Mission #83: Social dining meets social media

Mission #83: Social dining meets social media

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This spring I had the immense pleasure of attending the TEDActive Conference. It was there that I met LA-based journalist David Hochman. And it was there that we began talking about a new way to bring together small groups of people who would be interested in sharing good food and good conversation not just with those at the actual table, but with the world at large, in real time. After a couple months of fine tuning (and, in the name of “research,” fine dining) we are ready to officially present the idea of TwitterFeeding.

And we’re officially inviting YOU to attend or host (or even just explore the idea of) a TwitterFeeding in your city or town.


1. If you’re kind of confused but still somehow intrigued, that’s the first clue that this just may be right up your alley.

2. Glance at the shiny brand new TwitterFeeding website. See the FAQ’s at the very top? And see the highlights from our first two inaugural TwitterFeeding dinners? (one in Chicago, one in Los Angeles.)

3. Here’s David’s lovely summary, written shortly after the Los Angeles dinner:

What makes TwitterFeeding different from all other dinners is that it creates a lasting document for conversations that otherwise might have disappeared in a haze of wine and carbs. Tweeting while eating lets you share deep conversation with the world. It’s an occasion all its own to bring the most interesting people you know together. It emphasizes the social part of social media in the most delicious way possible. Following a round of introductions and with a few prompts from the host (“when’s the last time you felt true awe?”) a TwitterFeeding has an unexpected excitement. You’ve assembled “a bunch of characters.” Now, anything’s possible, especially as you share what you’re discussing with the world. It’s like the early days of television. Live, unpredictable, slightly messy, a little scary, even, but full of incredible potential. The “designated tweeter” (sort of a modern-day stenographer) tweets while the rest of the party engages deeply. Food arrives. The drink glasses empty and refill. Laughter erupts. Eyes shimmer with excitement. Magic takes over.

4. And now, if you’re interested in participating or just learning more, raise your hand in the comment section below. David and I will then walk you through the (super simple) steps of putting together what will no doubt be one of the most interesting and memorable nights of your summer.


amy and david