The Elite Squad made their way to Elmhurst on a recent, sunny Saturday afternoon to get a taste of the 'burbs! Yelp Chicago(land)? Indeed!
Newly opened Wine & Vine played host with a luxurious offering of pesto stuffed mushrooms, fresh fruit, a sinful spread of various cheeses (yelpers were wowed by the creamy bleu cheese!), a live pasta makin' station, and lemon chicken piccata in addition to other tasty nibbles. Chef and owner Hank Dreyer amazed onlookers as he masterfully "knifed" a seemingly regular cantaloupe into a lovely swan garnish, and regaled guests with tales of his stints on the Food Network!
On hand to educate the aspiring vinophiles with a fabulous wine tasting were the folks from Southern Wine & Spirits, offering a fabulous selection of reds, whites and bubblies for yelpers to "oooh" and "ahhh" 'over! Nickle & Nickle, Berringer Reserve and Moet Chandon champagne among others? Yes, please!
Two lucky winners (Kim D and Evan T, both guests of elite yelpers!) took home "Chef for a Day" packages, where they'll get to return and shadow Chef Dreyer in the Wine & Vine kitchen for a day!
Safe to say all that attended were lucky with this first suburban event…as everyone left with a special gift from Wine & Vine, a card good for a complimentary bottle of wine when they return for dinner! And after this "sneak peek," who wouldn't want to go back for more?
Look what all of the yelpers are saying: read the reviews here! Special thanks to the folks at Wine & Vine for their hospitality, the guys at Southern Wines for providing the vino, and to Amanda C and Mike O for serving as official photogs for the day…"cheese" is right, eh!?
Until the next time we rock the 'burbs!
Yelp Chicago Community Manager