Straight upstairs to the "B Suite" area that held twenty or so, into the meet-and-greet game that actually works with a group this size, and of course, into food!
Food was served in pretty little leaf-dishes, and started with a very appropriate adobo. t'was probably the highlight of the food, the first bites were okay, but the more the sauce spread, the tastier it was. The next dish, chicken tikki masala, was clean and non-greasy, and hence pretty good.
Last two dishes were so-so; bulgogi was more firmly cooked and much more sweet than usual (kim chi wasn't bad), while the ribs were attempted in the fall-off-the-bone American style along with cornbread and mashed potatoes. Execution was adequate but not exactly successful. To be fair, American BBQ in Los Angeles is downright awful most of the time, so by local comparison, it wasn't as awful as I'm making it sound. By real BBQ comparison, well.......
Then it was downstairs for dessert! Clearly the focus of B Sweet, with very hipster, very appropriate touches such as Faygo soda and Thrifty ice cream alongside their handmade bread puddings, brownies, banana bread, and salted caramel cookie bars. The decor was fitting as well-- very nice job.
Thin mint bread pudding was excellent, strong flavors of thin mint cookies, and a little sweet. They gave out whole portions of the baked goods-- an entire sluttiest brownie was quite a dessert to bring home. They also had a few chocolate cakes in jars, I can only imagine those were ridiculous as well.
Given the madness that most Yelp Elite events are the past few years, the smaller, more manageable Yelp Gold Elite events are much more pleasant. B Sweet and the Yelp LA West community manager (Brittany) did a very nice job, particularly compared to many previous events where it felt like cliques and crowds were doubly unwelcoming. Not bad!