Elites hopped on board the SS NoVa to sail to Hooked, a pleasure island full of decadent eats, lucious libations and all-around-fun that had Danny V raving, "The Yelpers went swimmin' and we got Hooked (up, that is!)"
Yelpers who dared to make the journey were greeted with flower leis, Yelp tattoos, candy cigarettes and the promise of booty! The event kicked off with a game where attendees were challenged to meet a new Elite in hopes of receiving a red raffle ticket to win a treasure chest full of restaurant, spa, and hotel gift certificates, as well as tickets to an upcoming Nationals game."It was great to meet some of my Yelp friends in the flesh," Ryan B reports.
Hooked made sure that no landlubber went home hungry by rocking out an assortment of marinated Chilean sea bass, Japanese fried chicken strips, crab cakes, and candied bacon deviled eggs. To top that off, guests rotated in different stations to learn about (and taste!) the art of sushi rolling, tropical cocktail concoctions, and the history of sake. According to Albert L, "The rainbow drink was a highlight for many. Seeing those different colors come out into the glasses was quite cool."
A big pirate's YARRRR goes out to David Dang Designs for capturing the evening on camera! Check all the photos out here. If you want to catch more of the party buzz, hop over to the event listing to read all about the excitement from your fellow yelpers.
Captain Kimberly "Barnacle Bitten" V
Yelp Northern Virginia Community Manager