By Rachel Gottlieb:
If there’s one thing Buffalonians get really excited about, it’s food. BRO readers know it, and so do the members of Social Media Club Buffalo
That’s why they knew that hosting a Buffalo Web Foodies event
would work. The people in this town love eating food, talking about food, cooking food, writing about food, sharing food, and even Tweeting about food.
More and more local restaurateurs are starting to use social media to promote their businesses, though not always successfully. Social Media Club (SMC) Buffalo wants to help them to perfect those efforts. Local food blogs have been popping up in the area as well, be they about preparing and photographing food at home, or reviewing food and local restaurants. There are plenty of players in the local food and restaurant scene who don’t use online resources at all. Social Media Club Buffalo hopes to teach them how they can use the Internet to augment what they’re already doing to grow their business and reach.
The Buffalo Web Foodies event will feature a panel of experts who will discuss how the internet has impacted their roles in the local food scene. SMC had a hard time narrowing down potential panelists, and hope that anyone who was not invited to be on the panel will attend the event and participate by interacting with the panelists and the audience. In the end, the group selected 4 individuals to be on their well-rounded panel:
- Christa Seychew – Food editor at Buffalo Spree, Producer of Nickel City Chef series, and overall expert on local Buffalo food scene.
- Donnie Burtless – Creator of BuffaloEats, one of the area’s premier restaurant review websites.
- Beth Manos Brickey – Creator of Tasty-Yummies, a popular blog featuring mouth-watering recipes and beautiful food photography.
- Deborah Clark – Owner of Delish Cooking School and Pastry shop, and advocate for social media use.
Anyone with an interest in the local food scene or learning more about using online media is encouraged to attend the event. People are invited to submit their questions ahead of time via the event page on Facebook, or on Twitter using the hashtag #BUFfoodies.
Also on hand to feed the hungry attendees will be food trucks The Whole Hog and Roaming Buffalo. Yelp! is sponsoring the event, and will be providing some goodies for all attendees.