November 25, 2014

A Caribbean Vacation In Brooklyn

Posted by peter d.


Last night, this bold and refreshing restaurant on North 6th Street invited the best of Brooklyn's Yelp community out for an intimate look at their welcoming spot. Inspired by his Caribbean roots, the man behind Jify's incorporates a range of his native Curacao-style ingredients such as coconut, plantains, mango, pineapple and avocado into each dish. Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page.

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November 24, 2014

Elites Escape New Orleans And Head To Harrah's Gulf Coast

Posted by Morgan


A handful of Elites checked out of the hustle and bustle of New Orleans, and checked in to Harrah's Gulf Coast in Biloxi for an epic schedule filled with cooking demos, deep-tissue massages, drinking, dining, and an after-dark suite party.

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November 22, 2014

Fall Steak-cation At LongHorn Steakhouse Sugar Land and Memorial City

Posted by Farrah Akhtar


As they say, "everything's bigger in Texas" – including our appetites! At LongHorn Steakhouse Sugar Land and LongHorn SteakHouse Memorial City, Houston Elites were treated to a multi-course dinner consisting of menu classics and new favorites: appetizers like Sweet Corn Fritters, Spicy Chicken Bites, Brew Pub Pretzel Sticks and Wild West Shrimp; choice of Bleu Ridge Wedge or Mixed Green Salad; and steak options, like 8oz Renegade Sirloin, 8oz Harvest Mushroom Filet or a whopping 18oz Outlaw Ribeye complete with sides. And to top it off, a dessert assortment of their famous Chocolate Stampede and the seasonal Pumpkin Spice Lava Cake. Check out the event reviews from day 1 and day 2, along with Yelp Houston flickr pics.

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November 20, 2014

Elites Having A Ball With The New Orleans Pelicans

Posted by Morgan


Fifty Yelp Elites and their guests were soaring after an epic Friday night with the New Orleans Pelicans at The Smoothie King Center. In honor of Social Media Night, our Yelp Elites were able to get one-on-one time with the Pelicans Writer Jim Eichenhofer to talk about how he translates team stats to Twitter posts. We then headed down to the Smoothie King Center floor level to sit court side, where we were privy to the Pelicans warm-ups. Yes, they're really that tall! Of course, all this warm-up watching builds up an appetite, so the Pelicans gave our Elites the opportunity to access the Capital One Lounge where we enjoyed an amazing spread of gourmet grub before settling into our Club Level seats. There we hooped and hollered for our New Orleans Pelicans who put a hurtin' on the Minnesota Timberwolves with a game winning score of 139 to 91. To get the gist of this jock jam, check out the reviews here

Thank you so much to our sponsors, the New Orleans Pelicans and their staff for an amazing Friday night at The Smoothie King Center.

November 19, 2014

Elites Turn Up The Heat At Básico!

Posted by Scotty

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Básico was anything but basic with the sampling menu they put together for our Yelp Charleston Elite Squad members. It was littered with proteins like baby octopus, mole chicken, rabbit, and beef belly. Once everyone checked in, Chef Bryan Cates gave an intriguing demonstration on how they make their own in-house hot sauce creations! None of the 70 guests could resist a whiff of that bourbon barrel aged sauce that'll be ready by Christmas time. Read more about the event here and check out all the photos on Flickr too!

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November 15, 2014

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

Posted by Ryan C.

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

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

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

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

Posted by Ryan C.

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

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

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

November 09, 2014

Elites' First Look At Microsoft Store - Baybrook Mall

Posted by Farrah Akhtar


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

November 07, 2014

Elites Get Cheesy at Elbows Mac N Cheese in Brea

Posted by Ryan C.

Elbows Mac N Cheese in Brea welcomed Elites for lunch as they served up some of their most creative cheesy concoctions for guests to gorge on. Creations mixed with buffalo wings, scrambled eggs, seafood, a turkey dinner, and more came out at a rapid pace before attendees could eat no more. If you can think it, they've probably already beat you to it and they're serving it up all year round!

