After the holiday nonsense, ringing in the New Year and back-to-work insanity (not to mention a neon-drenched Yelp party), Cincinnati yelpers wanted to just sit back and have a glass of wine. Luckily, we knew just the spot!
Dilly Café in Mariemont was gracious enough to host a beautiful Sunday afternoon into evening Yelp event. This spot is known for its boutique wines and handcrafted beer (as well as delicious beer cheese). “Located in the picturesque community of Mariemont, Dilly Cafe is a nice, laid back departure of some of the downtown hustle and bustle,” Josh O laid down. And it didn’t disappoint in the slightest.
Shutting down most of the grand café for our event, yelpers were treated to glasses of wine and beer from some of Dilly’s best. This includes bottles of Taz Pinot Gris, Beringer Chardonnay, Penfolds Shiraz, WoopWoop Shiraz, Chateau St. Jean Fume Blanc, Chateau Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon and Santa Barbara Pinot Noir. Two exquisite beers were also on tap, the Afligem Noel Winter Ale and The Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold Lager. And as an added treat, yelpers also got to try tastings of Bulleit Bourbon, a delicious treat if we ever heard of one.
“This event was a first-of-its-kind for Cincinnati Elites with a wonderful selection of wines and unique beers,” Caroline C toasted, “A great event!”
Of course, the spotlight from the drinks was stolen as soon as the food started to make its way around. Besides Dilly’s famous beer cheese, which flowed like a golden river, and delicious meatballs in a silver dish, servers circulated items like roast beef with horseradish sauce on baked bread, the sweetest and most delicious mini-berry tarts you've ever had and … something else. We feel like we’re missing something else…
“FRIED GOAT CHEESE BALLS!!!,” Alexandra K screamed in delight! Ah yeah, how could we forget? Anything else to say about the food, Alex? “It was amazing! Beer cheese, meatballs, fried goat cheese balls, desserts. Delicious! Having the servers pass around food was also nice, as we could stay chatting with everyone. They even passed around the wine and beer!”
A really fantastic light jazz guitar and keyboard combination helped set the mood and bring the night to a new level of class.
Yelpers were also treated to a sneak-peak into owner Chuck’s wine room, where the special bottles are kept. If you’ve ever wanted to see what a wine enthusiast’s hobby really looks like, this was the spot to be.
Even Dilly’s legendary mustached beer master James "Peanut" Kahles made it to the event, top-hat and all, delighting with stories of everything hoppy!
Yelp also worked with the Save The Animals Foundation, who were trading tastings of exquisite wine for wonderful donations! A great cause and a great glass of wine – it can’t be beat.
After this night, we know that Cincy yelpers are finally relaxed enough to take on all the new stresses of 2011!
But don’t just take our word on the night’s awesomeness, you can read all the reviews right here. You can also check out the other awesome pics by photographer extraordinaire Anna Penny on the Official Yelp Flickr page!
Our glass is raised to you!
Alex S, Cincinnati Community Manager