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Kansas City Elites Celebrate Kitschmas!



It was a cold winter's night in Kansas City, where the roads were icy and the windchill was below zero, but the prospect of deliciously festive food and drink at Beer Kitchen drew out many very good Elite boys and girls along with their guests to Yelp's Merry Kitschmas Party, this past Sunday night. Elites never looked swankier (check out those Yelp Life gloves!) Santa's little helpers never looked hotter, Santa himself never looked more…demonic?! And what's up with that elf?!

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Bring on the holiday cheer: Sycamore Lane Pinot Grigio, Schlafly Dry-Hopped APA and McCoys Vanilla Toddy Stout plus a variety of holiday cocktails. Wait is that cheer? Or naughtiness in action?!

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Beer Kitchen offered us a straight-up holiday feast that included vegan mini cheatloaf and mushroom gravy, fire roasted pepper and corn dip with blue corn chips, hop-infused deviled eggs, spicy toasted mixed nuts, goat cheese croquettes with rosemary honey, mac and cheese fritters, sugared cranberries, mini meatballs, turkey & cranberry sliders with blue cheese butter…courtesy of Farm to Market Bread and US Foods.

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Check out Chef Barry chatting it up with the crowd…perhaps revealing the answer to such secrets as, "how the heck did you get all of us excited about cranberries of all things?"

It's not a holiday party without sweets! Beer Kitchen had us tempting the fate of coal in our stockings with their sinful drunken donuts dipped into Grand Marnier chocolate sauce, and cinnamon brioch bread pudding with cranberries and raisins, while Little Lulu's Cupcakes provided iced sugar holiday cookies and delightful mini cupcakes.

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To warm us up from the cold, Heather Moll set up her massage chair and turned many a yelper into melted butter with her therapeutic hands.

Everyone had a blast catching up with old friends and meeting news ones, plus got decked out the kitsch galore in the photo booth with a demonic santa, his crooked, but well-meaning reindeer, and tons of tiny little elves whispering, "Merry Yelpmas to all and to all a good night!" Monica Cole took the photo booth pics (with Santa's Little Helpers, Tabitha M and Amanda L) and Chloe Mann took the gorgeous candid shots. Besides the much-appreciated Yelp Life gloves, there were Merry Kitschmas ornaments made just for the occasion, for everyone to take home, plus more of Little Lulu's cookies to leave out for Santa (suuuuure, we will).
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In the words of Christyn K, "I will gladly drive through the ice and snow ANY DAY for a Yelp-tastic party. Seriously, these events can warm your heart and make any grinch a believer. Loved the decor, loved the venue, loved the cupcakes, loved the glovelets. The food bar was like a fantastic dream of Christmas gourmet goodness. I mean, sugar coated cranberries! POP! Damn! Great company, great party, great time. Kitsch never looked so classy!"

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Is that Bryan and Monica taking a night off from Nica's Cafe?!

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Rich K, you may try to look like a Grinch, but all walks of elf life appreciate your protection.

Thank you so very much to Erika, Chef Barry and the fabulous staff at Beer Kitchen, Jenny of Little Lulu's Cupcakes, Heather Moll, Monica Cole and Chloe Mann. Check out the reviews and tons more photos on the flickr page!
Merry Kitschmas! Remember, no matter what you celebrate, kitsch is universal (or at least very American)!
 
Jdeer

Joi B

Yelp KC Community Manager
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