Check out the reviews and uploaded photos from the event to see what you missed!

A big thanks to Elbows Mac N Cheese for being terrific hosts!


November 06, 2014

Miami Goes Gaucho at Fogo de Chão

Posted by Cassie Glenn

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Miami Elites recently took a trip down south to Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse, where the centuries-old Gaucho culture is still alive and well. Sixty people gathered in South Beach for an upscale experience that won't soon be forgotten. Between sips of delicious caipirinhas and flowing wine, Elites chowed down on endless cuts of juicy meat and salad bar eats, while enjoying great conversation. They learned the history behind this renowned Brazilian Steakhouse with a screening of "The Gaucho Way," a documentary highlighting the owners. You can read all of the meaty reviews here and check out some photos here

November 03, 2014

Lexington Went So Fresh And So Green

Posted by Heather



On Sunday evening, about 20 Yelpers were brought together and treated to some of the tastiest and healthiest salads, soups and homemade lemonades, at one of Lexington’s newest hotspots, Vinaigrette. The healthiness didn’t stop there, two lucky winners each won a six month gym membership to Fitness 19. Read reviews about the fantastic event here and check out all the photos on the Flickr page.

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October 29, 2014

I'm Not A Gangster, I Just Yelp A Lot

Posted by Nathen


It was curtains, curtains!... Well maybe not curtains, but yummy bites, tequila tastings, and a look into some of Las Vegas' mafia history. A group of lucky Elites where treated to a tequila and food pairing at The Commissary located in the new bustling Downtown area of Las Vegas. There were three different tequila pairings offered: MILAGRO REPOSADO paired with Tinga Chicken Taquitos, ILLEGAL MEZCAL JOVEN paired with Hickory Smoked Sliders, and a 1921 ANEJO paired with a Spicy Crab Guacamole. After the pairings Elites walked next door and received a private tour of the Las Vegas Mob Museum. They were divided into separate groups as a tour guide walked them through all three levels of mafia history. Secret phone recordings, private family photo's, and even a look at mafia crime scene photos. After the event Elites were given gift bags and a voucher to come back and enjoy the museum with their friends. Read more about the event here

Thanks to the Mob Museum, The Commissary, and Digital Guerrilla Inc. 


Miami Elites Experience Yard House's The Dark Hour

Posted by Cassie Glenn

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Yelp Miami vampires emerged on Tuesday to get a first bite of Yard House's The Dark Hour, the restaurant's new late night happy hour. Elites took over the outdoor patio to sip on a variety of beers and cocktails from the extensive menu, while chowing down on happy hour favorites including spicy buffalo wings, hot and cheesy pizzas, onion rings, spinach artichoke dip, sliders and more. The pinnacle of the event was the unveiling of the Vampire Taco, a meaty bite that proved it's worth staying up for on a weeknight. To top it off, Elites walked away with a $25 gift card to return for more, along with a t-shirt to always remember this evening. Don't miss the photos here and the stellar reviews here.

October 16, 2014

Houston Elites First Look At Yellow Rose Distilling

Posted by Farrah Akhtar


On October 8th, Houston's first and only city limits distillery Yellow Rose Distilling welcomed the Yelp Elite Squad to a private tour and tasting, generously hosted by founders Troy Smith and Ryan Baird, along with partner Randy Whitaker. Elites joyfully sipped on Moscow Mules made with Howdy Stranger Vodka and bourbon-infused Apple Smash cocktails, as Ruggles Cafe Bakery provided sweet bites – brownies, cookies and cupcakes – to compliment the refreshing adult bevs. Guests also enjoyed flights of Yellow Rose Distilling's award-winning whiskeys, bourbons and vodka during the educational tour. Check out the event reviews, flickr and facebook photos!

