Richmond Road.  The workout combined yoga, pilates and ballet barre work in a challenging full-body workout that surely had a few muscles screaming the next day. 

After the class, the girls from COCOLOCO provided the perfect post-workout hydration with their refreshing, raw Thai coconuts and The Raw Kitchen supplied generous slices of their gorgeous cheesecakes that are not only raw, vegan, dairy and sugar free but insanely delicious too! 

Check out the pictures here and see what people thought on the events page

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2014 BPB Yelpies

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Last night some of the most (in)famous members of the Yelp Elite Squad gathered at Stache in Downtown Fort Lauderdale for the 2nd Annual BPB Yelpies. The annual award show did not disappoint with craft cocktails from the mixologists at Stache, delicious snacks from Rhino Doughnuts and Pretzel Crisps, live music from Phil Banes & Kevin Maddox and a burlesque routine that was literally on fire! Congrats to all the nominees, all the winners and really the entire Yelp Elite Squad for making BPB such an amazing community.

Couldn't make it? Sure, you missed out on one of the most amazing nights ever, but we've got you covered. Check out the reviews here and the photos (courtesy of Mavila Photography) here.

Check out the winners after the jump.


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November 15, 2014

Philadelphia's Bright Lights City Nights Party

Posted by Michelle C

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On Thursday evening, two hundred and fifty Yelp Elite Squad members and guests filled the luxurious Icon Apartments in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia. Spread between two spaces on the 5th and 25th floors were some of the city's tastiest restaurants and beverages. Guests mingled, sipped, savored, received some relaxing massage services, checked out some magic tricks and had front row seats to the first snowfall of the season! Check out reviews of the party and be sure to peep the pics!

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London Has A Christmas Spectacular Boozy Showcase Adventure!

Posted by Alex Shebar


It may only be November, but nothing stops the rush of the holidays. Yelpers traveled to East London to for a night of sweets, treats and some seriously hot hot sauces. It's was our Yelp’s Christmas Spectacular Boozy Showcase Adventure at The World of Zing, the UK's first food and drink emporium. We tried rums, colas, sauces, spices, brownies and so much more. And it all kicked off Yelp's Local London Wish List, going on throughout the city. Check out all the reviews here and the fantastic pics by Jason Ellis on the Yelp Flickr Page.

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Elites Get Their Fish Fix at Blue C Sushi in Newport Beach

Posted by Ryan C.

Elites will never look at sushi the same way after Blue C Sushi in Newport Beach stuffed the guests to the gills in this seafood-centric, revolving food, all-you-can-eat event. The late night journey started with a variety of heavy passed appetizers and cocktails before the gluttony adventure really began; rolls, sashimi, salads and everything the guests could have wanted came at a steady pace past their table on the neverending conveyor belt before the the restaurant passed around one last delicious dessert... TEMPURA BROWNIES! Talk about ending the night on a sweet note!

Read what you missed with the reviews of the evening or gaze at the user upload photos and Flickr gallery!

A special thanks to Blue C Sushi for being extrodinary hosts!

The Heat's On at La Vida Cantina in Costa Mesa!

Posted by Ryan C.

It was a crisp night in Costa Mesa, but La Vida Cantina warmed things up as they invited Elites onto their warm and inviting heated patio for an intimate tasting of food and signature cocktails. From Tostadas de Ahi and a combo of beef and chicken taquitos as an appetizers, fajitas, enchiladas or tacos as mains, and both churros and sundaes for dessert, the restaurant's offering of their most popular items left guests stuffed, but vowing to return for more! Their late night happy hour was all the buzz, and kept some Yelpers there way past the end of the event.

Read what all the fuss was about, view the user uploaded photos or check out the Flickr gallery for a recap of this awesome evening.

A special thanks to La Vida Cantina for their generosity and amazing staff!

