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Oregon’s Best Chefs Dominate James Beard NW Nominations

The sassy and irreverent Portland-Man-About-Town Byron Beck nailed it Monday in his blogpost “Chefs Night Out: Beard Celebration & Ace After Party“, when he described Sunday’s James Beard in Oregon Dinner at the Multnomah Athletic Club as being “the food equivalent of the Battle of the Network Stars.”

As beautiful Jennifer Heigl of Daily Blender eloquently stated in her article “Portland Hosts James Beard Awards Pre-Announcement Soiree“, it was the “must-attend spring event in Stumptown”, bringing together in community our best culinarians, foodies and food media, hipster elite and high society (the Schnitzer’s bought the first VIP table).

MAC Executive Chef Philippe Boulot was in fine form, even with arm in sling from a reputed vehicle accident, hobknobbing with every VIP guest and almost everyone else. As host, the MAC’s food station was glamorous, befitting the societal stature the club enjoys here in Portland.

Oregon’s “Culinary Old Guard”, including Philippe, Vitaly Paley, Greg Higgins, Cory Schreiber, Cathy Whims and the culinary team of Caprial & John Pence pressed flesh and passed foods, receiving foodie-love like Eric Clapton or Paul Simon at an Earth Day concert. What a pleasure – for me – having been away from Oregon from 1995-2009, to bear witness to these fine chefs thriving so well. We’re so fortunate in Oregon to live in the food-Eden of North America, leading the US in local chef/local farmer philosophy for thirty years.

The other chefs being honored – Daniel Mondok, Matthew Lighter, Charlene Rollins, Scott Dolich, Stephanie Pearl Kimmel, Andy Ricker, Christopher Israel, Oswaldo Bibiano, Jenn Louis, John Gorham, Gabriel Rucker, Jack Czarnecki and Naomi Pomeroy – I have only just begun to get to know over the last two years. It is a distinct pleasure to begin knowing you all.

Nicky USA, perhaps the best meat purveyor in North America, led by the venerable and determined Geoff and Melody Latham, rolled up in style to both the MAC and the Clyde Commons after-party in a stretch white Expedition (yes, I did get to sneak in for a sip of whiskey).

In beverages, while local coffee was not represented, Widmer Bros, Willamette Valley Vineyards, House Spirits, Sokol Blosser, Hawks View Cellars and Anne Amie Vineyards provided delicious sips for a crowd estimated at 650 or so.

Social Media Coverage

Active social media coverage began months ago with a team led by Oregon Culinary Institute and Chalkboarder. Numerous video interviews were produced by Kevin Richards of OCI and distributed on the James Beard in Oregon Facebook Fanpage. The Twitter account @beardinoregon spear-headed the Twitter hashtag #jbfa into Portland’s trending Twitter topic all evening, by tweeting the night’s program in the hours leading up to the dinner.

James Beard Foundation 2011 Nomination Announcement Lunch

For a great description of the media-only lunch at Oregon Culinary Institute on Monday, where James Beard Foundation read-out the final nomination announcements, please visit Daily Blender’s blogpost “Oregon Culinary Welcomes the 2011 James Beard Award Finalist Announcements“. Nice write up over there.

Congratulations are in order to Gabriel Rucker for being one of five Rising Star Chef of the Year nominees. A pleasure to know you, Chef.

Oregon led the category Best Chef Northwest, with nominations going to Christopher Israel, Cathy Whims and Andy Ricker.

Finally, appreciation is due to the students of Oregon Culinary Institute – you represented yourselves with professional distinction in assisting the Chefs, MAC Club, Lane PR and James Beard Foundation in executing this high-profile event.

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Oregon Wineries Social Media: Informal Survey

February 5, 2011 3 comments

On Thursday, February 3, I spoke about social media to 70+ Oregon wineries at Stoel Rives LLP’s 4th Annual Wine Law Summit at the Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg, OR.

At the beginning, as I do with every speaking engagement on social media, I asked the conference some social media assessment questions. Here are the questions and responses:

Q: How many of you (wineries) have a Facebook Fanpage? A: 40% +/-

Q: How many of you are tweeting? A: 25-30% +/-

Q: How many of you are on LinkedIn? A: < 5%

Q: How many of you have a branded YouTube channel? A: <2%

Very intriguing results. In a conversation with Rick Bakas, @RickBakas, (the very first winery social media director – ever) prior to my speaking engagement, we talked about what some of the challenges for wineries are in adopting social media.

One topic that I find especially intriguing is – how can wineries use social media optimization to help restaurants and wine shops sell more wine – and to sell their (the winery’s) wines?

I believe that the answer lies in compelling and diverse messages. I’d be very curious to hear your thoughts on this – how can wineries leverage social media to their benefit? Also, please go over to Rick Bakas’ site and show him some lovin’!

The slides from my presentation at the Wine Law Summit can be found here: Winery SMO.

