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April 23, 2015

Yelp NOLA Elites Night At The Movies At Indywood™

Posted by Morgan

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Yelp Elites cozied up in comfy chairs with Yelp popcorn bags in hand and a local brew in the other to catch a flick this past Tuesday night at the Bywater neighborhood independent theater, Indywood™. The brain child of Will and Hayley Sampson, this theater boasts a calendar chock-full of thought-provoking indie and local films as well as a hodgepodge of film-related nights to please any cinema loving local. 

Our flick for the evening was Damien Chazelle's Whiplash. While we kept all serious drum solos to main character, Andrew ( Miles Teller), we noshed on New York-style pizza and mixed Raisinets into our boiled crawfish-flavored popcorn to really become one with the story. Yelp Elites also guessed famous movie lines to enter to win a ticket to this weekend's Jazz Fest; an appropriate prize considering the music intense theme of our film choice. 

Thank you to the dynamic Sampson duo for hosting us at Indywood, and if you'd like to check out what's up next on their virtual marquee, catch a glimpse at the Indywood calendar here

April 20, 2015

Yelp's Extreme Plate Makeover Takes Customization to a Whole New Level!

Posted by Ryan C.

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It was a create-your-own family-style affair with Yelp’s Extreme Plate Makeover event at STACKED in Cerritos! Elites customized their choices of appetizers, entrees and desserts through communal iPads where every item was made to the Yelper’s specific liking. From gigantic burgers full of pastrami, loaded mac and cheeses topped with eggs, pizzas piled high with ingredients and desserts of all shapes and sizes –– every table was different, but each guest left full, happy and vowing to come back for another round on their own!

See what you missed via the review page or check out some of the masterpieces in the Flickr gallery.

A HUGE THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS:
- STACKED Food Well Built
- Bell’s Beer
- Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company
- Knee Deep Brewing

San Antonio: Yelp Pre-Fiesta Celebration!

Posted by Tomas Rey

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If there's any season in San Antonio worth getting excited for it has to be FIESTA®! Yelp San Antonio wanted to kick off FIESTA® with a bang and we sure did. With a Pre-Fiesta Celebration, 250+ Yelpers united to embrace the FIESTA® spirit to celebrate the unique culture of our city. This event marked the official unveiling of Yelp's FIESTA® Medal for 2015. Everyone enjoyed live music, caricaturists, face painters, great drinks such as a Jimarita, Lynchburg Lemonade, and Alamo Beer; and more at the event. Everyone had a blast as you can tell from the great reviews and flickr album taken by Noah Acevedo. A special thanks to all of our sponsors who made this event possible. Check below for all of the participating sponsor's information!

Continue reading "San Antonio: Yelp Pre-Fiesta Celebration!" »

Yelp's Flight Club: Herradura Tequila at Ninfa's Original on Navigation

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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The spring installment of Yelp's Flight Club took place at Ninfa's Original on Navigation featuring Herradura Tequila! Flight Club members enjoyed a welcome cocktail – the Horseshoe Pineapple – followed by a Herradura Tequila 101 presentation and a flight tasting of Herradura's silver, reposado and anejo tequilas. Check out the event reviews and photos on Yelp Houston Flickr and Yelp Houston's facebook pages!

April 16, 2015

Yelp Elites Catch The Next Wave at Grand Isle

Posted by Morgan

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No road trip down to the coast was necessary to experience destination dining for our Yelp Elites, who were privy to Grand Isle Restaurant’s recent wave of beautiful renovations including an extensive outdoor dining area and shiny new menu items!

Guests were greeted with “The Awakening”, a refreshing craft cocktail named for Kate Chopin’s novel set in Grand Isle, as well as light oyster hors d’ouevres reflecting the rustic and refined flavors of the coastal area. After guests were thoroughly mingled, we sat down to enjoy a menu of marvelous proportions including smoked fish chowder, confit pork cheek, grill swordfish, and a whimsical twist on peanut butter and jelly cheesecake.  The beautiful presentations of each dish had camera phones snapping away, while the first bite quickly led to the second and third.

The superb staff whisked away courses and refilled cocktails expertly, while some guests were lucky enough to win a raffle prize handcrafted by our very own Yelp Elite Re including ceramic oyster shells and toothpick-laden voodoo dolls. At the end of the evening, guests licked their PB&J laden spoons as Executive Chef Ryan Haigler spoke about his inspiration for the new menu.

Catch the wave with us by checking out the wonderful pictures here courtesy of Trevor Mark Photography, and the rave reviews here.

Thank you so much to the wonderful staff, dishes and drinks at Grand Isle Restaurant

April 14, 2015

Little Yelpers Club Takes Over Fresh Brothers Pizza in Newport Beach!

Posted by Ryan C.

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Orange County's first Little Yelpers Club headed to Newport Beach for an afternoon of pizza making, arts and crafts, face painting and a whole lot of opportunities for kids to play with their food! While the future Elites mingled, the adults were treated to their own version of a food feast that included an array of sliders, pies, wings, salads and more while a giant slice of pizza paraded through the crowd for photo ops and high-fives! It was a great way to spend a warm Saturday afternoon and regardless of age, everyone needed a nap to sleep off the food coma they just experienced!

Read the awesome reviews or check out the Flickr gallery full of family pics to see what the fuss was all about!

