Twin Cities Elite yelpers dove right in and swam over to Sea Change for Yelp's Deep Blue Sea this week for the first Elite Squad event of the year! Considering the snowy and slushy Monday conditions, we had a record turnout of newly badged 2011 Elites and their extra lucky guests come out to indulge their seafood fantasies and meet one another.
Adjacent to the Guthrie Theater, Sea Change is one of the most lauded restaurants in Minneapolis with a menu of oceanic creatures and other fine foods developed by James Beard-nominated chef Tim McKee. Elites circled like sharks as pork buns, langostine skewers, chilled clams with pancetta, oysters on the half-shell and more tasty treats were brought out from the kitchen. Toward the end of the evening, housemade caramel corn hit the tables for a sweet send-off.
Along with Blue Moon and PBR, the bartenders served cocktails that they had developed specially for the party. The Deep Blue Martini was made with Grey Goose La Poire, blue curacao, sour and cava. The On The Rocks was made with Grey Goose La Poire, blueberry puree, lavender simple syrup and club soda, and Meghann F. decided it had "just the right combo of booze and real ingredients—yum!"
Elites were encouraged to meet the other fish in the yelpy sea with a "fishy" get-to-know-you game. Anna J. and Kohleen L. learned that they are both very slow drinkers; Summer L. and Gabe S. discovered a shared love for the Sunnyside Up Café; and Nadine Y. and Julie S. figured out that they both majored in advertising!
Sea Change put out $5 discount coupons for their Three for $30 prix fixe menu that is going on in January. And we also held a drawing for Sea Change gift cards. The winners are… Breanne K. ($25), Sara W. ($50) and the grand prize winner is Nadine Y. ($100)! Send me a message on Yelp to claim your prizes!
A special thanks to Ryan Siemers for photographing the event and making us look so good in all these pictures. Check out the reviews of the event on the Yelp party listing (or review it yourself if you were there)!
Yelp Twin Cities Community Manager