Donning flirty red and pinks, chic berets, sharp suit jackets, and sassy heels, South Bay yelpers made it out to the elegant French inspired restaurant Left Bank in Menlo Park for an intimate night of flowing wine, abundant delicious bites, and scintillating conversations with fellow yelpers.
Guests walked through a large, well-lit and spacious lobby and made their way up an iron wrought staircase to a darling mezzanine, accentuated by a glistening chandelier, and adorned with fun Mardi Gras themed masks and beads. Some festive yelpers were still feeling the warm love from Valentine's Day and even brought handmade cards, and small Valentine themed gifts for other yelpers to enjoy and share in.
With light french music playing in the background, yelpers like CeCe C and Matthew J were able to indulge in a decadent feast of "toasted bread, brie, prosciutto, pate, salami, roasted veggies,
seafood, cheese fondue, olive/goat cheese crostini, grilled ham and
cheese sandwich, mussels," and more. While nibbling on the constantly replenished and diverse spread of chicken drummettes with spicy cream sauce, salmon/scallop quenelle with lobster cream sauce, green mussel with garlic butter crust and other yummy bites, Hannah C and Bobby I made their way over to see Don at Dee Vine Wine's to sample his exquisite white and red wines.
Once fully satiated with smooth wine and delectable hot bites, yelpers were able to gather round a large screen and watch in amazement as their fellow yelpers were immortalized digitally through the impressive skills of Jon Casey of Jon Casey Caricatures. Throughout the night, he drew amazing caricatures of Anya R, Rita V, and many others, with ease, speed and with an unfaltering smile. Jon worked well into the night, capturing the likeness of yelpers through his steady hand and digital technology. He even had print-outs for people to walk away with!
The night began to wind down with a heavenly table of desserts including lemon tarts, chocolate fondants, miniature creme brulees, mini cheese-cakes, robust berries, and more. With friendly good-byes, yelpers claimed their "Out of this World" Yelp Elite lunch-boxes and joyously made their way home with full stomachs, pleasant wine buzzes, take-away portraits, and big grins.
A huge thank you to the amazing staff at Left Bank for hosting the night, Dee Vine Wines for pouring throughout the night, and Jon Casey for making the night that much more colorful!