The Capital Grille in Tampa served up a softball to its collective Yelp Elites, and one by one, the ball was knocked out of the park. What would typically be a lazy Sunday afternoon, quickly transformed into a day for wine lovers to rejoice and consume!
The Capital Grille is a dining-experience, not simply just a meal. That's why this event consisted of much more than only the food and drinks. Birthday girl, Elizabeth B shouts a big "thank you to the General Manager for the tour of the private dining area. The neatest part was seeing where they dry-aged the meat! This event was fantabulous! It's great to be Elite!"
Elites assembled from all-across Tampa Bay and from as far out as Orlando to enjoy our gracious event host. Experienced Elites were wowed and new Elites, like Katie C had their eyes-opened to the new, beautiful world of Yelp events. "The setup was lovely: I enjoyed the mingling opportunities and the ability to go at my own pace," she cheered. "Both the food and wine had us convinced that we need to come back to The Capital Grille for a nice evening out! Quick: someone think up a special occasion for me to celebrate!"
The food…the food! There was no shortage of deliciousness at The Capital Gluttonment, with delights such as; Crab Cake Sandwiches, Chicken Crostini with White Bean and Crisp Shitake, Mini Tenderloin Sandwiches with Wild Mushrooms, Seasonal Vegetables with Artisanal Cheeses, and Crème Brûlée. But Cari E's favorite of the night was the porcini bisque, which was "down-right fabulous–It made me never want to eat soup out of anything but espresso cups for the rest of my life." She also mentions the impressive wait-staff that acted like "silent ninjas" as they served and cleaned up after our large entourage. "Capital Grille was everything I expected and more."
The wine…the wine! This event was acutally a promotion of The Capital Grille's Generous Pour event, which Lauren C thoroughly outlines."For $25, you can enjoy 9 world-class wines paired with your dinner, chosen by the Capital Grille's Master Sommelier, George Miliotes. These wines were incredible, so this is a great deal." But in terms of the Yelp event, she raves that the "wine tastings and pairings were well-organized and the event had such a nice flow. I enjoyed chatting with other Yelpers and learning about these wines in such a beautiful setting."
The people…the people! The Yelpers showed up in full force and mingled 'til the cows came home. (What does that even mean, anyway?) Photography at the event was executed beautifully by Rebecca and Tom Hagen with Blink of an Eye Photographic Arts in Tampa. Of course, no Yelper takes a bad photo, so your confusion is underastandable if you thought these pictures were from a fashion magazine.
Thanks again to everyone involved – The Capital Grille management, the hard-working "ninja" staff, the chefs in the back, and thanks to all the Yelpers for coming out!
Hugs and Handshakes,