Social media is the magic sauce. It’s the icing on the cake and the spice of life. It is the key ingredient to connecting people who might otherwise never meet.  Such was the case at a recent dinner hosted by Southwest Air and  Dish Trip at the Napa Valley Grille in Westwood, California.  Breaking bread the old fashioned way, it was our first time meeting, eating and tweeting with some of our longtime Twitter friends! The conversation began fast & furious enroute and like the food to follow it was bountiful!  

The Napa Valley Grille out did themselves, serving us a variety of dishes, one more flavorful than the next.

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Each course was perfectly paired with just the right local wine, accompanied by Victory Beer from Visit Philly and peppered conversation from new friends. [portfolio_slideshow id=7365]

In the Beginning ….

Zucchini Flatbread arugula pesto, local petite zucchini, smoked mozzarella, dry black olives

Pork Belly Flatbread roasted autumn apple, sautéed fall greens, white cheddar cheese

Crispy Victory Calamari onions, fennel, tomato fondue, olive aioil

Harvest Platter heirloom tomato bruschetta, marinated goat cheese, garbanzo hummus, crudite

Victory Beer-Battered Kobe Corn Dogs with Spicy Mustard

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Going Green …
Kale Chopped Salad quinoa, toasted almonds, parmesan cheese, golden raisins, lemon vinaigrette

The “Main Event”
Wild Diver Scallops sweet corn salad, nueskes bacon, charred onion marmalade

Heritage Pork Chop bourbon apple sauce, chef’s side selections

Victory Beer Braised Beef Short Rib creamed spinach, roasted root vegetables, drunken onion jus

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Sweet Dreams ….
Goat Cheese & Brie Flatbread caramel apple butter, honey, figs

Warm Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie caramel, fudge, ice cream

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake chocolate crunch, chocolate fondue [portfolio_slideshow id=7418]

The dinner was incredible and the wine and beer the perfect accompaniments. Connecting in real life with  our Twitter friends, PRICELESS.

Mary Bigham  the creator of The Town Dish/ @DishTrip  Website: http://thetowndish.com  Blog: http://dishtrip.com

Amy Strauss, Culinary Editorial Director, The Town Dish/ @DishTrip @amy_strauss  Website: http://thetowndish.com  Blog: http://dishtrip.com

Laurel Moffet  Southwest  Spokesperson @laurelswa  http://www.blogsouthwest.com/

Christi McNeil  Social Media, Southwest @SouthwestAir http://www.blogsouthwest.com/

Brooks Thomas  Southwest Airlines Emerging Media @BrooksThomas http://www.blogsouthwest.com/

Vy-Uyen Truong  @ThatsVy    http://blog.contiki.com

Ann Campea @AnnCampea http://www.girl-vs-food.com

Stacey Sun @dine_LA http://www.dineLA.com

Aisha Lomando @aishatweeting @foodspottingla     http://www.thechoosyfoodie.com

Caroline Bean Director of Social Media @visitphilly  http://www.visitphilly.com

 

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