April 21, 2014

Cooking In Olive Garden's Test Kitchen

Posted by Andi

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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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April 16, 2014

Bellevue Gets Brunched During Yelp's Road Trip

Posted by Katy

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Blssed with perfect weather for our Road Trip weekend, Yelpers from both Seattle and Portland packed into Eques for an equally perfect brunch event. Before they could even get through the door, Elite members were offered a choice of Mimosa or champagne as they waited outside for the event to star. Once inside, the drinks still poured! Tacked onto the liquid list was an endless supply Bloody Mary's courtesy of the do-it-yourself garnish bar. Also set up were various buffet-style sampling stations featuring blurberry stuffed French toast, Eggs Benedict, and more. But don't let us spoil for you! Want to see how it all went down? Check out what the Elite Squad had to say in their reviews of the event here.

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April 11, 2014

Yelp Parties With The Pooches At Healthy Spot in Costa Mesa

Posted by Ryan C.

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

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

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

Posted by Morgan


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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April 10, 2014

Des Moines Yelp Yeah!

Posted by Patrick


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

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



April 01, 2014

Louisville Elites Bid Farewell To Winter

Posted by Emily H


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

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A Taste Of Southern Thailand For LA West

Posted by Brinny


 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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March 31, 2014

Yelp's Smashing Social At Smashburger Kingwood

Posted by Farrah Akhtar


For the first time ever, Yelp Houston hosted an Elite Event in Kingwood, Texas at the newest Smashburger: Yelp's Smashing Social! Elites and their guests enjoyed a full menu tasting curated by Smashburger – everything from Smashburgers, Smashsides, Smashshakes and yes, Texas beer. The night was complete with Elites heading back to the kitchen to learn the now famous Smashburger technique, along with goodie bags. Check out the event reviews and flickr photos!

March 27, 2014

Food And Drinks At Eastside Elite Event In Downtown Bellevue, WA

Posted by Katy


After a blustery Spring day in the Pacific Northwest, an exclusive event was held for 25 Eastside Elite Squad members at Kaisho in downtown Bellevue. Guests were treated to bite sized portions of the restaurant’s most popular menu items in addition to two signature cocktails thrown in for good measure. After a warm welcome and introduction by members of the Kaisho team, mini desserts were brought out to finish the night off in a truly memorable fashion. Read all the Elite Squad reviews on the Yelp event page here.

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March 24, 2014

Yelp Orlando's Big Kid Bowling Party

Posted by Andi

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On Thursday night, Orlando's Elite Yelpers got to celebrate Spring Break with an over-the-top bowling party! But this ain't your grandpa's bowling shindig- Kings Bowl Orlando got the party started with retro-inspired cocktails and unexpected culinary delights like their Maple-Glazed Sea Scallops and their famous Steak Tips to go with a Yelp VIP bowling experience. Word on the street is that this was the most fabulously entertaining bowling party since Ricky's mom got tipsy at his 11th birthday party and started hitting on the waiters. But don't take our word for it - Read the Orlando Elites' reviews here and peruse their photos of the event here.

Big up to the Event Sponsors: Kings Bowl Orlando  •  SNAP! Studio Booth

Yelp Omaha's Night At The Apollon

Posted by Will

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Elites from across the Great Plains gathered in Omaha for a one-of-a-kind night at The Apollon, a multi-genre arts and entertainment hub that beautifully ties together live theater, music, visual art, and a locally sourced menu into a hilarious-yet-thought-provoking interactive experience. From taking a shot at making long exposure light art to mixing their own champagne-based concoctions with the Mad Hatter himself, Elite Yelpers no doubt had a night to remember at The Apollon. Check out pics from the event here and read the gushing reviews here.

Shout-outs: Modern Monks BreweryAndy Lachance Photography

March 21, 2014

Yelpers Celebrate Spring with a Fling at the Long Beach Towne Center!

Posted by Ryan C.

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Yelpers spent the first official day of spring this past Thursday at the Long Beach Towne Center for Yelp’s Spring Fling that benefited local non-profit, Giving Children Hope. Not only did guests get to take advantage of the beautiful evening in the outdoors, they got to eat until they could consume no more, drink and be merry, snap a ton of photos, and take in the sounds of music from our spinning DJ. It was awesome to see the donations flood in at check-in where the attendees generously donated over 200-pieces of canned and dry food for the featured organization! Read the stellar reviews here and check out the plethora of photos on our Flickr Page.

Sponsors of the event:
Long Beach Towne Center
Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ
El Torito
Cayman Jack
Helen Grace Chocolates
Original Roadhouse Grill
Ben & Jerry’s
Dazzle Photobooth
DJ Velvet Touch

March 18, 2014

Yelp's Brunch Club Takes Over SeaLegs Wine Bar in Huntington Beach

Posted by Ryan C.


Yelpers brunched at SeaLegs Wine Bar this past Saturday where they sampled an array of delicious menu items such as the California Chilaquiles, Crab Cake Benedict, Roasted Beet Salads, Bananas Foster, Chicken & Waffles, and more. The Huntington Beach weather was beautiful, the venue’s ambiance was amazing and the endless flow of champagne was fantastic. Can you really think of a better way to spend a Saturday? Read the reviews and see all of the attendee's photos of the event here or check out some more of the fun pics on the Flickr page!

