So what are the 3 things I find Twitter useful for?
- News & information updates.
- Specials, deals and coupons not available anywhere else.
- The foodie community.
Sometimes all three can be combined. But #3 is by far my favourite feature. I like hearing what a local chef has to say, a new special a restaurant has to offer, or what a fellow blogger had to eat that was good/bad. My Twitter community is a rich and diverse web of food and while I don't Twitter frequently, I know when I go on there will be lots to take in.
So it was great when I was able to go to Boston Pizza Orleans' VIP Tasting Event, where they showcased their new menu items for the first time. AND it was filled with various foodies that I know from Twitter and the Blogosphere. Actually, that's how I found out about the event in it in the first place.
Leslie Scott is the Community Relations Coodinator at Boston Pizza, and let me tell you, she knows how to use social media to the fullest. Through Twitter, Facebook, and Blogger, she's getting the word out on what is going on at BP as well as putting a human face to this giant Canadian chain of restaurants. Leslie gets "it" when it comes to businesses using social media and I have been really impressed with how she uses it to reach out to the Internet community. She was super friendly and this tasting/meet up was her creation. There were about 30 of us there, which is a good turn out on a Monday at noon!
For the first part of the event it was kind of meet-and-greet. After talking with Leslie, I got to meet 1/2 of the duo from foodiePrints, Don, who was such a great guy. Not only friendly, but he was great at helping to introduce me to people at the event. I was also impressed with his plate- in-one-hand-while-taking-photos-on-a-DSLR-with-the-other-hand, all while maneuvering through the crowd and food. The other big blog I follow regularly is Chris over at Nachos At Midnight, and it was great to talk to him in person about moving to Ottawa from Toronto and wings and nachos. He's also got a blog post up right now about the event too. I also spent some time with Ottawa Mom & Tom Hofstatter who were fun to sit, chat and eat with.
It wasn't long before the food was brought out and the photo foodies (including myself) were out snapping shots. A line formed quick and people were sampling some new menu items. Everything was on the house (including my cola beverage, but alcoholic drinks were a cash bar). Unfortunately there were no wings on the new menu :(
SPINACH SALAD: "Every chef’s favourite! Fresh spinach leaves tossed with poppy seed dressing and topped with sliced mushrooms, smoky bacon, diced tomato, chopped egg and crumbled feta cheese."
NEW YORK STRIPLOIN STEAK: "A 10 oz New York striploin steak, aged a minimum 28 days to the peak of tenderness and flavour, charbroiled the way you like it and served with your choice of side dish and garlic toast. Garden greens with our signature sun-dried tomato balsamic vinaigrette to start."
I was busy taking photos (most of which didn't turn out) so by the time I went through the buffet, there wasn't a whole lot left. I missed out on Sliders, Crispy Chicken Wrap and some pizza. My highlights that I did get to taste were the classic pepperoni pizza on Gluten-free dough, the poppy seed dressing on the salads, and the NY striploin.