Love it or hate it, Twitter has become a valuable platform for
the restaurant and food world. In 142 characters or less,
restaurants post specials; food bloggers share recipes and photos;
food trucks post their whereabouts; and celebrity chefs communicate
with their fans, push their latest projects, and procure even more
precious attention (Ooh! A service that puts a number on my
popularity!). In short, those afflicted with a food infatuation
love them some Twitter. In a new feature for the blog, I'll compile
the most interesting tweets of the week from chefs, restaurants,
food bloggers, the food entertainment industry and anyone else who
tweets about food and restaurants. Oh, and lest I forget the
shameless self-promotion (which comprises 95% of Twitter), you can
follow LocalEats on Twitter @LocalEaters. Without
further adieu, here is the inaugural Local Tweats
Andrew Zimmern (@AndrewZimmern): A
chronic tweeter, The host of Bizarre Foods does
indeed post pictures of various adventurous (un)edibles (
crispy calves brains sandwiches). But he also hosts live
tweetups with his fans and isn't afraid to weigh in on NFL football
strategy: "Pooch? Fake? Bueller?"
Kat Kinsman (@KittenWithaWhip):
The managing editor of CNN's
Eatocracy, Kinsman's Tweets are invariably witty and often
hunger inducing. One of the week's best: "How you know
you just left a good party: unzip your purse & wonder, 'What
smells like it's on fire?' (Answer, pig fat
Jack Highburger (@Jack_Around) scored
major points with this hilarious Paula Deen related
Scottie L (@MarylandMudFlap):"
I've never eaten sushi off a naked woman but I have been
asked to put my shirt back on at a Shoney's." 'nuff
Angry Bobby Flay (@AngryBobbyFlay)
is a parody Twitter account (not, in fact Bobby Flay) that is
exactly what it sounds like: small angry outbursts in the voice of
a fictitious, enraged Bobby Flay. "I hope everyone saved
room for dessert! If not, I'm gonna serve it anyway and you better
pray you find a way to choke it down."
Shelby Fero (@ShelbyFero): College
student/budding comedian Shelby Fero has made pithy,
semi-depressing Tweets into an art form. Bonus points for her love
of cheese and bad puns. Highlights this week include
"Weird. This check at IHOP just says 'your
dignity.'" and "Putting butter on my table is a contract,
restaurants. A bread contract."
Foodiggity (@foodiggity) hit on
one of Sunday's bigger trending topics with "Steven Tyler
should be put on the No Fly List for that
Ruth Reichl's (@RuthReichl) tweets
generally make one's mouth water. All the wonderful things she's
devouring and describing could seem braggy and potentially induce
jealousy, but her poetic language and soothing aesthetic have the
opposite effect. Guess there's a good reason she's paid to write.
"LA morning. Making coffee. Squeezing oranges. Toasting bread.
A parrot just went flying through the yard, squawking loudly. Can
Tweet! Retweet! Threetweet?