Forget the Royal Wedding, on April 29th Yelp's Uptown Elite Party was the hottest guest list in Halifax. 60 Elites and friends soaked up the swank at Seasons by Atlantica during the city's very first Elite event filled with sips, snacks and a show. This newly renovated winebar had some serious swagger from the very start, welcoming guests with panoramic views of the city nightscape and a signature cocktail made with local blueberry juice, peach and raspberry liqueurs and ginger soda. Kirk F was definitely on the right track when he dubbed this drink "blueberry delicious awesomeness."
The feast for the senses continued to soar once guests passed the velvet ropes and red carpet. Curried lobster shooters, Oulton's duck and seared scallop spoons, and the highly sought-after pulled pork poutine made our wonderful hosts more and more popular with every new platter introduced to the room. Dairy-defiant Kimberley M even "ate around the cheese on the poutine because it just *had* to be sampled."
Garrison Brewery kept the cold ones coming with their full-bodied, locally brewed Irish Red Ale on tap while Jill M loved sampling wines from Bishop's Cellar: "honestly, who could complain about that?" Well, no one from the sounds of all the glasses clinking! You would have thought the entire party had won the lottery when we annouced that this waterfront wine boutique is now offering online shopping and direct-to-door delivery.
Local songstress Sheva Solomon kept the party entranced with soft melodies from her album The Closest Thing, some teasers from her upcoming record, and even a broken-down acoustic cover of Katy Perry's Teenage Dream. Meanwhile, we stole away our Elites to let them in on a special secret…one of them would be spending the night in a 15th-floor executive suite thanks to the Atlantica Hotel. Schwagged out with special gifts from our sponsors, Mike B held the lucky key that unlocked a night of luxury and gourmet breakfast in the morning, of course!
While it never hurts to fill a room with foodies in cocktail attire, Philip H hits the nail on the head when he says "it's nice to put a real face to the reviews." We couldn't agree more which is why we can't wait to do it all over again! But for now, bask in the afterglow with the gorgeous photo set put together by the lovely Heather of Twin Bridges Photography.
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Until next time, SYOY!
Ben B – Yelp Halifax Community Manager