July 31, 2015

Gainesville Yelpers Grow To Know Coffee!

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Coffee, cookies, and cocktails all had one thing major thing in common at Gainesville’s first-ever Official Yelp Event: deliciousness! Yelpers got nose deep into samples of gourmet roasts from Kenya and Costa Rica, tasted delectable goodies from a local, from-scratch bakery, and explored the science behind serving java via different brewing techniques. Add in the splash of vodka to dirty up some cold brews & iced chai lattes for a night that had Gainesville buzzing! Sniff out the event reviews and photos!

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Kadıköy Moda'da Fransız Esintisi

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You know how Yelp Elite events blow your mind, right? Forget everything you know, and keep reading! On July 29th, we were invited to an outstanding French restaurant-Brunelle in Moda, Kadikoy. We gathered inside, and shortly found ourselves learning how to make strawberry mojitos. When we all finished our drinks, we headed to the poolside where our table was. It was time for blind tasting! When the main course arrived, we all were amazed! The perch was wrapped in baklava layers and it was extraordinary! For desert, we had three kinds of mini cake bites filled with delicious fruit flavored cream. Service, food and the presentation were all flawless without a doubt. After the dinner, the beautiful pool underneath the moonlight was waiting for us to enjoy. If you’d like to know more about this divine event, check out the photos and reviews!

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July 30, 2015

Yelp's Mai Tai Mingle @ Chef Shangri-La

In honor of National Mai Tai Day, Yelp Elites and their +1's were invited to a luau at Chef Shangri-La in North Riverside! The night was celebrated with mai tais and other tropical cocktails, hula dancers, and even a fire performance. Of course the main event was the delicious asian inspired spread that included egg rolls, potstickers, cantonese noodles and Chef Shangri-La's famous kalua pork tacos (as seen on Chicago's Best TV).

Chef Shangri-La is a family owned business established in 1976. Betty, the youngest child of Paul & Suzie (founders), and her husband, Duane are now the 2nd generation owners (since 2011). Betty & Duane continue to operate the "Fongtastic" tradition. They welcome you to a more enhanced tropical setting, featuring original recipes on all signature dishes and cocktails.

Interested in reading more about this asian infused tropical fun? Click HERE for the 5 star reviews and check out the photos on the Yelp Chicago Burbs Flickr page!

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Glowing Sacramento Elites Golf In The Dark

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19486167553_b6ecea5c72_oThere are unique ways to have a good time, and then there's Monster Mini Golf. The business opened it's doors exclusively for our Elite Squad on Monday so we could experience what it's like to mini golf in a spooky, glow-in-the-dark atmosphere. There was beer, wine, Jarritos soda, a face painter, free arcade games and an enthusiastic DJ who kept things lively with music and games on the course. Food tastings came courtesy of Cecil Rhodes, the Celebrity Chef behind Cecil's Taste Food Truck. Check out the glowing reviews, or scope the photos on Yelp's Flickr Page

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YelpNOLA's Afternoon Locked Up With Clue Carré

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While most of our Yelp Elite outings here in New Orleans include tasty libations with a chance of tipsy, we made sure that our two teams of our best and brightest Elites were sharp as tacks to try out Clue Carré, New Orleans’ First Live Escape Game.

After a detailed explanation of the do's, don'ts, and all that jazz, we were herded into our rooms for what would be an hour of thrilling_____________, mysterious_____________, and then there was the surprise_______________! With less than a minute to spare, ten Elites joyfully "#escaped" the Mardi Gras Room while those in the Voodoo Room were seconds from cracking the code...but seconds too late! Pictures were snapped, pins were placed in their map mural, and only the team who escaped were allowed to buy the coveted bragging rights Clue Carré T-shirt.

While we have been sworn to secrecy in regards to the content of the rooms, if you're looking for a great team-building exercise for your staff or a fun night out sans cocktails (though might we suggest cocktails next door for the victorious) this is a thrill ride without leaving the ground! 

Local owner Megan Mouton experienced her first live escape game while abroad and decided to open the city's first two rooms, the Voodoo Room and Mardi Gras Room, with expertly crafted methods to cracking the code and getting out of the room in the allotted hour time. Both rooms can hold up to 10 people with ages ranging from 8 to 80. Because of the popularity of her current rooms, she's looking to expand in the near future. 

Check out our Elites pictures (promise, nothing spoiled) and reviews here! Thank you again to Clue Carré for the wonderfully unique experience! 

July 29, 2015

Orlando Elites Celebrate the First Lady of Steak at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse!

