Despite scattered showers, a gung-ho group of Yelp New Orleans Elites came out for a Sunday funday in the French Quarter for Gray Line's exclusive trifecta tour with knowledgeable guides Etienne and Brian. The tour combined the company's top tours including history, ghost, and, our favorite, cocktail! Before, during and after the tour, Creole Cuisine restaurants including Royal House, Chartres House, and Broussard's kept our Elites happy with delicious local fare including fried alligator, oyster pastries, redfish beignets, and shrimp remoulade. We washed it down with refreshing cocktails along the way including Broussard's bartender Paul Gusting's famous Pimm's Cup. We left the Quarter with full bellies, a good buzz, and a ton of great knowledge about the city we call home! Take a tip from me, and check out the great reviews and fun photos from our journey in the Vieux Carre.
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A handful of dedicated Yelp Elites got up at the crack of dawn to participate in the local Running of the Bulls this past Saturday in New Orleans. We prepared for the day's run at Phil's Grill, our Yelp Running of the Bulls Headquarters, by tieing on some Yelp bandanas, and enjoying KIND bars, fruit, sangrias, and bloody marys. A fleet of Bike Taxi Unlimited pedicabs chaffeured us to the route, where we then ran like Hell avoiding the wrath of Big Easy Roller Derby bulls with bats. We licked our wounds back at Phil's Grill and noshed on Kobe sliders, duck wings, and meat pies while enjoying local Abita Amber...and, of course, more Sangria, while listening to the local sounds of Scott Myers and the Os Batutas. No need to wake up at the crack to enjoy our pics and check out the reviews from this epic Elite event!
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On Thursday night, Oklahoma City Elites attended an Oklahoma City Redhawks baseball game against the New Orleans Zephyrs at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Elites and their guests cheered on the Redhawks from excellent seats just behind the Redhawks dugout, sipped cold beers and kicked back in the (relatively) cool July evening. As the sun set over Bricktown, Elites and friends enjoyed America’s favorite past time and, as always, each other’s company! All in all, it was just a perfect way to spend a beautiful summer evening. Be sure to read all the reviews and check out the Flickr photo set.
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It was Friday the 13th, and some 700 Yelpers donned their best super hero, villain and comic book character costumes to make way to the Children's Museum of Houston and Pley With Yelp – The Sequel! There were more than 20 local businesses and sponsors on the scene engaging with Yelpers, all for a good cause. We raised more than $5400 for the Children's Museum of Houston. Read all the event reviews, and see all the fun photos on the flickr page.
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On Saturday, Elites and their guests gathered together for an afternoon of all around tastings! Total Wine & More in Chantilly, VA, arranged for tastings of beers from three local Virginia breweries, ten different fresh and seasonal wines, plus noshes from Boar's Head and Buffalo Wing Factory & Pub. All in all, it made for one heck of an afternoon. Want to see more? Check out pictures of the rad event here, and read what folks are saying about it on Yelp.com!
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The Louisville Elites recently gathered for Flight Club, and in this case, we do talk about it. Great Flood Brewing Co., the new and much buzzed about brewery in the Douglass Loop neighborhood, opened up just for the squad, and we got to sample four of their brews — the IIPA, Wit, Oatmeal Stout, and Brown. The crew also enjoyed snacks and listened to local band Crunchy Groove Machine, along with taking home free tickets to Mercury Ballroom. Learn more about this rad event by reading the reviews, looking through the pics and watching the photo slideshow.
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A rockin' evening kicked for the Baton Rouge Yelp Elite Squad at the Lava Cantina. Excitement rolled through as guests checked-in to the event ready to get the party started! The "tour stop tapas" immediately hit the tables – mini chimis, Cajun meatballs and mini flautas for all to munch on. Talk of tequila prevailed, which escalated the hype for the tasting, so soon enough... it commenced! Tequila reps migrated to the different tables sharing facts and samples of the different tequilas... favorites were the Herradura and the Avión Silver. Many competed in trivia to land a spot in the top 3 for a chance to win a beautifully decorated and decadent caramel apple from Le Posh Pomme. See pics on Flickr and star-studded reviews.