November 14, 2014

Chicago Suburb Elites Get Buzzed at Peet's


On November 12th nearly 50 Chicagoland Yelp elites and guests had the pleasure of diving into the world of coffee at the new Peet's Coffee & Tea in Wheaton. Not only did Yelpers indulge in an endless amount of sweets, treats, and fresh food samples, but they were able to sip and savor Peet's delightful espresso, lattes, macchiatos — the works! Peet's talented baristas gave demonstrations on different brewing methods and how to make the perfect cappuccino. Yelpers even got to hop behind the bar themselves and take their shot at preparing a cup of joe! Read what all the buzz was about here and check out the awesome photos of our caffeinated night on Flickr!

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Louisville Elites Become Outlaws At The Opera

Posted by Emily H


The Louisville Yelp Elite Squad brought the outlaws to the Kentucky Opera and its production of “The Girl of the Golden West” this week. The event included a private Wild West-themed reception with food made to order from the Pollo food truck — Louisville's first gourmet chicken food truck — and wine from Horseshoe Bend Vineyard and Winery. And then the squad attended the production's VIP dress rehearsal. Puccini's "The Girl of the Golden West," opera's first "spaghetti Western," tells the story of a woman who owns a saloon, protects a keg of gold, preaches from the Bible, and will do anything to protect her outlaw lover. Check out the reviews, photos and slideshow to learn more about this fun time. 

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November 13, 2014

Honolulu Elites Discover A Relaxation Destination

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30+ Yelp Elites were treated to an indulgent day of pampering at Laka Spa. Guests were able to choose from a variety of mini-treatments including neck and shoulder massages, scalp therapy, foot massage, facial acupressure, and a hot stone detox room.

In addition to spa services, Yelpers enjoyed fresh and healthy bites including chicken satay, sushi, summer rolls, and papaya salad; while sipping on prosecco and SKY kombucha courtesy of Laka Spa. As the party came to a close, Elites were gifted with a lovely Laka Spa goodie bag and took home an array of soothing spa products. The 5-star reviews are in and the party pics are up for your enjoyment!

Special thanks to our hosts Laka Spa!

Yelp NC Triangle's Stache Bash at Trali Irish Pub

Posted by Lauryn

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Yelp Elites and their guests grabbed a "stache" and walked into one amazing bash Wednesday night at Trali Irish Pub. A warm greeting by Trali staff included a cold Holiday Bash Ale from Raleigh Brewing Company, and passed appetizers of pumpkin hummus and pepper jam. Irish band, Nine Times Around got the crowd clapping and singing along to popular Irish tunes, and hits like "Drunken Sailor" and "I Would Walk 500 Miles." A full meal was served for all to enjoy including authentic Irish eats like boxty, corned beef, Guinness beef stew, chocolate chip bread pudding and more. The evening wrapped up with Irish coffees and a big round of applause to all who made this event so wonderful. Our holiday donation drive is off to a great start with plenty of gifts donated to the Ronald McDonald House of Durham. Check out the 5 star reviews on Yelp here, and the photos on Flickr.

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Yelp Taste Tests Melbourne

Posted by Melanie


Taste of Melbourne Festival launched at Albert Park on Thursday night, with 20 lucky Yelp Elites getting the VIP treatment to taste test the festival.

Enjoying drinks in a VIP Suite, Elites got a chance to catch up before exploring the array of foodie options from local restaurants and brands. The group split into two, brushing up on some vital foodie skills - wine pairing and food photography! Cake Wines taught Elites how to pair wines with Chinese cuisine from Lee Ho Fook and Canon made expert photographers out of us.

Check out the pictures here and see what people thought on the events page.

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San Francisco's Hot for the Holidays at Bisou!

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To celebrate Yelp's Hot for the Holidays event series, a select group of San Francisco Elites were treated to a multi-course meal at Bisou Bistronomy. Part of looking and feeling great is being conscious of what you eat and where your food comes from. Bisou showed us just that with their locally sourced menu and wine pairings. Yelpers gave the exquisite food and personable customer service 5-stars, plus there's photos taken by Yelp's own Jelena Z to show off what we ate.

Merci, Bisou, for a lovely Monday night! Looking forward to trying more of your restaurants in SF.

