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January 30, 2015

Bar Bites for the New Year @ Bonefish Grill

Posted by Andi

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Yelp and Bonefish Grill got together to throw a killer Bonus Elite Event for Orlando's 2015 Elites. 50 of these new badge-wielding Orlandoans and their guests were among the first to try Bonefish Grill's brand new Bar Bites Menu on Wednesday. We're talking oysters, lobster, lamb, and shrimp - All present as the Bonefish crew kept the smorgasbord of delectable dishes and cocktails coming! And all the while, elites kept their game-faces on as they posed on the red carpet and competed to win a ton of gift cards. Ultimately they all left as winners with full bellies and some surprise gifts! Check out pictures and reviews of the event here.

 

January 27, 2015

Yelp's Getting Cosi In Des Moines

Posted by Patrick

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On Thursday night, members of the Des Moines Elite Squad got together to celebrate a classic in Des Moines fine dining, Cosi Cucina. Cosi’s is known for its fresh, eclectic Italian cuisine, featuring the first ever wood oven pizzas in Des Moines (over 21 years ago), specialty pastas, fresh salads, classic entrees, house made desserts, an impressive wine list. We tried so many dishes including Ostich!  All pastas can be made gluten free and they offer vegan options as well, including the Vegetable Pizza and Grilled Portobello entree.  Cosi’s has been ranked one of the number one date spots in the metro, offering a unique, warm and quiet, yet casual dining experience unlike any other restaurant in the area. Some of the Elites even made Valentine's Day plans to return. We had a blast! Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page.

January 24, 2015

Yelpers Stick To Healthy Resolutions With A Fresh Lunch Break In Newport Beach

Posted by Ryan C.

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For our first Lunch Break of 2015, Elites headed to KRISP Fresh Living, an all organic juice lounge in Newport Beach, for a midday meal filled with cold-pressed concoctions, refreshingly raw smoothies and made-to-order acai and pitaya bowls. The friendly staff was as vibrant as the beautiful foods coming out of the kitchen, and stayed on top of all the custom orders while providing fresh samples throughout the event, making for a healthy and delicious start to the day... and year!

Read the reviews and see all of the attendee's photos of the event here!

HOSTING SPONSOR:
KRISP Fresh Living

January 22, 2015

Yelp NOLA Elites Wig Out and Wind Down with Maison de Cheveux

Posted by Morgan

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Maison de Cheveux, French for "House of Hair", hosted 25 Yelp Elites for a Carnival kick off crafting Mardi Gras headdresses and shades for parades under the expert supervision of the Maison de Cheveux ladies.

The Yelp Elites sipped on Skinny Coladas and "Have Your Cake, and Drink It Too" cocktails, both made with Bols Yogurt by local expert Curt, also known as @geneverfever on the social-spheres whilst noshing signature crab balls with crawfish cream sauce from Oceana Grill and sparkly Sucre King Cakes. The local Jamba Juice also provided us with immunity-boosting samples of their newest flavors: Greens & Ginger and Amazing Green!

While we were definitely wiggin' out, we were able to wind down with pro-stylist tips for this parade season from the Maison de Cheveux salon experts and enjoy mini massages from the magic hands of Ashley from Spa Atlantis. Everyone was able to go home with their very own personally-crafted headdress or sunglasses to rock this upcoming season!

Check out our feather filled pics provided by Joshua Grant of ipushthebutton.com here, and read all about our epic evening in these glitter-filled reviews here!

Special Thanks To These Amazing Sponsors:

January 21, 2015

Omaha Celebrates Being Elite in 2015 at Saigon Bowl

Posted by Will

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For their first event of 2015, Omaha's Yelp Elite Squad had a behind-the-scenes look at Saigon Bowl, a new restaurant serving up fast, fresh and casual Vietnamese. From the lemongrass tofu, steamed rice and Sriracha blend sauce, to the charcoal grilled pork, Saigon signature fried rice and Vietnamese dipping sauce, Elites were able to build their own street-food style bowls any way they wanted. The results, well, were naturally delicious. In all, it was a fun night and a great chance to celebrate once again being Elite in 2015. For more deets, read the reviews of the events and check out the pics.

A big thanks goes out to Saigon Bowl for making this such a fantastic experience!

