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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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.
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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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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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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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Wait—you're going to put chili where?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Yelp.com!
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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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A rockin' evening kicked for the Baton Rouge Yelp Elite Squad at the Lava Cantina. Excitement rolled through as guests checked-in to the event ready to get the party started! The "tour stop tapas" immediately hit the tables – mini chimis, Cajun meatballs and mini flautas for all to munch on. Talk of tequila prevailed, which escalated the hype for the tasting, so soon enough... it commenced! Tequila reps migrated to the different tables sharing facts and samples of the different tequilas... favorites were the Herradura and the Avión Silver. Many competed in trivia to land a spot in the top 3 for a chance to win a beautifully decorated and decadent caramel apple from Le Posh Pomme. See pics on Flickr and star-studded reviews.
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On Wednesday night Elites celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a Tex-Mex food fiesta in Greensboro. The food was abundant from pork carnitas, to quesadillas, to sea bass, the Yelp Elite Squad did not go hungry. Everyone sipped on Los Gordos' top shelf margarita call the Gordorita and topped it all off with some scrumptious made from scratch dessert. Did someone say banana burrito? Check out all the pictures from our fiesta here and the reviews for the event here.
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On April 21, Cbus Yelpers had a smashing time at Yelp's Smashtastic Smashburger Redux. Thirty Elites and their guests made the pilgrimage to Lewis Center for a VIP night at the newest Smashburger location, and we ate, ate ate... and then we drank, drank, drank. Two lucky Elites even got to try their hand at smashing their own burgers! Read all about this five-star event and check out the fun photos on Flickr.
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This past Saturday, the community came together to celebrate our most beloved food producers at The Lodge --- a gorgeous two-story restaurant and bar. Chef Todd Lesakowski and his staff used ingredients provided by T-Meadow, Plato Dale, Dan Tower and Native Offerings Farm along with oyster mushrooms from Boston Valley Gourmet to concoct creative tasting dishes for almost 300 guests. The Mountain Run joined us for a killer set of bluegrass (which included a bluegrass cover of Radiohead’s High and Dry) as guests enjoyed and sipped samples of Lockhouse Distillery Vodka and Brooklyn Brewery beer. Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page.
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Yelp New Orleans joined the green movement by combining forces with over 30 local businesses promoting earth-friendly or health & wellness initiatives for Yelp's So Fresh and So Green leading up to Earth Day on this past Tuesday. Multiple events and giveaways over the span of two weeks resulted in raised funds to support the Southern Animal Foundation Clinic and Grow Dat Youth Farm; recycling over 50 pounds of Mardi Gras beads from Yelp's Upcycling Crafternoon; munching on local fare from over a dozen local food producers at The Good Eggs So Fresh Fiesta; and spotlighting various eco-friendly companies at Earth Day Festival in Louis Armstrong Park and Earth Day: Living Green in New Orleans in the New Orleans Botanical Garden. Check out the full calendar listings here and our eco-chic photos on the Flickr page.
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On Tuesday night, 30 lucky Elite Yelpers got the opportunity to tour the Darden Headquarters and get their hands 'doughy' in the Olive Garden Test Kitchens. Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida was on hand to tell the Yelp Elites about the 75 million pounds of food that Darden has donated as a part of the Darden Harvest program and the Elites generously donated $310 for Second Harvest (which, in food bank math, equals $2,790 worth of groceries!). The Chefs rewarded the Orlando Elites for their generosity and hard work with an 11-course tasting of the Olive Garden's new and improved menu! Read all of the reviews of the event here and see all of the fabulous photos on the Flickr page.
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This past Tuesday, fifty members of the Yelp Elite Flight Club descended upon the NOLA Brewing Tap Room to try four of NOLA Brewing's beers in an epic flight of frothy deliciousness. Whilst a handful sampled brews, the other half enjoyed vigorous games of cornhole, Plinko McDrinko, and giant beer pong only stopping to fill their cups with NOLA Blonde. To keep the Elites' hunger at bay, Phil's Grill served up angus sliders covered in a NOLA Brown-infused cheese sauce and a side of potato salad that's so good you want to put in your pocket and save it for later. Take a big gulp of these event photos, and peruse the reviews on tap for this great event!
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On Saturday night, more than 40 Elites and their guests converged on Marketplace Restaurant @ Theater Square, a chic downtown Louisville eatery that specializes in modern comfort food, as part of Yelp Elite's Frigid Farewell. And despite some cold and rainy weather — Spring's invitation must have gotten lost in the mail — the Elites kept the party going with ample food from Marketplace, a signature cocktail featuring Maker's 46, complimentary copies of the Second Annual Locavore’s Resource Guide and Coupon Book from Edible Louisville, free seeds and bumper stickers from Fresh Start Growers' Supply and door prizes that included tickets to a GonzoFest event and to concerts at Mercury Ballroom, Louisville's newest music venue. Read all of the reviews of the event here, see the photos on the Flickr page and watch the slideshow on YouTube.
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On Tuesday night, Yelp elites in LA West were treated to eight courses of southern Thai Cuisine at Emporium Thai in Westwood. Copious amounts of noodles, curries, meats and salads were served along paired wines and sake. Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page.
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