On Saturday night, Philadelphia's elite yelpers gathered at appRenaissance, a beautiful mobile app design studio/art gallery in Old City. Guests nabbed hot-off-the-press copies of Yelp's Top 10 Guide to Summer in Philly as they checked in with the lovely Leighann F. Photos were snapped red carpet style at the Yelp wall as guests made their entrance in "awards show chic" attire.
A hefty spread included porchetta sliders with broccoli rabe and Parmesan black pepper mayo from Royal Tavern, chorizo corn dogs with ancho chile mustard from Cantina Los Caballitos, shrimp ceviche with avocado mousse from Cantina Dos Segundos and Benton's bacon grease popcorn from Khyber Pass Pub. It was a feast that would have made a fine last supper, had the world ended in an apocalypse. Fortunately, it did not, but Philly Yelp partied like Doomsday was near.
Dan Conway of Left Hand Brewing Company poured perfectly balanced Stranger Pale Ale and super delicious Milk Stout. A tasty dunkel by Tim Patton of Saint Benjamin Brewing Company was also served, as were several variations of red and white, sponsored by Liberty Travel.
Before long, the Yelpy Awards were announced. Blake F and Jim H stole the show, each taking two of the eight awards. With the Yelpies distributed, there was only one thing left to do: DANCE! Sequins, stilettos and shutter shades packed the dance floor while DJ QiCommand kept the beats pumping.
HUGE thanks to Scott Wasserman for letting yelpers run wild in his gorgeous space, the entire staff of amazingly friendly folks at Khyber Pass Pub, Royal Tavern and both Cantinas, Dan Conway and Left Hand Brewing Company, Tim Patton of Saint Benjamin Brewing Company, the ladies from Liberty Travel, photographer James David Saul, Jake Weaver (aka DJ QiCommand), Jason from Main Line Private Security and Queens CM Leighann F for assisting with anything and everything. For more coverage of the 2011 Yelpy Awards, check out the reviews, photos and Talk!