April 14, 2014

Little Yelpers Club Welcomes Sticky Fingers Cooking To The North Shore!

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There are a bunch of new chefs in town thanks to Chicagoland's newest mobile cooking school, Sticky Fingers Cooking. On Saturday, Chicago North Shore's Little Yelpers Club welcomed business owner, Erin Fletter, and head Chicago chef, Lucy Warenski, to the area for a debut event held at Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook. Could this be the new birthday party rage or afterschool club activity? I think so! See all the photos from the event right here.

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PDXYelp and Seattle Yelp Elites Enjoy A Masa Fiesta @ Tamale Boy!

Posted by Don Bourassa

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Ahhhh! What's that big yellow thing in the sky? Oh yeah, it's the SUN! Big props to Sol for showing up and coating the incredible patio at Tamale Boy in a warm blanket of sunshine for Yelp's Masa Fiesta on April 12, 2014! 200 Yelp Elites from Portland and Seattle (as part of Yelp's Road Trip 2014) basked in the early spring glory as they sipped on watermelon margaritas made with Olmeca Altos tequila, knocked back Ninkasi Total Domination IPA and Pravda Czech-Style Lager, and chowed down on tamales, passed apps and more. With beats provided by a local DJ, it's no wonder everyone had a 5-star time. There are photos to prove it too! 

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PDXYelp and Seattle Yelp Elites Brunch It Up @ Tilt!

Posted by Don Bourassa

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What do you get when you combine Seattle Yelp Elites, Portland Yelp Elites, New Deal Vodka bloodies, and a massive biscuit, chicken, gravy, bacon, chicken-fried steak and eggs bar at TILT? The brunch to end all brunches, that's what! 50 Select members of the Yelp Elite Squad stuffed themselves silly on the morning of April 12, 2014 as we swung the big Saturday of Yelp's Road Trip in to action at the Pearl District's home for comfort food. As Evelyn W notes, "I can't wait to take friends back to TILT!  The staff were amazing and so was the food." We couldn't have said it better ourselves. Read the rave reviews and check out the photos for more!

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Lend A Yelping Hand Superhero Wrap Party at Tir na nOg

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That's a wrap! What a way to end National Volunteer Week, a week-long celebration of service with daily opportunities to do good! Dressed to impress in their best Superhero costumes Yelp elites and Activate Good volunteers mixed and mingled while enjoying an evening full of live music by Jason Damico, food, and arts and crafts. Tir na nOg put out a buffet of delicious eats including meatballs, spinach and artichoke dip, hummus, cake and more!  Designing the perfect superhero cape was no challenge for these folks. As guests sipped on Summer Shandy beer and Crispin Cider they got crafty decorating superhero capes, cuffs, and eye masks. Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page.

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SD Yelp Elite Meat In The Middle At Slater's 50/50!

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is known for its award-winning gourmet burgers, over-the-top salads, sandwiches, appetizers, mac n' cheeses, desserts, and its commitment to local and craft beer. North & South SD County Yelp Elite got the chance to Meat In The Middle at the New San Marcos location on Sunday night and were united under one burger lovin' banner! Each guest was treated to burgers, apps, drinks and dessert: What a spread! No one left hungry!

This event was all about the food, and Slater's commitment to quality put us all in a carb coma! The new location boasts over 100 taps, enthusastic service and a gorgeous floorplan. The 250 Yelp Elite and +1's loved the bacon art, the big screen TVs and of course, all the craft beer to be had. Welcome to the neighborhood Slater's 50/50! Check out the pictures & reviews from last night on the Event Page!

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Brooklyn Guacs It Out At Dos Toros Taqueria!

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Yesterday was certainly a Sunday Funday, as Brooklyn's finest yelpers learned that there's nothing beautiful weather and a burrito can't fix. The Bay Area burrito masterminds behind Dos Toros Taqueria invited us all out yesterday to roll up our own burritos and answer that age-old question: Black or Pinto (hip hop heads and delicious mexican food are obviously a great combination). With consummate pros Leo and Grady lending a hand, we all got behind the counter and loaded up their signature steamed tortillas with carnitas, chicken or steak, as well as all the amazing fixins. All I know is that it's definitely the truth: It's better when you roll that fattie yourself. Read on, and take a big bite out of these photos, and peruse the loaded-up reviews for this great event!

