Louisville's latest Elite event brough out a wonderful mix of newbies who got to experience their very first Elite event and Yelpers who have been kicking it on the squad for a while. Whether new or old to Louisville Elite, all guests of Yelp Elite's Breakfast (For Dinner) Club got the Elite treatment for sure — thanks to Meridian Cafe! This breakfast and lunch spot is run out of a cozy 1940s house and provided the perfect space for our growing community to gather and get to know each other.
Everyone was initated into the club by playing a silly game of "Find A Yelper Who…" and lets just say that if newer guests didn't know enough about each before the event, well that's not the case now! Melanie K "loved having an excuse to ask someone to play rock-paper-scissors and show me their best dance moves….'Yelp Dates' with two new friends" = success. Congrats to Shaundty C who won the raffle after completing the game and went home with VIP tickets to Shakespeare in the Park, a Yelp t-shirt and sunglasses. Plus, Elites all got to take home a sweet gift: official 2013 Yelp Elite socks!
Chef/Owner Mike Ross and his amazing staff graciously served up build-your-own lox, breakfast tacos and french toast bars in a buffet style spread so we could all mingle and munch until our hearts' and stomachs' content. Heather P was blown away: the amazing French toast and blueberry basil syrup were best that I've ever eaten." For Matt R, "the next best thing to sitting in a bucket of ice water" on this 95 degree day was Meridian Cafe's Shandy. Yep, their boozy breakfast beverages like the Shandy from their Red Eye "beertail" list and of course their deliciously refreshing bellinis and pomegranate mimosas certainly hit the spot. But that's not all — we even had one of The Meridian Cafe's featured wine brands, The Seeker, offer up glasses of their Malbec, Pinot Noir and Riesling!
Last but not least, guests at the event raised over $100 for the local non-profit New Roots! After enjoying the local and freshly fare from Meridian Cafe, it was a no-brainer for everyone to pitch in to support New Roots' efforts. Spreading awareness about the benefits of the local agriculture system, they're creating Fresh Stops left and right — all through volunteers — in order to make fresh and local produce available for everyone.
Huge thank you's to Mike Ross and everyone at the Meridian Cafe, The Seeker Wines and New Roots for making this event such a success! Also, thanks to Vaughn Corum for all the awesome photos (more on our Flickr page for your viewing pleasure). And of course, a special thanks to all the Elites and guests who equally like to indulge the oddity but goody of a tradition like having breakfast for dinner!
Until next time, SYOY!
Yelp Louisville Community Manager