About Bisou:
Bisou is a French restaurant, serving French cuisine with a Californian accent. Bisou is part of a movement called Bistronomy, where the focus is on using organic locally grown products served with style, in a casual and familial environment.  In 2014 Bisou has evolved and started to grow its own produces at Napa Kitchen Garden situated in Pope Valley, Napa giving another all dimension to the guest experience and quality of food.

Charlotte Elites Take a Steak-ation at LongHorn Steakhouse Matthews

Posted by Nikki

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Last week, 20 members of the Yelp Charlotte Elite Squad gathered together to enjoy a four course meal with five star service at LongHorn Steakhouse. Guests were able to try new seasonal items and old favorites... while also learning a lot about what it takes to make the perfect steak. It all ended in a Chocolate Stampede (along with its good friends Pumpkin Spice Lava Cake and Caramel Apple Goldrush). Everyone left with full stomachs and huge smiles. Read the delicious reviews here and check out all the meaty pictures on our Flickr.

Special thanks to our sponsors:

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Fresh Hawaiian Fare At Duke’s

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Yelpers dined on traditional Hawaiian fare at the beautiful, oceanside Duke's Malibu on Wednesday, November 5th. One hundred LA West elites participated in a memorable evening consisting of delicious food, live island tunes, a hilarious photo booth, and hula dancing! The endless small plates and beverages did not disappoint, with dishes and drinks such as gua bao (pork belly perfection on a steamed bun), ahi poke tacos, and mai tais, topped off with Kimo's Original Hula Pie.

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Yelp Manchester Enjoys 'Carnivorous Maximus' Meat Month!

Posted by Jonny Quirk


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Over the past month and a bit our Manchester Yelpers caught meat fever in a good way as we hit 4 fantastic restaurants to try a number of tasty treats from noon to midnight!

First up was a brunch time trip to Reds True BBQ where we enjoyed a delightful tour through their new breakfast BBQ menu and enjoyed some great shakes and cocktails before it was probably decently acceptable to drink. Check out the great reviews of our Reds Brunch here 

After brunch at Reds our Yelpers took on a burger challenge as we hit the Handmade Burger Co on Deansgate (we're still stuffed now...) before heading down to Splendid Sausage Co on John Dalton St for what was a totally fantastic sausage fest - with great beers included! Read what our Yelpers thought of our burger event here and how well the sausages went down here 

And after all that we still had room for more meat as we headed down to 'The Grill on New York Street' for a fantastic steak and wine tasting which was the perfect way to round up our meat themed month. 

A big thanks to all the owners and managers who treated us with great food, drinks and incredible hospitality and every single event was special in its own way - putting a smile on so many Yelper's faces!

Get ready for 2015 where we'll be having more themed foodie months - watch this space! 

Find all these guys on Yelp 

Reds True BBQ

Handmade Burger Co

Splendid Sausage Co

Grill on New York Street 


Yelp Gets Freaky at the Factory

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'Twas the Tuesday before Halloween, and all through the Factory. All the creatures were stirring... and dancing. And eating. And getting spooktacular- Yelp style! Hundreds of Yelpers, 34 incredible sponsors and four tremendous local DJs took over the Fountain Plaza of the NC Music Factory for Yelp Gets Freaky at the Factory. You couldn't have ordered a better forecast for the evening. A night of amazing noshes, sips and entertainment... all for a great cause. Our non-profit partner Beards BeCAUSE collected $1,362 in donations to fuel its follicled fight against domestic violence! Check out all the fabulous photos on our Flickr, the glowing reviews, blog from our friends at Boozin' in the QC, pics from our friends at WCCB, TapSnap fun shots and VTG CLT photo booth silliness!