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April 13, 2014

Locanda’s Art of Gnocchi in Brisbane

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Gnocchi LocandaLocanda Osteria & Bar might only be new to the Brisbane dining scene, but their gnocchi with burnt sage butter is already growing a steady following. A few more joined the club as 20 Yelp Elite Squad members watched and learnt the secrets to a great gnocchi at our Elite Event with Locanda. After an intimate demonstration in the kitchen, Yelpers enjoyed wines by Addley Clark Wines, introduced by owner Manny, and small bites including pork and beef meatballs, gnocchi and bomboloni (Italian donuts). Read the reviews and check out the photos on Flickr.

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Yelp's Road Trip PDX Edition!

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Well that's a wrap, folks! Yelp's Road Trip 2014 - Portland Edition was a huge success! With a steadfast group of Seattleites visiting Portland from April 11-13, we had a grand old time mixing and mingling at a number of events including Friday's CMYE Welcome Happy Hour @ Ground Kontrol (featuring video games, PBR and gift bags - see sponsors after the jump); UYE We Be Clubbin' @ Jones; the Early Bird Gets The Worm 2 - Brunch Elite Event @ TILT; Yelp's Masa Fiesta Elite Event @ Tamale Boy; TOAST; and UYE Mary's Club & Kit Kat! Find photos and more after the jump!

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Elites that Pop! A pARTy in Calgary

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On Wednesday, Calgary Elites painted the town primary with a pop art party in the Gerry Thomas Gallery at Canvas Bistro. Live Lichtenstein and Warhol models, live skateboard art and makeup artistry helped create colourful party atmosphere where Elites could unleash their inner artist with a community created photobooth backdrop. Between sips of Village Brewery beer, Elites enjoyed expertly crafted samples by Chef Guru, including butter chicken flatbread, bison wrapped in phylio pastry, tiger prawns with berry compote and mango salsa and more. Check out the vivid event images and the radiant reviews!

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Elite Preview: Calgary Hawkers Market

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What happens when you pack a warehouse with Calgary's top food pop-ups and tie it all together with Village Brewery beer, cocktails and live DJ's? It's the first ever Calgary Hawkers Market! An hour before the doors opened to the public, Elites got to dance, drink and divulge in delectable bao buns, craft marshmallows, tasty tacos, farm fresh apples, Yummi Yogis chocolate and much more. Feast your eyes on the event photos and read all the rave reviews here.

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April 11, 2014

Yelp Parties With The Pooches At Healthy Spot in Costa Mesa

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Yelp really went to the dogs this past Thursday in Costa Mesa as Elites came to party with their pets. While their pooches enjoyed complimentary mani/pedis from Heathy Spot, their human counterparts enjoyed massages, a variety of pies, sweets, and more! To commemorate the experience, we offered free pet portraits, some cool drawings for prizes and a whole lot of licking and tail wagging. Sit and read the amazing feedback from the event or go fetch the photos from our Flickr gallery.

A big thank you to our event partners:
- Healthy Spot
- Crystal's Bakery
- Elements Therapeutic Massage (Costa Mesa)
- Pie-Not
- Meg Strouse Photography

First Rule of New Orleans Flight Club...Talk About It!

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This past Tuesday, fifty members of the Yelp Elite Flight Club descended upon the NOLA Brewing Tap Room to try four of NOLA Brewing's beers in an epic flight of frothy deliciousness. Whilst a handful sampled brews, the other half enjoyed vigorous games of cornhole, Plinko McDrinko, and giant beer pong only stopping to fill their cups with NOLA Blonde. To keep the Elites' hunger at bay, Phil's Grill served up angus sliders covered in a NOLA Brown-infused cheese sauce and a side of potato salad that's so good you want to put in your pocket and save it for later. Take a big gulp of these event photos, and peruse the reviews on tap for this great event!

