Life as I know it...
I guess it a good thing I am a high energy person, because I think I'm going to need it! Life as I know it is about to change in a major way. On Monday, January 31, my husband Willy & I, along with partners Robert & Cindy Friedman (Consumer Direct Manager for Gloria Ferrer) take possession of a local restaurant! The location, currently known as Mondo will have their last night of business on Saturday, January 29th - locals be sure to stop in and say goodbye!
(Press Democrat article on the new venture here).
I have always worn many hats, and this one will take me back to one of my original ones, restaurant owner/operator. I opened my first restaurant in the Georgetown area of Seattle in 1987, followed by a Bellevue location a couple years later. Jumping back in after many years off is both exciting and a bit scary, but was a natural next step, as the PT catering/private chef gig I had been doing was growing bigger all the time! Having great partners to share in this exciting venture brings a lot of comfort and a great group energy, not to mention a great breadth of skills and experience.
Community Cafe will be a breakfast & lunch venue, where we will be offering rustic wine country cuisine, with a menu that will change based on the season and what is available locally. Evenings the space will be available for private bookings and dinners. We look forward to featuring some of the amazing local food & wine we have here in the Northern California Wine Country.
In the mean time, business at Outside the Lines, Inc., the Network and WineAndHospitalityJobs.com will carry on, with the continued help of Su Pinney and Mike Hurst. If you make it to Sonoma, be sure and stop in at the Community Cafe and say hi! I'm sure I'll be sharing some of the trials and tribulations of opening and operating, and look forward to telling you about new customer feedback technology that we hope to be utilizing!
Are you Twitterpated?
This week it's back to the topic of social networking (again) - this time Twitter in particular. A few times in the last week I saw posts (on facebook and twitter) that said something like this: "Busy un-following anyone who isn't following me back."
What are your thoughts? Let me know!
You are SO right on. Don't these people have jobs or homes or something to use up their precious time. Frittering valuable time away on a daily basis is so useless. At the end of the day,they should just stop and think that the day that has just passed will never come back. We only have so many days to live in this life. Do something you can be happy or proud about. Its part of the ME society we live in, I guess. We need to be recognized on a daily basis and twittering seems to do it for a lot of people.
Wilf Krutzmann DVM,CSW
Twitter = Big Time Waster.
I have not ventured into the realm of Twitter, but it occurs to me that the emitters of tweets could be called twits.
Thank you for that! the information you provided about the tweets is most helpful. I wondered too...how does this work? Why do you follow everyone? How is this going to bring more business to me. How much time do we have to do all of this twitter tweeting stuff it's not about the numbers, you are right! It's about who and why and how it can help each other in our businesses. You are the best!
I think Dennis Leary has it right: "You can have your FlickerTube and your FaceySpace and your Tweety bird, TV already rots your brain enough."
Too much junk to process. Why do you care if a friend is at Fitch buying more torn up shorts?
My question to anyone on Twitter is this: How productive can you be if you're doing nothing but tweeting and reading tweets all day? I'm as much of a techie as anyone, but I simply don't have time for yet another social networking device that is going to keep me from getting work done.
Entertain your friends with an in-home wine tasting!
Independent Wine Consultant
WineShop at Home
I love your columns and agree with you on your tweeter article.
Paeton R. Bangart, President
Very good point. I couldn't agree more. Once again, it's about Quality not Quantity. It's not a competition. It's about learning, sharing thoughts and ideas and social networking.
We have entered into these new worlds and I am concerned that our clients who are already on our email list may get sick of us in at least four social places and dump us from all. I was addicted to FB when it first started then got bored by hearing too often from people I may not talk to in a month. Twitter is very irritating to me and I am rebelling Twitter addicts who are coaching us to do more Twittering. It is a necessary evil!
Thanks for the article... i am researching more on social media
Ditto all your comments.
I have been writing a lot about Twitter lately on my blog at http://blogs.foodserviceu.com/tpmusings/Default.aspx . In addition, part of my practice is now dedicated to helping businesses use social networking in a business and professional application. Thanks for your commentary.
Since you asked...
LOL @ people who are keeping score. I guess I mostly follow people to get their attention or to get access to their follower list so I can follow those people too. I then un-follow anyone who is overdoing it on my home page. But it's all about biz for me. I liked the restaurant article, gives me optimism that we can get at least some kind of results from our time on that thing.
Bill Matte, Owner
Shooting Star Bed and Breakfast
All I hear is talk, talk, talk about Social Media - and the unbelievable speed at which things are changing. I hear from so many who say their boss, or boss's boss just doesn't understand it, and therefore don't (or won't) support them in spending much time in this space. I think it is safe to say that it is here to stay (although in a quickly changing capacity) and any company simply must have a plan of action to use social media to connect with their customers - and to generate new ones.
That is why I am so excited to announce a collaborative event, aimed at helping you to understand and to use social media and technology for your business. This evening networking and educational event is aimed at managers, directors, owners, marketing staff of small to large companies, with any level of knowledge on the subject.
Web 2.0 & Beyond: Emerging Technology & Trends that Work
Our expert panelists from Groove 11 are veterans at producing successful online campaigns for Fortune 1000 companies and the wine & spirit industry.They will share the latest emerging technologies, what works best for which companies & why and how to incorporate some of these phenomenons into helping INCREASE your bottom line.
This topic is designed to take you from where you are to where you want to be. From the beginners to the advanced users, see the many new ways this technology is providing for more than just advertising, understand how to incorporate it into your online marketing strategy, sales strategy, customer service and your overall business model.
This evening networking event will provide an overview that outlines the latest information on current trends that do work and why. A true translation of all the articles and buzz speak we are bombarded with.
Location: Viansa Winery.
When: Monday, July 20, 5:30 - 8:30PM
$30 in advance, $40 at the door. $5 discount for ticket holders from the Industry Insiders events at Castello di Amorosa or The Hess Collection. (Didn't receive the discount code? Email Margie@OTLConsulting.com)
Reserve your space now!
Last week I asked you for your thoughts on social media - and also if you had examples of how it was working for you. Your response was overwhelming - for this group social media is here to stay!
Here are just a few of the comments you made on how social media is working for you: (for the full report, take the survey - it only takes a moment - and you will instantly get the report upon completion).
Next week I'll report on the Industry Insider Event held last week at the Hess Collection Winery and Art Gallery (I'm waiting for the photos!)