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A Brazilian Steakhouse Experience at Fogo de Chão

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Chances are you already know about Fogo de Chão and for good reason: they're a really successful enterprise who've been making meat lovers happy for decades. First breaking ground in 1979, Fogo began sharing the gaucho way of preparing meat in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Today, their gaucho chefs still expertly grill each of their 16 cuts of meat and offer continuous tableside service until you tell them to stop. It's really something everyone should experience at least once in their life (or every week - it's that good). But they don't just stop at protein, in addition to delectable meat-based bites, they also feature a gourmet salad bar that puts any lunchtime chop salad join to shame! Layer on that authentic Brazilian side dishes like polenta fries, pão de queijo, and an award-winning wine list... and you've got yourself a foolproof recipe for an epic culinary experience. 

Check out reviews of the indulgent Elite Event here. Scope some photos of the action here. Also, be sure to follow the team on Yelp, Facebook, and Twitter

Yelp Hits Cuba By Way Of Times Square

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Havana Central might be one of the few things worth visiting Times Square for as a local. In their own words, with a spirited sense of buen gusto... Havana Central presents a portal to Cuba's golden era, when life on the island paradise was a continuous party. Stepping through the doors, diners enter circa 1950s Havana, where Celia Cruz is singing her latest hit with the La Sonora Matancera band, where the flavorful food is gently spiced and comfortingly reminiscent of home (no matter where home might be!). The bartender has a refreshing mojito waiting and Ernest Hemingway could walk in any minute and belly up to the bar. Sure enough refreshing libations were plentiful, however there were no IRL Ernest Hemingway sightings (insert sad face here). But that sad face didn't last long as Havana Central brough the heat with delectable Cuban apps, Hennessey and Grand Marnier sangria, and best of all... a suckling pig roast. Boom goes the dynamite.

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Elite Event @ Let Me Out Kraków

Posted by Katarzyna Wabik



W zeszły weekend w Krakowie odbył się kolejny Elitarny Event, przeznaczony dla wybranych :) Tym razem gościło nas krakowskie Let Me Out.

Cztery czteroosobowe teamy zostały zamknięte w pokojach. Na opuszczenie pomieszczeń mieliśmy 45 minut. Aby wyjść z pokoju trzeba współpracować, uważnie rozglądać się za wskazówkami oraz porządnie rozruszać szare komórki.

Zabawa była przednia!

Zachęcam do przeczytania recenzji i obejrzenia zdjęć!


Last weekend Cracow's Elite Squad visited Let Me Out. Teams need to cooperate to get out of the room. In 45 minutes you need to figure out how to find a key.

This type of entertainment is pretty challenging and a very bonding experience.

It was so much fun! Here you can find photos and reviews.

Toulouse's Elites back into childhood !

Posted by Florence

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Last Night at Toulouse's new restaurant "Les Fils à Maman", (that would translate as "Mommy's Boys"), 30 Elites took a trip back into their tender childhood. The concept of the restaurant is to magnify and pay tribute to the owners' moms recipes, in a very vintage 80's decorum that brought us all back to our sweetest memories : Batman, Wonder woman, Jessica Rabbit, Madonna ... The adorable cooks offered the Elites a memorable dinner : Cheese croquettes, mini burgers, Oreo cheesecakes and Nutella banoffees ...

The night was also the set up of a very tricky challenge ! The Elites all gave a picture of themselves as kids, and the rest of the group had to guess who was who ! It was really funny, and a great way to see the seed of these incredibly fun Elites !

The Elites also wore moustaches on their fingers, as a way to remind that this event takes place in our Movember series, and that we strongly support this cause.

Check out reviews on Yelp on this page, and the photos on Flickr.

A special thank you to : Les Fils à Maman - Marie P (our Elite Chief of Animations for the November) - Movember

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November 12, 2014

Atlanta Elites Dine Family-Style At Makan

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On Tuesday, the Atlanta Yelp Elite Squad had a chance to check out one of Decatur's latest -- Makan. The evening started in the bar and patio area for some of their specialty Pork Buns and Makgeolli (Korean Rice Beer) and then proceeded to the dining room. Once seated, Elites had the chance to try several items from the Makan Dinner Menu served in a family-style setting. Tons of shared plates and amazing cocktails made their way around the room and the evening finished with great conversation throughout the room with owners Michael Lo and Chef George Yu. Check out all of the reviews here and the photos here

Birmingham Quizzes It Up!

