“Foodportunity” To Connect Seattle’s Vibrant Food Community

Media Contact: Keren Brown
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For Immediate Release:
To Connect Seattle’s Vibrant Food Community
Seattle, June 8, 2009:  The inaugural “Foodportunity,” a networking event for Seattle food professionals, will take place July 22, 2009, from 6-9 pm at Palace Ballroom in downtown Seattle.
Tom Douglas, awarded National Restaurant of theYear by Bon Appetit magazine & James Beard-award nominee, will provide his Palace Ballroom facilities to host the event, organized by Seattle food blogger Keren Brown. It will feature appetizers from Seattle’s most talked about restaurants, the chance to network with food company representatives, a panel discussion on the topic of new media, as well as a “speed networking” event for the first 40 people to sign up.
The Q&A session on new media will be lead by editor Mina Williams (Northwest Stir) and will feature several of Seattle’s best-known writers and bloggers:  Nancy Leson (Seattle Times), Rebekeh Denn (formerly of the Seattle PI), Matthew Amster-Burton (Hungry Monkey) and Ronald Holden (Cornichon).
Appetizers will come from several sources, including Tom Douglas’ restaurants along with a line up of Seattle gems such as Rovers, Andaluca, Olivar, Art of the Table, Dinette, Maximus Minimus and Serafina. Columbia Crest and Vin Du Lac wineries will pour their wines and other beverages will be available for purchase. A range of food products will be on display.
Foodportunity is open to food journalists, bloggers, public relations professionals, restaurateurs, farmers and all food-passionate people. Admission is $25 which includes bites and two glasses of wine (plus tax and fees). Tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com. Space is limited.  Palace Ballroom is located at 2100 5th Avenue in downtown Seattle. More information at www.foodportunity.com.
About Keren Brown, aka Frantic Foodie. Keren has been organizing the Seattle Food Blogger events for the last two years. Every month she helps bloggers create lasting contacts and connections. Keren’s food events information can be found at Frantic Foodie at SeattlePI.com, FranticFoodie.com and at MyNorthwest.com
Foodportunity Schedule
6:00-6:30 pm: Meet and greet, snacks provided by a selection of food companies
6:30-7:30 pm: Reaching Consumers Through New Media
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Q&A session
Moderator: Mina Williams, editor of Northwest Stir, Industry news of the Northwest for culinary professionals
– Nancy Leson, Seattle Times Food Writer and KPLU food commentator
– Rebekah Denn, James Beard Award winning food writer, formerly from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer
– Matthew Amster-Burton, food writer, author of Hungry Monkey and contributor for Gourmet magazine.
– Ronald Holden, food writer and creator of Cornichon.org, named among the Top 10 food blogs according to GourmetFood about.com
7:30 – 9:00 pm:  Networking time, raffle prizes and bites from Seattle restaurants. Food companies will provide booths and snacks as well.
8:30- 9:00 pm:  An optional “speed networking” session for the first 40 to sign up led by Rachel Belle, food writer and former KIRO radio restaurant reporter.

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