A big thanks to Fresh Brothers for their amazing staff and hospitality!

April 12, 2015

Let's RYDE, Houston!

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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It's no secret that Yelpers love wining and dining, but in Houston, Elites equally love burning those cals! New in town is RYDE - River Oaks, a chic cycle studio created by Houstonians Ashley Gooch and Andrew Pappas. Thirty-two Elites signed up for a Yelp Kicks Butt event: A 45-minute cycling class followed by fresh pressed juices from Squeezed and dinner courtesy of SNAP Kitchen. Check out the event reviews here!

Gold Badge Preview of PESKA Seafood Culture

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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As the rest of the Houston food and social scene await the highly anticipated opening of PESKA Seafood Culture, the Houston Elite Squad – Gold Badge Elites – were invited to an intimate restaurant preview. Elites noshed on Tiraditos and other scrumptious ocean delights prepared by Chef Omar Pereney and sipped on craft cocktails, like the Bees Knees. Check out the raving event reviews and party pics snapped by Eugene Lee Images.  

April 10, 2015

Yelp's Orlando Magic Elite NBA Experience

Posted by Andi

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Oh that? That's just a pic of 25 Orlando Elite Yelpers hanging out on the court before the Orlando Magic vs. San Antonio Spurs game at the Amway Center. NBD. 

Orlando's Elites were treated to a private tour of 2012's Sports Facility of the Year before doors opened to guests. The Orlando Magic treated Elites to drinks at 'Rona's and Rita's, Amway's rooftop bar, followed by courtside seats during the warm-up, and finally fabulous lower bowl seats for the Tier 1 game against reigning champions, San Antonio Spurs. But the Magic decided to surprise 50 other Elite Yelpers with a pair of tickets to enjoy the game! This was a party to remember! But take it from Orlando's Elites themselves~ Check out reviews of the event and photography by The Bokeh Studio.

April 06, 2015

Black and Gold Badges are Celebrated at nFuse Bar & Kitchen in Anaheim!

Posted by Ryan C.

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Elites sporting badges of black and gold convened at the Anaheim Marriott's nFuse Bar & Kitchen this past Thursday for a special tasting and exploration of the newly opened space. Showcasing their amazing menu, the restaurant sampled popular items such as lamb chops, ahi towers, Brussels sprouts, chimchurri steak, desserts and more while pouring signature cocktails that were all the rage. Guests loved the bourbon tasting and education session located in the eatery's private back room as the sweet tunes of Peter Charles filled the venue with acoustic renditions of contemporary hits!

Check out the fab feedback on the event page, scroll through pics in our Flickr gallery snapped by the team at Andrew Balingit Photogaphy and relive the photobooth moments from Fresh Prints Photobooth!

A big thanks to our event host and sponsors:
- nFuse Bar & Kitchen
- Anaheim Marriott Hotel
- Peter Charles Music
- Andrew Balingit Photography
- Fresh Prints Photobooth

March 31, 2015

Omaha Elites Take Turns At Improv Comedy

Posted by Will

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The Yelp Elite Squad experienced the basics of improv comedy firsthand at The Backline, Omaha's only venue dedicated to improv (and a little stand up). Between the laughs and awkward pauses of the local Elites on stage, a team of The Backline's top performers demonstrated how creative, on-the-spot delivery provides hilarious results. Not only does The Backline host multiple performances each week, the comedy venue also offers improv classes for those wanting to learn this craft -- both for the sake garnering laughs and learning to be spontaneous and comfortable in front of a crowd. Prior to the performances, food was provided by Maria Bonita Food Truck, who also announced their new brick and mortar restaurant opening soon in Omaha. For more, check out reviews and photos from the event.

Many thanks to: Maria Bonita Food TruckThe Backline • Lachance Photography & Design

Yelp Spa Day Des Moines

Posted by Patrick

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On Wednesday night, members of the Des Moines Elite Squad got to relax and rejuvenate at the beautiful East Village Spa in Des Moines. Massages, hand scrubs, baked goods, spiked punch, gift bags and so much more!  Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page.

March 30, 2015

Night Of The Walking Yelpers- San Antonio, Tx

Posted by Tomas Rey

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They wanted to eat our brains! Alright so maybe that's a little bit exaggerative but nonetheless Yelpers enjoyed an event even zombies wanted to crash. This was a zombie bash that featured live music, drinks, food, and some amazing entertainment. Those lucky souls who were willing to participate in The Great Room Escape were allowed a chance to fight for their life, with other Yelpers, and escape the room while locked in with a zombie. 

The 13th Floor was kind enough to host us and let us party amongst some creatures of the night. Most importantly we were given the chance to explore the 13th Floor grounds and take photos with fellows from the afterworld.

Thank you to Tony Roma's for some amazing food and desserts. The drinks of the party were made with some great local spirits including Agavales TequilaTexas Crown, and Frio Beverages. Lastly thank you to Michael J & The Foxes for providing some amazing tunes to listen to throughout the event. Check out the photos on Flickr and all the reviews/recaps of the event!