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Orlando's Elite Yelpers came together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ruth's Chris Steak House and learn a little bit about this mysterious First Lady of Steak! Elites were treated to some of Ruth's finest classic bites as well as tasting some brand new additions to the menu. But what's steak without some great drinks? Brown Forman was on board with a suspender-clad rep who brought on the liquor knowledge and tasty bevvies. But that wasn't all! Much shenanigans were had at the gold anniversary themed photo booth by Snap! Studio Booth. Check out pictures from the event and reviews from the Elite Yelpers!

Syracuse Elites Go On A Kayaking Adventure

Posted by Alex L

 

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Syracuse’s Yelp Elite were treated to a kayaking adventure by Stone's Marina. The journey was a gentle paddle down Chittenango Creek and across Oneida Lake, ending at Cooper's Landing (a lakeside bar). There, we took in the sunshine on the deck overlooking the lake, enjoying brews, bar bites, and a lively conversation. It was summer in Syracuse at its finest. Check out the reviews and pictures here!

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July 28, 2015

Yelp says "Cheese Steak!"

Posted by Michelle M

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Philadelphia is not as close to Singapore as we wish it was, but thankfully The Cheese Steak Shop in Kallang Wave Mall has arrived, spreading the cheese steak gospel throughout the red dot! Singapore's Elite Squad had the opportunity to sample the classic, chicken, and even a vegetarian cheese steak. To add some local flavour, we also got to try some kopi floats and bandung floats to combat that Singapore heat!

Drool over the photos of those cheese steaks here (courtesy of our photographer Natalia Wakula) and see what the squad thought here

Many thanks to Angie, John, and the crew at The Cheese Steak Shop for making our Tuesday shiok!

Chattanooga's Caliente Summer Fun

Posted by Stephanie T

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On a very hot summer night, nearly 50 yelpers discovered great authentic Mexican food at Taqueria Jalisco. They ate, drank and sweated it out in the restaurant's unique space. There were delicious tacos, sopes and tamales to munch on, and of course fresh guacamole, plus refreshingly cold margaritas and beer to quench yelpers' thirsts. Jorge Parra was a delightful host and made sure everyone had enough to fill up on. It was so much fun! You can read reviews of the event here and see all the gorgeous pictures here.

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Fresh Meat Elites Get The Star Treatment At Slater's 50/50

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Newbie Yelp Elites gathered at Slater's 50/50 in San Marcos to celebrate their beautiful new profile bling: The much sought after Yelp Elite Badge! We feasted on course after course of bacon-laden goodness from one of our favorite Event pals, Slater's 50/50. They generously fed us everything but the kitchen sink, with amazing service and a smile. Menu items included new concepts from their test kitchen like Fried Brussels, Buffalo Egg Rolls and decadent Bacon Poutine followed by four different types of their famous burgers, plus shakes and Bacon Blondies for dessert. This newbie party rolled out the welcome mat and gave a hefty dose of Yelp 101 for our newest Elite Squad Members, with mentors and local managers on hand to answer any burning Yelp questions. Pictures and reviews from the event can be found on the 5-star event page listing here. Warning: Bacon envy! #meatsweats #thestruggleisreal

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Yelp's Summertime Teatime!

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It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon and we were treated to a private gathering amongst the grounds of CommonWealth Coffeehouse. Walking throughout the venue with our fresh pressed coffee, house infused teas, bellinis, and wine was a refreshing way to take in their organic garden with an eccentric Summer patio. CW Coffeehouse strives on using herbs, vegetables, and eggs from their garden on a daily basis.

Did we mention they have a chicken coop with live chickens?! That's right... they take pride making their own fertilizer and compost for their garden.

Yelpers had the chance to experience freshly baked goods from authentic French chefs including bites such as their iconic Terragon Chicken Sandwiches, sweet potato chips, almond croissants and oh so much more!

Capping off the night with an interactive session from the French pastry chefs on how to make a proper croissant. Everyone walked away with a smile on their face and a fresh breath of air and outtake on one of the newest and most unique coffeehouses in San Antonio, Texas.

Don't take our word for it though, check out the awesome 5-star reviews here and the amazing photos from Noah Acevedo & Steven Casanova here!

Special thanks to CommonWealth for an amazing event: yelp|website

 

 

 

Houston's Summer Steak-cation At LongHorn Steakhouse

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Yelp Elites from all across Houston and the Greater Houston area celebrated July's National Grilling Month at four different LongHorn Steakhouse locations. Each event was an intimate 20-Elite dinner composed of four delicious courses, adult signature beverages, and prizes using the #LongHornYelp hashtag. Check out the event reviews and photos from the June 22nd @ East Houston, June 29th @ Pearland, July 13th @ Humble and July 20th @ Memorial location events! 