December 30, 2014

New Orleans Elites Give Cheers To Courtyard Brewery

Posted by Morgan

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For many, the time between the holidays and New Year's Eve is a slump, but not for 70 Elites and their guests, who took this Monday as a chance to try a cornucopia of beers at NOLA's newest nanobrewery, Courtyard Brewery. The owners Scott and Lindsay sampled five craft beers on tap while Elites enjoyed sipping on Lagunitas IPA throughout the night from their Yelp signature pint glasses. For the non-beer drinkers, they were tricked into enjoying a beer cocktail with Framboise, prosecco, and ginger.

Pitmaster Damian Brugger from Black Label Barbecue tamed the hunger pangs with Aloha Cowboy Sliders and Bleu Fire Slaw as well as a small batch of his Barrel Sauce for everyone to take home! Since it was a cool 60 degrees, we s'mored it up...toasting gourmet 'mallows over a delightful fire.

The night wouldn't be complete without some great door prizes from Harrah's Gulf Coast, Big Night New Orleans, The Pussyfooters Blush Ball, and Two Chicks Walking Tours. While prizes, schwag, and a belly full of craft beer and barbecue is delightful; the true win here was spending some quality time with our fellow Elites. Check out our virtual cheers here, and our epic pics from Harold Spinner of NewOrleansLocal.com here

Thank You to Our Sponsors for the Evening:

December 24, 2014

Yelp Shops Local: Ultimate Holiday Guide for Baton Rouge

Posted by Rebecca Whyte

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How does Yelp Shop Local, you ask?  This holiday season, Yelp wants to encourage you to keep your dollars locally... support the small businesses in the Baton Rouge Community!  This Holiday Guide connects you to Red Stick businesses that you may need to use during the upcoming holiday month! Whether you are going on a night on the town and need to get primped up or have been shopping all day long and need a place to take a breather, we have it here for you! You need your strength through the hustle and bustle of it all, so we even have recommended places that can help you stay healthy. Make sure the kiddos aren't bored during the break and need a safe haven, while you are out painting the town even more red... below are tips on where to bring them. Did your favorite businesses make the list? Keep checking back for changes to this list!

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December 23, 2014

Yelper's Enjoy a Cajun Celebration Benefiting Children in Huntington Beach

Posted by Ryan C.

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It was a Cajun celebration this past Wednesday at Ritter's Steam Kettle Cooking in Huntington Beach as Yelpers generously came together to donate toys for the families benefiting from Helping Hands OC this holiday season. The feast featured fare such as the famous Pan Roast, spicy gumbo, chowder, desserts and more as sips from Bootlegger's Brewery and Stella Rosa flowed freely throughout the night. Executive Chef Ritter demonstrated his mastery of the steam kettle cooking process before each plate while MoFo Booth was on hand snapping pics of the party and providing prints for the guests of honor!

Read all about it on the event page, peruse the pics on Flickr or relive the photobooth fun in the MoFo gallery.

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS:
- Ritter's Steam Kettle Cooking
- Bootlegger's Brewery
- Stella Rosa Wines
- MoFo Booth
- Helping Hands OC

December 21, 2014

Elites End 2014 In Style At Hyatt Place

Posted by Will

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Omaha's Yelp Elite Squad celebrated a year-well-done at Hyatt Place. Not only were they treated to a tour of this fantastic, chic hotel that's located in the heart of the Old Market, they also sampled a variety of bites from the Hyatt kitchen. All this in between decorating Yelp cookies, sipping craft brews, playing Xbox on the the big screen and reliving the memories from all the amazing Elite Events of 2014 via a photoreel. Yes, a year-well-done indeed. For more, check out the reviews and photos. Cheers!

A big thanks goes out to to Hyatt Place and to Andrew Lachance Photography.

 

December 13, 2014

Miami Celebrates a Happy Homestead Holiday!

Posted by Cassie Glenn

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On Friday night, Miami Elites and their guests took a drive down south for the squad's holiday party. Their journey ended at beautiful Schnebly Redland's Winery in Homestead, the southernmost winery in the United States. Upon entering Yelp's private tiki hut, everyone had freedom to imbibe in Schnebly's exotic wine selection made from local fruit, as well as Miami Brewing Company's inventive beers. For eats, attendees got the very first taste of bites from the winery's new chef including savory pork quesadillas with local goat cheese and lychee wine syrup, local mahi-mahi ceviche, smoked chicken with tandoori flavors, and beer-infused tabouli salad with house-dried mango. Highlights of the holiday celebration included souveneir wine glass painting led by the experts from Artists at the Falls Art Studio, a behind-the-scenes tours of the wine and beer making process from owner Pete Schnebly himself, and the bounty of donations Yelpers contributed to the deserving Ronald McDonald House of South Florida. Take a peek at the festive photos here and the merry reviews here.