Who Let The Dogs Out- San Antonio, Tx

Posted by Tomas Rey

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On March 27, Yelpers were treated to a unique experience over at Lucy's Doggy Day Care! All attendees were able to have private access to their dog park, free nail trimmings/dremmels, complimentary dog washes, all while having some amazing finger foods and drinks. With a mini tour we were able to find out about their pickup/drop-off services, amenities offered, and full exploration of the facility. The pups had such a blast from the outdoor dog pool and made plenty of new friends. It was a great time checking out their downtown location with such a friendly and informative staff.

All of the pups including their moms and dads had a blast and we would like to thank Lucy's for an amazing event. Check out the event photos on Flickr and recaps/reviews here!

Lucy's Doggy Day Care: Yelp | Facebook | Website

OKC Elites Go To The Barre

Posted by Julie P

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On Tuesday, Oklahoma City Yelp Elites enjoyed a private class at Barre3 in Midtown. Thirty Elites joined owner and instructor Andrea Mason for a unique combination of barre, pilates and yoga. Attendees enjoyed an excellent playlist and a low-impact, total body workout. After the class, Elites sampled healthy snacks from Whole Foods, as well as unique tea cocktails provided by T, An Urban Teahouse + Prairie Wolf Spirits. Finally, OKC Yelp Elite Mistyday H provided a special treat for the group – handmade chocolate covered strawberries. It was a wonderful evening; equal parts workout and play! Peep the photos and read all the reviews here.

March 25, 2015

Hammin' It Up at Local Pig in Kansas City

Posted by Adam Schaumburg

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The KC Elite Squad squashed the Monday blues with a fun night at Local Pig in Westport. From hand-cranked sausage pizzas and artisan cheeses to bright spring cocktails, Elites were able to take part in a local experience through and through. To help Yelpers ham it up even more, there were fun battles of the game "Pass The Pigs" taking place at each table. Read what everyone is saying about it here and check out all the amazing event photos here.

Continue reading "Hammin' It Up at Local Pig in Kansas City" »

Elite Candlelit Dinner At Whiskey Cake in San Antonio, Tx

Posted by Tomas Rey

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On Monday night, Yelp San Antonio was able to partake in a very intimate candlelit dinner hosted by Whiskey Cake. Guests were treated to over seven courses with drinks, including their infamous, toffee covered, Whiskey Cake. Everyone was able to gain a better understanding of their "farm-to-table" concept and their support of local businesses and farmers. It was the perfect time to gather as a Yelp family and see the direction Yelp San Antonio should head towards to. Thank you to Whiskey Cake for their amazing hospitality and services! Take a look at the Event Reviews and photos from the event on Flickr.

 

 

 

 

March 23, 2015

Yelpers Experience A Bountiful Amount of Boysenberries At Knott's Berry Farm!

Posted by Ryan C.

 

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If Elites hadn’t experienced a boysenberry before, they sure got their share during Yelp’s Banquet of Boysenberries this past week at Knott’s Berry Farm. Showcasing their upcoming Boysenberry Festival happening March 28th through April 12th, guests sampled a variety of savory and sweet dishes made with the featured fruit such as ribs with bbq sauce, alligator with aioli, Fun Buns, taquitos, wines, beers, ciders and even cotton candy! It was unanimous that this festive fare was a hit and everyone left stuffed and boasting about boysenberries!

Read the fantastic reviews or peruse the pictures on our Flickr gallery from Robin Dodson to see what the fuss was all about!

A special thanks to Knott’s Berry Farm for their fantastic staff and for being terrific hosts!

Houston Throwback At Prohibition Supper Club & Bar

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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The Houston Yelp Elite Squad made way to Downtown's Prohibition Supper Club & Bar, housing its swanky digs in the historic ISIS Theatre – Houston's first theatre built in 1912. Elites donned 1920s ensembles as they entered through the private speakeasy entrance. Guests sipped on craft cocktails made with Tito's Handmade Vodka and Herradura Tequila, noshed on Chef Ben McPherson's buffet of fish beignets, chargrilled oysters, and grilled kabocha squash. And we can't forget the jaw-dropping live performances by The Moonlight Dolls and Aerial Airheart! Special thanks to all of the night's sponsors, including VivaAerobus for awarding two roundtrip tickets to Cancunto one lucky Elite. Check out the Eugene Lee photos on Yelp Houston flickr and Yelp Houston facebook and event reviews!

March 16, 2015

Yelpers Wine and Dine at the Beautiful Federal Bar in Long Beach!

Posted by Ryan C.

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To promote their special Eat LBC restaurant week menu, The Federal Bar invited the Yelp Elite Squad down to the gorgeous old bank-turned-venue for a seven-course feast! Everything from delicious kale salads to hearty portions of poutine and meatloaf were on the list of tastings – each thoughtfully paired with a featured beer and wine offered at this amazing Long Beach venue. Ending on a sweet note, Chef T brought out portions of their famous s’mores bread pudding for dessert, and even the fullest of attendees couldn’t let this one go untouched!

See what you missed by reading the stellar reviews or check out the fab photos on our Flickr page from Andrew Balingit Photography.

Check out The Federal Bar and all of the other amazing Eat LBC participants March 22-28 by visiting their website for all the details.