15 Must Have Dishes In Broward-Palm Beach

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If you had to recommend only one dish to all of your friends - what would it be? Sure, your mom's meatloaf is mouth-watering and grandma's arroz con pollo is divine, but what about one dish from a restaurant?
 
We posed this question to members of the Yelp Elite Squad in Broward-Palm Beach recently and the results are in! From creative takes on eggs Benedict to hearty ramen, we've got a hit list of 15 savory dishes that you can't miss! In no particular order, because we know you'll be drooling over each of these bad boys equally. 
 

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July 27, 2015

Meet The Elite: Holly A.

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Welcome to Meet The Elite, where we let you in on the lives of some of our top community members. 

Today we meet Holly A., a Yelp Elite since '14 with a whopping 84 reviews and counting:  

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Yelp Auckland Pairs Wild Side Cider & Kapiti Cheese

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Cider and cheese – it’s a match made in heaven! Especially when both are proudly New Zealand made using our finest produce, as was the case at Yelp’s Powerhouse Pairing last night. Hosted at Kapiti’s stylish Shortland St store, the wonderful Meg and Andy talked the Elites through the carefully selected pairings of Kapiti cheese and Wild Side ciders. The cheese was incredible but definitely the most popular match of the evening was the boozy ice cream float made with Kapiti’s spicy apple crumble ice cream and Wild Side’s apple & pomegranate cider. The evening ended with a glorious selection of cakes from Chuffed café and goodie bags for each to take home!

Check out the photos by Two Honest Truths and the reviews

A huge thank you to our glorious sponsors:

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Yelp SF's Beauty School @ Head Spa

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There aren't any beauty school drop outs in the Yelp San Francisco Elite Squad... Only the finest locks in town! Head Spa in the Marina hosted an enjoyable ladies night after-hours for some dry 'do's, sweet snacks and adult beverages. Stylists on-hand were knowledgeable and gave some great tips in what one might call Hair 101. Who knew that a little apple cider vinegar + water mixture could bring life back to your hair? Read the reviews and see Evan Myrick's photos from this girly girl experience. 
 
Thank you to our host, Head Spa, and to Sugarfina for the champagne gummy bears and gift cards!
 
About our Host:
 
Head Spa in Marina is located behind Laline on Chestnut Street (between Steiner and Pierce Street). They have 6 styling chairs available along with 4 beds to give you a unique shampoo and conditioning experience... yes... a bed. As you can imagine... it's unlike any other salon out there! The staff is phenomenal and you won't regret stepping in here. 

Yelp Elites Get The Royal Treatment At LongHorn Steakhouse

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Thank you to LongHorn Steakhouse in Acworth for a memorable evening!  Elites throughout our area were treated like royalty with a full dinner starting with delicious soups, salads, and mouthwatering appetizers. Ending with succulent steaks and sinfully scrumptious desserts! Take a look at all of the amazing reviews here and the fun photos on Flickr

Yelp's Summer Of Steak (Broward-Palm Beach)

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What a summer kickoff! Yelp's Summer Of Steak has come to an end, but it sure was a meat-filled month of deals and events! Over 20 restaurants in Broward-Palm Beach featured 30-40% off on select steak dishes that featured everything from carne asada tacos to traditional cuts. The promotion started on June 21st (the first day of summer) and in total there were 8 events including a kickoff party at Steak 954, sit down dinners at LongHorn SteakHouses (Davie, Boynton Beach, Delray BeachWest Palm Beach), an educational steak class at Whole Foods Palm Beach Gardens, a multi station sampling at Whole Foods Pompano and the closing party at Apeiro
 
Want to relive the sizzling good times - and be reminded of the meat sweats? Check out the photos here.
 
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July 24, 2015

Yelp Elites Party Late At Pure Burger!

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in Carlsbad closed to the public and opened its doors for a late night Elite Event of epic proportions! Burgers were stacked ten high for competitions, loaded fries and boozy shakes poured from the kitchen and local burger lovers obsessed over sliders in every combination possible. The crew at Pure Burger and their fearless leader David were down to party and grilled up a ton of their delicious products, all made with the absolute highest quality of ingredients. This NCSD Elite Event was the perfect private party full of meaty goodness, boozy shakes, loaded fries and more. From the burger challenge to schwag galore: It was a night of serious sliders and Elite Squad fun! Check out the 5-star event reviews and pictures here

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July 22, 2015

SF: Made in the Bay @ Timbuk2

Posted by Abby Schwarz

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One of the coolest reasons to join the Yelp Elite Squad is having access to the behind-the-scenes operations of local businesses. Timbuk2 invited a select group of the Yelp SF Elite Squad to visit their factory/retail store in the Mission for locally made treats, followed by a detailed tour of their facilities. Read the reviews and see photos from Eli Zaturanski Photography

Thank you to our host: Timbuk2 and sponsors: BentoClearly Kombucha, Deux Punx, Mission Minis, Frjtz and Sir Kensington's.

