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July 28, 2014

It's A Brewingz Throwdown In Baytown

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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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

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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

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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

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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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July 17, 2014

Yelp New Orleans Elites See Red at Phil's Grill

Posted by Morgan

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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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July 11, 2014

OKC's Night Out At The Ballpark

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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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June 13, 2014

Augusta Showcases An Air of Southern Flair

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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 Yelp.com

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June 03, 2014

Louisville Elites Chill Out With Brews, Tunes

Posted by Emily H

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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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June 02, 2014

Yelp Spring Breakers Invade Nashville!

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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

Elites Gathered for Tequilas, Tapas and Trivia

Posted by Rebecca Whyte

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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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May 26, 2014

Houston Elites Enjoy A Taste Of The OG

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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Olive Garden recently rolled out new menu items, and on May 19th, the Houston Yelp Elite Squad was invited to the Woodlands location for a taste! Yelpers enjoyed an intimate 12-course dinner with apps like Crispy Risotto Bites and Spicy Calabrian Wings, and various entrees, like Smashed Chicken Meatball Sandwich, Chicken Abruzzi and Pappardelle Pescatore. And all those delectable bites were paired with various cocktails, like the Peach Sangria and Italian Margarita. To read what the happy guests have to say, click here, and be sure to check out the photos on our Flickr gallery.

May 12, 2014

It's A Carnivore Carnival At Texas de Brazil Houston

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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With roots stemming from Porto Alegre, Brazil living the cattle rancher’s life and feasting in the traditional rodizio style native to this region, the partners at Texas de Brazil had visions of bringing this culture north to the United States. The unique concept offers diners a parade of meats and an extravagant seasonal salad area. After years of hoping and dreaming, this rodizio vision became a reality. And Houston Elites experienced this "Carnivore Carnival" firsthand with succulent meats, appetizeris – how about that Pao De Queijo?! – signature wines and caipirinhas. Check out the reviews and pictures

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May 09, 2014

Triad Elites Celebrate Cinco de Mayo At Los Gordos!

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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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Noodles & Company Des Moines Elite Spring Tasting!

Posted by Patrick

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Last night members of the Des Moines Elite crew braved severe weather to enjoy a 7 course sampling of Noodles & Company's Spring Menu!  We enjoyed flavors from around the world, cooked with lovely local ingredients.  The local love did not stop there!  We also enjoyed an arrangement of local craft beers from Iowa! Huge thanks to the staff at Noodles & Company for having us on a night that ended up being, "Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs!"

Check out the photos here.

And see what the Elites had to say about the event here.

 

May 08, 2014

Columbia's Tax Relief Party At 116 Espresso And Wine Bar

Posted by Rachel O.

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Soda City Yelpers recently met up for our first ever Official Yelp Columbia Event! 116 Espresso and Wine Bar welcomed us with delectable treats and creative cocktails. Yelpers finally had the chance to meet face to face and got to know a little more about each other by playing everyone's favorite game, Yelp-O!  Read the Yelper reviews from the event here and pop over to our Flickr page to check out all the fun. 

Thanks To Our Sponsors: 116 Espresso and Wine BarFrolic Photography by Maryanne WeyAmerican Harvest Organic Spirit

May 05, 2014

Houston's International Affair At Archway Gallery

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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Archway Gallery invited Houston Elites for an evening spotlighting the works of photographer Fikry Botros. With photos shot from across the world – Paris, Istanbul, Lisbon, Israel, London, Rome, Chicago and Vienna – Yelpers paired these global photos with international bites, like sweet and savory crepes, macarons, vegetarian baklava, and grape leaves. And with refreshing adult bevs in hand, the night got hotter with a live belly and sword dancing performance by artist YE Torres. Check out event reviews and Flickr photos.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Archway Gallery • Deep Eddy Vodka • MKT Bar • Petite Sweets • Phoenicia Specialty Foods • Saint Arnold Brewing Company • Sweet Paris Creperie & Cafe

Omaha's Soul Food & All That Jazz

Posted by Will

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Last Friday, Omaha's Yelp Elite Squad gathered at Carver Bank, an arts space that's a collaboration between internationally renowned artist Theaster Gates and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. At Carver, Elites were treated to a spread of soul food classics from Omaha's own Big Mama's Kitchen and Big Mama's Sandwhich Shop (sweet potato cheesecake bites, anyone?). And in addition to Big Mama's super-refreshing Cranberry Sun Tea, Elites also sampled some Pilsner from Borgata Brewery & Distillery and an array of wine provided by Lyft – all enjoyed to a soundtrack of classic Soul, R&B and jazz thanks to DJ Kobrakyle. If the reviews that are rolling in are any indication, the event was a hit! See the action for yourself on Flickr.

Thank you to our hosts, Carver Bank and Big Mama's Kithcen & Sandwich Shop, as well as Borgata Brewery & Distillery, DJ Kobrakyle and Andrew Lachance Photography.

April 30, 2014

Columbus Gets Smashed... Again!

Posted by Bryant M

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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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April 29, 2014

Yelp Celebrates Local WNY Farmers At The Lodge

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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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April 25, 2014

New Orleans Paints The Town Green!

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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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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

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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.

Our Sponsors: EquesBeecher’s Handmade CheeseSalumi Artisan Cured Meats

April 11, 2014

Yelp Parties With The Pooches At Healthy Spot in Costa Mesa

Posted by Ryan C.

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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

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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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April 10, 2014

Des Moines Yelp Yeah!

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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.

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April 01, 2014

Louisville Elites Bid Farewell To Winter

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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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A Taste Of Southern Thailand For LA West

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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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March 31, 2014

Yelp's Smashing Social At Smashburger Kingwood

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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

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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

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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
Starbucks
Cayman Jack
Helen Grace Chocolates
Original Roadhouse Grill
Jarritos
Ben & Jerry’s
Chick-Fil-A
Dazzle Photobooth
DJ Velvet Touch

March 18, 2014

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

Posted by Ryan C.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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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