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KC Elites Sizzle At Original Juan!



It was a hot time in Kansas City this past Saturday evening when the Elite squad and their guests gathered at Original Juan Specialty Foods for All Fired Up!

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   Photo by Monica Cole Photo by Monica Cole

Was anyone up for a contest to see who was the hottest? Uh yeah! We're not talking review writing right now, we're talking sauce! After a few tastes of many hot sauces and salsas, each increasing in heat and scovilles… well, let's let the pictures do the talking:

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Photo by Monica Cole

photo by Monica Cole photo by Monica Cole

Ouch! Thankfully, there was the cheesecake dip, just in case things got too hot to handle. And lucky for us, 360 Beverages were on hand to cool things down, along with cocktails made with local brands, Clear 10 Vodka and High Plains Distillery (whose Bloody Marys/Marias were also rather caliente!)

Even those not down with turning their tongues on fire found that there was something mouth-watering (if not eye-watering), whether that be delish BBQ burnt ends and beans from Zarda or various cheeses, dips and snacks from Original Juan Specialty Foods. There were also tasting stations of BBQ sauces, rubs/seasonings and an area where we could test the unreleased products. Original Juan allowed us a glimpse into their testing kitchen and enormous factory so we could see what goes on behind the scenes. Of course yelpers are all about the process of what goes into making everything so delicious!

Image by Daniel Hu

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And then there was the array of incredible raffle prizes, which included an Original Juan gift basket, a $50 gift certificate, a box of the highly-anticipated unreleased products, and bottles from High Plains and Clear 10 Vodka.

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"First Yelp Party = happy yelper," Zach G. "This was an awesome evening. I had no idea what to expect coming to this place, since I had never heard of it before. I can't believe how many times I have driven past this place, never knowing what magic stood behind the doors." Right on, for that's what these parties are all about!

Thank you to Lindsay and Joe and the entire amazing staff at Original Juan Specialty Food, Geoff and Sierra of High Plains Distillery, Clear 10 Vodka, 360 Beverages and WiredBBQ.com for providing a live video feed.

Time to fan the heat: check out more photos from Monica Cole on the Yelp flickr page and by Daniel Hu. Be sure and read the reviews for even more sizzlin' recaps.

I'm no Wicked Witch of the West, but help me, I'm mellllllting now!!!

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Yelp KC Community Manager

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