In early September I joined a group called Tastecasting. If you’re a blogger and media-savvy/socially-networked, this group is for you!
The way it works is restaurants invite the local tastecasting team for a ‘complimentary’ tasting…the quid pro quo being team members broadcast comments and photos to the social networks via iphones, blackberries and computers. We generally start before the event broadcasting our invitation and all-around “see you there” messages on twitter and facebook. It’s a hysterical sight when we get together at the dinner…in between bites and gulps, everyone is snapping photos and tweeting courses. Afterwards, we generally write reviews and post photos. I’ve made a new group of friends and we’ve shared some absolutely fabulous food and wine pairing dinners at these events.
Most recently, we were invited to a soft opening of Wild Olives by Todd English in Boca Raton. Twelve of us sat down to a multi-course, wine-paired dinner set in an upscale space in the tony Boca Center.
It was a lovely surprise, therefore, a couple of weeks later to receive an invitation to the official ribbon-cutting opening and an opportunity to go back and meet Todd English at a great outdoor party last evening. It was beautiful weather for a patio party (sorry, readers, this is Florida!). There was live music, a few celebrities, lots of good food, a Prosecco bar, a Grey Goose bar, and a full bar — and the Chef was as generous as the offerings, mingling and taking photos with the guests.
I’ve attend 4 Tastecasting events so far and link reviews/photos below. Some of the photos are not great, either due to low lighting or photographer excitement (error) at all the good stuff I was about to eat (or already drank).
For those unfamiliar with facebook albums who don’t want to look at thumbnail photos (who does?), click on the first photo to enlarge it, then continue with album by clicking ‘next’.
L’Hermitage Catering + Gourmet Shop, Fort Lauderdale; photos
Secrets Piano Bar + Grill, Palm Beach Gardens; photos
I can’t wait for the next one! Why don’t you check if there is a Tastecasting team near you? Or start one? It’s such fun!
Pictured: Chef Todd English