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Yelpy Kitchen Wars in Atlanta!



Food. As we see it, it’s only natural for many a yelper to be an opinionated foodie when it comes to dining out, but also creating those palate pleasing dishes created in the kitchen – so Atlanta yelpers got to show of their skillz at our Yelpy Kitchen Wars party at LITKitchen on November 12, 2008!

LIT, which is a venue rental space & hosts several special public events, presented an Iron Chef style competition, hosted by Chef Mark & space owner Brad Lev. Comfy in the kitchen yelpers volunteered for the two teams of four yelpers going head to head during a 35 minute time limit. The teams got fierce: Team Burnt Offerings, comprised of Gretchen O, Chris W, Shelli C, and Alexa G, had a near competition ending injury with a bit of a burn (don’t worry, kids. Chris W made it through just fine), while Joel D, Ashley D, Kyle S, and Sally M of the other team sliced and diced the evening away. Yelpers were also protected in their so stylish, limited edition Yelp aprons… er, except for Chris W’s hand.

The secret ingredient? As Joel C quips, "The Other White Meat," PORK! Cheers from the crowd, including Lauren S, Pam L, Adam R (scary photo with knife seen here), and many more watched things sizzle in the kitchen! Kitchen pros Kit F & Naoya W were spotted lending a helping hand from the audience (if Team B only knew…), and the judging panel, made up of Brad Lev, and volunteer judges Brandon B & Melissa B, awarded a whopping 8.5, based on creativity, presentation and taste, to Team Burnt Offerings. But the second team pulled through with a strong 8!

Audience members munched on a full fiesta with tasty fajitas filling bellies up, and we also caught Deanna S playing a little old skool Operation, while Rick D & Liz A challenged each other in a vicious Connect Four battle. We finally got to meet Jimmy (famed of Angela M‘s other half), while the other Angela (Y, that is)’s guest was at last able to come to an event, too! and Jenna at the bar scooped out delish sangria for the crowd, and was so awesome we caught a yelper or two grabbing a photo op with the gracious hostess! Also exciting to see many others newly Elited in the crowd, like Elaine O, Lenee Y, Lindsay S, Bobbin W and more! Big thanks to our hosts at LITKitchen, Tara H for working the magic at check-in & Max S of Atlanta Photography for catching it all on camera – check out the rest of the hawt photos here!

Until Next Time, Yelpers, we’ll SYOY!
xoxo,
Deanna J

PS.. speaking of next time: be sure to RSVP for Yelp’s Holiday Bash on Wed., Dec. 3rd, 2008!

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