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On a very grey and miserable day in Birmingham, the Yelpers gathered in the plush surroundings of Chung Ying Central in the Colmore Business District to feast on Dim Sum, drink delicious cocktails and take part in a smart phone speed quiz! Tensions were palpable over the night, but after a fast and furious "fingers on buttons" battle, "Hot Prawn Balls" (yes, that was their team name) were crowned the victors and rivalries were quickly forgotten. Want to see what you missed? Why not check out the fantastic photos and the reviews

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November 11, 2014

Tampa Bay Taps Into Local Brews

Posted by BrettNehls

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Last week, Tampa Bay Yelpers got a taste of local beer as regional breweries, bars, and restaurants offered three of their local taps at fifty percent off as part of Yelp's On Tap! Yelpers kept the good times brewing at four beer-centric events throughout the week at The Pub Tampa Bay, Ulele, Holy Hog Barbecue, and Lagerhaus Brewery & Grill. Want to see the fun for yourself? Tap into the phenomenal photos on the Flickr page, and read the reviews of each event here, here, here, and here.

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Manhattan Elites Enjoy a Jazzy Brunch at The Stanton Social

Stanton social collageDubbed as "the Lower East Side's sexiest restaurant and lounge," The Stanton Social is celebrating their 10th year anniversary and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Chef Chris Santos' trend setting multi-ethnic share plate menu was designed to offer guests a chance to experience multiple dishes and flavors throughout their meal... and now with their brand new Jazz Brunch program, you can experience that same gustatory whimsey on Saturday afternoons from 12:30 - 3:30pm! This past weekend, upwards of 75 Manhattan Elites got a chance to sample the new Jazz Brunch featuring music from the Lateef Beats Trio and Vuyo Sotashe alongside both sweet and savory brunch menu items like Oreo Cookie pancakes, potato and goat cheese pierogies, house brined pastrami reuben quesadillas, Kobe beef burgers, and so much more! Additionally, Solerno blood orange liqueur was on hand to ensure attendees were able to enjoy a delightfully paired weekend cordial to boot. 

To scope pictures and reveiws of our Jazz Brunch soiree, click here. And be sure to book your next brunch at The Stanton Social here

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A Night Of Art At Pinot's Palette

Posted by Sarah

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Pinot's Palette hosted 40 Yelp Elite Squad Members for a night of painting and fun! While being guided through creating a pop art Tulsa skyline masterpiece by 2 amazing instructors, there was wine and fabulous food. Andolini's Pizza catered to guest's savory side while Ludger's Bavarian Cakery took care of our sweet tooth! Read all of the 5 star event reviews here and see all of the photos and video by Patrick Vaughn here!

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Memphis Elites' Casino Night At Jack Binion's Steak And Horseshoe Casino

Posted by Joelle P


On Thursday, a select group of Memphis Elites experienced an exclusive and truly exquisite evening at Horseshoe Casino's Jack Binion's Steak. Yelpers were treated to a parade of swoon-worthy dishes: cuts of the finest steaks, a decadent three-tier dessert tower, mouthwatering charcuterie plates and a fresh seafood bar with oysters, shrimp, and crab legs. Yelpers were in awe of the wine cellar tour and the attentive staff who impressed with their impeccable service and warm personalities. The clink of wine glass toasts and laughing were a constant throughout the night. Our generous hosts didn't stop the spoiling there though, they sent each Yelper home with a gift certificate for a future visit and comped a luxurious hotel room for the night! Don't take our word though, check out all of the 5-star reviews here and browse the fabulously fun photos on Flickr and Facebook

A special thanks to Jack Binion's Steak and Horseshoe Casino

Atlanta Elites Preview Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams - Decatur Square

