We’ve got a guest post from our friend Mary Bigham and her colleague Amy Strauss of The Town Dish.
In a world of increasingly common virtual connections, breaking bread with fellow food-loving writers from around the country is a modern day novelty. When the occasion arises though, the result is inherently satisfying. For die-hard foodies, there is nothing greater than sharing the love of culinary delights in person, together, as it should be. Passing family-style plates, hearing whispers of “taste this, it melts in your mouth” in lieu of sending a twitpic just feels right. Of course, this roundtable of social-media savvy food lovers still documented each delicious bite with their cell phones, which just is fine by us. An organic dining experience with a side of technology is the perfect recipe for the “eat up” that occurred November 3rd in Los Angeles, California.
Local and national enthusiasts congregated around a rough-hewn communal table at Napa Valley Grille, swapping their tales of food love and heartbreak. Organized by Southwest Airlines and Dish Trip–a website dedicated to traveling in the name of food, the roundup of attendees included Stacey Sun of dineLA, Ann Ora Campea of Girl vs. Food, Aisha Lomando of Foodspotting LA, Caroline Bean of Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, Vy. T of Contiki Vacations, and Sandi McKenna and Rick Griffin of Midlife Road Trip.
Under the dedicated leadership of Executive Chef Joseph Gillard, Napa Valley Grille hosted this decadent event with aplomb. Nestled in the Westwood Village of Los Angeles, this Open Table restaurant entertained and delighted the food and wine aficionados over four courses of locally-sourced, seasonal plates. Orchestrated by Napa Valley Grille’s Pastry Chef Manuel Ortega, the food bloggers experienced an evening with the culinary superstar, uncovering his craft through bites of signature dishes and desserts.