Last week's Emmy Awards had nothing on the celebrayelpies who graced us with their presence at The 2011 Yelpy Awards! Thanks to Upstream, a plethora of Elites and their distinguished guests enjoyed a beautiful night of bites, bevvies and seven very coveted awards.
Guests were escorted to the patio for a variety of delicious nibbles like watermelon and tuna skewers, curry chicken springrolls and white shrimp and pineapple ceviche. All of the bites were washed down with plenty of libations. New Belgium rocked out with four of its ales including Abbey, Hoptober, Ranger and, of course, Fat Tire. The winos of the group were well taken care of by Constellation Brands who provided Estancia Pinor Noir and Toasted Head Chardonnay.
In between the snacking and mingling, guests visited the Stila Cosmetics corner where their red carpet looked was refreshed for the many gorgeous photos to come. Whether it was an impromtu paparazzi photo on the patio or a proper pic in front of the Yelp backdrop, everyone looked stunning behind the lens thanks to Tonya P, of Poprock Photography, and Ben G.
After all were sufficiently imbibed and snacked away, the official Yelpy Awards presentation began. Seven awards were handed out including Most Useful, Funniest, Coolest, Biggest Foodie, Best Compliments, Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Elite. Acceptance speeches ranged from Shauna H thanking the crowd to Peggy C thanking the delightful establishments of Charlotte for making her reviews so funny. But it was Chad E who took home the highly coveted MVE award, complete with a custom made visor!
Thanks to all of our wonderful sponsors and the daper Elites and their guests for making it out to Upstream. If you'd like to check out Tonya P's stunning photos, visit out Flickr page for all the action. For reviews of the evening, and perhaps additional acceptance speeches, check out the official event page and Yelp it!
Until next time, SYOY!