Richmond Elites were transported to the tropics on Wednesday
evening, as Havana 59 welcomed us into their incredible second-story event
space. An unparalleled covered patio accented with greenery and an interior
bursting with hints of Cuba set the stage for Yelp's Cruisin' For Cuban Elite
Event. The evening was truly magical and the venue made us forget we were in Shockoe Bottom! "Even in the rain, Havana's patio is one of the best al
fresco options this city has to offer," gushes Navia G. "You really
do feel like you're in Latin America for a bit."
Having unveiled a new fall menu on October 1, Havana 59 spoiled us
with a sampling of recently debuted creations and classic favorites. From
chicken and garbanzo chili with pepperjack cheese and avocado to red ahi tuna
with chipotle guava reduction, pickled carrots, and green beans over cilantro
quinoa to tres leches cake with strawberry coulis, the palate pleasing bites elicited
rave reviews. Leah S went crazy for the "grilled pork tenderloin with
kale-leek puree, lima bean succotash, drunken goat cheese polenta cake, and
Serrano ham crisp. This was a wonderful combination… all melding
together" for a "well-rounded flavor profile." Sandra M
absolutely loves "that they make everything from scratch here!" Ditto.
But the fun didn't stop with the food! Elites
also sipped sangria and reveled in some of Havana's classic cocktails. For
Sarah S, it was all about the mint and lime: "I cannot recommend the
mojitos enough. So excellent." Meanwhile, a photobooth provided endless
laughs and prompted guests to make new friends while posing for their glamour
shots. Sonia P's already planning her return visit for Thursday night salsa:
"Next time I'm here, I'll be wearing my salsa shoes."
A huge thank you to Mark and the entire Havana
59 staff for hosting such an unforgettable evening! And a shout out to
photographer extraordinaire Sara Clarken for snapping stellar shots all night.
And thank YOU, Elites, for coming out and cruisin' with us. Want more? Peep the
photos and check out the reviews!
Until next time, SYOY,
Jamie "Captain" D (& Yelptern Lauri "First Mate" T)
Yelp Richmond Community Manager