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October 14, 2014

Elites Go Gaucho At Fogo De Chão Brazilian Steakhouse

Posted by Farrah Akhtar


On October 6, Houston Elites were treated to an intimate dining experience at the city's most renowned churrascaria, Fogo De Chão Brazilian Steakhouse. Sipping on South American wines, beers and Caipirinhas – the Squad enjoyed a generous buffet of seafood, salad bar and 16 cuts of delectable fire roasted meats! Check out the event reviews, flickr photos and facebook photos snapped by by Long T!

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October 10, 2014

Chicago 'Burbs Taqueria Tasting at CiNe

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On Wednesday night, nearly 50 Chicagoland Yelpers came together to enjoy an evening of Latin flavor and eclectic scenery at CiNe, located in the historic downtown Hinsdale. In addition to collecting Yelp schwag and indulging in refreshing margaritas and sangria, Yelp Elites and their guests sampled a handful of CiNe's delicious menu items including Avocado Fries, Baby Scallop, Shrimp, and White Fish Ceviche, Vegetarian Queso Fundito, and Mini Tinga Tostadas. Read all the reviews of the event here and check out the fabulous photos on Flickr!

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San Antonio's Elite Urban Patio Party



Monday night, San Antonio Elites gathered to sip frosty Yelparitas, taste upscale Mexican snacks, and enjoy a break from the hot Texas sun. The Urban Taco patio was the perfect scene for a relaxed evening with an intimate group of Elite friends. Read and add your review here, and check out the fantastic photos on Flickr

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October 07, 2014

Yelp Elites Get Lucky At The Irish House New Orleans

Posted by Morgan


A handful of lucky Yelp Elites were able to wind down last Wednesday with a Yelp Elite Whiskey Tasting at The Irish House. Guests were greeted with a heady pint of Smithwick's, an Irish ale, to whet their whistle before finding a seat to start the evening. General Manager Damian, Chef Wyatt, and Jeb, our fearless bartender, hosted the three course pairing, giving us details and history about the Irish whiskeys while pairing them with complimentary flavors in delicious dishes. After our tastings, the Yelp Elites battled it out for best Yelp trivia team downstairs with the hoi polloi. Check out the great pics here and live vicariously through our lucky Elites' reviews here

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October 06, 2014

Zombies Raise Money for Charity Before Crowning Their Undead Prom Court in Anaheim

Posted by Ryan C.


Zombies and monsters took over the Anaheim GardenWalk this past Wednesday for Yelp’s Monster Mash II: The Zombie Prom. This sequel benefitted the Anaheim Fall Festival and Anaheim Family YMCA where generous attendees raised over $7,000 for the featured organizations. To ensure nobody got bit from the infected party-goers, samplings from a variety of food and drink sponsors filled the bellies of the undead while artists showcased pieces of their creative works and CHAOS from the Frida Cinema showed the ghoulish guests how to do the Time Warp! A prom wouldn’t be complete without its court; votes were counted, limbs were lost and in the end Aaron L and Shanon Y became our first ever brain-eating-royalty for 2014!

Read the tales of survival on our event page or peruse the massive amounts of photos taken by Josue Rivas and Jennifer Fedrizzi in our Flickr gallery. If you got snapped in one of the photobooths, you can view those galleries by visiting Splendid Studio Booth and Dazzle Photobooth's pages.

Make sure to check out our participating sponsors below as we couldn't have done this without them!

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October 05, 2014

Elite Fall Fiesta At La Bikina

Posted by Farrah Akhtar


On September 30th, the Yelp Elite Squad was invited to an intimate, eight-course seated tasting at the Greater Houston area's newest authentic Mexican restaurant – La Bikina. Hailing from Leon, Mexico and over to The Woodlands, Texas, Yelpers noshed on Panuchos, Sopa De Fideo Seco, Molcajete de Queso, Tacos de Camaron, Tacos Al Pastor, Huachinango De La Costa, Churros, Maceta and frozen tamarindo margaritas and Mexican beer! Check out the event reviews and flickr photos

October 01, 2014

Yelp Houston Blood Drive: You're Somebody's Type!

