Miami Celebrates the Yelpies 2019 at Lightkeepers: The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne

On Tuesday, January 21st, Yelp Miami hosted its 4th annual Yelpies Awards Ceremony. Hosted by Lightkeepers at the Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, the Yelp community mingled under the stars in a beautiful oceanfront setting to recognize outstanding members of the Elite Squad.

It was a chilly night (for Miami standards, of course), and as the Yelp Elite Squad arrived dressed to the nines with a jacket on top, they were immediately greeted with a glasses of wine and craft cocktails to warm up. Elegant, flame-powered space heaters helped set the mood at this gorgeous outdoor scene overlooking the Ritz-Carlton pool and the beach beyond. As everyone gathered in anticipation of the awards, bites were passed, libations enjoyed, and moves busted to beats by DJ Joey Tracks.

Lightkeepers went all out with a remarkable raw bar, complete with Key West shrimp cocktail, East coast oysters, and ceviche made right before attendees’ eyes. Despite the cold weather, it was the star of the show. Other delicious passed hors d’oeuvres included bacon biscuits with honey glaze, chorizo and lamb empanadas, burrata and beets, and crab cakes with a cajun remoulade.    

Halfway through the night, the awards were distributed to some amazing members of the squad, including this year’s Yelptime Achievement Award, which went to Dan C. Hats were tipped to the rest of the nominees and winners in all the various categories.

Yelpies 2019 Winners:

  • Reviewer Of The Year: Mark M 
  • Photographer of the Year: Ivan H 
  • Complimenter of the Year: Sean M
  • Keeping Yelp Useful: Monica G
  • Trailblazer Award: Mark M
  • Rookie of the Year: Francis P
  • Couple of the Year: Vanessa L and Jose P 
  • Friendliest Yelper: Dan C
  • Funniest Yelper: Carlos G
  • Veteran Impact Award: Sergio F
  • Newbie Impact Award: Mio K
  • DALE Award: Vanessa L
  • Yelptime Achievement Award Recipient: Dan C

Read all reviews of the event and check out the spectacular photos, courtesy of Brenda Lopez, BNL Creative.

Yelp Miami would like to personally thank the incredible team at Lightkeepers and The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne for their truly world-class hospitality, ensuring all guests have a remarkable experience. 

We would also like to thank Joey Tracks for providing the beats. Together, both helped make the Yelpies a spectacular experience all around.