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On Wednesday night Elites celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a Tex-Mex food fiesta in Greensboro. The food was abundant from pork carnitas, to quesadillas, to sea bass, the Yelp Elite Squad did not go hungry. Everyone sipped on Los Gordos' top shelf margarita call the Gordorita and topped it all off with some scrumptious made from scratch dessert. Did someone say banana burrito? Check out all the pictures from our fiesta here and the reviews for the event here.
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On April 21, Cbus Yelpers had a smashing time at Yelp's Smashtastic Smashburger Redux. Thirty Elites and their guests made the pilgrimage to Lewis Center for a VIP night at the newest Smashburger location, and we ate, ate ate... and then we drank, drank, drank. Two lucky Elites even got to try their hand at smashing their own burgers! Read all about this five-star event and check out the fun photos on Flickr.
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This past Saturday, the community came together to celebrate our most beloved food producers at The Lodge --- a gorgeous two-story restaurant and bar. Chef Todd Lesakowski and his staff used ingredients provided by T-Meadow, Plato Dale, Dan Tower and Native Offerings Farm along with oyster mushrooms from Boston Valley Gourmet to concoct creative tasting dishes for almost 300 guests. The Mountain Run joined us for a killer set of bluegrass (which included a bluegrass cover of Radiohead’s High and Dry) as guests enjoyed and sipped samples of Lockhouse Distillery Vodka and Brooklyn Brewery beer. Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page.
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Yelp New Orleans joined the green movement by combining forces with over 30 local businesses promoting earth-friendly or health & wellness initiatives for Yelp's So Fresh and So Green leading up to Earth Day on this past Tuesday. Multiple events and giveaways over the span of two weeks resulted in raised funds to support the Southern Animal Foundation Clinic and Grow Dat Youth Farm; recycling over 50 pounds of Mardi Gras beads from Yelp's Upcycling Crafternoon; munching on local fare from over a dozen local food producers at The Good Eggs So Fresh Fiesta; and spotlighting various eco-friendly companies at Earth Day Festival in Louis Armstrong Park and Earth Day: Living Green in New Orleans in the New Orleans Botanical Garden. Check out the full calendar listings here and our eco-chic photos on the Flickr page.
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On Tuesday night, 30 lucky Elite Yelpers got the opportunity to tour the Darden Headquarters and get their hands 'doughy' in the Olive Garden Test Kitchens. Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida was on hand to tell the Yelp Elites about the 75 million pounds of food that Darden has donated as a part of the Darden Harvest program and the Elites generously donated $310 for Second Harvest (which, in food bank math, equals $2,790 worth of groceries!). The Chefs rewarded the Orlando Elites for their generosity and hard work with an 11-course tasting of the Olive Garden's new and improved menu! Read all of the reviews of the event here and see all of the fabulous photos on the Flickr page.
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This past Tuesday, fifty members of the Yelp Elite Flight Club descended upon the NOLA Brewing Tap Room to try four of NOLA Brewing's beers in an epic flight of frothy deliciousness. Whilst a handful sampled brews, the other half enjoyed vigorous games of cornhole, Plinko McDrinko, and giant beer pong only stopping to fill their cups with NOLA Blonde. To keep the Elites' hunger at bay, Phil's Grill served up angus sliders covered in a NOLA Brown-infused cheese sauce and a side of potato salad that's so good you want to put in your pocket and save it for later. Take a big gulp of these event photos, and peruse the reviews on tap for this great event!
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On Saturday night, more than 40 Elites and their guests converged on Marketplace Restaurant @ Theater Square, a chic downtown Louisville eatery that specializes in modern comfort food, as part of Yelp Elite's Frigid Farewell. And despite some cold and rainy weather — Spring's invitation must have gotten lost in the mail — the Elites kept the party going with ample food from Marketplace, a signature cocktail featuring Maker's 46, complimentary copies of the Second Annual Locavore’s Resource Guide and Coupon Book from Edible Louisville, free seeds and bumper stickers from Fresh Start Growers' Supply and door prizes that included tickets to a GonzoFest event and to concerts at Mercury Ballroom, Louisville's newest music venue. Read all of the reviews of the event here, see the photos on the Flickr page and watch the slideshow on YouTube.
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On Tuesday night, Yelp elites in LA West were treated to eight courses of southern Thai Cuisine at Emporium Thai in Westwood. Copious amounts of noodles, curries, meats and salads were served along paired wines and sake. Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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