Located inside the historic music venue, Agora Theater, our host spoiled us with an enormous sampling of sandwiches, wraps, appetizers and salads for their vast menu. Noshables included risotto balls, seared tuna wraps with wasabi mayo, house-made caesar salad, vegetarian wraps with havarti cheese and much more. As Zack H simply put, "The food was spectacular—absolutely delightful."
All that eating is bound to make an Elite parched, so Grand Cru Wine Co. made sure no yelper went thirsty with unlimited pours of their vintage, boxed (but deeelicious) reds and whites. Christina P so eloquently put it, "Loved the classy boxed wine and the guy handling the bar area." Pssst… that was Bill Barefoot!
Nothing is better than getting wined and dined… well, except when you add in exceptionally awesome tunes from local band, Miss Amamnda Jones! Guests jammed out while doning black berets, flossing fake cigs and tapping to the rhythm on some bongos in true beatnik-fashion. Elites also competed in a yelpy poetry contest to win prize baskets full of beat-stuff, DVDs, coffee mugs, 4 passes to Cinema at the Square and a ticket to Ale Fest! Congrats to Elite Zack H who won it with this hiaku:
"Review of the day!
Nice, serene view of the lake
Pulled out of my ass."
And no Cleveland Yelp Elite party would be complete without a photo booth. Yelpers and guests posed on "stage" with the mic and gave their best beatnik impressions with berets, bongos, guitars, faux cigs, goatees, glasses and yelpy signs. Russa W spilled, "the open mic themed photo booth was darling and so were the eclectic array of props, cant wait to see those pictures!" Thanks to our photog, Ackey+Z Photography, you can check out all those pics here!
See what yelpers said about this beatnik bash or write your own event review here!
Huge thanks to all who made it out, Jae, Sandy and staff at The Hipp, the gentlemen of Miss Amanda Jones, Katie of Ackey+Z Photography and Bill Barefoot of Grand Cru Wine Co. for making this event fantastic!
Until next time, SYOY!
Cara L (and my Dad!)
Senior Community Manager – Yelp Cleveland