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Yelp LV Partied at Chef Angelo Sosa's Poppy Den

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On Wednesday, 40 LV Elite headed to Tivoli Village for a taste of celebrity chef, Angelo Sosa's latest restaurant, Poppy Den. Guests were served pepper glazed chicken wings, watermelon with goat cheese, and wontons while they sipped on mai tai's and desert coolers - made with fresh passion fruit and elderberries. Did you miss out on this patio party? Check out all the event reviews and event pics here

 

High Tea with Yelp DC

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Last Wednesday, the swanky ladies and dapper gents of the Yelp DC Elite Squad came out in full force to enjoy afternoon tea at the newly-opened, family-owned Lady Camellia in Georgetown. Elites nibbled on a decadent spread of egg salad, cucumber, and salmon tea sandwiches, freshly baked cream scones, tiny, adorable desserts including an array of macarons in flavors ranging from the exotic passionfruit and cassis to the more traditional chocolate and espresso. Yelp Elites also got to sample and learn about five different teas from around the world.

Read more about the event here and check out all the photos on Flickr too!

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Berlin went Kitchensurfing on the Mexican side of life!

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A night out Kitchensurfing featuring a Mexican chef and a Dumpling Dica! Could it become any better? Oh yes: For the Berlin Yelp Elites there was a Yelp Burst Piñata filled with loads of candy and Yelp Mints! After a bloody, bloody Mary called "Mexican" there was a four courses menue with turquoise and pink empanadas and oh so hot Ramen soup followed by bruléed mini cakes with three varieties of milk awaiting us! There were excursions into the kitchen of course! And there was fun! A lot!

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April 10, 2014

Tampa Bay Does Italian

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On Monday night, nearly 30 Elite Squad members went Mediterranean as they ventured to Pelagia Trattoria in Tampa for an incredible taste of Italy. Guests dined on delectable dishes including lamb and caprese sandwiches, and even got a tour of the rooftop garden! Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page. 

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Yelp LV's Gold Elite Staycation at Bally's

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On Monday and Tuesday night, 30 Las Vegas Gold Elites and their guests were treated to a fabulous staycation courtesy of Bally's Hotel and Casino. The evening started out with a savory meal at Burger Brassiere, then moved to VIP seating at a reborn Jubilee! - the longest running showgirl show in Vegas history. This was followed with drinks at the Victor Drai run Indigo Lounge and then everyone retreated to their newly remodeled rooms in the Jubilee! Tower of Bally's for some shut eye with a view of the Bellagio fountains and Paris' Eiffel Tower. Yep, it's good to be Gold! Check out all the event reviews and pictures from the party here

 

 

 

Yelp SF Elite Are *In*Vested In Local Businesses

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The illustrious San Francisco Elite Squad consistently connecting people to great local businesses and investing in the tapestry of hidden gems versus the billboards of big businesses, last Thursday was another time to celebrate the city. Hence all guests arriving in vests. The Trocadero Club hosted complimentary cocktails + cocktail bites. Old Fashioned, Aviation & Boulevardier cocktails by way of 35 Maple Street's spirits: Uncle Val's gin, Masteron's rye and Kirk & Sweeney 12 year rum, with the help of The Other Guy Wines of Pennywise petite syrah. Tip of the Elite cap to one of just a few 10 Year Elites with a black badge in Mike V, who has been the vest dressed Elite for a decade now at events, who was a part of the inspiration for this one. Stories here. Photos here.

A Progressively Awesome Evening In South Beach

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Do you ever have one of those nights where you don’t know if you want to class it up with a cocktail, eat incredible food to your heart’s content or party like you just don’t care? Thanks to the folks at LDV Hospitality, you don’t have to choose. Yelp’s Family Affair gave guests three separate yet progressive experiences that allowed them to sip on Moscow Mules and tequila Old Fashioneds while listening to one of the best two-man-bands in SoFla, eat a four-course Italian dinner with 13 different plates and unlimited wine, and party to the sounds of old-school hip-hop while sippin’ on mixed drinks. Oh, by the way, this was a Tuesday. Does it sound too good to be true? Well, it happened. Really! Check the photos and reviews for proof. With all of these experiences being found under one roof, you have every reason in the world to keep your party nights in the family.

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The Lillet French 75 Yelp SF Elite

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Presented by Lillet, and host Cafe Claude at their new Greenwich Street location came complimentary Lillet cocktails. Blanc: a lemon-honey twist on the French 75 itself. Rouge: Up In Arms of Lillet and bonal. And Rosé: Lillet on the rocks like a Tuesday afternoon in Normandy.
Cafe Claude welcomed the beret-ed Elites with house made duck paté, carrying on to Niçoise tuna tartare, fried anchovies, pomme frites and cheese cake. Yelp Elite stories of the night here.

