What do you get when you combine an Iron Chef, golden keys, sparkly libations, divine food, and a diamond crowd? You get Yelp Chicago's latest Elite event adventure: Yelp és D'or. Over 250 Elites and guests made their way to South Loop hot spot Mercat a la Planxa to experience the best of the best of Spanish cuisine and drinks.
Located in the classic Blackstone Hotel, Mercat's known for mouth-watering Spanish tapas created by the genius of Chicago's very own Iron Chef, chef Jose Garces. Captivated guests got to experience first-hand what Iron Chef cuisine is like as they dined on Charcuteria and Quesos: Cured Spanish Meats and Cheese; two Cochinillo Asado: Whole Roasted Suckling Pig with Rosemary White Beans and scallions; Datiles con Almendras: Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Marcona Almonds; Truita De Patata con Espinacas: Spanish-Style Omlette with Spinach, Potato and Saffron Aioli; and Cepes Y Butifarra Coca: Seasonal Mushrooms with Roasted Garlic and Manchego Cheese. Delighted guests couldn't believe their mouths or eyes at the spectacle of riches.
Iron Chef food deserves only the best possible drink pairing. But, of course. And, none other than Segura Viudas offering pours of its award-winning Brut Reserva cava would do. As if that wasn't enough, lucky attendees sipped on the signature Pink Drink of the evening — Segura Cava with Pomegranate and Lemon Juice. The only thing missing was ruby-adorned glassware.
The golden night continued with a scavenger hunt. Segura Viudas provided the clues and Elites provided the footwork. Hidden throughout the Catalonian masterpiece were six golden keys that unlocked a treasure that many had thirsted for for ages. Many tried but only Tricia L possessed the key that unlocked a chest full of Brut Reserva. But Tricia wasn't the only winner. Guests were treated to the flamenco guitar of Thomas Tabora. Everyone who wanted to got a chance to spin the Segura prize wheel with the grand prize winner receiving a trip for two to Sonoma, California complete with a $250 AMEX Gift Card and a VIP tour at Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards. Golden.life. Don't just take our word for it. Eagle-eyed photog Sean Davis took all the shots here. And, overjoyed guests wrote their impressions here.
Until next time,