Orlando Elites get Friendly at LongHorn Steakhouse

Posted by Andi

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Orlando's Elite Yelpers were treated to an outstanding, intimate four-course steak dinner on Monday while also participating in some 'speed friending' at LongHorn Steakhouse in Altamonte Springs. The concept was simple- put our seasoned Elites on one side of the table and new Elites on the other. Throw in some fun conversation starters and a few drinks and we had ourselves the friendliest event in town! Our newer Elites switched seats every course and ended up with a ton of new Yelp buddies, a full stomach, and some good feels! And one lucky Elite Yelper walked away with a basket of LongHorn goodies including a grilling set, and their signature sauces. But this event was also about the kindness and LongHorn made sue every Elite Yelper went home with a special gift and tons of leftovers. Dang, it's neat to be Elite! But don't take it from me- Check out photos of the event here and reviews here.

March 09, 2015

Yelpers Explore A Cool Land Of Yogurt!

Posted by Ryan C.

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What do you get when you take a bunch of excited Elites, dress them up in their versions of explorers and set them loose on the Yogurtland headquarters in Irvine? One fantastic night full of samplings, education and a whole lot of selfies! Armed with their passports upon check-in, the guests wandered and explored behind-the-scene aspects of the popular yogurt chain not available to the public. From blind taste tests on a variety of vanillas, guided walks through the flavor laboratory and some hardcore practice to create the perfect swirl with some yummy unreleased flavors – Yelpers not only left with full bellies, but a lot of insight on one of their favorite desserts! At the end of the night, explorers turned in their passports for a chance to win cool prizes where one lucky Yelper won use of a brand new Audi for the weekend to explore a new area on their own!

Read the cool reviews, check out the submitted shots or peruse the the snaps captured by Fresh Prints Photobooth to see what you missed!

HOSTING VENUE:
Yogurtland

PARTICIPATING SPONSORS:
Fresh Brothers Pizza
Fresh Prints Photobooth
Philly's Best
Jarritos
Audi Mission Viejo

March 05, 2015

I Have A Hunch, YelpNOLA Elites Love Brunch at Dmac's Bar & Grill

Posted by Morgan

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A handful of Elites were tasked with rolling out of bed on a Sunday morning, and peddling their way over to Dmac's Bar & Grill for a boozy and bluesy brunch! Those who fought back the urge to hit the snooze button were rewarded handsomely with delicious brunch and burger bites, mimosas to curb their late night transgressions, and a DIY Bloody Mary Bar to jazz up their vegetable-infused vodka. All the while, we were able to digest the decadent bluesy tunes of local musician, Michael Pearce from our private perch in the restaurant. 

While some arrived in pajama jumpers and others in their Sunday's best, they all were able to mix and mingle with a "hatched" game of Who's Who clues. Those who guessed their fellow Elite's catchphrase or other profile topics, entered to win fun Yelp-y items including a Little Yelp Man alarm clock, stylish Yelp umbrellas, and gift certificates to Dmac's. But no one left empty-handed since Dmac's graciously provided "1/2 off their signature" burger cards. What can we say...we like locally-made brioche buns, and we cannot lie! Virtually join the brunch club via our glowing 5 star reviews here and pics here by Joshua Grant from ipushthebutton.com

Thank you to our gracious sponsor, Dmac's Bar & Grill

 

 

March 03, 2015

Gold Badge Elites and Cirque Du Soleil's "Amaluna"

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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Houston Gold Elites enjoyed a very special, intimate show at Cirque du Soleil's "Amaluna." Within arms reach of the stage, Gold Elites were wowed by high flying acts, mystical song and acrobatic dance. Check out the event reviews here. Photo by Hugh M.

Badge Bash At The Springbok

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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Elites celebrated their 2015 badges at Downtown Houston's South African gastropub The Springbok – complete with Deep Eddy Vodka cocktails, a Studio 31 Hair Lab glam station, DnN Photography photo booth, Ashu's Henna Art and music by DJ Scoop. Photos by Yoshi Lee Photography. Check out the reviews here!

Elites Experienced Paradise At Lucy's

Posted by Rebecca Whyte

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Tropical, beachy, paradise... some words used to describe the elements of this event.  New faces, many familiar ones… all there to start the year off right!  Bowls of Pao Pao Shrimp packed the right punch, drink tastings of freshly-squeezed, fruit-infused margaritas that were soon to make a full-time menu appearance and noshed on some poppin' grub.  An Elite party without an Elite badge?  How about a life-sized one?  It made its rounds and definitely hit some Yelp Elite profile pages.  Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant delivered greatness – gigantic shrimp, cool bartenders that made a mean Pineapple-Painkiller!  Did Elites smile for the camera?  Photographer Mistique Drake made those memories permanent, for sure.  Did you make your mark on the scene? Click for pics and reviews

Continue reading "Elites Experienced Paradise At Lucy's" »

March 02, 2015

Elite Event: Brewskis And Wings Tasting In San Antonio

Posted by Tomas Rey

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There's nothing like an exclusive tasting before their doors officially open and that's what San Antonio's Yelp Elite squad was treated to. An intimate beer and wing pairing for 30 Elite members with a little bit of trivia created a night to remember. BreWingz hosted a scrumptious feast with guest speakers from their kitchen, executive staff, and Silver Eagle Distributors. With unique pairings such as Teriyaki Thai & Kirin, and Orange Ginger with Michelob Ultra Light; everyone left the night with full stomachs and amazing gift bags. Special thanks goes out to the BreWingz family for hosting us and helping us kick off 2015 to a great year!

Photos are available to view here, and don't forget to read the reviews about the event!