About Timbuk2:

Timbuk2 has sewn made-to-order bags in San Francisco since 1989. Made in San Francisco is the heart and soul of our business and culture. Customers customize bags on timbuk2.com or in the Timbuk2 retail store, we cut and sewn them in our San Francisco factory, and ship them out within ten business days (whoosh that's fast!). The result is one-of-a-kind products that are worn loud and proud for decades.

July 20, 2015

Yelp LA Does Vegas

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Last weekend, thirty lucky yelpers bolted from LA to Las Vegas courtesy of BoltBus and the stunning Aria Resort & Casino.  From Friday to Sunday, guests were treated to extravagant meals, spa services, and surprise after fabulous surprise.  

The weekend began with a very special Q&A with the stars of Cirque du Soleil’s Zarkana.  Guests then sipped on cocktails and snacked on popcorn while watching the brilliant performance in awe.

Dinner at Julian Serrano followed, where yelpers dined on an impressive five-course meal, including the chef’s signature paella and bottomless sangria. 

After dinner, the group walked to Vice Versa Patio at Vdara, where yelpers were able to mingle and get to know fellow yelpers. 

For those who weren’t utilizing their spa passes, Saturday morning began with a poker lesson, and breakfast at any of Aria’s dining facilities to use the $300 resort credit that each room was gifted.

In typical Yelp fashion, there was no shortage of food at Brunch!  Bardot wowed our hungry yelpers with plate after plate of sweet, savory, and sensational! 

What’s Vegas without a pool party?  Attendees received passes to Liquid Pool Lounge and the option of hanging out at a private cabana at the main pool.  A dip was definitely needed in that 100 degree desert heat! 

Saturday’s dinner was a foodie’s dream with a four-course meal at Aria’s Artisinal American cuisine, Sage.  The caliber of food was outstanding, each delicious dish paired with a hand selected wine.

Hakkassan was the last hurrah, where yelpers enjoyed bottles at a spacious table, and danced into the wee hours of the night.

Sunday morning brought bittersweet nostalgia, as the group squeezed in spa time and breakfast before bolting back to Los Angeles.

Check out photos from the weekend courtesy of James Nagy Photography, and relive some of the action here!

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Ladies Night At Olga's Day Spa Elite Event

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Even the rain couldn't keep North Shore Elites from enjoying some mid-week pampering at a very special ladies night at Olga's Day Spa in Downtown Highland Park. The evening kicked off with a healthy spread of wraps, veggies, cheese, fruit, dessert, wine and tea. After an introduction and a bit of mingling, the real fun got underway with keratin hand treatments, lip exfoliation, 10 minute massages, and a professional skin analysis and at home care prescription by G.M. Collin Certified Estheticians. Of course the night wouldn't be complete without schwag, including Yelp rainy day ponchos and a goody bag from Olga's—guaranteed to keep everyone looking beautiful always. View the photos on Flickr and read event reviews right here.

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July 19, 2015

Yelp's Suburban Born & Bred

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Yelp's Suburban Born & Bred celebrated all things local in the Chicago Suburbs throughout the month of June. This brand new event series took Yelpers inside kitchens, humble headquarters, and production facilities to celebrate purveyors and products that make the Chicago Burbs the locally driven, delicious suburbs they are!

Yelpers were given the opportunity to meet business owners, sample their crafty goods and gab about their philosophy and approach at complimentary experiences all over Chicagoland. The burbs flourished with Yelpers participating in 4 different events and utilizing 7 different check-in offers specific to Suburban Born & Bred.

Read the reviews of each event (Two Brothers brewery tour and tastingCakes XO meet the owner and cookie decoratingCopper Fiddle Distillery & Gino's Steaks night out, and Yelp's Mai Tai Mingle at Chef Shangri-La) and don't forget to check out the photos on the Yelp Chicago Burbs Flickr page!  

Special Thanks To Our Sponsors

Two Brothers Tap House • Cakes XO • Copper Fiddle Distillery • Gino's Steaks Truck • Chef Shangri-La • Lynfred Winery • Pie Five Pizza • JFKphotography • Love & Ink Photography • The WIldbird Shack • Blue Eyed Leo • Aloha Chicago Entertainment

BBQ Decadence in Edinburgh

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Last week, the lucky folks of Edinburgh's Elite squad kicked off the summer season with a very special afternoon of great drinks and epic BBQ. One Square invited us to dine on their summer terrace and dine we did! With two courses of bbq'ed nibbles, two sides, fresh bread and lots and lots of One Square Gin cocktails, we were absolutely spoiled rotten. Don't believe me? Read the glowing reviews here!

