Donald Trump, step aside. Yelpers in the Triangle are high-class high rollers. Last Sunday at Yelp Billionaires Club, with your help, we raised nearly 1,300 pounds of food for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina — enough to make 2,045 meals! How's that for feeling like a billion bucks?
In true tycoon style, guests walked the red carpet to the entrance of Zinda — dressed to the decadent nines — where they were greeted by our host venue's gorgeous, gleaming space. Bartenders served up their choice of bottomless beverage… six varietals of Cupcake Vineyards wine, Crispin apple cider, Fox Barrel's blackberry pear cider, or one of New Belgium's beers. And Eschelon Hospitality dazzled with small bite delights from each of their five fabulous restaurants: Prosciutto Crudo (with pink grapefruit, chilis, white balsamic gastrique, and cantaloupe gelee) from The Oxford; Salmon Tartare (with kizami avocado mousse) from Sono; and tantalizing treats from Mura, Zinda, and Cameron Bar & Grill as well!
Top-notch entertainers, Head Over Heels, gave us athleticism and grace with show-stopping showgirl pole dancing and silhouetted go-go-girls, while our fave DJ, No Regret Productions, kept the energy going strong all night!
Back in the High Roller room, freshly minted billionaires took their turn at Simple Bliss Spa, receiving Pevonia and MoroccanOil skin treatments and back massages… smelling good and feeling even better — talk about the royal treatment! Looking luxe, guests took a seat at the Tiger Direct caricature corner, and received some custom art. At the Diamonds Direct table, they bejeweled themselves in gems and pearls, before flashing a billion-dollar smile for the photobooth photographer.
Upstairs in the Casino, everyone tried their hand at Absolute Casino Live's roulette and blackjack tables, took a turn on Lenovo's state-of-the-art gaming equipment, and had a chance to win big-ticket techy prizes.
This would not have been possible without fantastic partners! A tremendous thank you to Amanda at Zinda; Tara at Eschelon Hospitality, Kelly M (Yelp intern extraordinaire!); and my Yelp Southeast team colleagues — as well as to all our fantastic sponsors for contributing their time and talents. Please be sure to visit them, and send them some love!
Until the next Yelp Elite Event (or our 2014 Yelper Party), I'll SYOY (see ya on Yelp),
Christina G (and my Yelp-helper hubby)
Yelp NC Triangle Senior Community Manager