Jeffrey J Kingman

Wine Law Summit – Stoel Rives LLP

I’ve been dying to share this upcoming event with everyone.


Back about Thanksgiving I received an inquiry from Stoel Rives law firm, as to availability to speak on social media for wineries, at their 4th annual Wine Law Summit in February. The Summit is being held at the gorgeous Allison Inn and Spa in Newberg, Oregon – heart of Oregon Wine Country. I just got the release today to announce this.

From their website:

Stoel Rives LLP is a business law firm providing corporate and litigation services to a wide range of clients throughout the United States. Established in 1907, the firm has nearly 400 attorneys operating out of 11 offices in seven states. Representative clients include financial institutions, public and private utilities, energy and renewable energy companies, developers, manufacturers, retailers, hospitals, universities, agribusinesses, software companies, food and beverage companies, charitable foundations, telecommunications and forestry companies, among others. We represent businesses at all stages of growth, from start-ups to internationally known public concerns.

Stoel Rives is a leader in corporate, energy, environmental, intellectual property, labor and employment, land use and construction, litigation, natural resources, real estate, renewable energy and technology law. We rank among the top 30 U.S. law firms for the number of national first-tier practice areas listed in the U.S. News & World Report “Best Law Firms in America” survey. We have also forged a national reputation for client service, as evidenced by the annual BTI Consulting Group in-house counsel client satisfaction survey that rated Stoel Rives among the nation’s 30 best law firms for “exceptional” client service in 2010 and 2011. Our lawyers have distinguished themselves individually, with 90 of our lawyers rated among the best in their practice areas by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business®. The firm also ranks in the top 20 nationwide for the total number of lawyers listed in Best Lawyers in America®.

Stoel Rives has offices in Anchorage, Boise, Lake Tahoe, Minneapolis, Portland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco and Vancouver. They’ve represented 250+ Northwest wineries for thirty years and are widely considered the experts on beverage law in the Pacific Northwest.

I’m excited to sit through all these seminars:

  • Distillery operations at a winery
  • Scope of permissible commercial activities – panel discussion
  • Trademarks and your brand
  • Siting a winery – A conditional use application case study
  • Employment issues, including use of volunteers

My hour long presentation on social media best practices/risks for wineries is the last seminar of the day, during lunch. I think I’ll hold off on consuming wine until afterwards.

Jeffrey J Kingman

 

Chalkboarder Sponsors Barista/Latte Art Competitor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact:
Jeffrey J Kingman
Chalkboarder
(503) 481-2479
jkingman@chalkboarder.com
http://www.chalkboarder.com

Chalkboarder Sponsors Barista/Latte Art Competitor

Portland, OR, Jan. 10 2011 — Chalkboarder is pleased to officially sponsor Johnbruce Haslett, Owner of Pacific Grind Café in Lincoln City OR in his quest to capture first place finishes at Coffee Fest Latte Art and the SCAA Barista competitions during 2011.

Johnbruce Haslett

Chalkboarder, a diverse brand relationship agency, specializing in strategic brand/concept development, relationship engineering and social web strategies internationally, today announces its first official competitive sponsorship. Johnbruce Haslett, a classically trained chef and Owner of Pacific Grind Café in Lincoln City Oregon, is a competitor in the Latte Art competition at Coffee Fest Chicago, to be held February 18-20 at Chicago’s Navy Pier.

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Johnbruce Haslett will also be vying for entrance to the remaining two Coffee Fest Latte Art competitions (San Diego in June and Seattle in September) and the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s (SCAA) United States Barista Championship (Houston in April). JB, as he is commonly known on the beaches of Oregon, states “Competing in, and hopefully winning these competitions, not only increase my ability to teach my staff excellent barista skills, they also promote the coffeeshop. As a classically trained chef, I’m always seeking opportunity to hone my skills and pass the knowledge on. Serving great coffee drinks is much more than running a drip machine – it’s craft. It’s trade. It’s my trade as a business owner. I’m delighted that Chalkboarder believes in my competitive abilities and look forward to a long relationship with their sponsorship.”

Chalkboarder’s CEO, Jeffrey J Kingman, says “JB is pushing the envelope of providing great service and coffeeshop trade on the Oregon Coast. We believe JB has the chops and motivation to reflect extremely well in competing, not only for him and his coffeeshop, but for the Oregon Coast and the Pacific Northwest, as a passionate and talented barista and chef.”

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Chalkboarder Sponsors Barista (page 2)

Chalkboarder, based in Portland OR, provides clients with

  • strategic brand and concept development consulting, from startup through operations to dissolution
  • relationship engineering and brand representation, locally to internationally
  • social web strategies and execution, locally to internationally

Contact:
Jeffrey J Kingman
Chalkboarder
(503) 481-2479
jkingman@chalkboarder.com
http://www.chalkboarder.com

Chalkboarder.com LLC was founded in May 2009 through the dissolution of Chocorua Group. Jeffrey J Kingman, CEO and co-founder, transitioned a twenty year career as a casual fine-dining executive chef into a brand and concept development consultancy in 2006. In May 2009, after relocating back to Oregon from New England, he co-founded Chalkboarder and added relationship engineering and social media to the services provided.

