Editor's Note: Today's post is by food writer Lindsey Tramuta, a Philly native turned expat living in the City of Light, an experience she blogs about with heart on Lost in Cheeseland. We first met Lindsey on Twitter when she asked when we'd bring Foodspotting eatups to Paris. Since we're a small team based in the US, we asked her to lead our first French Foodspotting gathering...
There aren’t many aspects to Parisian life that disappoint, but the active and accessible social food community in the States is unmatchable. I began using Foodspotting shortly after it was launched and started following their Facebook and Twitter accounts to be part of the rich community that was developing. I watched enviously from afar as my Twitter feed filled with messages of fun eatups in New York, LA, Washington D.C., Chicago and Orlando, so I messaged Amy, Foodspotting's Head of Community, “But when will you come to Paris?!” She threw the ball in my court and gave me the opportunity to organize Paris’ first eatup, an unexpected honor that I gladly accepted.
Choosing the venue for a Foodspotting event was a no brainer - it had to be my favorite local spot, Le Pearl. Still I wondered - Will the guests understand the purpose of the event? Will I fail as a host? Will there be enough space at the restaurant? So many questions, but the number of RSVPs quickly jumped to 30, 40 then 45 before settling at 48. The owners of Le Pearl were ecstatic but knew they'd have to come up with a feasible offer for everyone given their small kitchen and lack of staff. Thomas, the chef and owner, prepares everything himself from scratch so catering to 40+ hungry guests all at once would require finesse.
We settled on a mixed savory platter for one flat fee with reduced prices on cocktails. Guests would be able to order dessert off the menu but the savory dinner options would not be available. The hope was that guests would enjoy the preview and be motivated to return to test out the full menu. Given the great turnout I'd say people are likely to return!
Everyone was intrigued by Foodspotting and saw its potential in Paris, a city where food and dining out trumps virtually all other activities. More than that, they were enthusiastic to meet some new, international faces and chat over food and wine, like fellow bloggers and food lovers Anne Ditmeyer of Prêt à Voyager, Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day! and Kasia Dietz of Love in the City of Lights, among many others. I even got to meet Claire Goasdoue, the Brittany-native who recently opened her very own crêpe restaurant called Little Breizh in the heart of Saint-Germain.
The evening’s last guests started heading home close to midnight and I can only hope the second Foodspotting event in Paris will be as successful.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Lindsey Tramuta is a food writer and co-owner of Lola's Cookies, an online bakery based in Paris specializing in American-style handmade cookies, brownies and bars. Follow her adventures on Lost in Cheeseland, Foodspotting and Twitter.
All photos courtesy of the author.