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Yelp’s Motor City Bocce Bonanza!



Last Tuesday Yelp Detroit hosted a sweet sports tournament we dubbed the Motor City Bocce Bonanza, an elite event hosted by Buddy's Pizza, a staple of Detroit eats for 65 years. It was a true celebration of Buddy’s and Detroit as we were stuffed to the gills with their brand new Motor City Pizza Collection, a collection named after 4 cultural landmarks around town including The Detroit Zoo (Motor City cheese blend, fresh basil and pine nuts), The Parade Company (Motor City cheese blend, carrots and grape tomatoes), The Henry Ford (Motor City cheese blend, red onion, seasoned ground beef, smoked bacon, bleu cheese), and The Detroit Institute of Arts (Motor City cheese blend, spinach and artichoke blend, capers, and roasted tomatoes). We were even lucky enough to get some of their exclusive Kid Rock's Badass Detroiter Pizza, a Kid Rock approved ‘za made with his signature BadAss Beer baked into the crust and topped with cheese and pepperoni! With tasty eats like that it’s easy to see why the City of Detroit officially named June 23rd Buddy’s Pizza Day!

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Of course no pizza party is complete with out a little booze and there was plenty to go around thanks to plentiful bottles of the Kid’s BadAss Beer along with Hpnotiq Harmonie cocktails (a blend of premium French vodka, infused natural fruits, flowers and a touch of Cognac) for those looking for a sweeter treat.

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The rain held off and let our ten teams take each other on in a killer bocce tournament in Buddy’s awesome (and free!) bocce court. Team Mo'Bocce (featuring elite yelper Marissa H and her partner Joe) were victorious and took home prizes including VIP tickets to the Detroit International Jazz Festival and tickets to an 826Michigan Eat Your Words Fundraiser Dinner. Runners up elite Maria B and her bocce pard’ner Jon got take home versions of Bocce and Jenga, a game we had in full effect–giant style–inside the restaurant. Add a photo-booth and plenty of friendly competition and we had a blast!

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Many thanks again to the crew at Buddy’s Pizza for being so welcoming and wonderful! The food was delicious and the service was stellar! Big ups to BadAss Beer and Hpnotiq Harmonie for the tasty beverages we more than enjoyed. Props to Franco PR for helping organize such a fine affair and our bocce tourney judge extraordinaire Becky H. Oh, and much thanks to the help from Yelp Brand Ambassadors Heidi M and Chris T at the event and the sweet photos from Doug Coombe (which you can check out over here). If you were unable to make it you can read what the guests were saying in their reviews coming in here and if you were there please take a moment to share your thoughts on the evening.

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And last but not least, a special shout out to all our fab yelpers who came out ready to rumble. You guys are helliaciously awesome and you keep making our Yelp events (as Jonny P puts it) “better & better.” Here’s to plenty more fun in the coming months!

Keep on killin' it in Detroit Rock City,

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Annette J

Community Manager Detroit

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