Special thanks to Artists at the Falls Art Studio, Ronald McDonald House of South Florida, and Schnebly Redland's Winery for contributing to an unforgettable evening! 

December 11, 2014

Holiday Glamboree At Radio Milano

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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Houston Yelpers celebrated the final Elite Event of the 2014 year at Radio Milano, the city's newest craft cocktail lounge located at CityCentre. The posh lounge treated guest to classic cocktails – Cane Frizzante and Bravissimo – along with a selection of craft beer and wine and passed appetizers. Rawr Party face painting added a dash of holiday glitz and sparkle, as Bad Santa posed for pics with Elites in the DNN Photography photo booth. Best of all, many generous Elites opened their hearts and brought in toy, gifts and giftcard donations for the babies, children and teens at Depelchin Children's Center. Check out the event reviews!

Wing Fling At BreWingZ Sports Bar & Grill

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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Greater Houston area Elites residing in the Humble area were treated to a multi-course wing and Anheuser Busch beer pairing at BreWingZ Sports Bar & Grill. Starting with their famous jalapeno cheese bites and quesadillas followed by an assortment of six variety of wings – like Original Hot, Lemon Pepper, Orange Ginger – they surprisingly left with more than full bellies. BreWingZ kindly provided goodie bags and VIP cards for their next visit! Read the event reviews for more.

December 10, 2014

Yelp Omaha Learns The ABCs Of Winter Cycling

Posted by Will

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Omaha's Yelp Elite Squad gathered for bites, sips and cycling tips at the Omaha Bicycle Co., a cozy bike/coffee shop in Benson. After enjoying offerings from Star Deli (their Cuban is one of the best sandwiches in town, just sayin'), Two Birds Bakery and Intelligentsia Coffee - not to mention a variety of samples from Infusion Brewing Company and Benson Brewery - Omaha Bicycle Co. owner Sarah Johnson gave a presentation on the ins and outs of winter cycling. The biggest takeaways? Make sure you're adequately dressed, remember to slow down and always check your ABCs - air, brakes and chain – before hitting the cold, cold streets. Want more? Check out reviews and photos from this fantastic event.

Huge thanks go out to Omaha Bicycle Co., Star Deli, Two Birds Bakery and Andy Lachance Photography.

December 08, 2014

Miami Goes Back to Better Days

Posted by Cassie Glenn

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Last Wednesday, Yelp Miami Elites took a trip back in time after walking through the doors of Better Days, a pop-up in the hip Brickell neighborhood. Specializing in craft cocktails, Better Days treated Yelpers to four unique libations with names like Michael Outta Know Better (a take on the traditional Mexican michaelada) and Surfer in Recovery, made of Jaegermeister, coconut water and pineapple soda. To eat, attendees snacked on old fashioned hotdogs, popcorn, Dirty Chips, throwback candy like Pop Rocks, and cheesy bites from Pizza Rustica nextdoor. To break up the evening, a round of 70s trivia proved not everyone has forgotten the Oakland Athletics dominated baseball during this era, nor that John Travolta's character from Saturday Night Fever was named Tony. Be sure to scope out the photos here and groovy reviews here.

Special thanks to Fernado Holiday Vargas from the Miami Media School for the pics. 

Yelp Gets It Poppin' at Poppin' Stop

Posted by Natasha C.

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This Saturday, Augusta Yelpers and friends were filled with holiday cheer at Yelp's Holiday Pop-In. Everyone enjoyed complimentary samples of the 40 plus gourmet flavors available at Poppin' Stop as well as special holiday cocktails by Barbelle Bartending. DJ Mitts kept the party poppin' with music and guests also enjoyed raffle prizes courtesy of Poppin' Stop and Yelp Augusta. Check out event reviews and photos.  Chances are, you met a fellow popcorn lover, so tag 'em on Facebook. Check out future Yelp events.

December 05, 2014

It Was a Night of Holiday Cameos at Orange County Museum of Art

Posted by Ryan C.

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Even a downpour and a visit from the Grinch couldn't dampen the spirits of Yelpers as they took on Yelp's Museum of Merriment this past Wednesday at the Orange County Museum of Art. Decked out in their favorite holiday movie inspired outfits, guests perused The Avante-Garde Collection on display while taking a sleu of selfies to share on their social feeds. Cold weather was battled with warm treats from amazing local vendors while DJ Velvet Touch spun musical melodies (which caused more than one impromptu sing-along) as Splendid Studiobooth provided snaps to capture the memorable moments. 'Tis the season of giving and the community did just that as we raised $886 for our hosting venue and beneficiary of the evening!

