Last night might have been Oscar night in Hollywood, but here in NOLA we were all about a more local and yelpy red carpet event on Saturday evening! The Big Top Gallery hosted the 2nd Annual Yelpy Awards, where members of our Elite squad were honored for their phenomenally yelptastic activity over the past year.
The highly anticipated event drew out about 80 Elites with their plus
ones and festivities had us all toasting in sweet style with cupcakes
and champagne, thanks to The Kupcake Factory. We also had some primo pizza from Rotolo's, an array of scrumptious apps courtesy of Ariodante Contemporary Crafts Gallery and Whole Foods Market. Hallucinatory tunes and tastes were thanks to Morella & The Wheels Of If and Lucid absinthe (Death in the Afternoon, anyone?!)
Soon it was time for our mistress of ceremonies to get to announcing
categories, with each nominee's gorgeous user pic projected majestically
on the screen above. Winning Elites were roasted, er… honored with a brief Yelp review of them!
And the winners are:
Most Helpful/Unofficial Ambassador: John LH
Most Useful: Shannon S
Funniest: Scott S
Life of the Party: Joshua B
Best Costumes: Vicky L
Best Compliments: Michelle B
Coolest: Larissa C
Rookie of the Year: Re H
Lifetime Achievement: Jen L
Our 9 winners walked away with special yelp swag, a pair of tickets to Cirque Du Soleil Quidam opening night on 3/13, and they also got to participate in a mixology demonstration in the Mad Scientist's Ball, a Yelp-sponsored event that immediately followed our party at The Big Top.
Many thanks to Nicole and Sarah at the Big Top Gallery for hosting us, as well as to all of our sponsors. Read the reviews and see more of what the paparazzi captured on flickr! And, of course, this event couldn't have happened without you, our Yelp super stars, the NOLA Elite Squad (yes, you're all winners)!
Yelp NOLA Community Manager