February 23, 2015

Yelp Omaha's Festival Of Firsts

Posted by Will

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Over the past two months, Omaha's Yelp community celebrated the new year in a fresh new way during the Festival Of Firsts. In all, 16 events had Yelpers trying a variety of things for the first time, including sharing Ethiopian food, tasting mead, playing games at a bar arcade, launching a pizza league, sipping sour beers, indulging on fried Oreos and much more. For photos and reviews of a few of the Festival Of Firsts events, click here, here and here.

February 18, 2015

KC Elites Get Presidential

Posted by Adam Schaumburg

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It was a night worthy of the oval office as Morton's Grille hosted Kansas City Elites for a Presidential Bash. Delicious food was matched by creative cocktails, such as a cherry infused Manhattan for George Washington and a "Rough Rider" dirty martini for Teddy Roosevelt. On top of the amazing food and drinks, there was a photo station for Elites to get their Presidential portrait. Check out all the fun photos here, and the reviews of the event here

Continue reading "KC Elites Get Presidential" »

February 17, 2015

Honolulu Yelpers Rock Out With Yelpapalooza

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800+ yelpers gathered for Yelpapalooza, an epic night of live local music and treats at the newly renovated Hawaiian Brian's! Yelpers rocked out to six bands and DJs in four rooms, enjoyed bites and cocktails from 15+ of Honolulu's fave restaurants, lash stations, face painting, and photo booths galore! Together the Yelp community donated over $3700 at the door to benefit the Life Foundation's Honolulu AIDS Walk! Check out the photos , 5-star reviews and Photo Play Hawaii flipbooks fun!

Thanks To Our Sponsors! 

Hawaiian Brian's • Life Foundation • Alaska Air  • Hawaiian Tel Federal Credit Union • I Heart Media • Aloha Pops Da Spot  • Doughlicious • Earl Sandwich • Hawaiian Pie Company • Jamba Juice • Kona Brewing Company • La Tour Cafe • MAC 24/7 • Paul's Poppers • PF Chang's China Bistro • Primo Popcorn • Shaloha • Tanioka's Seafood & Catering • Tiki's Grill & Bar • PhotoPlay Hawaii Timestoppers Hawaii • Photographer Keo Nooch • Aidan James with Rising Sons • Aloha Party Experts • Amanda Frazier • Artist Andy Lee • Cradle To Grave • Da Push-O-Verse • Face Art Beauty • Facepainting By Confetti • Streetlight Cadence 

Yelp's "Night of the Newbies" takes over Infiniti of Mission Viejo!

Posted by Ryan C.

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It was a brisk Lunar New Year evening full of mixing and mingling as "Yelp's Night of the Newbies" took over the beautiful Infiniti of Mission Viejo dealership this past Thursday. With a variety of games to help break the ice, Yelpers were able to socialize with other Elite newcomers while sipping on some cocktails and nibbling on a smorgasbord of small bites from the amazing eateries on site. No party is complete without prizes; the hosting venue generously gave away the use of a brand new car for a weekend getaway, making this a newbie night for the books!

Read the reviews on the event page or gawk at the Flickr gallery from Meg Strouse and Andrew Balingit!

HOSTING VENUE:
Infiniti of Mission Viejo

PARTICIPATING SPONSORS:
The People's Deli
ChocXO
Slater's 50/50
Joia All Natural Soda

SPINNING BY:
DJ Velvet Touch

Orlando Yelpers Celebrate LOVE!

Posted by Andi

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Orlando's Elite Yelpers brought their significant somebodies to the love-iest event imaginable. Barnie's CoffeeKitchen wined and gourmet-dined us in Winter Park's beautiful Greneda Court lit by twinkle lights and it's signature fountain. But what's a love-event without a ton of local love? Yelp and Barnie's brought together some amazing local folks to continue dazzling our Elites with gourmet marshmallows from Wondermade, hand-painted cards by Bright Light Paper, chocolate from Peterbrooke Chocolatier, and sexy music care of local favorite, DJ Nigel. Orlandoans were definitely feeling the love, but don't take it from me! Check out The Bokeh Studio's amazing photography of the event here and reviews of the event here.

January 30, 2015

Bar Bites for the New Year @ Bonefish Grill

Posted by Andi

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Yelp and Bonefish Grill got together to throw a killer Bonus Elite Event for Orlando's 2015 Elites. 50 of these new badge-wielding Orlandoans and their guests were among the first to try Bonefish Grill's brand new Bar Bites Menu on Wednesday. We're talking oysters, lobster, lamb, and shrimp - All present as the Bonefish crew kept the smorgasbord of delectable dishes and cocktails coming! And all the while, elites kept their game-faces on as they posed on the red carpet and competed to win a ton of gift cards. Ultimately they all left as winners with full bellies and some surprise gifts! Check out pictures and reviews of the event here.

 

January 27, 2015

Yelp's Getting Cosi In Des Moines

Posted by Patrick

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On Thursday night, members of the Des Moines Elite Squad got together to celebrate a classic in Des Moines fine dining, Cosi Cucina. Cosi’s is known for its fresh, eclectic Italian cuisine, featuring the first ever wood oven pizzas in Des Moines (over 21 years ago), specialty pastas, fresh salads, classic entrees, house made desserts, an impressive wine list. We tried so many dishes including Ostich!  All pastas can be made gluten free and they offer vegan options as well, including the Vegetable Pizza and Grilled Portobello entree.  Cosi’s has been ranked one of the number one date spots in the metro, offering a unique, warm and quiet, yet casual dining experience unlike any other restaurant in the area. Some of the Elites even made Valentine's Day plans to return. We had a blast! Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page.