Des Moines Yelp Yeah!

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Members of the Des Moines Yelp Elite crew gathered at Raygun for a Raygun themed party!  We enjoyed Raygun burgers from Zombie Burger, got to sample the last growler of the first run of Raygun Beer by Backpocket Brewery, and also got to experience a hand's on screen printing demo from the owner of Raygun!  One more surprise everyone received Yelp themed Raygun shirt's specially made for our Elite Yelpers!  How cool is that!  Makes me wanna scream DES MOINES YELP YEAH!

Check out more photos of the event here.  And read the reviews of the event here.

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Lo-Cal Kitchen - Sippin' On Tea & Juice...

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There we were, surrounded by vintage curios, brightly painted furniture, looking out the floor to ceiling windows onto the Phoenix Park just yonder. Sun streaming in, wafts of home cooking tempting in passers by, and smiling staff welcoming in Yelp elite for their exclusive first bite of the recently opened Lo-Cal cherry. 

This eatery prides itself on being not-your-average health food cafe. With a menu devised entirely by it's nutritionist owners, they offer a healthy twist on classic dishes, so you never feel like you have to deprive yourself. As an example of that, the elite crew were served with salads like baby spinach, potato & tahini, wraps like the creamy avocado and white bean, deserts such as frozen banana dipped in chocolate, and granola bars with lo-cal custard pots, all washed down with juices like the 'hangover helper' and 'sexy strawberry' (to find out what's sexy about it, you'll just have to head down and have a look for yourself... or check out the photos..)

If you are a coffee fan, have a look here at our latte art shots. Levente is the resident barista and by all accounts, latte artist and all around nice guy!

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Click here for more info on the Lo-Cal Kitchen, and have a look here at what our Yelpers thought!

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London's Cocktails and Dreams at Babylon

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A view this beautiful needs an event to match. Yelpers in London were treated to a night of Cocktails and Dreams at the famous Babylon Restaurant and Bar. The spot, along with the beautiful rooftop gardens, is owned by the great Sir Richard Branson and the night was fit for a man of the calibre. Delicious food was served from the restaurant's menu and new outdoor seafood bar. Drinks came from ever-flowing cocktails and in experimental edible format (on long white spoons). There were personalised master classes, views overlooking the city from the private balcony and an amazing surprise performance by roaming band The Essentials. All in all an unforgettable evening... well, we guess it depends on how many edible cocktails you ate. Either way, you can read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos by Jason Ellis on the Flickr page.

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April 09, 2014

Yappy Hour At PICNIK In Pasadena

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On Monday, April 7th, LA East Elites along with their pups gathered at the dog-friendly patio of PICNIK and raised over $200 for the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA. As puppies mingled and sampled holistic kibble from Canine Caviar, Elites had a tasting of sausages all prepared fresh daily on the premises topped with sauteed onions and peppers, sauerkraut, and pickled cabbage. To wash down all the meaty goodness were brews from Bootleggers and Firestone. And to top it all off, gelato was offered from Bulgarini Gelato and coffee from Zona Rosa. See all the yappy event reviews here and pictures here.

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April 08, 2014

Cincinnati Yelpers Get Quirky During The Month Of March!

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Yelp Quirks Out was one for the record books. All over Cincinnati during the month of March Yelpers got to sign up and participate in some of the most unique fitness classes Cincinnati has to offer. Everything from rock climbing and aerial silks, to glow in the dark yoga and roller skating. We even got to test our skills at trampoline dodgeball! Needless to say, we got quirky all around the tri-state while learning about some super cool local businesses. 

You can check out all the awesome party pics (courtesy of Laura Elaine Photography) over on our Yelp Cincinnati Facebook page and read the reviews here. Relive the fun on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag: #YelpQuirksOut. 

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The Queen Elizabeth II in Valencia

 

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Ace party, guys! I would say. 15 Elites plus 15 non Elites guests enjoyed the most British night they’ve ever had out from te UK. While amazing cakes, delicate tea and English craft beers were filling up their stomachs, British music from The Beatles to The Clash (or even Toy Dolls) was making them feel extremely  "ukies" during two hours. Just fancy, brilliant, blas it! A lovely Yelp night with a very special guest in the end, Her Majesty! Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page.

