What do you get when you mix delicious food, an incredible nonprofit, a rockin' band, talented artists, a giant hot dog, and a fantastic venue with unparalleled views? Yelp RVA's First Burstday! On Tuesday evening, Elites and Yelpers from all across Richmond descended upon the Torque Club, Richmond International Raceway's third-level event space that overlooks the track, for RVA's first-ever Yelper party! "The venue was gorgeous," praises Caron L. And we have to agree – 'twas the perfect spot for a party!
Not only were guests greeted with a unique venue and amazing views, but they were also showered with scrumptious samples from some of Richmond's tastiest eateries. The bangin' bites included creative vegetarian fare from Goatocado, spicy pickles, hummus, and salsa from Magna Carta, tacos and fruit salad from Pepe's Mexican Restaurant, meatballs and wood-fired pizza from Flames 231, hot dogs from Joey's, frozen treats from King of Pops, and cupcakes from Two Sweet. Popchips and Pretzel Crisps provided the stellar snacks, DRY Soda kept folks healthily hydrated with their all-natural beverages, and Americrown kept the boozy beverages flowing at the cash bar. Talk about a truly delectable sweet and savory round-up!
"Banana puddin' popsicles, lemon cream cupcakes, tofu dogs, veggie tacos…" Anna T could go on and on about the deliciousness. Judith L agrees: "Loved the variety of vendors. Everyone there was so friendly and so eager to share the food that they are obviously so proud of… everything that I tasted was amazing." Drool-worthy, for sure!
While we ate our way through the evening, The Killing Daylights put on a rockin' performance that kept the energy levels high and the crowd on cloud nine (shout out to our sound guru, Bryce, from Richmond Music). Morgan Sawyer furiously drew frame-worthy caricatures, while Airbrush Gypsy inked guests with creative and colorful temporary tattoos. Shutterbooth came armed with props for the perfect photo op, and Yvonne M took full advantage: "What girl doesn't want to throw on a pair of bunny ears once in her life?"
And that's not all! We did good while having fun by raising money for our wonderful nonprofit event partner, Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity. An enthusiastic THANK YOU to all of our incredible sponsors, participants, Yelpers, and Richmond International Raceway for making this a burstday for the record books. According to Dominic B, "Words can't describe how amazing this Yelp Burstday event turned out. If you didn't come.. you missed out!" Take a peek at the entire photo gallery, courtesy of our talented photographers, Jacki G Photography and Dominique Munoz, and read the reviews of this five-star affair. Cheers to another great year of yelping in RVA!
Until next time, See You On Yelp,
Yelp Richmond Community Manager