January 24, 2015

Yelpers Stick To Healthy Resolutions With A Fresh Lunch Break In Newport Beach

Posted by Ryan C.

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For our first Lunch Break of 2015, Elites headed to KRISP Fresh Living, an all organic juice lounge in Newport Beach, for a midday meal filled with cold-pressed concoctions, refreshingly raw smoothies and made-to-order acai and pitaya bowls. The friendly staff was as vibrant as the beautiful foods coming out of the kitchen, and stayed on top of all the custom orders while providing fresh samples throughout the event, making for a healthy and delicious start to the day... and year!

Read the reviews and see all of the attendee's photos of the event here!

HOSTING SPONSOR:
KRISP Fresh Living

January 22, 2015

Yelp NOLA Elites Wig Out and Wind Down with Maison de Cheveux

Posted by Morgan

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Maison de Cheveux, French for "House of Hair", hosted 25 Yelp Elites for a Carnival kick off crafting Mardi Gras headdresses and shades for parades under the expert supervision of the Maison de Cheveux ladies.

The Yelp Elites sipped on Skinny Coladas and "Have Your Cake, and Drink It Too" cocktails, both made with Bols Yogurt by local expert Curt, also known as @geneverfever on the social-spheres whilst noshing signature crab balls with crawfish cream sauce from Oceana Grill and sparkly Sucre King Cakes. The local Jamba Juice also provided us with immunity-boosting samples of their newest flavors: Greens & Ginger and Amazing Green!

While we were definitely wiggin' out, we were able to wind down with pro-stylist tips for this parade season from the Maison de Cheveux salon experts and enjoy mini massages from the magic hands of Ashley from Spa Atlantis. Everyone was able to go home with their very own personally-crafted headdress or sunglasses to rock this upcoming season!

Check out our feather filled pics provided by Joshua Grant of ipushthebutton.com here, and read all about our epic evening in these glitter-filled reviews here!

Special Thanks To These Amazing Sponsors:

January 21, 2015

Omaha Celebrates Being Elite in 2015 at Saigon Bowl

Posted by Will

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For their first event of 2015, Omaha's Yelp Elite Squad had a behind-the-scenes look at Saigon Bowl, a new restaurant serving up fast, fresh and casual Vietnamese. From the lemongrass tofu, steamed rice and Sriracha blend sauce, to the charcoal grilled pork, Saigon signature fried rice and Vietnamese dipping sauce, Elites were able to build their own street-food style bowls any way they wanted. The results, well, were naturally delicious. In all, it was a fun night and a great chance to celebrate once again being Elite in 2015. For more deets, read the reviews of the events and check out the pics.

A big thanks goes out to Saigon Bowl for making this such a fantastic experience!

December 30, 2014

New Orleans Elites Give Cheers To Courtyard Brewery

Posted by Morgan

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For many, the time between the holidays and New Year's Eve is a slump, but not for 70 Elites and their guests, who took this Monday as a chance to try a cornucopia of beers at NOLA's newest nanobrewery, Courtyard Brewery. The owners Scott and Lindsay sampled five craft beers on tap while Elites enjoyed sipping on Lagunitas IPA throughout the night from their Yelp signature pint glasses. For the non-beer drinkers, they were tricked into enjoying a beer cocktail with Framboise, prosecco, and ginger.

Pitmaster Damian Brugger from Black Label Barbecue tamed the hunger pangs with Aloha Cowboy Sliders and Bleu Fire Slaw as well as a small batch of his Barrel Sauce for everyone to take home! Since it was a cool 60 degrees, we s'mored it up...toasting gourmet 'mallows over a delightful fire.

The night wouldn't be complete without some great door prizes from Harrah's Gulf Coast, Big Night New Orleans, The Pussyfooters Blush Ball, and Two Chicks Walking Tours. While prizes, schwag, and a belly full of craft beer and barbecue is delightful; the true win here was spending some quality time with our fellow Elites. Check out our virtual cheers here, and our epic pics from Harold Spinner of NewOrleansLocal.com here

Thank You to Our Sponsors for the Evening:

December 24, 2014

Yelp Shops Local: Ultimate Holiday Guide for Baton Rouge

Posted by Rebecca Whyte

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How does Yelp Shop Local, you ask?  This holiday season, Yelp wants to encourage you to keep your dollars locally... support the small businesses in the Baton Rouge Community!  This Holiday Guide connects you to Red Stick businesses that you may need to use during the upcoming holiday month! Whether you are going on a night on the town and need to get primped up or have been shopping all day long and need a place to take a breather, we have it here for you! You need your strength through the hustle and bustle of it all, so we even have recommended places that can help you stay healthy. Make sure the kiddos aren't bored during the break and need a safe haven, while you are out painting the town even more red... below are tips on where to bring them. Did your favorite businesses make the list? Keep checking back for changes to this list!

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December 23, 2014

Yelper's Enjoy a Cajun Celebration Benefiting Children in Huntington Beach

Posted by Ryan C.

