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Ringing In The Lunar New Year at The Buffalo Yelpies!



 
Written by Hannah Kadryna
Yelp Buffalo Community Coordinator
 
This year’s Yelpies came with a fun little twist to help ring in 2020 with a bang. Coinciding with the Lunar New Year, we threw our first ever themed Yelpies!
 
Elites flocked to The Barrel Factory dressed to impress to help celebrate a great year of Yelp achievements. Guests were welcomed with a beautifully decorated Lunar New Year cookie courtesy of Mundy Cakes, and encouraged to sip and sample mixed drinks from Lakeward Spirits as they mingled in The Barrel Factory’s beautiful event space. Snowy Owl Kombucha was also in attendance to serve some of their delicious Kombucha, and guests were able to sample some of Aera’s Tea sourced from different farmers in China. 
 
Obviously Avi Catering also made some liquid nitrogen infused ice cream, Ashker’s Juice Bar offered up some savory scones, and Undergrounds Coffee House & Roastery provided us with some delicious chocolates to hold guests over before the main course! 
 
We were super excited to highlight Home Taste during the event, a Kenmore restaurant serving up authentic Northern Chinese cuisine! Home Taste served up dumplings, eggplant in brown sauce, kung pao chicken, steamed buns, noodle soup, vegetable chow mein, and fried fish bites – and naturally, guests were raving about the food!
 
It wouldn’t be The Yelpies without some unique entertainment! This year we invited members of the Buffalo Traditional Chinese Music Ensemble to play some music – with members Eva Pen playing the Guqin and Yiping Zhang playing the Suona! Following the performance was a mind-blowing magic show from Garrett Thomas! Guests also had the chance to get their very own Henna tattoo from Loti Henna Tattoo.
 
Lastly, guests were able to enjoy a gorgeous Yelp cake from Ohlson’s Bakery to top off the night!
 
Huge congratulations to all of the award winners this year, and those who hit Review and Photo milestones! Be sure to check out the photos and reviews of the event here!
 
Newbie Impact Award: Frank M.
Friendliest Yelper: Sireesha A.
Funniest Reviewer: Christina D.
Life Of The Party: Sparkle P.
Yelp Trailblazer: Esh W.
Most Useful Non-Restaurant Reviews: Kristie S.
Couple Of The Year: Melissa & Mark B.
Yelp Family Award: Sabra & Michael R.
Veteran Impact Award: Mark S.
Keeping Yelp Useful: Maria B.
Yelptime Achievement Award: Stacey A.
Complimenter Of The Year: Lexy M.
Photographer Of The Year: David C.
Reviewer Of The Year: Nikki G.
 
Thanks to our event sponsors: The Barrel FactoryElmwood Village EntertainmentAll Season Party & RentalLiving in the Buff Studio
 

 

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