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Squeaky Chalk News January 7 2011

January 7, 2011 1 comment

#Crush2011

This is our slogan. We’ve made a few banners and got tattoos indicating our determination to absolutely crush 2011 in creating awesome villages for our clients and ourselves. Care to join us at the end of the day in Village Hall near the fire?

Chalkboarder is roaring into 2011 and we wanted to give you a little news from this past week.

James Beard Dinner Coverage – Berkshire Raised

Just today, we were approached by the Berkshire Chefs from around Albany, New York. In September 2009, they had been on their way to the James Beard House to prepare dinner using Berkshire raised ingredients. With a little 3000 mile collaboration, Chalkboarder was able to distribute content semi-live during the culinary preparation and dinner over social media.

They’ve asked us to do this again. I’m not sure of the date yet, but we’re very excited to become a “Social Media On Demand” producer for their benefit. It’s a challenge to coordinate social media production and distribution being 3000 miles away, but we’re pretty confident in conducting an effective campaign.

Urban Toile – Atlanta’s Hottest Food Truck (Launching Soon)

We’ve been working for the past couple months on a very exciting and challenging project – writing business plan, researching and coordinating logistics and relationships. Our client, Urban Toile, is only a couple weeks from ordering a $70,000 brand new food truck and is VERY close to signing a relationship with Atlanta’s hottest BBQ joint, Fox Barbeque. Stay tuned as we ramp up Urban Toile’s social media prior to the launch of the truck.

Northwest Foodservice Show

In partnership with Paul Paz of WaitersWorld (and longtime Oregon Restaurant Association board member), we’ve launched social media strategies that will help foodservice exhibitors and operators Raise The Bar in their social media adoption. Chalkboarder will be sharing a lot of messaging over the next few months from this source.

Foodportunity PDX

Foodportunity PDX is back! March 7th at the Heathman Hotel again. Join us that night for #nomnoms and great chat with great local restaurateurs and chefs. Chalkboarder was hired again to line up the participating restaurants and provide “Social Media On Demand” for this event.

Social Media for Pros

Over the last few months, Chalkboarder has been aligning with and working closely with The Scene Marketing Group, here in Portland. We’ve hired SMG to be part of some largeSocial Media On Demand” teams for six large (10,000 to 50,000 attendee) events around the country and are very excited by all the collaboration.

We’re in last phase planning for a social media educational program to be offered in two formats, here in Portland. An attendee of this program can learn enough skill and strategy to plan and execute a strong Social Media Optimization plan. It’s still a little early to release specific details, so stay tuned for announcements in a week or two.

Well, we don’t want to tie up your Friday when we’re certain you, like us, are trying to #Crush2011. Cheers and see you at Happy Hour!

Jeffrey J Kingman

“Crawl” with Paul Barron of Portland Restaurants Effectively Using Social Media Aug 11

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Join Paul Barron (@paulbarron), Publisher of Fast Casual Magazine and the USA’s leading influence on social media and the restaurant industry, and Jeffrey J Kingman, CEO of Chalkboarder, on August 11th as we “crawl” restaurants in Portland OR that are effectively using the social web to build community.

Paul Barron

Paul Barron, Producer

Paul, presenting “Web 4 Era for the Hospitality Industry” at Lola’s Room in SE Portland that evening (hosted by Social Media Club PDXdetails here) is producing a “Day in the Life of a Social Web Content Producer”, using video interviews and journalizing. He’ll begin the day departing the Northwest Sustainability Discovery Conference in Salem, meeting with Geoff Latham of Nicky USA, lunching at Oregon Culinary Institute, “crawling” the Portland restaurant social media scene and presenting at Social Media Club PDX’s August get-together.

In addition, he will be live-streaming the Social Media Club PDX event that night. Details to follow on the live-streaming.

All restaurant, hotel, hospitality, public relations, marketing and social media professionals interested in the application of social web tools, theory and technology for the food and hospitality industries are welcome to join us for this crawl the afternoon of Aug 11th. We’ll announce an itinerary on August 4 via social media.

Please contact Jeffrey J Kingman at (503) 481-2479 or jkingman@chalkboarder.com for additional details.

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PDX Food Trucks Experience 80% Growth Via Twitter

I talked with two of Portland Oregon’s leading street food trucks last week, the day after CNN Travel stated that Portland has the best street food in the world.

Check out what they have to say about street food – and how social media, especially Twitter, have empowered them to experience 80% growth.

The rest of the restaurant and hospitality industry might be able to glean some strategy from this.

Jeffrey

PDX Food Truck Owners

PDX Food Truck Owners

PS – Thanks guys!