Everyone was feeling pretty Yelpy on Monday, January 22nd, as 75 members of the Yelp Miami Elite Squad gathered to celebrate their achievements in 2017. Tanuki, in South Beach, hosted the annual Yelpies, an award ceremony to reward some of our amazing Yelp Miami Elites. The squad spent a fun-filled evening mingling, sipping cocktails and eating delicious food at Tanuki as our CM, Diandra L, announced the 2017 awards.
As the Yelpers arrived, they were greeted with a welcome cocktail, and ushered into a beautiful restaurant, that was dressed up for the Yelpies. There was a stage, a DJ, a photobooth, waiters wearing Yelp sunglasses, and the iconic Tanuki statue decked out in Yelp swag. The night flowed through periods of award-giving, munching, mingling, and moving to beats from Joey Tracks. No one could deny the freshness and deliciousness of the Tanuki bites provided. Some favorites were the Mini Tanuki Burgers (tuna tartare with avocado and shiso on a patty of sushi rice), the shishito peppers with yuzu miso sauce, and the dim-sum, which included peking duck and shrimp dumplings. Spice-lovers were also infatuated with the Jalisco Spicy cocktail, made with Cazadores Blanco Tequila, passion fruit, jalapeno, mint and lime.
The spirit of community was in the air as the squad watched their fellow Elites win their Yelpies, such as Paul W’s Yelptime Achievement Award, Wendy A’s Reviewer of the Year (with over 500 reviews in 2017), and Sergio F’s “Dale” Award (because hello, we are in Miami). Overall, the Yelp Miami Elite Squad enjoyed an incredible food/cocktail-filled night in the gorgeous setting of Tanuki for the 2017 Yelpies. We would like to congratulate all of the nominees and winners of the evening! See the full list below:
Reviewer of the Year: Wendy A // Photographer of the Year: Emily H // Complimenter of the Year: Sean M // Keeping Yelp Useful: Wendy A // Trailblazer Award: Paul W // Rookie(s) of the Year: Wendy A and Ivan H // Couple of the Year: Marilu F and Edwin P // Funniest of the Year: Carlos G // Friendliest of the Year: Monica G // Newbie Impact Award: Wendy A // Veteran Impact Award: Dan C // UYE Host of the Year: Carlos G // Dale Award: Sergio F // Photographer of the Night: Wen-Ju C // Yelptime Achievement Award: Paul W
Yelp Miami would like to personally thank the incredible team at Tanuki, including Sai, Barbara, Peter, Chef Juan and the hard-working servers and bartenders, for their world-class hospitality, ensuring all guests with a remarkable experience.