Thanks to the venue and hosting sponsor:
SeaLegs Wine Bar

March 13, 2014

NOLA Elites Socialize On The Steamboat Natchez

Posted by Morgan

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We set our paddles in motion Sunday on the Mighty Mississippi aboard the Steamboat Natchez with an exclusive crew of New Orleans Elites. Between an array of appetizing bites and refreshing champagne cocktails, our sailors played YELPO for prizes and gained some Natchez knowledge during private tours of the vessel. Read our travel logs, er reviews, of the cruise here and decide who wore the crabby hat best in our pics on Flickr

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March 10, 2014

Northern Virginia is for Dog Lovers

Posted by Gretchen

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On Sunday, Elites took an afternoon to spend some quality time with their furrier halves! Olde Towne Pet resort welcomed the Northern VA Elite Squad with open arms -- and open paws -- to give everyone in attendance a taste of the sweet life. There was frolicking, noshing, chatting, and lots and lots of smiles to go around. Check out the reviews of this event here, and peep the photos on Flickr!

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March Mayhem in Ellicott City

Posted by Gretchen


On Saturday, the Baltimore Elites made their way to the Baltimore burbs of Ellicott City to kick off the college basketball season. Elites wore their team colors to cheer on their favorite college teams as they played on the screens at the bar. Read all the reviews of the event here and see the photos on the Flickr page.

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March 03, 2014

Yelpers Gotta Wine At Pinot's Palette The Woodlands

Posted by Farrah Akhtar


On Tuesday, February 18th, Elites from North Houston enjoyed an event all their own at Pinot's Palette The Woodlands! Noshing on giant pizza slices and KIND Snacks, along with bevs from Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Yelpers picked up their paint brushes and did what they knew best – party! Check out the event reviews and Flickr pics

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February 28, 2014

Des Moines Life On Mars

Posted by Patrick

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On Thursday night, Elite Squad members and a guest got together to celebrate the first ever Yelp Elite party in Des Moines. Caffeine was in full effect, not to mention succulent sandwiches, sweet sounds and other surprises! Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page.

February 23, 2014

Northern VA Elites Get a Tea-ser of the Zen Life

Posted by Gretchen


On Saturday afternoon, Northern Virginian Elites headed into Arlington but soon found themselves transported to an oasis of relaxation at House of Steep. Between tea tastings, delicious noshes, foot soaks, and hand reflexology, everyone in attendance was able to find their inner peace -- at least for a little while! Find all the captured moments on Flickr and read reviews of the event here.

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February 20, 2014

Buffalo Gets An Inside Look With Flight Club Beer Tasting @ Labatt Pub

Posted by Alex L


On Tuesday night, over 50 Buffalo Yelp Elite gathered for a beer tasting and food pairing course with a spectacular twist: they were sampling some beers that were not even out on the market yet! Lucky yelpers sampled highly anticipated to-be-released IPL Magic Hat's "Dream Machine" along with Labatt's Blue Royale and a half dozen other brews. Guests enjoyed a food pairing lesson with licensed Cicerone Brian while they munched on deliciously fresh catered goods from The Whole Hog Food Truck! Before the night was over, Dave and Brian from NA Breweries gave away dozens of prizes, including a very prized Olympic jersey (look through the photos to see it!). Read all of the reviews here and see the gorgeous photos on the Flickr page.

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February 18, 2014

Yelp MSP's Taste Of Kincaid's

Posted by Jonathan


Despite an unexpected blizzard during the day, 74 Elites braved the cold and snow to party on President's Day. Kincaid's provided delectable bites such as oyester shots and spoons of ribeye, as well as served refreshing beverages like the Bing Fizz and Lavendar Cosmopolitan. Check out the photos and read all the reviews.

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February 17, 2014

Lexington's Doodles After Dark

Posted by Heather


On a Thursday night, nearly 40 Lexingtonian Yelpers braved the snow and ice and were treated to so many mouthwatering samples, that no one went away hungry. Chef Brian told about the history of Doodles and the food that it serves. We all went away with a new view and appreciation of this true farm to table restaurant. This was our first Official Event and it couldn't have went any better. Read all the reviews of the event here and check out all the fantastic photos on the Flickr page. 

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February 13, 2014

Boutique Bowling In The Big Easy

Posted by Morgan


On Tuesday night, all twelve lanes at Fulton Alley were filled with Yelp New Orleans Elites and their guests for a night of sips and splits. Amateurs and self-pronounced professionals were bowled over by the great service, delicious bites, and delectable libations enjoyed between frames! Relive the event vicariously through the reviews of this stellar event here and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page.

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February 10, 2014

East Bay: Ladies Night Out at The Shane Co.

Posted by Nique!


For the first time in Yelp East Bay history, Elites were treated to a ladies-only event, to bond over diamonds, cookies, and champagne at The Shane Co in Walnut Creek. 80 Elite gals relished the chance to try on bling in a no-pressure environment while sippin' on pink bubbly and enjoying four different times of handcrafted ice cream sandwiches. Love fortunes were offered by Golden Dragon Fortunes, putting many ladies in a giddy mood for Valentines Day. The $50 gift card from The Shane Co. helped too! Check out the Elite reviews and photos on the event review page.

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