Check out the cheer on the review page or take a peek at the fun photos courtesy of Brian Feinzimer Photography on Flickr and snaps from Splendid Studio Booth's Facebook gallery!

HOSTING VENUE AND BENEFICIARY:
Orange County Museum of Art

PARTICIPATING SPONSORS:
- Amazing Cakes
- Anepalco's Cafe
- Bootlegger's Brewery
- Chocxo
- DJ Velvet Touch
- Elbows Mac N Cheese
- Fresh Brothers Pizza
- Jarritos
- Kean Coffee
- Lorna Jane
- Ritter's Steam Kettle Cooking
- Splendid Studio Booth
- Stella Rosa Wines
- The People's Deli

#YelpAtTheMuseum: Orlando's Bodacious, Cretaceous Bash!

Posted by Andi

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Orlando's Yelpers rocked out the city's largest Yelper Party to date at the Orlando Science Center on Wednesday with dinosaurs, princesses, ninjas, and even a falcon!

It was a night filled with incredible local bites, drinks, and entertainment that also saw local Yelpers raise over $7,000 for the Orlando Science Center! Inside, guests had the chance to party to sick tunes by DJ D-Strong while the giant outside terrace was transformed into a wonderland by West Elm Orlando and 99 Market//Porch Therapy where folks ate burgers, drank beer, and grooved to the soulfull sound of Orlando's own 10-piece soul band, The Sh-Booms.

But heck- This is Yelp! Check out what Orlando Yelpers thought of the party here, gaze at the visual delights of the party in photos captured by fabulous local photographers here, and check out the tremendous local partners below!

Thanks to our amazing Sponsors:

Oblivion Taproom • Rogue Pub • New Belgium Brewing Company •  Harpoon Brewery • Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants • Bungalow23 Mixers  Tito's Handmade Vodka • Cocktails Catering featuring Tito's Handmade Vodka!  Winter Park Distilling Company • Barnie's Coffee Kitchen • Onli Beverages • Red Bull Energy • Vespr Craft Coffee & Allures  BB Junction • The Smiling Bison • Hubbly Bubbly Falafel Shop • Norman's at the Ritz Carlton • Sus Hi Eatstation • Chianti's Pizza and Pasta • Hard Rock Cafe • Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar • KIND Snacks • American Q • Park Plaza Gardens • Burgerfi Altamonte Springs and Windermere • Avenue Gastrobar • Bento Cafe • Godiva • Jeremiah's Italian Ice • Krispy Kreme • The Pop Parlour • West Elm Orlando • 99 Market//Porch Therapy • Orlando Style Magazine • Retro City Cycles • The Henna Studio • Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament • Rock Hard Revue • SNAP! Studio Booth • Jim White Photography XL 106.7 The Sh-Booms

December 02, 2014

Holiday Yappy Hour At Carter's Pet Depot II

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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On November 23rd at Carter's Pet Depot II, Yelp Houston hosted its second Yappy Hour of the year, complete with holiday photos with Santa snapped by Lulu Lopez Photography, refreshing Ale Wagger Brown from Saint Arnold Brewing Company, a buffet of delicious donut holes and coffee from Shipley Do-Nuts Westheimer, free nail trims, pet adoptions, goodie bags, and monetary, blanket and toy donations benefiting The Glass Slipper! We had more than 90 pooches in attendance and raised almost $200. Miss the holiday bark party? Read the event reviews and check out the flickr party snapshots and photobooth pics

December 01, 2014

A Cause To Celebrate At The Beauty Bar

Posted by Rebecca Whyte

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Oh what an event to be remembered! The Beauty Bar served as a gathering spot, not only to celebrate beauty, but also support a cause very near and dear to the hearts of many - Alzheimer’s Services- the Big Bad Bourgeois Family. Guests greeted by stylists that had them enter their name for door prizes and invited to participate in a silent auction. Savory bites from Kowalski Street Eats: various flatbreads, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus and crispy bruschetta. To keep it interactive, guests indulged in a gorgeously prepared apple-dipping station by Le Posh Pomme, relaxing chair massages given by Vida Pura Spa, Yelpers modeled lifestyle clothing by Tasc Performance and participated in piano lessons given by Karen Hartzog. Struck a pose? See images by Sarah Heck Photography.

Click here to see the shining reviews!

