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Story on mobile dining in LA on CBS Sunday Morning

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I just finished watching a pice on the burgeoning mobile street food movement in LA, a trend started with Kogi, a true groundbreaking company…so groundbreaking that it recently came close to filing a lawsuit against Baja Fresh, which had decided that Korean-styled meat served from trucks was the next big thing and used the word Kogi (which means “meat” in Korean) to describe their product. Read about it here:

http://www.nrn.com/breakingNews.aspx?id=370002

The CBS story showed the wide variety of new “street food” dining choices in LA, from gourmet hot dogs run by the former Chez Panisse “meat forager, to a truck that predominately offers homemade ice cream sandwiches.

The wrinkle is that, with Twitter, you can guide followers of your output to specific locations throughout the day easily instead of purely relying on foot traffic to provide you with hungry customers. I’m sure that eventually, there’ll “be an app for that” as well. Perhaps you could pick up your iPhone and beam a message to your favorite vendor that you have an office-full of hungry employees that want to line up for your goods, or perhaps simply send your location to be plotted as to time and place and let the vendors themselves plot the dots to determine the best places to build their daily circuits around. Hey developers, feel free to use the idea – just put this blog URL in the credits and give me a plug :chuckle:.

The bottom line of this story was “it’s the economy, stupid”. However, I think Anthony Bourdain would tell you that it somehow misses the point – that America, due to its lack of large-scale pedestrian traffic, has been woefully behind the rest of the world in the amount, diversity and just plain rib-sticking quality of street food. I suspect that, a lot of what’s driving this new trend is a craving for the more savory, the less formal, the sensory experience of the sounds and smells of food being prepared in the moment on the street. The connection between a country’s culture and its dining, hit head on by the street vendor. Twitter and mobile apps might be just the key to unlocking this experience, so sorely lacking in the US, to the majority of Americans. It might be a little bloodless and calculating and an end-around of the logistics that make America so different from the rest of the world, but who cares? If I can get even the pale imitation/equivalent of a barrel-cooked jerk chicken in Kingston, I’m a happy camper. Besides, perhaps it is the perfect representation of our culture, as expressed by street food.

Even in my mid-southern city, rolling taco trucks have become popular. I hope it’s only a matter of time before someone comes up with a creative mixed cuisine concept that can become popular in a town not known for its ease of vehicular travel.

I was hoping to link to the segment, but they don’t have it up at the moment. Perhaps later…

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Waiter fired for twittering

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From BrandX:

Waiter gets canned after Twittering about “Hung” actress Jane Adams

03:36 PM PT, Sep 30 2009
There’s a ton of stories about people losing their jobs over a careless tweet about the boss or some sloppy, drunken photos on Facebook.

But have you heard the one about the waiter and Jane Adams?

The actress on the TV show “Hung” didn’t respond to numerous attempts to be contacted, and HBO declined to comment on issues relating to its clients.

But here’s the story we got from Jon-Barrett Ingels, a former waiter at the Barney Greengrass restaurant in Beverly Hills:

One afternoon, Adams came into the restaurant for lunch. Ingels, 31, served her an order of soup and a lemonade. Waiting on a celeb was nothing out of the ordinary, Ingels said, because due to the restaurant’s proximity to major L.A. talent agencies, actors dine there regularly.

Read the thrilling conclusion here:

http://www.thisisbrandx.com/2009/09/jane-adams-twitter.html

Definitely a cautionary tale for all waiters.

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Twitter becoming new tool for restaurants

From Adam’s Hospitality & Tourism Industry Blog, a blog run by a Boston area

Friday, July 3, 2009

‘Tweets’ on the menu are a sweet deal
Restaurants using Twitter for cheap, effective marketing

By Devra J. First, Globe Staff | June 29, 2009

On Dec. 2, computer consultant Jen Deaderick got on the social-networking site Twitter and posted: “Tupelo02139 is preparing.’’ It was her first missive, or tweet, on behalf of the Cambridge restaurant Tupelo, where her husband is a chef. The restaurant was more than four months away from opening.

Other tweets followed, about getting inspected, planning the menu, picking the paint. By the time Tupelo opened at the end of April, word had spread among followers of the restaurant’s Twitter stream (@tupelo02139), and their followers’ followers, and so on.

“Our opening night was packed,’’ Deaderick said. “At least half were there because of Twitter.’’

Read the rest of the article here:
Every large city should have someone performing this service. Adam is to be commended. His blog is an interesting read, even for those of us who don’t reside in the Boston area. Here’s his mission statement:
 
“My blog is a compilation of articles from various newspapers and other publications that directly relate to the Hospitality and Tourism Industry in Boston, in Massachusetts, and across the country. Any articles I think would help concierge in Boston to be better informed are also included. I intend this blog to be a spot where someone in the industry who may be too busy to read the paper daily can find out the information they need to know to better serve their guests”.