Posted by benjamingetz

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On Wednesday, Atlanta Elites got a personalized sneak peek of the latest installment of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams in Decatur. The experience was just like a splendid Jeni's visit -- All of the ice cream you can sample and order what ever you'd like. Elites had the opportunity to not only choose through their favorites of the menagerie of Jeni's flavors, but they also had the opportunity to meet Owner/Creator/Chief Ice Cream-Maker, Jeni Britton Bauer in person. Check out all of the reviews here and the photos here

First Elite Fashion Event in Zurich


30 Elites and Newbies met yesterday at the beautiful boutique Myracle where they were divided into diffrent groups with an elite as their buddy. There were 6 different stations: Make-up, Hair, customized Jeans, Fashion, photo booth  and of course Yelp had one. Everyone got styled and enjoyed the super delicious cupcakes in lively and nice atmosphere. Find all the pretty pictures on Flickr and Facebook and don't forget to read through the reviews.

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スパで癒やしの夜 at UNIX キラリトギンザ

Posted by Rika Nakazawa


Is there a sanctuary in Ginza where you could escape from the crowded streets and crazy shoppers?  Tokyo Yelp Elites found such place at UNIX Kirarito Ginza branch.  

On a Wednesday night, thirteen Yelp Elites marched up to the 9th floor of Kirarito Ginza building, the hottest spot in Tokyo that opened on Oct 30 in Ginza 1-Chome.  There, they found a slick and luxurious beauty salon.  Yelp Elites were met by a group of UNIX “elites”.  That is right, all stylists at UNIX’s Ginza branch are top stylists at their other branches.  This is an all-star only branch.  Yelpers were treated to either a haircut & shampoo, hand massage, or head spa.  All at free of charge!  Some dozed off because it was so comfortable, while others engaged in chats with their charismatic stylist.  

After the treatment, Yelpers could not stop taking pictures of their enhanced beauty.  With wine and appetizers, Yelpers got to mingle with other Yelpers and also got to learn about UNIX.  What a shame of go straight home after a makeover, right?  Many Yelpers took advantage of the opportunity and ventured off to Ginza’s famous nightlife.  

Check out reviews and fantastic photos! (Photographed by Kanako Maruyama)

Huge thanks to our sponsor UNIX and their staff!  

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November 10, 2014

Holiday Cocktail Class at the Crown Room

Posted by Howie


On Wednesday, a select group of Albuquerque Yelp Elite cracked open the books, er, bottles, and studied up in spirit school. Our cocktail quiz was a cool way to kick off the fun. The lesson was helmed by mixologist mistress Natalie Bovis of the Liquid Muse, a Santa Fe native who seriously dropped some science on spirits. Spectacular finger foods from the Crown Room kept stomaches satiated and the finishing touch, Lydia Studier-Tarzia's handmade truffles, capped off a beautiful evening. Thanks to our sponsors and Evil Elvis Photography for capturing the night brilliantly in these pics. Check out these rave reviews! Let's do this again sometime, Natalie!

Baltimore Elites Fly High At Terrapin Adventures!

Posted by Elsa M.

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November's Elite Event took Yelp Baltimore Elites to the place in Maryland for high-flying adventure: Terrapin Adventures. Elites ziplined along 330 feet at up to 20 mph through the woods, enjoyed 2 Gs of thrills on the venue's Giant Swing (dropping from 40 ft. in the air), and negotiated five traverses on Level 1 of the high ropes course, balancing on wire, wood and rope at 16ft. off the ground! Once on the ground, all their healthy needs were taken care of Arty Water (the world's first premium, plant-based beverage made from fresh California artichokes and loaded with antioxidants) and gift bags from Natural and Organic Marketing complete with samples from Van's Gluten-free crackers, RAWW Protein, Back to Nature cookies, Rice Select rice and more. Read all the 5-star reviews here and make sure you take in all the high-flying pics here.