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November 25, 2014

A Caribbean Vacation In Brooklyn

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Last night, this bold and refreshing restaurant on North 6th Street invited the best of Brooklyn's Yelp community out for an intimate look at their welcoming spot. Inspired by his Caribbean roots, the man behind Jify's incorporates a range of his native Curacao-style ingredients such as coconut, plantains, mango, pineapple and avocado into each dish. Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page.

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November 24, 2014

Elites Escape New Orleans And Head To Harrah's Gulf Coast

Posted by Morgan

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A handful of Elites checked out of the hustle and bustle of New Orleans, and checked in to Harrah's Gulf Coast in Biloxi for an epic schedule filled with cooking demos, deep-tissue massages, drinking, dining, and an after-dark suite party.

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November 22, 2014

Fall Steak-cation At LongHorn Steakhouse Sugar Land and Memorial City

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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As they say, "everything's bigger in Texas" – including our appetites! At LongHorn Steakhouse Sugar Land and LongHorn SteakHouse Memorial City, Houston Elites were treated to a multi-course dinner consisting of menu classics and new favorites: appetizers like Sweet Corn Fritters, Spicy Chicken Bites, Brew Pub Pretzel Sticks and Wild West Shrimp; choice of Bleu Ridge Wedge or Mixed Green Salad; and steak options, like 8oz Renegade Sirloin, 8oz Harvest Mushroom Filet or a whopping 18oz Outlaw Ribeye complete with sides. And to top it off, a dessert assortment of their famous Chocolate Stampede and the seasonal Pumpkin Spice Lava Cake. Check out the event reviews from day 1 and day 2, along with Yelp Houston flickr pics.

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November 20, 2014

Elites Having A Ball With The New Orleans Pelicans

Posted by Morgan

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Fifty Yelp Elites and their guests were soaring after an epic Friday night with the New Orleans Pelicans at The Smoothie King Center. In honor of Social Media Night, our Yelp Elites were able to get one-on-one time with the Pelicans Writer Jim Eichenhofer to talk about how he translates team stats to Twitter posts. We then headed down to the Smoothie King Center floor level to sit court side, where we were privy to the Pelicans warm-ups. Yes, they're really that tall! Of course, all this warm-up watching builds up an appetite, so the Pelicans gave our Elites the opportunity to access the Capital One Lounge where we enjoyed an amazing spread of gourmet grub before settling into our Club Level seats. There we hooped and hollered for our New Orleans Pelicans who put a hurtin' on the Minnesota Timberwolves with a game winning score of 139 to 91. To get the gist of this jock jam, check out the reviews here

Thank you so much to our sponsors, the New Orleans Pelicans and their staff for an amazing Friday night at The Smoothie King Center.

November 19, 2014

Elites Turn Up The Heat At Básico!

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Básico was anything but basic with the sampling menu they put together for our Yelp Charleston Elite Squad members. It was littered with proteins like baby octopus, mole chicken, rabbit, and beef belly. Once everyone checked in, Chef Bryan Cates gave an intriguing demonstration on how they make their own in-house hot sauce creations! None of the 70 guests could resist a whiff of that bourbon barrel aged sauce that'll be ready by Christmas time. Read more about the event here and check out all the photos on Flickr too!

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November 15, 2014

Elites Get Their Fish Fix at Blue C Sushi in Newport Beach

Posted by Ryan C.

Elites will never look at sushi the same way after Blue C Sushi in Newport Beach stuffed the guests to the gills in this seafood-centric, revolving food, all-you-can-eat event. The late night journey started with a variety of heavy passed appetizers and cocktails before the gluttony adventure really began; rolls, sashimi, salads and everything the guests could have wanted came at a steady pace past their table on the neverending conveyor belt before the the restaurant passed around one last delicious dessert... TEMPURA BROWNIES! Talk about ending the night on a sweet note!

Read what you missed with the reviews of the evening or gaze at the user upload photos and Flickr gallery!

A special thanks to Blue C Sushi for being extrodinary hosts!

The Heat's On at La Vida Cantina in Costa Mesa!

Posted by Ryan C.

It was a crisp night in Costa Mesa, but La Vida Cantina warmed things up as they invited Elites onto their warm and inviting heated patio for an intimate tasting of food and signature cocktails. From Tostadas de Ahi and a combo of beef and chicken taquitos as an appetizers, fajitas, enchiladas or tacos as mains, and both churros and sundaes for dessert, the restaurant's offering of their most popular items left guests stuffed, but vowing to return for more! Their late night happy hour was all the buzz, and kept some Yelpers there way past the end of the event.

