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The Culture Team kicks off employee events in NYC



With Yelp now being a fully remote workplace, friendships with colleagues and the opportunity to connect in person is more important than ever. As part of the Culture team’s efforts to thoughtfully connect Yelpers with one another, we’re beginning to gather in person at events and parties throughout the year — and we held our first Employee Event in New York City on December 7 at Luminary! 100 Yelp employees from over 15 departments enjoyed a spirited evening full of friendship, food, drinks, live music, a photobooth, and more.

Photos by PJ Calzadilla Ortiz

Between catching up with friends and meeting new ones, we enjoyed a wide variety of food and drinks. Oohlam set up a spread of homestyle Filipino food and served dishes like ginataang kalabasa (coconut butternut squash stew with shrimp, yardlong bean, and chilies) and pernil asado (six-hour slow roasted pulled pork shoulder). BiBi Bakery satisfied our sweet tooth with traditional Iranian spiced walnut baklava and chocolate barberry cookies. We sipped on wine from several women-owned wineries, as well as locally-made juices from Ginjan

The merriment didn’t end with the food and drink — DC-based indie soul band Oh He Dead brought the house down with their one-of-a-kind sound. Yelpers were treated to a truly special evening and, most importantly, had the chance to spend time with their colleagues in person. We look forward to continuing to gather at these Employee Events in 2023 all across the globe!

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