What’s was your inspiration for starting Monday night’s #Foodiechat?
After spending years on my social media channels sharing about tips, and discoveries, it was time to create a community. I am a natural Foodie, and on Monday, May 9, 2011, I began asking my Twitter friends Foodie questions with the hashtag #Foodiechat. After five hours, the chat trended in the US, Miami and Chicago!! I am excited to be hosting my 38th episode as of January 23, 2012.
My goals for #Foodiechat are many… Our next mile stone will be our one-year #Foodiechat Event. On Monday, May 7, 2012 Foodies will gather in cities across America to celebrate our one-year!
I am so excited to partner with restaurants and national sponsors to make this a truly one of a kind event, online and offline! This will be a fun event to have everyone who has participated in the chat over the last year, meet each other live in their respective cities! What a great common bond our community shares, and to bring it live will be spectacular.
What do you enjoy most about #Foodiechat?
What I enjoy most about #Foodiechat is the people who tune in each week, and who come with such enthusiasm. I also love all of the answers from the community! We have such colorful personalities throughout the chat that make it so fun. In addition I have learned so much about different cuisines, culture, and traditions from around the world through #Foodiechat. The connections I have made through #Foodiechat are amazing! This is how I met you Sandra!! I am truly excited about #Foodiechat each and everyday! The chat goes beyond Monday night, we are sharing all week long.
My favorite meal would have to be a Sushi Boat from one of my favorite local Sushi Restaurants in Chicago. I love Sushi!!! In fact, My mom introduced me to Sushi when I was kid and I was not a fan at all! All I wanted was Mcdonalds. I could now eat sushi everyday.
Your professional background is social media. How do you think social media has influenced the foodie community?
NetUpNow is a social media company working with brands and entrepreneurs to engage with new consumers through social media marketing and networking. NetUpNow’s client base is mostly in the hospitality industry, so the creation of #Foodiechat was a natural fit for my overall business model. Social media as a whole is all about “Sharing,” which brings Foodies, Friends and Restaurants all together. With Apps such as Foodspotting, Foursquare, Tout, and Instagram, social media becomes 3-D! I don’t know about you, but seeing a great picture of a delicious meal will catch my attention anytime!
How has social media influenced your life?
Social Media is truly a way of life for me. It has influenced me so much that I started a social media company NetUpNow over four years ago. My company names says it all for me. I love to connect with people, and connect people to each other. My term for connecting is to “NetUp.” I love meeting people online and also live!
What’s on your Bucket List?
One thing on my Bucket List is to travel each week to cities across the world and and host a live #foodiechat. Sharing Wine and tasting cuisines from all over the world with my fellow #Foodiechat community would be extremely rewarding. Stay tuned, London, Paris, LA, NYC … my bucket list is a big one.