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Yelp Elites in the House of the Iron Chef: JG Domestic



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Shine those shoes and squeeze into your Spanx, it's time for an uber-swanky Elite-only event in Philadelphia. Local celebrity and Iron Chef America Jose Garces welcomed Elites to his newest restaurant, JG Domestic, on Sunday, November 21 for a kickoff to the holiday season like no other.

Located on the ground floor of the ultra-modern Cira Centre, the restaurant sources 100 percent of its product from American farms, ranches, dairies, fisheries, brewers and distillers. In that spirit, Elites were treated to a sampling of New American bites displaying chef de cuisine Dave Conn's facility with exquisite ingredients.  Wood-oven flatbread topped with Oregon chanterelles, black truffles, shaved cheddar and farm egg yolk made for an earthy bite, while the must-have Lobster Cappuccino tickled Elites' palates with an airy froth and intoxicating aroma.

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As crisply white-shirted servers circulated with trays of Chalone Chardonnay and BVCoastal Merlot, bartenders were hard at work hand-muddling and shaking refreshing Texas Eagle (SKYY vodka, Meyer lemon, honey) and warming Crescent (Four Roses bourbon, ginger, mint) cocktails. 

Chalices of locally-brewed (and cold as a November night) Yards Brawler made a happy pairing with JG's signature hickory-smoked Georgia pecans with maple and bacon. Appetizer and dessert! Brilliant.

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Not only were Philadelphia Elites required to come without a safety blanket (better known as a plus-one), Community Manager Felicia D demanded they discard their jeans and Iggles jerseys for something with a bit more polish.  They showed up in fine form, in three-piece suits, vintage dresses, feathered fascinators and natty tweed.  Official Yelp photographer Erika Letitia captured the sartorial splendor (and sexy house-made salami) in her stunning snaps.  See them here

John

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Today, Philly Talk is abuzz with excitement over this event, and the reviews are already pouring in. Freshly-minted Elite Rebecca S bubbles over: "I am so happy that I decided to go to this event, if not just for bragging rights, but because I had the opportunity to go outside my comfort zone to meet some of the most amazing yelpers in the Philadelphia area.

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proves it's not all about the food and booze: "Goodness Garces! What a fantastic event! First, let me talk about the physical atmosphere.  I love how JG created a natural environment in the bottom of a corporate jungle.  I really felt like I was walking into a terrarium."  

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You're no turtle, Melissa, but I'm sure JG's staff will be happy to see you back in their terrarium. Thirsting for more? Peep the reviews of the event here!  Click through the jump to see the full menu, as well.

Ciao for now,

Felicia

Felicia D, Philly Yelp Community Manager

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