July 18, 2015

Silicon Valley Celebrates Bay Area Artisans

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Redemption, a Bay area artisan-centric boutique in the heart of downtown Campbell, hosted our South Bay Yelpers, along with vendors Gypsy Vine Candles, WoodKeeps, Stacy Lynn, Mr. California, and Faerie Goatmother, for a "Born In The Bay" event. Vendors showcased their handcrafted goods as guests mingled over delectable bites from La PanotiQ and hard cider poured by Red Branch Cider. The locals only affair is already drawing rave reviews from those in attendance. 

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Yelp's Bastille Day Binge

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Oh what a day, what a lovely day! - Bardot Brasserie opened the floodgates of fun at the latest Yelp Las Vegas Elite event. Wine, Beer, handcrafted cocktails and miles of fantastic french offerings. Elites not only received a bounty fit for a king, but also alcohol infused popsicles. Plus a chance to win a one of kind painting that was painted live during the event. Click here for all the amazing pictures and here for the all of the five star reviews! 

Huge thanks to Aria and Bardot Brasserie. Photos by Digital Guerrilla

Yelp NC Triangle's Little Yelpers Fun-Tastic Fun at TRIumph Gymnastics

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On a Wednesday evening, "Little Yelpers" came out to jump, roll, and tumble at TRIumph gymnastics in Cary.  This State-of-the-art gym provides classes and training to kids of all ages as well as adults. Whether you are hosting a birthday party, looking for a summer camp, or a competitive gymnastics program they have it all. For an hour and a half, TRIupmh coaches took twenty kids around from station to station to play and learn the basics of gymnastics. Parents observed the wonderful time their children were having while meeting other "Little Yelper" parents. Check out all the 5 star reviews here and photos on Flickr

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July 17, 2015

Yelp MSP's Whiskey & Women @ Pub 819

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Whiskey is for women, too. And to show that it's for first-timers and connoisseurs and everybody in-between, Caroline from Jameson led the ladies of Yelp Twin Cities on an in-depth tasting. Whether it was the Powers Gold Label or 12 year-old Redbreast, Yelp Elites got to try all and see which ones their palates preferred! Chasity and Larry from Pub 819 also contributed to the fun by showcasing their awesome eats that perfectly paired with the whiskey tasting. Sliders, pretzels, bread pudding, oh my!

Feel free to read more about the event and see Simeng Zhang's photos!

Yelp MSP's Taste Of Kyatchi

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On June 24th Elites gathered at Kyatchi, one of the hottest Japanese izakayas in the Twin Cities, to have Sarah Peterson -- owner, manager, and empress of pure awesomeness -- guide Elites through a magical tour of delicious bites and sips. From Yakisoba hot dogs to sashmi bowls to Momokawa Sake, there was more than enough to try. Not to mention, Elites learned that this eatery located on Nicollet is one of the few places to have a focus on sustainable fish and seafood!

Feel free to read about this wonderful tasting here. Also, special thanks to Tai Tran from The Lime Booth for snappin' wonderful photos.

Yelp Cools Off @ BRAVO! Cucina Italiana

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Last night, Fort Worth Yelpers were invited to BRAVO! Cucina Italiana for the second Yelp Cools Off event; an evening on BRAVO's breezy patio with refreshing drinks and plenty of light bites. Yelpers enjoyed Chicken Artichoke Crostini, Tomato Mozzarella Crostini, and Chicken and Spinach Flatbread – plus Crispy Mozzarella Ravioli, Crispy Shrimp Napoli, and Meatball Sliders made specially for the event. To wash it all down, guests indulged in an array of beautiful wines and house made sangria. A trio of delectable desserts completed the evening, including a chocolate mousse created specifically for Yelpers. With giveaways like wine and a Chef's Special Dinner for Two, we couldn't have asked for a better party! Be sure to check out the incredible photos and reviews.

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Get Your Kicks On Route 66

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Oklahoma City’s Elite Yelpers had a night at the museum on Wednesday! The Oklahoma Hall of Fame opened their doors to a VIP group of Elites, their plus ones, and members of Second Century, the museum’s Young Professionals board. Elites visited the postcard photo booth and toured the wonderful Route 66 Exhibit. Guests also enjoyed complimentary beer by COOP Ale Works, Hibiscus Lemonade from Strong Tonic + Prairie Wolf Spirits, and fresh fruits, veggies, cheeses and baked goods from Whole Foods OKC. Everyone had a wonderful evening, as you can see for yourself in the 5-star reviews and the photos.

Biking around Mexico city in a funky new way!

