Clad in sailor suits, pirate gear and yachting best, Boston Elites climbed aboard The Odyssey and set sail on a three-hour tour on July 20, 2009. Blessed with an evening of beautiful weather, gorgeous people and breathtaking sunset views of our amazing city, yelpers ate, drank and danced the night away, making Yelp history on the first-ever Elite cruise around the Boston Harbor!
After grabbing an official boarding pass and hopping on the boat, yelpers were greeted by the super-friendly Odyssey crew, offering hand-passed hors d'œuvres, Malibu Bay Breezes and Maker's Mark Mojitos–the perfect summer cocktails. MDG 64 was on deck with their light and refreshing brew option, while vino enthusiastics were treated to Still River Winery's sweet samplings of their delicious apple ice wine, a perfect compliment to cheese!
Once all 400 Elites and their guests were on board and accounted for, the Odyssey left the dock and the night REALLY began, with an overflowing buffet of ceasar & garden salad, herb-roasted vegeatables, pasta primavera, lemon-basil chicken, red skin mashed potoates and a black pepper-crusted sirloin carving station. At her first Elite event ever, Lisa O downed three slices of that steak! Once sated with savory dishes, Elites moved over to the flowing chocolate fountain, dipping fresh strawberries and rice crispie treats which, according to Dennis K, was so irresistable he wanted to stick his face in it! Glad you resisted there, Dennis!
After a belly-filling dinner, the dancing, drinking and mingling continued on the Odyssey's four expansive decks, filled with the sounds of DJ John Zucco and the live-music styling of The Mark Greel Band. On the main dance floor, guests got down to some Bel Bid Devoe, merengue and classic tunes, while on the roofdeck, Lady Gaga inspired a few boogie-down circles as we approached the city once again.
Some higlights? The Yelp Boston Official Mascot, Spikey the Pinepple, made his debut appearance to the community and was received with open arms! Thanks again, Christopher M and Marc C, for creating such an awesome symbol of our community. Captain Jack Sparrow made an appearance! And there were newbies galore: Anya F, Kris M, Jenny H, Dennis K, Krys A, Walter G and Mary M attended their first official yelp event, while Sarah G was welcomed from LA at her first Boston Elite event!
A big thank you to Maker's Mark, Malibu Rum, MGD 64 and Still River Winery for keeping the evening full of adult refreshments, and resounding applause to The Mark Greel Band and DJ John Zucco for their body-moving tunes. For their constant attention, welcoming faces and absolutely flawless service, our gratitude to the staff and crew of The Odyssey, our hosts with the mosts!
An epic adventure for sure, so check out all of the fabulous official photos snapped by Natasha Moustache and Tatsu Ikeda, and be sure to add your own two cents with a review on everything from pineapples to party attire! For insider information, gossip, rumors and recaps, read the talk threads!
Want more? Stay tuned for Yelp Boston's biggest event yet, The Red Carpet Gallery Gala at The Harvard Museum of Natural History! Keep your eyes peeled, RSVP's open soon!