Chattanooga's Autumn Splendor At Terra Mae Appalachian Bistro

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In the city's 4th Yelp event, Yelpers in Chattanooga were treated to a bounty of goodness from the amazing Chef Shelley at Terra Mae Appalachian Bistro within the walls of the historic 105 year old Stone Fort Inn. Starting with spicy rum punch and mulled-wine libations, Yelpers enjoyed munchable goodies like Benny Seed Bacon, house-made Blue Pimento Cheese, deviled eggs, rosemary biscuits with country ham, pickled veggies, mac and cheese spoon bites, and so much more. A great group of of Yelpers had a delightful evening talking and getting excited about the future of Yelp Chattanooga.

Read the reviews and see the fabulous pics on our Flickr page.

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Yelp Asheville Launch Event at Carrabba's

Posted by Jessica T


Yelpers came out to Carrabba's last Thursday for an intimate evening that celebrated the launch of Yelp Asheville's first official event, as well as the exclusive remodel of Carrabba's Italian Grill. Guests were treated to an array of delicious new and signature Italian specialties which included: hand-breaded Calamari, delectable Arancini, mouth-watering Tag Pic Pac, wood-grilled Mahi Wulfe, flavorful Chicken Bryan, dreamy Prosciuttpo-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin, rich "Chocolate dream" dessert and decadent Mini Cannoli.  Carrabba's attentive staff wowed Asheville yelpers with their impeccable service and warm personalities. Toasting Carrabba's refreshing sangria with gusto - each attendee left with a satisfied stomach and smile. Check out the reviews from the event here and view pictures from Tommy Propest here.

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Carrabba's Italian Grill

Yelp's Night at the Theater: FreakShow & Tell

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On Wednesday night, 30 Chicagoland Yelpers came together for an electrifying Freak Show & Tell performance at Edison Park's newcomer, the WIP Theater. Yelp Elites and their guests snacked on authentic and nostalgic theater treats complete with an old fashioned popcorn machine, candy, cupcakes, a fully stocked popcorn bar, craft beer and spirits. Following the reception, Yelpers got the opportunity to see a show unlike any other — part lecture, part story and part physics lesson, Thom Britton had everyone on the edge of their seats. The best part? Getting a lesson on how to eat fire! Don't believe us? Check out these 5 star reviews for yourself here! Photos from the event can be found on our Flickr page - enjoy!

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From Bean To Bar In The NC Triad

Posted by Holly


Last Wednesday Triad area Elites learned a whole lot about the chocolate making process at the newly opened Black Mountain Chocolate Factory in Winston-Salem. Black Mountain gets their cocoa beans from the Domincan Republic and the rest of the magic happens right on Trade Street. After the tour we did a chocolate tasting and from cherries to tobacco our taste buds pulled out different flavors from the chocolate. Not to be left in the dark Elites also sampled some of the delicious pastries Black Mountain has to offer, triple ginger cookies and pumpkin salted caramel brownies were the star of the show. Check out the sweet pictures here and read more about what you missed here

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Cleveland Takes A Walk On The Wild Side!

Posted by Cara


On Thursday night, nearly 400 Cleveland-area Yelpers channeled their spirit mammal or mastodon and partied like animals at Yelp's Walk On The Wild Side! Fur and claws were in full effect, not to mention succulent snacks from 8 local food sponsors, potent potables, rawesome juggling lessons, pop-up African dance numbers, live animal interactions, planetarium shows, earthquake simulators, contests, hand and arm massages and other surprises! Read all the reviews of the event here, see all the wild photos on the Flickr page and the Gorilla Photo Booth pics here

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Providence Elite Get Musical!

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50 of PVDs finest Elites slipped into something a bit more swanky to enjoy a Snazzy, Jazzy Yelp Soiree at the dapper, dark and delightfully musical 88 Lounge. Elites sipped on autumn-inspired tequila cocktails as live piano music filled the air, and were treated to the chef’s creative and delectable bites throughout the evening. Check out the reviews for this event here, and take a look at the gorgeous photos on our Flickr page here

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Warsaw Elite Breakfast at Aioli


Is there something better than a lazy Saturday breakfast in the joyful company of the Warsaw Yelpers? Well, and is there a better thing to have for breakfast than special breakfast pizza? I don't think so! So thank you so much Aioli for having us! We'll be back!