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On Wednesday night a group of energetic Yelpers armed with water and chocolate bars depart from the Monumento de la Revolution to Reforma and downtown.

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Yelp's Pearl of the Ocean at Pearl Oyster Bar and Grill!

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Yelp Elites in Reno took a trip under the sea to explore all its bounty with the expert guidance of the culinary team at Pearl Oyster Bar and Grill inside the Silver Legacy Resort Casino! More than just a few pearls of wisdom were shared here. Oysters on the half shell, fresh Hawaiian Ahi sashimi, Glenn Carano's signature Crab and Corn Chowder, Maine lobster rolls, shrimp pan roast, and more were on the menu, paired exquisitely with wines from the properties Ferrari-Carano Vineyards, proving once and for all that this high desert town serves up top notch seafood.

The evening was topped off with a bodacious cupcake, a beautiful rendition of Happy Birthday sung by the squad to the Silver Legacy, who's celebrating their 20th birthday this year, and a goodie bag filled with Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc, a special seafood rub from the all new Salty-Savory-Sweet Spices & Teas, and a clutch Yelp wine key! Many thanks to General Manager Glenn Carano, PR Director Sara Robbins, Executive Chef Ken, and Food and Beverage Director Wayne for this exquisite event! 

Check out the reviews on the event page, our Flickr Gallery filled with fantastic photos by Fielding Cathcart, and read on to find out more about this celebration of seafood! 

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11 Years of Yelp!

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We live in a beautiful city. The skyline, the bridges, the Statue of Liberty...these are sights that people travel from every corner of the globe to see, and there's no better way to view them than from the deck of The Zephyr at sunset. Wednesday night, the NY Water Taxi welcomed NYC's Yelp community aboard this one-of-a-kind luxury yacht for our second straight birthday bash, and it was incredible. Sponsored by Campari America and Sixpoint Brewery, featuring some of the best Brooklyn bites around, this cocktail cruise was the ultimate toast to eleven years of connecting people with great local businesses. 

Check out the reviews, peep the awesome photos, and read on below for more details on this bangin' birthday party!

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Elite Summer Workshop @ Le Bichat

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Dimanche dernier, les Elites se sont donnés rendez-vous dans la jolie cantine bio à deux pas du Canal St Martin, Le Bichat. Accueillis chaleureusement par toute l’équipe, à grands coups de citronnades et orangeades, tapas, bières pression Moinette et Dupont.

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Paul Roman, alias Octave, chanteur et guitariste a su animer ce moment pour une reprise mémorable de Britney Spears ! Un instant d’anthologie !

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Vous connaissiez les Mr Freeze, le Bichat a inventé les “Monsieur Froids” ! Avec des jus frais, et des associations étonnantes comme celle à la betterave / gingembre ! Et puis, l’atelier jus de fruits frais a commencé ! Melon, pastèque, ananas, gingembre, orange… Chacun a pu faire ses mélanges avant de partir en balade jusqu’aux quais du Canal St Martin, accompagné par le nouveau triporteur du Bichat.

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Une belle soirée d’été, de jolies rencontres… On se sent doucement glisser vers les vacances !

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Pour tout savoir sur cet événement cliquez ici ,   pour découvrir l'album photo et enfin ici pour la video !

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Last Sunday, the Yelp Elite members were invited to Le Bichat, this organic canteen, just a step from the St Martin canal. Welcome warmly by all the team, with homemade lemonade, fresh soft drinks, tapas, draft beers Moinette and Dupont.

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Paul Roman, alias Octave, singer and guitarist knew how to liven up this moment for a memorable cover of Britney Spears!

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Mr Freeze,are out ! Le Bichat invented the "Mr Froids"! With fresh juices, and surprising associations like beet & ginger!

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And then, the workshop fresh fruit juices began! Melon, watermelon, pineapple, ginger, orange …

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Everyone was able to make the mixtures before leaving for a walk to the St Martin canal, accompanied by the new delivery tricycle of Bichat. 

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A beautiful summer evening, lovely new faces … And the feeling that we are all slowly sliding towards the holidays!

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

Merci à nos partenaires / Thanks to all our partners :

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Miami Gets Sudsy at Concrete Beach Brewery

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On Wednesday night, Miami yelpers conquered midweek blues during Yelp's Sudsy Social at Concrete Beach Brewery. A select group of Elites were privy to a special hour before the festivities officially kicked off with a private brewery tour and special pint glass souvenir and keychain from the newly opened brewery. From there, more yelpers joined in on the fun, imbibing in Concrete Beach's hot new drafts, facing off in Jenga, snapping photos, and connecting with online friends offline!

