Heep Heep Hooray! Yelp.nl celebrated its first birthday last Saturday, December 10th and what better way than to celebrate it with the Amsterdam yelpers?! The first Yelper Event stated: Yelp is On Fire! The magnificent venue Grand Café Gezond was completely transformed and combined grandeur with the best food, drinks and entertainment Amsterdam has to offer! With a truly stunning turnout of over 200 yelpers and guests, it was something Amsterdam had not seen before…
De Fabulous Doorhost Hoax gave everyone a warm welcome at the entrance. Once you had entered the venue, the sponsors displayed their delicious food, thirst-quenching drinks and skillful acts. And did they! Princess provided a live-cooking show; a chef made small bites from heaven, which perfectly matched the various beers of Jupiler at the bar! There was dancing to the tunes of DJs Alarm& Paniek and the band "Blood, Sweat & Kiers", sponsored by Cafe Casablanca. Meanwhile, the cocktailshakers of House of Bols served 200 yelpers dandy cocktails troughout the whole evening! Luckily, the lounge area was decorated by Mean Bean for some relaxing and reflection.
Elite Yelpers have a special place in everyone's Yelp-heart, therefore the Players was left in charge of the VIP-area. Who better to ask for their zesty signature drink and their notorious golden-cages-with-fireworks-on-top?! In combination with the inflatable ‘Chesterfield-sofas’ designed by Blofield, this area exclaimed "Very Important" indeed. Spectacular entertainment was brought by no other than the entertainer Baris Bilgiç, a.k.a. Mr.NoOne, who literally set Yelp On Fire. A special praise to the fine gentlemen who work for the international security company Holkema Group; they kept everyone safe and sound during the feast.
Yelpers indulged themselves with the extraordinary cheesecake provided by Sucre, the traditional Dutch cheeses of Reypenaer and the rich soups of Cafe Flinck. Did you know that SoVine winebar serves over 100(!) different wines per glass?! The yelpers eagerly tasted their wines… In the middle of the venue, there was a podium for the brands of A Brand New Day; Finlandia Vodka, Arizona Ice Tea and Southern Comfort. Whether you prefer yours “on the rocks” or pre-mixed, there was no stopping in serving, while the semi-pro pokerplayer Steven Smith taught yelpers the ins & outs of playing poker. He even gave a box full of pokerchips to the best poker-playing-yelper!
And there was more… Princess en Yelp Amsterdam organized the Yelp Princess Award 2011; the most active and inspiring yelper was being honored and received two fantastic Princess appliances! Floor R. can righteously call herself the Yelp Princess for a whole year, as she was truly the most active yelper in Amsterdam and has never missed a Yelp Event! Congratulations Floor R.! Let's see which yelper can surpass her next year?!
The organic beverages of Oggu and the water of Earth Water were pleasantly refreshing, whereas the organic energydrink 28BLACK made yelpers want to dance, and dance some more. When in need of fresh air, you could step onto the balcony. The boys and girls of Fouteskipakken.nl transformed this part of the venue to an European-style 'après-ski bar'! They served glühwein, shots and made it 'snow' with an artificial snow machine… When in need of something warmer, the 'barrista' of Smit & Dorlas made excellent coffee & Legends Tea! It could also be served 'to-go', because the night was not over yet… Players hosted the after party and yelpers continued the party for quite some time! Needless to say, no one left Yelp is On Fire empty-handed; all the sponsors had provided brilliant goodies and Princess even gave a Fondue as a present to every yelper!
Dear yelpers from Amsterdam, guests and sponsors: thank you very much for your presence and all your effort! You have made Yelp is On Fire exceptionally memorabel!
Eline Wonders will make a captivating video to remember this evening. If you are ever in need of a video, Eline is a Wonder!
Again, thank you very much for truly a night to remember!
By the way: Nemo is missing! Who has found Nemo?
Sanneke R. and Philippine W.