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October 16, 2014

Houston Elites First Look At Yellow Rose Distilling

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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

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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

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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

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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. 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.

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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!

HOSTING VENUE:
- Anaheim GardenWalk

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October 05, 2014

Elite Fall Fiesta At La Bikina

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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!

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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.

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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
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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

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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

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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.

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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!

PARTICIPATING SPONSORS:
- 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

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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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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

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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

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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!

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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.

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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!

Sponsor:
AT&T

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

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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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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

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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.

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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
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Beneficiary:
Back on my Feet

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Posted by Alex L

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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!

Posted by Morgan

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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

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.

Our Sponsors: EquesBeecher’s Handmade CheeseSalumi Artisan Cured Meats