Posted by Farrah Akhtar


On September 27, Yelp Houston hosted its first blood drive with The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, along with a Be The Match bone marrow registry drive. At You're Somebody's Type!, Yelpers were treated bites provided by Maggiano's Little Italy and Dunkin' Donuts Houston, goodie bags and prizes. Read more about the event here, and check out the Yelp Houston Flickr photos here!

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September 22, 2014

Yelpers Experience Uptown Whittier While Raising Funds for a Local Non-Profit!

Posted by Ryan C.

Yelpers from OC and LA East headed to Local Fixture in Uptown Whittier last week for a night of shopping, bites and mingling while raising over $450 for The Women’s and Children’s Crisis Shelter, a local non-profit organization providing important, education and advocacy services for adult and children survivors of domestic violence. Not only were attendees treated to the sweet sounds of Lovell’s Records very own Home Snake Collective, the guests enjoyed bites from popular local eateries while sipping some great cocktails and coffee affogatos during the evening. Read the reviews and see all of the attendee's photos of the event here!

Thanks to the hosting venue and participating sponsors:
Local Fixture
Village Sweets
The 6740
Bizarra Capital
The Bottle Room
Solid Coffee Brewers
Lovell's Records
Stella Rosa
Caba Horchata

Please click below to find out more about the non-profit beneficiary of the evening:
Women's and Children's Crisis Shelter

September 17, 2014

San Antonio Elites Discover Raw Beauty


Last week, an exclusive group of San Antonio Elites gathered at Raw Hair Studio to get gorgeous. Anna and her team of stylists pampered our partygoers with massages, make-up, hand treatments, blowouts and haircuts while they danced, ate ribs and tacos fresh off the grill, and sipped mimosas. Read the reviews here and check out our Elite hotness on Flickr

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September 07, 2014

Columbia Moseys Down Main With Columbia Food Tours

Posted by Rachel O.

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Yelp Columbia recently had the opportunity to play tourist in our own town. We quickly realized that this food tour was not just for those visiting the Soda City! It's the perfect plan for an afternoon of noshing while taking in the sights on Main Street.

We were treated to sweet and savory bites at 5 local businesses - Midlands' Modern Southern Food Arts, Bourbon, The Oak Table, Villa Tronco Italian Restaurant and The Cake Professor

Special thanks Brian and Kristin Cole of Columbia Food Tours, LLC for helping us discover Columbia - one bite at a time and to Alexis Schwailler Photography for capturing all the fun.

Check out the photos on Flickr and read reviews of the event on Yelp!

September 04, 2014

Yelpers Explore the Anaheim Packing House One Bite At A Time

Posted by Ryan C.

It was a night of full bellies and smiles as Elites took over the Anaheim Packing House for a one-of-a-kind tasting event packed with food, friends and fun. With 18 restaurants in the mix, the excited guests got to sample their way through the popular venue while mingling with the friendly personalities behind each of the unique businesses on site. Everything from sandwiches to sushi, duck mac and cheese to some extrodinary crepes were featured on the menu, making this one of the most memorable tasting events to date!

Want to relive that experience or live vicariously through others? Check out the five-star feedback and the gallery of photos from Jenny Solo and Albert Liu on our Flickr page!

- Anaheim Packing House
- Hammer Bar
- Lemon Drop
- Adya
- Rolling Boil
- Orange Tei
- The Chippy Fish & Grill
- Georgia's
- Black Sheep
- The Kroft
- Iron Press
- The Blind Rabbit
- Wheat & Sons
- Hans Homemade Ice Cream
- Dark 180
- Popbar
- Cafecito Organico
- Crepe Coop
- Buy 'N Bulk

September 02, 2014

Yelp's 10th Anniversary Bash Heats Up Baton Rouge

Posted by Rebecca Whyte


All August-long was phenomenal in Baton Rouge, as we celebrated 10 Years of Yelp! Festivities included happy hours, four-legged pups get-together, alligator corn dogs, gymnastics & princesses, BBQ sauce, kiddos, French macarons, posh caramel apples and "Burst-inis"... were amongst the greats.  The Red Stick also blossomed with UYEs' planned by some of the Yelp Elite Squad to showcase the happiest happy hour hot spots, kids eat free, live bands and where to indulge in the yummiest margaritas!  We even had a news segment on WAFB Ch. 9... see footage.  Thank you to all Baton Rouge businesses that posted "check-in offers”.  Looking forward to 10 more years of useful, funny, cool and the unboring! See the fab photos on Flickr. #10YearsofYelp.

