Tadd and I attended an event after work last night hosted by Yelp! Orlando; the Yelp Fire & Ice Gala, which was held at the oddly-located Heaven Event Center which is an office-building-ish structure in the middle of the super-industrial portion of Sand Lake Rd. It’s a really strange spot for event space (they hold weddings, corporate functions, etc at this place)…not to mention, it’s super strange to enter an industrial office park to find one of the buildings with a giant sign that simply says “HEAVEN” on it.
I never thought "Heaven" would look like an office building!
Once inside, after receiving our credentials, we scanned the scene. They had a DJ playing some very loud music, which made it hard for me to really think about what I wanted to see/do first.
So my brain went where it normally goes after a normal business day…”Let’s get a drink.” So we headed over to the martini bar hosted by Cocktails Catering. I got a (VERY delicious!) lemon drop martini and Tadd got a blue razz martini. We headed over to one of the many lounge areas in the corners of the event space and took a seat to enjoy our cocktails. A magician approached us and did a few cool magic tricks for us, which was fun. Tadd kept trying to dissect what he did and how he did it after the magician left, because his IT analytical brain is always trying to “solve” problems instead of just enjoying the magic for what it is! I still love him though…
After that, we decided to peruse the various booths and see what other free stuff we could get! We located the Sprinkles booth, which was the highlight of our evening. They have these glorious inventions called Cake Shooters. They are basically a delicious layer cake, shoved into one of those push-pop contraptions that you used to get from the ice cream man. You push up the cake as you eat it. This craze is apparently gaining steam, as even quasi-celebrity Tori Spelling had a batch custom made and shipped from Orlando to L.A. for her daughter’s 2nd birthday party.
This is what I loved about this event: you just walked up to the display table, and grabbed whichever flavors you wanted for free! They had a ton of flavors to choose from too. We restrained ourselves and only chose one each. Tadd got peanut butter chocolate, and I got pina colada. All I can say is HOLY YUM!
After that, Tadd wanted a beer, so we went over to the Orlando Brewing booth. We had visited the taproom at Orlando Brewing a couple years ago for the Pints For Paws event put on by Pet Rescue By Judy and had a lovely time, and really enjoyed their beers. Just a few weeks ago we shared a beer flight of Orlando Brewing beers at The Wave in the Contemporary Resort at Disney. We are big fans.
Tadd, perusing the calendar of Orlando Brewing events for the month of July.
We knew Sweet by Good Golly Miss Holly was going to be at this event, so we set off to find us some more desserty goodness. I have heard mixed reviews about these cupcakes and I have to say that after the delicious cake shooters, these cupcakes didn’t stand much of a chance. But since this bakery is very close to where Tadd and I live, we wanted to give them a try. And I must say the little cupcakes they gave us were really cute!
Sweet by Good Golly Miss Holly's Red Velvet Cupcake
Maybe we were sweet-fooded out by the time we got to these, but they were just okay. Not bad at all, but we liked the cake shooters so much better.
After wandering around for a bit, we decided to grab some soft drinks and head home before it got too crowded. There were starting to be long lines for every booth at that point, so we stopped by the HonesTea booth and picked up some lovely pomegranate blue beverages on our way out the door. We really liked them. They are organic and not too sweet.
HonesTea Honest Ade Pomegranate Blue drink
All in all, I would say we had a great time at this event. The price was right (FREE!), and we got to try a bunch of neat stuff! I would definitely attend another Yelp-sponsored event in the future.