If you're a Foodie in the Research Triangle Region and love social media, be on the look-out for the next Triangle Foodie Tweet-up. Johanna Kramer, author of Food Lovers' Guide to Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill, is responsible for organizing these Foodie events throughout the Triangle. Each Triangle Foodie Tweet-up has a special theme with past events including an oyster roast and whole hog feast. Foodies mingle, eat, drink and of course, tweet! You can follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #TriFoodieTweetUp.
I attended the Triangle Foodie Tweet-up on November 14. Foodies from the Triangle gathered on Wednesday night to celebrate the Fall bounty with a vegetarian feast created by Chef Sarig at Zely & Ritz. Zely & Ritz is quite the local gem in Raleigh and has its own farm delivering fresh produce and meats every day. Tickets were only $10 and included an amazing menu using locally grown, organic foods from Coon Rock Farm. Some of the dishes on the vegetarian feast menu included spinach and feta in puff pastry, scarlet turnips with babaganoush and hummus on pita points.
Food was plentiful at the tweet-up and included creative vegetarian dishes. The servers were friendly and made sure to keep the Foodies happy. I especially enjoyed the pumpkin apple cider soup delivered to me with a smile.
One of the most unique dishes of the night was the preserved lemon risotto balls with blue cornmeal crust. The flavors blended perfectly and I especially enjoyed the different textures. The new potatoes with beet and goat cheese balls were absolutely delicious! I loved the brilliant color of the beets.
My favorite dish of the night was the grilled pizza with arugula pesto, pepper jack cheese, edamame and caramelized rutabaga. Chef Sarig used his creativity to create this scrumptious pizza with locally sourced ingredients.
If your conversations revolve around food and you take pictures of everything you eat, tweet-ups are wonderful opportunities to meet fellow Foodies, bloggers and food, beer and wine tweeters. It's wonderful to put a face with a Twitter name. I had the chance to meet numerous Foodies I have been following for months, even years on Twitter. I also discussed new restaurant openings and made dinner plans with new friends I met at the event. Make sure to follow #TriFoodieTweetUp on Twitter and attend the next tweet-up!