Empty bellies were filled with delicious tacos, guacamole, salsa and chips courtesy of nearby Coyo Taco. From the juicy al pastor with roasted pineapple and onion, to the vegetarian friendly hongos taco with huitlacoche, seasonal mushrooms and queso cotija, all agreed these two businesses were a match made in foodie heaven. 

Check out the awesome reviews here and the photos here.

Yelp Toronto Get Nauti(cal) For A Good Cause

Posted by Evelyn W

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400 of Toronto’s finest mermaids and first mates hopped aboard the beautiful River Gambler and cruised for a good cause, Pueblo Science. While taking in unparalleled views of Toronto from the deck of the River Gambler, the party was powered by Toronto’s most sensational sips, succulent snacks and exceptional extras.

Try and love our generous sponsors often… they are the best of the best: River Gambler • Beau’s All Natural Brewing • Steam Whistle • Pelee Island Winery • Fireball • Dr McGillicuddy • Bite BarEl CaballitoUrban Acorn CateringChimney Stax • DJ Andrew • Steph Bea Photography • The Selfie Spot • Uber • Helpling • Face The Art

Yelp Jersey Indulges In Wine And Tapas

Posted by Sara Mutnick

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On Tuesday night over 50 fabulous Elite (and a plus one) gathered at Spuntino in Clifton, NJ for some serious wine and dine action. Guests sampled bites from their mouthwatering food menu and pork belly, ahi tuna, fresh mozzarella, beet watercress salad and spaghetti pomodoro were just some of the items thrown into the mix. Did these Yelpers go thirsty? Fear not! There was plenty of bourbon, craft beer and of course wine on deck. Although gelato was served, guests left on an even sweeter note with complimentary gift bags and wine flights vouchers for a return visit in hand. 

 
Check out the top notch reviews here and view the photos here!

 

July 16, 2015

Yelp Elite Wine & Dine @ Thirteen Pies

Posted by Kendall

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On Tuesday evening, the Fort Worth Yelp Elite were invited to Thirteen Pies for an incredible Italian feast to remember. First, Yelpers were treated to Wagyu Beef Meatballs and Classic Caesar Salad, then they enjoyed the Burrata Mozzarella and Iberian pizza pies. To complete the meal, the Elite were offered a selection of 3 beautiful wines and Thirteen Pie's most beloved cocktail, the Grapefruit Rickey. We ended the evening with generous wine and gift card giveaways. Be sure to check out the 5 star reviews and phenomenal photos!

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The East Bay's Not Your Typical Sausage Party

Posted by Stephanie

19738700411_25fcc7983c_oOpen just about a month, the brand new Rosamunde Sausage Grill opened their doors to some of Yelp’s East Bay Elite. Yelpers enjoyed an array of beer sausage, duck and fig, cheddar brat, and vegan apple sausages, each paired with a curated selection of craft beer. We ate away our Monday woes at the best sausage fest imaginable. Read the event reviews here and relive the sights and smells through our amazing photo gallery by the talented Cari Courtright

 

Mouthwatering Bites For Tampa Bay

Posted by BrettNehls

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On Tuesday night, 45 Elite Squad members gathered to munch on fresh farm to table cuisine, courtesy of Boca in Tampa! Guests bit into a feast of fabulous food with a local flavor, including oysters, fried green tomatoes, short ribs, and more! The enchanting evening also included handcrafted cocktails, and ended on a sweet note with three delicious desserts. Want to learn more about this fantastic event? Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the incredible photos on the Flickr page. 

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Packin’ A Punch — Melrose-Style

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Did you know that there’s a more old school/hardcore version of the craft cocktail movement? Ya didn’t, didya? To know stuff like that, you need to be a member of the Yelp Nashville Elite Squad. So, here’s the thing: the founding fathers (yep, those), were partial to drinking beverages like swizzles and punches back in the day and the libation leaders at Sinema are bringing them back. Sweet tiki drinks have the stamp of approval from George Washington. Who’s going to argue with that? But, an event is not made on pre-classic bevvies alone. The upstairs lounge boasted such boons as projection screen movies, killer sound system, all the board games from the ‘80s and today, a sugar table, and bites like chicken caesar eggrolls. #micdrop

Sinema is doing big things so if you think the Melrose hotspot is only about fine dining, you owe it to yourself to check out what’s happening upstairs. Need more convincing? No probs. Reviews here and pictures here should do the trick. This summer, leave the beer in the cooler. It’s swizzle time.