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Swing And Martinis In San Antonio

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On Tuesday, Elites and their guests enjoyed craft martinis in a stunning downtown locale. Gourmet Italian treats made the night even more delicious. Elites started with a little swing and ended the night serenaded by a special live performance. Read and post your review here and check out the gorgeous memories from the night on the Flickr page! 

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August 28, 2014

Kickin' It Up A Notch Down In New Orleans

Posted by Morgan

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Emeril’s Delmonico spiced up a Tuesday night for 60 Elites hosting a Happy Hour to top all Happy Hours! Elite couldn’t have had it better after a hard day’s work with free valet parking, an exemplary wait staff, bottomless libations, and mouthwatering bites that were not only creative and delicious but also had our more dietary-sensitive Elites in mind with gluten-free Emeril's Barbecued Shrimp and vegetarian Pizzetta Fritta with Tomato, Provolone and Basil. Guests mingled while Ron Jones tickled the ivories playing classic and modern melodies. Chef Anthony Scanio, General Manager Saleem Nawaz, as well as many other members of the executive staff joined us to answer questions, and get to know our Yelp community. Check out the reviews that tell-all, and the pictures that’ll have you seeking your own happy hour at Emeril’s Delmonico.

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August 25, 2014

Yappy Hour At Kriser's Houston

Posted by Farrah Akhtar


What time is it? It's paw thirty! On August 23rd, Kriser's hosted Houston Yelpers and their pooches to a Saturday morning for an in-store mixer – Yelp's Yappy Hour – providing free nail trims, Kriser's doggy treat bags, Yelp frisbees and Yelp bandanas. And the 'rents weren't left out. Dunkin' Donuts Houston cooled off the crowd with their famous Dunkin' iced coffee, iced teas and donuts. And for those without a furry friend to call their own, Pup Squad Animal Rescue was onsite hosting adoptions! Check out the event reviews and Yelp flickr photos.

August 21, 2014

Columbus Invades A Cincinnati Favorite!

Posted by Bryant M

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Sister city, Cincy, may be used to the famous Greek sauce, but it was new to most Columbus Yelpers. Skyline Chili invited the Yelp Elite Squad to find out why their slogan is "Feeling Good, It's Skyline Time!" by treating us to Greek salads, cheese coneys, 3-ways, and their signature hospitality. Four weeks, four neighboring cities, and four restaurants equaled over 80 new fans! Check out the amazing event photos and read the stellar reviews in the sponsor section below.

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August 19, 2014

Yelpers Get Techy with a sneak peek at AT&T's "Store of the Future"

Posted by Ryan C.

Elites got their geek on this past Friday with a sneak peek of AT&T's newest "Store of the Future" at Bella Terra in Huntington Beach. With a variety of demos and opportuinities to play with the latest and greatest high-tech gadgets, Yelpers not only crammed their heads full of data, but their bellies full of bites from SeaLegs Wine Bar. The night ended with a ton of great giveaways that included phones, fitness pals, battery packs, and more! See what you missed by reading the reviews or relive the experience one photo at a time on our Flickr gallery!


Des Moines Celebrates Yelp's 10th Birthday!

Posted by Patrick

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Yelp turned 10 this year so it was our duty to celebrate like a ten year old would! In Des Moines, we did just that — we partied at Up/Down with an ample supply of vintage video games, over-sized board games, and we even had a Skee Ball tournament! We polished off pizza from Gusto Pizza and got crazy with vegan cupcakes from Golden Dozen. What a party! Cheers to 10 years, Yelp!

