Thanksgiving is quickly nearing and what better way to spend a classic San Francisco November night than by toasting pumpkin puree cocktails and sampling truffle macaroni and cheese at at Yelp's Occupy Awesomeness Elite Event at Level III? San Francisco yelpers got warm and toasty in Level III's magical holiday decorated lounge featuring handcrafted cocktails and a menu developed by award-winning executive chef, Ben Mattman.
Rebecca G was impressed by Level III's lovely and spacious interior, graced by a giant Christmas tree in the center of the plaza. She even took advantage of the fun, speedy elevators for a gorgeous view of the city on the 21st floor. In between marveling at the chic atmosphere of the restaurant and lobby, guests were able to sample a diversity of sliders including American Kobe Beef, Pepper Jack and Crispy Onion Rings with Pulled Pork with Tangy Slaw, as well as Dungeness Crab Cakes with spicy remoulade. They also were able to sidle up to Level III's macaroni and cheese station for piping hot bowls of Truffle and Chorizo Mac and Cheese, with Gruyere, Mascarpone, Parmigano Reggian and topped with Toasted Breadcrumbs. Personable servers moved throughout the space quickly with plates of Seared Tuna on Black Sesame Crackers, homemade Chocolate Chip Ice-cream Sandwiches, and Chocolate Layer Cake with smooth ganache.
The cocktails of the evening, each muddled by Level III's talented bar staff, were just as delectable as the savory and sweet bites circulating throughout the space. Yelpers were floored by the festive Pumpkin Pie Martini with great pumpkin flavors to balance the vodka. Tinna H and Rebecca G both raved about the Cabin Fever with Wild Turkey Bourbon and Apple Cider. It was evident throughout the exciting evening that Level III's kitchen and bar staff knew their craft and executed each drink and appetizer with art.
One of the true highlights of the evening was the musical excellence which filled up the whole lobby from the unique stylings of DJ Lebowitz on the keyboard. Joraine G gave him major props and couldn't believe that the outstanding rendition of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" was being played by an actual person and that the grand piano sounds were coming from Lebowitz's keyboard. Jen W echoed Joraine's sentiments and was mesmerized by Lebowitz's " Bruno Mar's grenade," adding "Yelp really outdid themselves…for two hours…yelp made us feel like we were the 1%! This whole thing was awesome!"