Top Chefs, Winemakers, Social Media Pros & Coffee/Tea Experts

I’m entering a very fortunate month in February, full of deep networking and village building. I’ll be enjoying dialogues and events with some of the world’s best Chefs, Winemakers, Lawyers, Online Marketers, Social Media Professionals and Coffee/Tea Experts.

If you’re looking for me in Portland Oregon this month, it’ll be tough to find me. Here’s what’s going on..

Foodportunity Seattle :: Monday January 31

On Monday, I travel to Seattle to escort the founder of PromoBomb and Beer2Buds for a night of networking at Foodportunity SEA.

Foodportunity is a networking event for food journalists, public relation professionals, restaurateurs, farmers, companies and all food passionate people. Held twice yearly in both Seattle and Portland, the event brings over 300 people out to nibble and network for the night.

Foodportunity PDX is a Chalkboarder client.

Stoel Rives LLP Wine Law Summit :: Thursday February 3

On Thursday, I head out to the Allison Inn in Newberg Oregon to speak on social media to 70+ top Oregon wineries. My presentation is during lunch at Stoel Rives law firm’s 4th Annual Wine Law Summit.

Then it’s off to the icy streets of New York City!

The Whole Hog Dinner – James Beard House, NYC :: Friday February 4

After landing around 6 am, I head over to the James Beard House for the day and night, assisting the Chefs from The Berkshire Farm & Table “Association” with live social media (what we at Chalkboarder call Social Media On Demand) as they prepare a fantastic dinner – The Whole Berkshire Hog – for 140 diners. Of course, that’s followed by a little bourbon.

NYC Street Food :: Saturday February 5

Saturday’s adventure is trying to find food trucks.. good food trucks.. in winter in New York City. This little project is benefiting Chalkboarder’s Atlanta client Urban Toile, who’s weeks away from launching what will be ATL’s hottest food truck.

La Vida Cocoa & World Chocolate Expert Clay Gordon :: Sunday February 6

I first met Clay Gordon, one of the world’s leading experts on cocoa and chocolate, at the World Pastry Chef Team competition in Phoenix Arizona last summer. Clay and I captured a lot of material for social media for Dessert Professional magazine, while pushing four Discovery Network camera teams out of the way. Clay is one of the world’s most interesting men, traveling to remote locations (literally over some of the most hazardous roads in the world) to research cocoa and maintains a great blog called La Vida Cocoa. We’ll be visiting The Meadow in West Village.

From winter’s freeze to sunny Southern California!

Online Marketing Summit/Social Media Masters :: Wed-Fri February 9-11

After three dats of remembering why I left icy roads and snow drifts, I’ll find myself in San Diego, attending the Online Marketing Summit for two days, followed by the next day of assisting Carri Bugbee in her six hour workshop on Using Twitter for Business. I get an hour to talk about using #Chats on Twitter for brand development.

It will be quite fun to see Brian Solis again; he’s already told me he doesn’t do bourbon – maybe he likes Chile Rellenoes?

Coffee Fest Chicago :: Fri-Sat February 18-20

The following week, I head to Chicago for the leading specialty coffee and tea trade show. I hired Scene Marketing Group‘s Shannon Pratuch and Laura Hedges – both top social media professionals – to come with me to provide Coffee Fest with extensive Social Media On Demand. I’m also excited to sponsor Johnbruce Haslett, of Pacific Grind Cafe in Lincoln City Oregon in the Latte Art Competition.

All said, it will be nice to get home after Coffee Fest, if only for a few days before heading off to meet Paul Barron (Digital Coco, Fast Casual) at the NY Restaurant Show….

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