'Twas the day of the Yelp holiday soiree and all through the house, not an elite could wait for the party filled with food, drinks, music, Santa and those sporting an ugly sweater or blouse! This Wednesday, over 150 Phoenix elites sported their finest ugly holiday sweaters and gathered at Rico's American Grill to ring in the holidays the yelpy way — and did they ever!
With the entire restaurant reserved for the yelp elites, each area presented something wonderfully different for the yelpers to feast their eyes or appetites on. Yelpers prepped for winter hybernation with the holiday feast Rico's laid before their eyes. The feast included five different food stations of savory and sweet treats including grilled fish tacos, chicken chop, mashed sweet potatoes with thyme jus, cesar and chopped salad, margharita, wild mushroom and BBQ chicken wood oven prepared flatbreads and an assortment of desserts to top it all off!
As the yelpers showed off their ugly sweaters to friends, they sipped on Rico's signature wine and beers and listened to live music play some classic and holiday hits. Rico's gave the north pole a run for its money with the amount of holiday decorations, including not one but two large Christmas trees. One Christmas tree served as the drop-off for the Labor Community Service Agency adopt-a-family gifts yelpers donated and based on the number of gifts under the tree, a family will have a joyful Christmas this holiday! The second tree became a jolly guest of honor's home for the evening. That's right, Santa himself made a surprise appearance and every lucky yelper got to sit on his lap, take a picture and tell the man in red their holiday wishes this year!
Some decorated gingerbread houses as others caught up with old friends, but no holiday party's complete without gifts for those on the nice list. So with that, each yelper walked away with a brand new pair of "Yelp Life" gloves and a goodie bag from Rico's filled with a coupon for their next visit and Rico's signature homemade ketchup! Lucky raffle winners got to add gifts like dinner for two to Rico's, a growler or a Christmas movie to their stocking as well! The holly jolly evening concluded with a very ugly holiday sweater fashion show and yelpers went on their way full and completely in the holiday spirit.
The reviews are coming in faster than we can say ho, ho, ho and yelpers agree that this was most definitely a five star evening! Check out the rest of the photos and a special thank you to Rico's American Grill, LCSA, Esoterik Images and Santa Claus for making this evening one that will go down in holiday history!
See you in the new yelp year!
Yelp Phoenix Community Manager