The Houston Yelp Elite Squad kicked off a fall fabulous evening at Carmelo's Ristorante for Yelp's Italian Social! The legendary restaurant – celebrating 32 years of business in June – welcomed Houston Elites for an unforgettable night filled with true Italian flare. As guests arrived, they were greeted with a glass of prosecco; from there, they entered an intimate, romantic and aromatic private banquet room filled with food, wine, music and amore!
From Prosciutto di Parma to Pecorino Romano and Parmigiano Reggiano, the apps table featured a serious spread of fresh Italian meats and cheeses, followed by a lengthy buffet with – are ya ready for this? – Alaskan wild king salmon over quinoa pasta and sun-dried tomatoes; Conchigliette pasta with broccoli rapini; spinach mousse; and Chef Carmelo presenting a live cooking of Filet of Beef Stroganoff that wowed the crowd! And not to forget dessert, tiramisu, millefoglie, creamy strawberries, pear almond tart and Italian bread pudding with Galliano cream. Buon appetito!
Throughout the nigh, guest enjoyed the live music from the accordion player, sipped on red and white wine and snapped photos in the MemoryBox photo booth, but it was Chef Carmelo himself that was the true crowd-pleaser. With true Italian charisma, he generously raffled off more than a dozen prizes for Elites, congratulating each winner with handshakes and hugs! As one Elite Jen D put it: "He is a true Italian and a beautiful soul." And to make it a winning night for everyone, Carmelo's kindly offered complimentary appetizer cards to each guests – which is valid for unlimited visits for a full year!
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