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Yelp Event "Spring Brunch" @ The Sing

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Last Saturday, the super cool Neapolitan Yelpers started a sparkling week end at The Sign. In the  amazing bay of Pozzuoli, Yelp brought a breath of United Kingdom. English breakfast, fish and chips, pancakes, muffins, music and the joy of the community marked the time of brunch. All Yelpers with their new red sunglasses welcomed spring thanks to the the brunch! Yelp Napoli hosted also a small ceramic workshop about homemade ceramic products from Creta&Caffè and had a lot of fun with the tabletop game "Cranium". And now it's time to shine again and again: Welcome Spring! Find more about the event in the reviews and take a look to the pictures on Flickr or on Facebook.

Lo scorso sabato, i super fighi membri di Yelp Napoli, hanno iniziato un frizzante fine settimana al The Sign. Nella bellissima baia di Pozzuoli, Yelp ha portato una ventata di Regno Unito. English breakfast, fish and chips, pancakes, muffins, la musica e l'allegria della community ha segnato il tempo del primo brunch di primavera. Tutti gli Yelper con i loro occhiali rosso Yelp, nuovi di zecca hanno dato il benvenuto alla primavera grazie al brunch. Yelp Napoli ha ospitato anche un piccolo laboratorio di ceramiche fatte a mano di Creta e Caffè e ci siamo divertiti giocando a "Cranium". E adesso è tempo di splendere ancora ed ancora: Benvenuta Primavera!

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April 07, 2014

Columbus Elites Go To Art School!

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On Thursday, March 27, over 100 Columbus Elites, their guests, and CCAD students came together to get crafty... and a little messy. The party got started with delicious eats and Ohio beer and wine. Then, six local art students took over the event and set-up art labs where they helped guests bring out their inner child. Balloon mural painting, custom screen-printing, blackout poetry, tissue paper flowers, and mini photo albums... you name it - we did it. Go read all about the fun and then check out the amazing photos for Yelp's Culture Co-Lab!

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Chicagoland's Disco Brunch And Pajama Jam

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"Carpe diem in the PM." ~ Yelp Chicagoland's mantra at last week's pajama jam and disco brunch at The Baked Apple Breakfast Company. 85 Elites rocked their pajamas while chowing down on stuffed French toast, fresh berry crepes, mimosas and beer-mosas, then got down in a dance battle powered by DJ Yianni Morikis. Read all the reviews of the event here, see all the fabulous photos here, and don't forget to check out the video recap here.

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Yelp's Chiberia Sendoff!

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After one of the worst winters in city history about 700 guests eagerly gathered to celebrate Yelp's Chiberia Sendoff at Salvage One on the Near West Side. One of the most unique event spaces in town totally made everyone forget that the weather outside was still a little frightful and between about 30 different vendors of local food, alcohol, live music, and other entertainment it was perfect start to what's sure to be an amazing summer in Chicago!

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April 06, 2014

Elites Enjoying Endless Entertainment

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An evening of “Endless Entertainment” kicked off with a bang at Quarters!  The Elites and guests’ spread their social butterfly wings in the new lounge not yet open to the public.  Batter dipped onion rings, loaded nachos and the creamiest spinach dip was the beginning of the food indulgence, followed by a local bakery's sweet cupcake samplings and washed down with a sensual martini.  After these awesome beginnings, boutique bowling and laser tag were in full swing… nothing wrong with some friendly competition, right?  Of course, the night would not have been complete without prizes: a raffle for Elites who brought two guests, best bowler and the top two laser tag players!  Find pics on Flickr and read some glowing reviews.

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April 04, 2014

Craft Beer and Burgers at Hooligan's Pub!

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On Tuesday, Fort Worth Elites celebrated April Fool's Day at Hooligan's Pub in Arlington, and they weren't afraid to get silly! Hooligan's featured their unique draft beer menu; a rotating collection of 25 craft brews. Elites were also treated to a variety of gourmet burgers from Twisted Root Burger Co., including the Spicy Goat, the Western, the Cheddar Burger, and the Ranch Hand. To top off the evening, we toasted to good health, spring, and happy Yelping with the famous Hooligan's shot! Be sure to check out photos of the event and read the incredible reviews!