You can check out the photos of our happy faces on Flickr, Facebook and obviously Yelp, where you can also read how much fun we had eating all those awesome things.

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November 09, 2014

Elites' First Look At Microsoft Store - Baybrook Mall

Posted by Farrah Akhtar


The Greater Houston area's newest Microsoft Store opened its doors on November 6th at Baybrook Mall – however, H-town Elites were welcomed to an intimate sneak peek a full day before the general public! Elites played with Microsoft's latest gadgets, took advantage of one-on-one consultations, noshed on sammies, sipped hot chocolate; and each Elite and guest walked away with goodie bags – and two lucky Elites won electronic gadgets! Check out the event reviews and flickr photos.

Yelp's Monster Scavenger Haunt

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What's better than a spooky costume party? how about a spooktacular scavenger hunt. This amazing haunted race began at Gold Spike, where ghouls & ghosts snacked on horror d'oeuvres, Yelp's monster punch, and received "scavenger haunt" tips, tricks, and treats. "Scavenger Haunters" had one hour to roam the streets of Downtown Las Vegas in search of landmarks, street art, and clue filled red envelopes. Hunters returned to Gold Spike for post hunt drinks and the dispersing of prizes. Check out the photos here and for a full review recap read here.  

Big thanks to Gold Spike and Digital Guerilla Inc.

SF's Brows, Beauty and Bubbly Event at Benefit!

Posted by Abby Schwarz

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As part of Yelp's Hot for the Holidays event series, the San Francisco Elite Squad had a girl's night out at the Benefit Cosmetics & Brow Bar flagship store! Both Yelp and Benefit are based right here in SF, so this was the perfect celebration for two hot local businesses. Guests were treated to complimentary brow waxing as well as brow and eyelash tinting. Makeup tips and tricks were shared and Benefit treated everyone to goodie bags filled with samples and gifts. Speaking of treats, Mission Minis sampled several flavors of cupcakes and Chocolatier Blue shared some unique flavors of designer chocolates. Not to mention Le Grand Courtage sparkling wine and HINT water. Yelpers left feeling gorgeous and wrote plenty of 5-star reviews! Plus, see the pretty pics taken by Kevin Kluck

Thank you to our host, Benefit Cosmetics as well as our food and drink sponsors: Chocolatier Blue, Mission Minis, Le Grand Courtage, and HINT Water

About Benefit Cosmetics:

Jean and Jane Ford were two Indiana farm gals turned successful models and makeup artists who moved to San Francisco to take on a new approach to beauty! Guided by their mantra "makeup doesn't have to be serious to look good" this dynamic duo believes laughter is the best cosmetic. 

YelpJax Shines Bright!

Posted by Allie

Yelp's Bling Fling

Jacksonville Elites indulged in some serious pampering, and mega sparkle at our Yelp’s Bling Fling at the Engagement Ring Studio this past Friday. Upon arrival, guests were greeted with a glass of bubbly, light bites from Kaleidoscope Catering and Events, Chloe wines and craft brews from Veterans United Craft Brewery and Intuition Ale Works. While the ladies tried on dozens of goregous rings, the guys had a chance to chat with owner Corinne and get a mini info session on cut, color and clarity and working with a budget to find the perfect design for their loved one! Throw in a relaxing chair massage from Zen Soul Therapy, and mini-manis from Authentic Touch, and you have a night that was solid gold! Check out the bling here and read all the glowing reviews here!

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Pop lab in Valencia


Local businesses that "pop" and pop music (on vinyl, of course) was the perfect theme for this fantastic evening at El Laboratorio. Yelpers brought along their favourite old LP's to spin and share their top tunes with the rest of the Valencia Community. Refreshments came in the form of amazing appetizers, handmade chocolate, incredible cakes, refreshing beers and sparkling Cava & tea cocktails (made with lots of love).  How groovy seeing so many lovely faces mixing it up with Mecano! Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos from Maje Aliaga on the Flickr page.

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