/ The Seattle Traveler
Seattle — By Mary Jo Manzanares on August 1, 2009 at 6:27 pm

TasteCasting: Calling All Seattle Area Food Lovers

Do you love food?  Do you like trying new restaurants, bars, bakeries, and beverages?  Are you the one that’s always recommending a new restaurant that you’ve heard about, or forwarding a review that you’ve found onto your pals?  Do you twitter about restaurants?  Talk about great places you’ve been on Facebook?  Are you the go-to food person in your group?

Cuban-style burger dinner TasteCasting, a group of socially networked people who also love food, is forming a team here in Seattle, and if that paragraph above describes you, then you’ll want to check it out.

Here’s how it works:   Restaurants, bars, diners, bakeries, or any other food and beverage establishment, invite TasteCasting members to attend a tasting at their venue.  It may be a way to research new menu items, it may be to showcase a new chef, or it may be a way to juice up business and get people in the door.  Whatever the reason, you are invited to be a part of it.

What is expected of attendees:  In return for a free tasting, we want you to constructive feedback and suggestions with your host, as well as broadcast your experienced to your friends and follows via Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, a blog post, or any of publication or social media where you are active.  You can share everything from the food specific (ingredients, tastes, menu) to the overall impressions (ambiance, venue, service, overall experience, etc).

You don’t have to be a food writer to join in.  We are looking for socially media savvy people from diverse backgrounds and fields.  The common denominator is that you need to be active in social media, that you enjoy food, and that you are willing to share your experiences.

TasteCasting teams are in place in other cities around the country, including Denver, Cincinnati, Aspen, Tampa, Dallas, Tucson, and Pittsburgh.  Additional teams are in the formation stages.

I invite you to check out the TasteCasting website to find out a little more about the organization.  If you’re interested, I’m involved with the formation of the Seattle team, so please send me an email expressing your interest or reach me via Twitter at @flyawaycafe.

Photo credit: Phil Romans @flickr

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