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Atlanta Yelpers Fly High With The Hawks At RED

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On Wednesday, Atlanta Yelpers and their guests had the chance to check out the digs of RED -- Philips Arena premium restaurant. Cocktails and local brews were flowing and a buffet of Smoked Wings, Sliders, decadent salads, and even Peach Cobbler filled plates from the gracious and able hands of the chefs from RED. Keeping the good vibes going, Yelpers had some pretty gnarly seats in the lower levels to watch the Hawks take on the Chicago Bulls. Check out the reviews here and the photos here.

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MSP Elites Get Wild At Chef Shack Ranch!

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Yelp MSP Elites put on their best plaid or flannel shirt and rode out to Chef Shack Ranch for a western happy hour! Carrie, Lisa, and co. provided generous bites of sugar fried donuts, bacon brats, pulled pork tacos, and hand cut fries. These noms were washed down with Urban Pale Ales thanks to Capitol Beverage. Much love to Uber for helping with transportation and Paper Bicycle and Light Grey Art Lab with the photos! Read all about the fun, here!

Elites Sneak A Peak At The Kansas City Film Fest

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On two separate evenings, the Yelp Elite Squad filled the VIP Theater of the Cinemark Palace for a first look at films appearing in the Kansas City Film Fest. After endulging in complimentary beer and wine plus a buffet of movie-snack favorites, Elites and their guests made their way to the plush chairs of the private screening room. Each guest was given a free ticket to a KCFF screening of their choice, and there was even a raffle for a complimentary pair of VIP festival passes! Then the lights went down and guests enjoyed 90 minutes of moving pictures, either Doomsdays or The Frequencies (formerly known as OXV: The Manual). Check out the reviews to hear what the Yelpers themselves had to say about this five-star experience! 

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Yelp's City Spotlight on Fort Collins

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On March 15th, 2014, we looked North. An hour North on Interstate 25 to be exact. Yelp infiltrated Fort Collins for Yelp's City Spotlight on Fort Collins – a two week long celebration of the enchanting city. From discounted cookies at Mary's Mountain Cookies and pizza at Pulcinella Pizzeria to two for one cocktails at Luscious Nectar Juice Lounge - Fort Collins was on fire with good deals! Plus, two excting events kept the City Spotlight itinerary solid, as Denverites met up with Fort Collins friends for a tasting and tour at Pateros Creek Brewing catered by Matador Mexican Grill on March 16th and a Free Covered Wagon Tour with Fort Collins Tours to wrap up the promotion on March 30th. Thanks to the awesome local supporters, we were able to support such well-deserving local businesses! It was such an inspiration to see the ideals of Yelp actually being employed: supporting a local business while engaging with their community!

Get involved, help support local businesses and the local community by experiencing the vibrant, gem of a city, Fort Collins. For further support of the neighborhood and ways to be involved, please visit here. A huge Thank You to all of the Fort Collins participating businesses (see below) for allowing this amazing initiative to happen.

Mary's Mountain Cookies * Pateros Creek Brewing Co. * Fort Collins Tours * The Waffle Lab * The Astoria Bar * Gravity 1020 Modern * Pulcinella Pizzeria * Dancing Pines Distillery * Everyday Joe's Coffeehouse * Little Bird Bakeshop * Mugs Coffee Lounge * Luscious Nectar Juice Lounge

Madrid au naturel

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Only fifteen members of the Yelp Madrid Elite Squad were lucky enough to get a spot in one of the most intimate and private Yelp Elite events up to date in this city. Elites arrived to Sifón, a small "colmado" (a very traditional yet small grocery and wine shop quite typical from Madrid) willing to learn everything about products made in our city. And there they were treated with crafted beer, wine, cheese, olive oil, bread, traditional pie... while they could learn all about the processes and the details straight from the producers. Want to know more about the delicacies you can find in Madrid? Then dont hesitate to read the reviews and take a look at the incredible pictures!

