Yelp Dallas lit up Mockingbird Station on Friday night with the biggest Yelp event in Dallas history: the Secret Carnevale! Almost 600 yelpers packed the indoor/outdoor space at PURE Dental for a night of curious characters, mystical mayhem, delicious delicacies and copious cocktails. There were no teeth cleanings or root canals at this party… no, sir! Read on for all of the dirty details…
Five of Dallas's hottest restaurants set up shop outside to divvy out sweet and savory treats. Citizen Sweet gave one of their signature cupcakes to the first 100 people in the door; Empa Mundo's empanadas were a total hit; Pinkberry came loaded with a table of toppings and flavors; Sambuca 360 handed out mouthwatering finger foods; Trinity Hall's mini skewers flew off the table; and Zoës Kitchen laid out trays of hummus and pita.
Also outside was a spectacle of entertainment. Two stilt walkers from Stilt Reaper roamed high above the crowd. Belly dancers from Authentic Belly Dancing Entertainment shook their hips and balanced lit candles on their heads. Kimberly from Cirque Duo performed amazing ground stunts with piles of hoops. And to top it all off, DJ Jonny5 kept the crowd going with his spinning beats.
Inside, yelpers roamed the hallways to discover something different in every room. Room attractions included custom cocktails from Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka and Hudson Ferus Vodka, cold cans of Lone Star beer and tempting tea flavors from Honest Tea. Whipped Lightning, an alcohol-infused whipped cream, also handed out signature flavor samples. Yelpers also had their fortunes read by a palm reader and a crystal ball reader from Mystic Kathryn, provided by Pucker Up Impressions™. Franconia Brewing provided kegs of local brew for those who bellied up to check-in desk turned bar, staffed with bartenders from Raytini.
A big thanks goes to Henry Lam Photography, whose photographers captured candid pics as well as fun scenes in the photobooth. Check them out here! Also, thank you to iDeal Events for providing the tables, chairs, linens and more. Raffle prizes for the event included cans of Whipped Lightning and gift certificates good for one month of belly dancing lessons from Authentic Belly Dancing Entertainment. Congrats to the winners!
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