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It was a Cajun celebration this past Wednesday at Ritter's Steam Kettle Cooking in Huntington Beach as Yelpers generously came together to donate toys for the families benefiting from Helping Hands OC this holiday season. The feast featured fare such as the famous Pan Roast, spicy gumbo, chowder, desserts and more as sips from Bootlegger's Brewery and Stella Rosa flowed freely throughout the night. Executive Chef Ritter demonstrated his mastery of the steam kettle cooking process before each plate while MoFo Booth was on hand snapping pics of the party and providing prints for the guests of honor!

Read all about it on the event page, peruse the pics on Flickr or relive the photobooth fun in the MoFo gallery.

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS:
- Ritter's Steam Kettle Cooking
- Bootlegger's Brewery
- Stella Rosa Wines
- MoFo Booth
- Helping Hands OC

December 21, 2014

Elites End 2014 In Style At Hyatt Place

Posted by Will

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Omaha's Yelp Elite Squad celebrated a year-well-done at Hyatt Place. Not only were they treated to a tour of this fantastic, chic hotel that's located in the heart of the Old Market, they also sampled a variety of bites from the Hyatt kitchen. All this in between decorating Yelp cookies, sipping craft brews, playing Xbox on the the big screen and reliving the memories from all the amazing Elite Events of 2014 via a photoreel. Yes, a year-well-done indeed. For more, check out the reviews and photos. Cheers!

A big thanks goes out to to Hyatt Place and to Andrew Lachance Photography.

 

December 13, 2014

Miami Celebrates a Happy Homestead Holiday!

Posted by Cassie Glenn

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On Friday night, Miami Elites and their guests took a drive down south for the squad's holiday party. Their journey ended at beautiful Schnebly Redland's Winery in Homestead, the southernmost winery in the United States. Upon entering Yelp's private tiki hut, everyone had freedom to imbibe in Schnebly's exotic wine selection made from local fruit, as well as Miami Brewing Company's inventive beers. For eats, attendees got the very first taste of bites from the winery's new chef including savory pork quesadillas with local goat cheese and lychee wine syrup, local mahi-mahi ceviche, smoked chicken with tandoori flavors, and beer-infused tabouli salad with house-dried mango. Highlights of the holiday celebration included souveneir wine glass painting led by the experts from Artists at the Falls Art Studio, a behind-the-scenes tours of the wine and beer making process from owner Pete Schnebly himself, and the bounty of donations Yelpers contributed to the deserving Ronald McDonald House of South Florida. Take a peek at the festive photos here and the merry reviews here.

Special thanks to Artists at the Falls Art Studio, Ronald McDonald House of South Florida, and Schnebly Redland's Winery for contributing to an unforgettable evening! 

December 11, 2014

Holiday Glamboree At Radio Milano

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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Houston Yelpers celebrated the final Elite Event of the 2014 year at Radio Milano, the city's newest craft cocktail lounge located at CityCentre. The posh lounge treated guest to classic cocktails – Cane Frizzante and Bravissimo – along with a selection of craft beer and wine and passed appetizers. Rawr Party face painting added a dash of holiday glitz and sparkle, as Bad Santa posed for pics with Elites in the DNN Photography photo booth. Best of all, many generous Elites opened their hearts and brought in toy, gifts and giftcard donations for the babies, children and teens at Depelchin Children's Center. Check out the event reviews!

Wing Fling At BreWingZ Sports Bar & Grill

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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Greater Houston area Elites residing in the Humble area were treated to a multi-course wing and Anheuser Busch beer pairing at BreWingZ Sports Bar & Grill. Starting with their famous jalapeno cheese bites and quesadillas followed by an assortment of six variety of wings – like Original Hot, Lemon Pepper, Orange Ginger – they surprisingly left with more than full bellies. BreWingZ kindly provided goodie bags and VIP cards for their next visit! Read the event reviews for more.

December 10, 2014

Yelp Omaha Learns The ABCs Of Winter Cycling

Posted by Will

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Omaha's Yelp Elite Squad gathered for bites, sips and cycling tips at the Omaha Bicycle Co., a cozy bike/coffee shop in Benson. After enjoying offerings from Star Deli (their Cuban is one of the best sandwiches in town, just sayin'), Two Birds Bakery and Intelligentsia Coffee - not to mention a variety of samples from Infusion Brewing Company and Benson Brewery - Omaha Bicycle Co. owner Sarah Johnson gave a presentation on the ins and outs of winter cycling. The biggest takeaways? Make sure you're adequately dressed, remember to slow down and always check your ABCs - air, brakes and chain – before hitting the cold, cold streets. Want more? Check out reviews and photos from this fantastic event.

Huge thanks go out to Omaha Bicycle Co., Star Deli, Two Birds Bakery and Andy Lachance Photography.

December 08, 2014

Miami Goes Back to Better Days

Posted by Cassie Glenn

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Last Wednesday, Yelp Miami Elites took a trip back in time after walking through the doors of Better Days, a pop-up in the hip Brickell neighborhood. Specializing in craft cocktails, Better Days treated Yelpers to four unique libations with names like Michael Outta Know Better (a take on the traditional Mexican michaelada) and Surfer in Recovery, made of Jaegermeister, coconut water and pineapple soda. To eat, attendees snacked on old fashioned hotdogs, popcorn, Dirty Chips, throwback candy like Pop Rocks, and cheesy bites from Pizza Rustica nextdoor. To break up the evening, a round of 70s trivia proved not everyone has forgotten the Oakland Athletics dominated baseball during this era, nor that John Travolta's character from Saturday Night Fever was named Tony. Be sure to scope out the photos here and groovy reviews here.