For more, check out the event reviews here  and the photos here.

August 18, 2014

Schaum-Brew Summer Night

Posted by Nicole W


On Wednesday night, nearly 100 burb rockin' Yelpers got together to celebrate a brew filled summer night at Stonewood Ale House in Schaumburg. Beyond testing some sweet Yelp swag and sampling free flowing beer, Elites and their guests feasted on an array of Stonewood's mouth watering eats like Chicken Nachos, BBQ Ribs, Southwest Eggrolls, and Ale House Cheeseburgers. Read all the reviews of the event here and peek at the fabulous photos here

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August 11, 2014

Three Cheers For Beer In Baton Rouge

Posted by Rebecca Whyte

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The Yelp Elite Squad in Baton Rouge gathered for a VIP experience at the Pelican House to celebrate Yelp's 10th Anniversary! And what better way to celebrate than with over 100 beers on tap and delectable bites of Blackened Alligator and Duck Nachos? Before the festivities began, Elites got to know each other with an icebreaker and snapped selfies with their new-found friends. Yelp fingerless gloves, bottle openers and other cool swag was everywhere. Read all the reviews on Yelp and check out photos on our Flickr page!

August 08, 2014

Yelp's Taste of India at Tamarind of London in Newport Beach

Posted by Ryan C.

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Yelpers sampled their way through a special menu tasting at Tamarind of London this past Wednesday where guests not only dined on some of the restaurant's most popular traditional Indian dishes, but got a grand tour and behind the scenes look at the kitchen. From prawns to naan, curries to lamb, attendees left full and more knowledgable after their family style feast at this fantastic eatery in Newport! Check out the amazing photos and reviews here.

Food and venue courtesy of:
Tamarind of London

August 01, 2014

Yelpers Celebrate Summer in the LBC

Posted by Ryan C.

Yelpers celebrated another gorgeous summer evening overlooking the Long Beach cityscapes at One Eleven Pool and Lounge. While mingling with new and old friends, Elites had the opportunity to sample some of the venue's signature cocktails while Executive Chef Janine Falvo offered tastings off of her new "Ocean to Fork" menu to the eager guests. To continue the goodwill in the metro, the squad generously raised over $600 to support local non-profit Back on my Feet throughout the evening! Read the reviews and check out the Flickr gallery to relive the evening!

Hosting Venue:
One Eleven Pool and Lounge
Renaissance Long Beach

Back on my Feet

July 28, 2014

It's A Brewingz Throwdown In Baytown

Posted by Farrah Akhtar


Yelp Houston hosted its first Baytown Elite event at Brewingz Sports Bar & Grill, where Elites indulged in a curated wing and beer tasting, starting off with their famous sides - Fire Sticks, Jalapeno Cheese Bites, and Mozzarella Cheese Sticks. The six-course wing tasting was composed of various sauces –Original, Chicken and Waffle, Teriyaki & Thai Spice, Lemon Pepper, Garlic Sauce and Orange Ginger – with Anheuser-Busch beers to match! Elites also walked away with Brewingz t-shirts and a VIP card! Check out the reviews and photos!

It's A Smashing Social At Smashburger Willowbrook

Posted by Farrah Akhtar


The Yelp Elite Squad enjoyed a private tasting at the new Smashburger Willowbrook – days before its opening! Elites savored a seven course tasting composed of various Smashburgers – beef, chicken and black bean – sides, and yes – SmashShakes to complete the night! Guests were also the first in Houston to taste the new Truffle & Swiss Smashburger featuring organic arugula and mushrooms! Check out the reviews and photos

It's A Summer Splash At Hyatt Market Street

Posted by Farrah Akhtar


They Yelp Elite Squad enjoyed a Sunday staycation at boutique hotel Hyatt Market Street in The Woodlands, Texas. Greeted with Watermelon Jalapeno Margaritas and Grapefruit Sangria – both made with Houston's own Titanium Tequila – along with passed apps and summer-inspired cooking demos from Executive Chef Andrew Kramer, and live acoustic tunes; it was a great way to wrap-up the weekend. ...And a lil' pool action didn't hurt, either! Check out the reviews and pictures!

