In advance of our meeting tonight, I wanted to be sure to give everyone a little amuse bouche, and some advance information about our panelists, an illustrious bunch of foodies and hospitality experts.
Following a welcome from our generous hosts, the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group, we'll launch into a great presentation from Chef Scott Boswell, and then our panel discussion about food, restaurants and social media. We're looking forward to eating, drinking and learning with you all!
With no further ado, your panelists:
Scott Boswell: Chef and owner of Stella! and Stanley in New Orleans, Chef Scott will be discussing his role as a blogging and tweeting chef, both in New Orleans and during his travels and work in other cities. Stella! was recently awarded 5 beans from The New Orleans Times-Picayune's Brett Anderson, and I can attest to the deliciousness of the menu--well deserved beans, imho! Follow him on Twitter, he's @chefscottb
Brooke Boudreaux: From her hidden Where Magazine offices in New Orleans, Brooke is responsible for promoting and building community for the magazine through social media technology. She's a connector and a provider of news, and we're excited to have her join the panel! Follow her on Twitter, she's @whereneworleans
Lizzy Caston: New New Orleanian and marketing and urban planning guru, Lizzy is going to share her experiences of working with businesses (notably, food carts!) in Portland, Oregon and her thoughts and feelings on working with social media as a marketing tool. Follow her on Twitter, she's @misslizzyc.
Lorin Gaudin: New Orleans Food Diva, and WGNO star, is a food and restaurant journalist and insider, having hosted many different radio and television programs on the subject. She is an active user of social media for spreading great tips on where to eat next, and for gathering information about new food trends in New Orleans. Follow her on Twitter, she's @loringaudin.