Special thanks to Fernado Holiday Vargas from the Miami Media School for the pics. 

Yelp Gets It Poppin' at Poppin' Stop

Posted by Natasha C.

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This Saturday, Augusta Yelpers and friends were filled with holiday cheer at Yelp's Holiday Pop-In. Everyone enjoyed complimentary samples of the 40 plus gourmet flavors available at Poppin' Stop as well as special holiday cocktails by Barbelle Bartending. DJ Mitts kept the party poppin' with music and guests also enjoyed raffle prizes courtesy of Poppin' Stop and Yelp Augusta. Check out event reviews and photos.  Chances are, you met a fellow popcorn lover, so tag 'em on Facebook. Check out future Yelp events.

December 05, 2014

It Was a Night of Holiday Cameos at Orange County Museum of Art

Posted by Ryan C.

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Even a downpour and a visit from the Grinch couldn't dampen the spirits of Yelpers as they took on Yelp's Museum of Merriment this past Wednesday at the Orange County Museum of Art. Decked out in their favorite holiday movie inspired outfits, guests perused The Avante-Garde Collection on display while taking a sleu of selfies to share on their social feeds. Cold weather was battled with warm treats from amazing local vendors while DJ Velvet Touch spun musical melodies (which caused more than one impromptu sing-along) as Splendid Studiobooth provided snaps to capture the memorable moments. 'Tis the season of giving and the community did just that as we raised $886 for our hosting venue and beneficiary of the evening!

Check out the cheer on the review page or take a peek at the fun photos courtesy of Brian Feinzimer Photography on Flickr and snaps from Splendid Studio Booth's Facebook gallery!

HOSTING VENUE AND BENEFICIARY:
Orange County Museum of Art

PARTICIPATING SPONSORS:
- Amazing Cakes
- Anepalco's Cafe
- Bootlegger's Brewery
- Chocxo
- DJ Velvet Touch
- Elbows Mac N Cheese
- Fresh Brothers Pizza
- Jarritos
- Kean Coffee
- Lorna Jane
- Ritter's Steam Kettle Cooking
- Splendid Studio Booth
- Stella Rosa Wines
- The People's Deli

#YelpAtTheMuseum: Orlando's Bodacious, Cretaceous Bash!

Posted by Andi

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Orlando's Yelpers rocked out the city's largest Yelper Party to date at the Orlando Science Center on Wednesday with dinosaurs, princesses, ninjas, and even a falcon!

It was a night filled with incredible local bites, drinks, and entertainment that also saw local Yelpers raise over $7,000 for the Orlando Science Center! Inside, guests had the chance to party to sick tunes by DJ D-Strong while the giant outside terrace was transformed into a wonderland by West Elm Orlando and 99 Market//Porch Therapy where folks ate burgers, drank beer, and grooved to the soulfull sound of Orlando's own 10-piece soul band, The Sh-Booms.

But heck- This is Yelp! Check out what Orlando Yelpers thought of the party here, gaze at the visual delights of the party in photos captured by fabulous local photographers here, and check out the tremendous local partners below!

Thanks to our amazing Sponsors:

Oblivion Taproom • Rogue Pub • New Belgium Brewing Company •  Harpoon Brewery • Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants • Bungalow23 Mixers  Tito's Handmade Vodka • Cocktails Catering featuring Tito's Handmade Vodka!  Winter Park Distilling Company • Barnie's Coffee Kitchen • Onli Beverages • Red Bull Energy • Vespr Craft Coffee & Allures  BB Junction • The Smiling Bison • Hubbly Bubbly Falafel Shop • Norman's at the Ritz Carlton • Sus Hi Eatstation • Chianti's Pizza and Pasta • Hard Rock Cafe • Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar • KIND Snacks • American Q • Park Plaza Gardens • Burgerfi Altamonte Springs and Windermere • Avenue Gastrobar • Bento Cafe • Godiva • Jeremiah's Italian Ice • Krispy Kreme • The Pop Parlour • West Elm Orlando • 99 Market//Porch Therapy • Orlando Style Magazine • Retro City Cycles • The Henna Studio • Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament • Rock Hard Revue • SNAP! Studio Booth • Jim White Photography XL 106.7 The Sh-Booms

December 02, 2014

Holiday Yappy Hour At Carter's Pet Depot II

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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On November 23rd at Carter's Pet Depot II, Yelp Houston hosted its second Yappy Hour of the year, complete with holiday photos with Santa snapped by Lulu Lopez Photography, refreshing Ale Wagger Brown from Saint Arnold Brewing Company, a buffet of delicious donut holes and coffee from Shipley Do-Nuts Westheimer, free nail trims, pet adoptions, goodie bags, and monetary, blanket and toy donations benefiting The Glass Slipper! We had more than 90 pooches in attendance and raised almost $200. Miss the holiday bark party? Read the event reviews and check out the flickr party snapshots and photobooth pics