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Kansas City Elites Celebrate Yelpsgiving at Providence



Sure, the original Thanksgiving may featured quite the impressive bounty of curds and porridge, but Yelpsgiving had kneehigh socks and hats shaped like pie! I think we know which one will be remembered longer.

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By all accounts, The First Yelpsgiving was a resounding success. As our host, Providence at the Hilton President opened their doors to the Yelp Elites and their guests for an evening of education and libations. Chef Eric Carter was on hand to school the guests on Providence's "nose to tail" philosophy. Demonstrating this commitment, he served up a whole roasted suckling pig, even offering up the brains to Yelp's most adventurous epicurians. Lamb sliders, BBQ pork belly and salmon on crustini rounded out the hors d'oeuvres, and a dessert tray loaded with carrot cake and macaroons kept the sweet tooth satisfied. 

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Next up was local bartender and cocktail expert Brock Schulte, educating Elites on how to properly imbibe during the holidays, and schooling his pupils on the benefits of barrel aging. Meanwhile, servers kept guests' whistles wet with never-ending trays of beer and wine, plus four specialty cocktails! Favorites included Sassy's Champagne Cocktail, Ford's Bramble Tonic and of course barrel-aged Manhattans.

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But what's an Elite Event without some Yelpy extras? Our friends at Frameless Photography were on hand to capture Yelper's 'family portraits'. Complete with turkey and pie-shaped hats, Elites mugged for the camera while holding up signs saying what they had to be thankful for. And to share the wealth, guests participated in a canned food raffle for reStart, helping to make the holidays a little better for the less-fortunate. To sweeten the pot, Hilton President graciously offered prize packages for winners and two lucky Yelpers will enjoying complimentary evenings at Providence thanks to their generous donations. All together, we were able to collect hundreds of units of food, feeding dozens of families in the KC metro.

In the spirit of the holiday, I want to extend some thanks not only to our participating businesses, but also to the Yelp KC Elite Squad. You all have created such a fantastic community that I am immensely proud to be called its Manager. 

Your Friendly CM

Matt E

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