Welcome to Meet The Elite, where we let you in on the lives of some of our top community members. Today we meet Daniel M, a Yelp Elite since '11 with a whopping 251 reviews and counting.
Why did you start Yelping?
The year was 2011 and there was a buzz in the air. I had a hankering for a hunk of cheese and went a-Googlin'. Turns out, there was a place where people could tell me what was good and where to get it. I never Googled (food) again. Yelp had that certain something that kept me coming back for more.
What's your dream Yelp event in Baton Rouge?
Dreams? Thanks to the tireless effort by my community manager Rebecca W, I don't even have time to dream. She's constantly creating new opportunities for a Baton Rouge Yelper to reach new and exciting heights. Rebecca is always introducing me and my fellow Yelp Elites to incredible new adventures that I couldn't dream of because I didn't know that they existed.
Why should someone apply to be a part of our Elite Squad?
Being an Elite Squad member is an experience like no other. You're given the opportunity to speak your mind. Be yourself. Know that when you want to let the world know what's important to you and what you want to say needs to be heard, your Elite brethren will embrace and celebrate you for your opinions and creativity. The parties. The comradery. The schwag. The Yelp.
Tell us more about your favorite Yelp event – Yelp’s Rock And Roar!
There was so much delicious food at this event I couldn't even try everything. I remember one point where I already had a delicious hand crafted screwdriver in my hand I was given an equally delicious frozen concoction. After confirming that it was indeed alcoholic, I proceeded to double fist the potent potables like a true Louisianan. People were falling from the sky yet stopping just before impact with the help of luxurious silken threads – Airseekers Aerial Yoga performers. Twirling to and fro, they were like celestial simians not bound by the rules of gravity. Just when I thought it couldn't be any better, this Yelper Party came to fruition with the soulful rhythms of an amazing band – Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor – that actually let me join them on stage. If Yelping is wrong, I don't ever want to be right. This is why I love this community. A constant barrage of happiness, fun and new experiences.
Want more? Keep up with Daniel M’s reviews, photos, lists and tips at http://dan-the-man.yelp.com
About the Yelp Elite Squad: The Yelp Elite Squad is our way of recognizing people who are active in the Yelp community – people who are role models both on and off the site. Elite-worthiness is based on a number of things, including well-written reviews, high quality tips, a detailed personal profile, an active voting and complimenting record, and a history of playing well with others. Elites must use their real name on their account, have a real (and clear!) profile photo, and be of legal drinking age in their country. You can read more, and even nominate yourself at yelp.com/elite