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Scotland Distilled In Edinburgh With Cranachan & Crowdie

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Last night, Edinburgh's Elites got their tartan and tweed on for a night of all-Scottish goodness in the care of Royal Mile Scotland specialists Cranachan & Crowdie. The generous hosts laid on a spread of venison, highland crowdie, oatcakes, garlic pesto and even a whole side of salmon cured in Pincer Vodka by Paul Wedgwood of Wedgwood Restaurant! And talking of vodka, Pincer Vodka Managing Director Jonathan Engels was on hand preparing and handing out some braw cocktails.

After a treasure hunt to find items in the shop from all over Scotland, and a quiz about some little-known Scottish facts, the Elites were practically shredding each other's tartans to get to the till first with all the wonderful things they'd picked up from around the store, and to take full advantage of their 10% discount on the night!

Check out the pics on Facebook or Flickr and see what the Elites thought of the evening!

April 03, 2014

Rochester Elites Were Pseudo-Sommeliers At Veritas Wine Bar

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Ever wonder what it'd be like to taste and describe wines like a sommelier? The Yelp Rochester Elites got their chance. For this intimate Elite-only event, Veritas Wine Bar hosted a private wine education class. Owner, Paul showcased seven wines focusing on the French region including Bordeaux, Burgundy, Loire, and more. Roam Cafe provided light hors d'oeuvres for nibbling featuring their charcuterie offerings and some pretty bangin' bacon-wrapped sweet potatoes that were the hit of the night. Check out all the event photos and awesome reviews!

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St. Louis' Elites Ring in Spring at The Nest

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Elites came out and celebrated spring at The Nest. Yelpers were pampered with Schlafly beer, house wine, and an buffet of delectable eats. Read all the reviews of the event here and take a gander at the event's photos on Yelp's Flickr page.

 

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Back to the 80's Barcelona

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Last Friday we had a fun event where we could relive our childhood. All happened at the Polaroid Bar where many surprises where prepared for our dear Yelpers: "pesetas" to pay for the drinks, hilarious pins about the 80's films, a pica-pica with bollicaos, tigretones, conguitos and pink panthers, and many more surprises... Check out the reviews about the party here and the fabulous photos taken by Francisco G on our Flickr page!

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São Paulo on two wheels...

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Have you ever thought about seeing São Paulo's landmarks by night, getting to know the city biking from one architectural marvel to another? Yelp, together with Urban Bike SP, organized a cool 3-hour ride through downtown Sampa and took Yelpers on a trip to re-visit their own city. The tour took cyclists from Paulista Avenue to Republica Square, exploring places like Liberdade (Japan Town) and Sé Cathedral. The guides, Renato Góes and João Pejan, regaled yelpers with interesting facts about each landmark, giving everyone a lesson about São Paulo and its epic stories. The ride finished at JazzB, where everyone got a taste of some amazing snacks and homemade tea infusions while kicking back to live jazz! If you're curious to see the pictures and read what everyone thought about this event, check out the photo album and read the reviews

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Jax's April Fools Gold and Silver Event

Posted by Allie

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Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other's gold. Jacksonville’s newest silver elites joined our seasoned 5 year gold members at Corner Taco for our April Fools Gold and Silver event. From the locally sourced hydroponic Fred Bacon lettuce, brie and sharp cheddar nachos, to the mouth-watering dijon buttermilk fried chicken tacos, elites indulged in the semi-swanky street fare and made a ton of new friends. Add a few of Aster’s French macarons, and it was the perfect party. Check out the reviews and awesome pics on Flickr and Facebook.

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April 02, 2014

A Taste of Tivoli and Lee in New Orleans

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On Thursday night, an intimate reservation of 8 Elites were invited to partake in the One Year Anniversary and Whiskey Paired Dinner at Tivoli & Lee. The restaurant shares its name with the past and present title of Lee Circle, visible from the panoramic window encompassing one side of the restaurant. Elites enjoyed a unique opportunity to try the whiskeys from Heaven Hill Distillery neat or in a cocktail created by Whiskey Evangelist Kimberly Patton-Bragg with dishes inspired by Executive Chef Marcus Woodham's Southern upbringing infused with his own personal twist. Take note of what are Elites had to say here and get a taste of some mouthwatering dishes with their paired cocktails here

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San Diego Elite Event: Puesto At The Headquarters

