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The 2019 Buffalo Yelpies

Cake by Ohlson’s Bakery

Buffalo Elites enjoyed a wonderful night over the weekend during the 2019 Yelpies Celebration at The Barrel Factory! Commemorating all of their fantastic Yelp accomplishments in 2018 and gearing them up for a great new year, the night was filled with food, fun, and even magic!

After checking in to the event and receiving a super sweet Yelp cookie courtesy of Mundy Cakes, Elites mingled and sampled food and drink from many different vendors. Elites praised the pulled pork and beef wellington from Buffalo’s Best Grill & Catering and Sun Cuisine’s ramen soup, as well as Obviously Avi Catering’s simple mango and apple foster desserts. Also pulling their best spirits forward, Lakeward Spritis offered the signature Yelpie drink, along with some of the other delicious cocktails – plus wine samples from Bar Cultivar, and some delicious Kombucha flavors from Snowy Owl Kombucha as well.

The show started off with our own Yelp Elite Squad member, Jamie T., in a stand-up comedy act! Warming up the crowd with some good laughs, she paved the way for the second act, a magic show by the famous Garrett Thomas. After dazzling the crowd with his Rubik’s cube, we served up a delicious Yelp cake from Ohlson’s Bakery & Cafe!


Getting down to the award show, a grand total of 15 Yelpies were handed out to some five-star Elites! Many members of the Buffalo Elite Squad also received plaques for writing 75 or more reviews and 365 photos in 2018 – great accomplishments that deserve to be recognized!


Huge thanks to Elmwood Village Entertainment for providing music throughout the night, and Living In The Buff Studios for photography and All Season Tent & Rental for the beautiful stage.

Without further adieu, the Yelpie winners:
Newbie Impact Award: Daviyion J
Rookie of the Year: Jurel H
Friendliest Yelper: Eric D
Funniest Reviewer: Jim B
Life of the Party: Keyshaun S
Yelp Trailblazer: Lindsay A
Most Useful Non-Restaurant Reviews: Amos S
Couple of the Year: Charlynn R. & Cory W
Yelp Family Award: Richard P & Sara P
Vetran Impact Award: Jamie T
Keeping Yelp Useful: Vicky B
Yelptime Achievement Award: Tom D
Complimenter of the Year: Christopher S
Photographer of the Year: Kailey G
Reviewer of the Year: Steven M

Be sure to check out all of the event photos & reviews!