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Elite Preview to Gwinnett Restaurant Week At The Melting Pot

Posted by Kellie Morvillo

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It was a FUNdue night for OTP Elites at the Melting Pot Fondue Restaurant in Gwinnett!  Elites and potential Elites were able to preview the Gwinnett Restaurant Week menu before the official event July 19-23. Huge thank you to The Melting Pot for hosting this truly wonderful event! Read all of the event reviews here and see all the awesome photos on Flickr



Pastry Party for Bastille Day at Duc de Lorraine

Posted by Risa D

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We celebrated Bastille Day in style in Montreal with a gorgeous patio party beneath the looming lovely St Joseph's Oratory at classic French patissier Duc du Lorraine. Piles of homemade pastries paired perfectly with wines and champagne, and our French Yelpers made the night sing with a rousing rendition of La Marseillaise. Vive l'independence! Check out the photos and reviews

Yelp Elites Enjoy a Burger Bash at Ted's Montana Grill

Posted by Emily

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On Tuesday night, 75 Yelpers were treated to an amazing tasting experience at Ted's Montana Grill in Hartford's new Front Street district. From crispy bison nachos and onion rings to smoked trout dip and signature bison burgers, Yelp Elites sampled some of the restaurant's most buzzed about appetizers and entrees while sipping on complimentary margaritas, sangria, and the company's own Bison Ridge Wine. Guests also learned all about the history and culture of Ted's Montana Grill, including the restaurant's unwavering commitment to environmental sustainability. Take a peek at the photos by Nick Caito on Flicker and the rave reviews here!

Greater Toronto Elites Are Judged At Brampton's Kort Haus

Posted by Kris

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Elites might tip pints and stuff their faces from time to time, but there's never been a moment of judgement passed until last weeks Elite event at The Kort Haus. Judgement Day was the theme as elites competed in a battery of tests and events to prove their innocence. But the Judgement didn't just go one way, Elites were responsible for judging The Kort Haus, a former dive-bar who shed it's old persona like someone in witness protection. The verdict? Amazing on all counts! Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page.

Yoga Takeover with Infinity Yoga + Sweaty Betty + Juice Warrior

Posted by Briony C
On Friday afternoon, 15 lucky Yelpers were treated to an out-of-this-world yoga class from Colette at Infinity Yoga. We stretched, bent, twisted, breathed and laughed and enjoyed being guided through the movements. At the end of the class, we were treated to a refreshing Juice Warrior juice (100% cold pressed!) as well as a goodie bag from Sweaty Betty
 
Read the Yelp reviews of the event and see the video by Alasdair Watson Photography. 

Roma: Giano e il Cibo Divino

 

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A gastronomic workshop where tradition blends with innovation: genuine ingredients combined in a creative way.

A look at the past and another one at the future, just like Giano (Janus), the ancient Roman god with two faces.

During the event, the Yelpers tasted different kinds of gourmet sandwiches prepared by the chef Michele Fiano and matched with excellent craft beers.

After a quiz about the Ancient Rome's food, the teams of Yelpers had lots of fun choosing ingredients and preparing sandwiches. The results? Well, we've just appreciate their brave creativity...

Look at the picture and read the reviews!

Sponsor: Giano Laboratorio Gastronomico

 

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July 15, 2015

Hipstory Of Yelp

Posted by Scotty

On Saturday July 11th, 2015 the Yelp Community came out to The Charleston Museum for The Hipstory Of Yelp. Guests sampled food from local restaurants, cocktails from local distilleries, and all the SweetWater beer in the land!

Jaykob Kendrick kicked off the music followed by Two 3 Ways and then Dj Rehab came on to finish up the night! Whether they found themselves in the Elite Lounge, the Smile Lounge Photo Booth, getting styled by Holy City Barber, or tatted up by Rock Paper Scissors Studio, these yelpers were having a blast. Read more about the event here and check out all the photos on Flickr too!

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Yelp's School of Booze: Craft Cocktail Edition

Posted by Aaron

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Yelps School of Booze celebrated St. Louis' Craft Cocktail scene through nine different events at the end of June. Yelpers mingled with mixologists, crafted their own cocktails, and learned how to create their masterful concoctions at home. Guests got to flame orange peels at Element and make the perfect margarita at 360 St. Louis. 

Read the reviews of each event (Elite Kickoff Party @ Cheshire Pool, Bartender's School @ Element, Tequila Tutorial @ 360 St. LouisGin Workshop @ The Gin Room, Wine Cocktails @ Absolutli GoosedBitters, Making Class @ New Moon Room, Bloody Mary Workshop @ Vin De Set, and Infusion Class @ Square One Brewery and Distillery) and don't forget to check out the photos from the Kickoff Party and other events!  

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Beam Suntory • Jessie Flori Photography • Cheshire • Element • Gin Room • Absolutli Goosed • 360 St. Louis • Moonrise Hotel • Vin De Set • Square One Brewery and Distillery