Read what all the fuss was about, view the user uploaded photos or check out the Flickr gallery for a recap of this awesome evening.

A special thanks to La Vida Cantina for their generosity and amazing staff!

November 09, 2014

Elites' First Look At Microsoft Store - Baybrook Mall

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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The Greater Houston area's newest Microsoft Store opened its doors on November 6th at Baybrook Mall – however, H-town Elites were welcomed to an intimate sneak peek a full day before the general public! Elites played with Microsoft's latest gadgets, took advantage of one-on-one consultations, noshed on sammies, sipped hot chocolate; and each Elite and guest walked away with goodie bags – and two lucky Elites won electronic gadgets! Check out the event reviews and flickr photos.

November 07, 2014

Elites Get Cheesy at Elbows Mac N Cheese in Brea

Posted by Ryan C.

Elbows Mac N Cheese in Brea welcomed Elites for lunch as they served up some of their most creative cheesy concoctions for guests to gorge on. Creations mixed with buffalo wings, scrambled eggs, seafood, a turkey dinner, and more came out at a rapid pace before attendees could eat no more. If you can think it, they've probably already beat you to it and they're serving it up all year round!

Check out the reviews and uploaded photos from the event to see what you missed!

A big thanks to Elbows Mac N Cheese for being terrific hosts!

 

November 06, 2014

Miami Goes Gaucho at Fogo de Chão

Posted by Cassie Glenn

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Miami Elites recently took a trip down south to Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse, where the centuries-old Gaucho culture is still alive and well. Sixty people gathered in South Beach for an upscale experience that won't soon be forgotten. Between sips of delicious caipirinhas and flowing wine, Elites chowed down on endless cuts of juicy meat and salad bar eats, while enjoying great conversation. They learned the history behind this renowned Brazilian Steakhouse with a screening of "The Gaucho Way," a documentary highlighting the owners. You can read all of the meaty reviews here and check out some photos here

November 03, 2014

Lexington Went So Fresh And So Green

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On Sunday evening, about 20 Yelpers were brought together and treated to some of the tastiest and healthiest salads, soups and homemade lemonades, at one of Lexington’s newest hotspots, Vinaigrette. The healthiness didn’t stop there, two lucky winners each won a six month gym membership to Fitness 19. Read reviews about the fantastic event here and check out all the photos on the Flickr page.

Thanks To Our Sponsors

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October 29, 2014

I'm Not A Gangster, I Just Yelp A Lot

Posted by Nathen

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It was curtains, curtains!... Well maybe not curtains, but yummy bites, tequila tastings, and a look into some of Las Vegas' mafia history. A group of lucky Elites where treated to a tequila and food pairing at The Commissary located in the new bustling Downtown area of Las Vegas. There were three different tequila pairings offered: MILAGRO REPOSADO paired with Tinga Chicken Taquitos, ILLEGAL MEZCAL JOVEN paired with Hickory Smoked Sliders, and a 1921 ANEJO paired with a Spicy Crab Guacamole. After the pairings Elites walked next door and received a private tour of the Las Vegas Mob Museum. They were divided into separate groups as a tour guide walked them through all three levels of mafia history. Secret phone recordings, private family photo's, and even a look at mafia crime scene photos. After the event Elites were given gift bags and a voucher to come back and enjoy the museum with their friends. Read more about the event here

Thanks to the Mob Museum, The Commissary, and Digital Guerrilla Inc. 

 

Miami Elites Experience Yard House's The Dark Hour

Posted by Cassie Glenn

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Yelp Miami vampires emerged on Tuesday to get a first bite of Yard House's The Dark Hour, the restaurant's new late night happy hour. Elites took over the outdoor patio to sip on a variety of beers and cocktails from the extensive menu, while chowing down on happy hour favorites including spicy buffalo wings, hot and cheesy pizzas, onion rings, spinach artichoke dip, sliders and more. The pinnacle of the event was the unveiling of the Vampire Taco, a meaty bite that proved it's worth staying up for on a weeknight. To top it off, Elites walked away with a $25 gift card to return for more, along with a t-shirt to always remember this evening. Don't miss the photos here and the stellar reviews here.

October 16, 2014

Houston Elites First Look At Yellow Rose Distilling

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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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

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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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

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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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!

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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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
Veev
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

Posted by Rachel O.

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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

Posted by Morgan

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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

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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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!

Posted by Bryant M

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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