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July 21, 2014

Yelp New Orleans Elites Get Home Schooled

Posted by Morgan


Despite scattered showers, a gung-ho group of Yelp New Orleans Elites came out for a Sunday funday in the French Quarter for Gray Line's exclusive trifecta tour with knowledgeable guides Etienne and Brian. The tour combined the company's top tours including history, ghost, and, our favorite, cocktail! Before, during and after the tour, Creole Cuisine restaurants including Royal House, Chartres House, and Broussard's kept our Elites happy with delicious local fare including fried alligator, oyster pastries, redfish beignets, and shrimp remoulade. We washed it down with refreshing cocktails along the way including Broussard's bartender Paul Gusting's famous Pimm's Cup. We left the Quarter with full bellies, a good buzz, and a ton of great knowledge about the city we call home! Take a tip from me, and check out the great reviews and fun photos from our journey in the Vieux Carre. 

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July 17, 2014

Yelp New Orleans Elites See Red at Phil's Grill

Posted by Morgan


A handful of dedicated Yelp Elites got up at the crack of dawn to participate in the local Running of the Bulls this past Saturday in New Orleans. We prepared for the day's run at Phil's Grill, our Yelp Running of the Bulls Headquarters, by tieing on some Yelp bandanas, and enjoying KIND bars, fruit, sangrias, and bloody marys. A fleet of Bike Taxi Unlimited pedicabs chaffeured us to the route, where we then ran like Hell avoiding the wrath of Big Easy Roller Derby bulls with bats. We licked our wounds back at Phil's Grill and noshed on Kobe sliders, duck wings, and meat pies while enjoying local Abita Amber...and, of course, more Sangria, while listening to the local sounds of Scott Myers and the Os Batutas. No need to wake up at the crack to enjoy our pics and check out the reviews from this epic Elite event!

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July 11, 2014

OKC's Night Out At The Ballpark

Posted by Julie P

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On Thursday night, Oklahoma City Elites attended an Oklahoma City Redhawks baseball game against the New Orleans Zephyrs at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Elites and their guests cheered on the Redhawks from excellent seats just behind the Redhawks dugout, sipped cold beers and kicked back in the (relatively) cool July evening. As the sun set over Bricktown, Elites and friends enjoyed America’s favorite past time and, as always, each other’s company! All in all, it was just a perfect way to spend a beautiful summer evening. Be sure to read all the reviews and check out the Flickr photo set.    

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July 07, 2014

Gold Badge Pop-Up At Dosi Restaurant & Soju Bar

Posted by Farrah Akhtar


Gun bea! Houston's newest and most buzzed about resto – Dosi Restaurant & Soju Bar – surprised Gold Badge Elites with a pop-up bash! The intimate group of 24 enjoyed a seated multi-course tasting of Korean-inspired tapas prepared by Executive Chef Jordan Asher and Chef Daniel Toro. Plates included Wagyu Beef Jerky, Black Bean Noodles and Pork Belly – perfectly paired with a variety of fruit-infused soju. Check out the reviews and pictures

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July 01, 2014

Des Moines Proof Is In The Pudding Elite Event

Posted by Patrick


Yelp Elites spent this gorgeous afternoon munching and mingling at Proof in downtown Des Moines.  The Mediterranean inspired menu was as beautiful as the new art show Elites got a sneak peak at. Proof that, the Proof is definately in the pudding! You can read the reviews, and see photos from the event here and for the Flickr gallery click here.

June 26, 2014

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

Posted by Ryan C.


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

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

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

June 16, 2014

Houstonians Pley With Yelp At The Children's Museum of Houston

Posted by Farrah Akhtar


It was Friday the 13th, and some 700 Yelpers donned their best super hero, villain and comic book character costumes to make way to the Children's Museum of Houston and Pley With Yelp – The Sequel! There were more than 20 local businesses and sponsors on the scene engaging with Yelpers, all for a good cause. We raised more than $5400 for the Children's Museum of Houston. Read all the event reviews, and see all the fun photos on the flickr page

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June 13, 2014

Augusta Showcases An Air of Southern Flair

Posted by Natasha C.