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Newly opened Puesto welcomed 150 members of the Yelp San Diego Elite community for the first ever meeting of "Tacoholics Anonymous," which ultimately resulted in even more taco addiction — whoops! The Puesto Perfect Margarita, Paloma and Mexican draft beer greeted the crowd as the ceviche, guacamole and chips and salsa quickly made its way around the beautifully decorated dining rooms and outside patios. What happened next? Tacos! A seemingly endless selection of chicken al pastor, lobster, filet mignon and rajas tacos, all served on fresh house-made tortillas took the taste buds of all in attendance on a wild ride south of the border! As the saying goes, all great things must come to an end, and this particular evening wrapped up in style with frozen horchata, Marila's flan and Mexican street cups. Read the raving reviews of the event here and peep the pics on the Yelp San Diego Flickr photo gallery.

Charlotte's Blow Dry 101 at Shine Salon

Posted by Nikki

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On Friday evening, more than 20 Elites and friends gathered for Blow Dry 101 at Shine Salon. Mother Nature apparently didn't get the message that a bunch of girls would be getting their hair did, but the rain didn't stop guests from coming out to learn beauty secrets from the pros. One on one hair sessions, facials, manicures and make up consulations... plus vino provided by Rodney Strong Vineyards and Hook & Ladder Winery made for one ultimate girls night. Guests went home with both Shine Salon and Yelp goodie bags. Read the 5-star reviews here and check out all the fabulous pictures on Flickr.

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South Bay Gets Buddy Buddy At Savory Kitchen!

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Spring is here... And you know what that means? Baby animals everwhere! Just like those cute, cuddly creatures, we have a ton of new Elites on the South Bay Squad that need a buddy. Lucky for us, Savory Kitchen in San Jose offered to host a group of "Newbie" and "Vetern" Elites for a seasonal cooking class! For two hours, Chef Colleen and her crew schooled our group of 28 in the art of cooking, then invited us to sit down and enjoy the food we prepared as a team. Read the reviews and drool over the photos taken by Super Elite Adam D. 

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Savory Kitchen provides lovers of fine living a singular cooking and wine-pairing experience. While preparing a four-course meal with friends old or new, learn the art and science of pairing wines with skillfully prepared cuisine. Later, share the delicacies we’ve created and discover how different varietals complement and enhance each course. For custom classes, private parties or group classes that celebrate fine wine and food in an intimate, festive setting, contact Savory Kitchen and make your reservation today!

Until our next Buddy Event, SYOY!

Abby S, Community Manager

April 01, 2014

Louisville Elites Bid Farewell To Winter

Posted by Emily H

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On Saturday night, more than 40 Elites and their guests converged on Marketplace Restaurant @ Theater Square, a chic downtown Louisville eatery that specializes in modern comfort food, as part of Yelp Elite's Frigid Farewell. And despite some cold and rainy weather — Spring's invitation must have gotten lost in the mail — the Elites kept the party going with ample food from Marketplace, a signature cocktail featuring Maker's 46, complimentary copies of the Second Annual Locavore’s Resource Guide and Coupon Book from Edible Louisville, free seeds and bumper stickers from Fresh Start Growers' Supply and door prizes that included tickets to a GonzoFest event and to concerts at Mercury Ballroom, Louisville's newest music venue. Read all of the reviews of the event here, see the photos on the Flickr page and watch the slideshow on YouTube.

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A Taste Of Southern Thailand For LA West

Posted by Brinny

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 On Tuesday night, Yelp elites in LA West were treated to eight courses of southern Thai Cuisine at Emporium Thai in Westwood. Copious amounts of noodles, curries, meats and salads were served along paired wines and sake. Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page.

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Yelp Helps Appreciation Party: Prom Night!

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Pouffy skirts, big hair and boutineers filled the room at Yelp's Prom Night at The Westin SFO. But unlike the prom of yesteryear, this party was all about saying "cheers" to the 200+ Yelpers who volunteered with a local charity during Yelp Helps. From Feb 15 - March 28, the Bay Area Yelp community contributed over 1300 hours of service through our partner, GoVoluntr... a worthy reason for raising a glass of spiked punch and snapping a cheesy couples shot, in proper prom style!

Read all the prom reviews & peep the photos on our Flickr page.

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