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Y'all know we love a social, Southerners that is. Yelp Augusta enjoyed the calm breeze and beautiful trees at the Southern Hospitality Social on June 12. So who dare host such an affair? The historic Partridge Inn located atop the hill overlooking the lovely city of Augusta were host to more than 40 Yelpers. Yelpers enjoyed mojitos compliments of resident bartender, Vince and amazing dishes prepared by resident Chef, Chris. The southern style Shrimp & Grits were a smash. One lucky Yelper walked away with a grand prize pack. The staff undoubtedly displayed their southern hospitality. Check out event reviews and photos.  Chances are, you met a new belle or beau, so tag 'em on Facebook. Click here to see and RSVP for future Yelp events.

June 09, 2014

Northern VA Wines Up for the Weekend

Posted by Gretchen

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On Saturday, Elites and their guests gathered together for an afternoon of all around tastings! Total Wine & More in Chantilly, VA, arranged for tastings of beers from three local Virginia breweries, ten different fresh and seasonal wines, plus noshes from Boar's Head and Buffalo Wing Factory & Pub. All in all, it made for one heck of an afternoon. Want to see more? Check out pictures of the rad event here, and read what folks are saying about it on

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June 03, 2014

Louisville Elites Chill Out With Brews, Tunes

Posted by Emily H


The Louisville Elites recently gathered for Flight Club, and in this case, we do talk about it. Great Flood Brewing Co., the new and much buzzed about brewery in the Douglass Loop neighborhood, opened up just for the squad, and we got to sample four of their brews — the IIPA, Wit, Oatmeal Stout, and Brown. The crew also enjoyed snacks and listened to local band Crunchy Groove Machine, along with taking home free tickets to Mercury Ballroom. Learn more about this rad event by reading the reviews, looking through the pics and watching the photo slideshow.

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June 02, 2014

Yelp Spring Breakers Invade Nashville!

Posted by Marcia


The RSVPs for the third installment of Yelp Spring Break were through the roof this year and we couldn't have been happier to host some of our most Funny, Useful, Cool, and fun Yelp Elites in Nashville from May 8th - May 11th. With nearly 30 events on the schedule that included 21 official events, 5 Nashville Elites hosted CMYEs, and more - there was certainly a little something for everyone to enjoy. From the music themed events that included an exclusive tour of Jack White's Third Man Records and Ice Cream Licks with Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams + Guitar Picks with the legendary George Gruhn at Gruhn Guitars to carefully curated experiences with the locavore food scene that included being greeted and given a first taste of Chauhan Ale & Masala House by James Beard Award of Excellence recognized Celebrity Chef & Chopped Judge Maneet Chauhan at the Welcome Reception at Anthem to the Yelp exclusive craft beer soaked hard hat tour of the much anticipated opening of Acme Feed & Seed and Popup 4 course Whole Hog Dinner hosted by Sycamore Nashville at recently opened POP Nashville. And, locals happily joned the celebration at the It's Spring Break Y'all Party at Marathon Music Works that included live entertainment by Red Bull Sound Select artists Kansas Bible Company and Fond Object Records at the turntables. Activities included souvenir shopping at popup shops featuring local vendors that included mobile shopping truck The Trunk, Goodbuy Girls, DCXV, and more, along with interactive games like cornhole, limbo, and Angry Bats while many enjoyed noshing on snacks from The Local Taco, Two Bits, The Free Bakery, Nashville Wine & Food Festival, and Retro Sno. We all stayed cool with the launch of Bacardi Mango Fusion cocktails and by taking dips in the dunking booth! Check out the full list of events here, photos here, and reviews here. And, a big congrats to the winner of the interactive Goosechase Scavenger Hunt: Sarahjoy C