April Boston Brunchers Announcement and Contest!

I am REALLY excited to announce this brunch. First and foremost, because this will be the Boston Brunchers’ first foray outside of Boston Proper. Secondly, I have heard seriously wonderful things about the food here. And lastly, because with the help of my friend Christine, we have devised a contest I am SUPER excited about, giving food bloggers old and new a chance to join in the fun!

Let’s get the most important thing out of the way first! This April’s brunch will take place at…..

The Biltmore Bar & Grill on April 3rd, 2011 at 11am.  Opened in 1921 at the start of Prohibition, it’s rumored the Biltmore started out as a speakeasy. This old-school classic has been a neighborhood institution in the heart of Newton’s historic Upper Falls ever since. Classic pressed tin ceilings, polished mahogany paneling and cozy banquettes, offer a comfortable setting to relax with friends or family over cocktails and a meal. Inventive menu selections feature a unique mix of traditional pub cuisine with surprising hints of Southern comfort that highlight fresh and local ingredients. Who would say that doesn’t sound fabulous!!

Now, if your thinking, I live in Boston, how the heck am I going to get to Newton Falls? Well stop thinking (well, don’t stop thinking…you know what I mean!) Do not let transportation get in your way. I will take care of making sure that everyone who wins is able to get there. So don’t let that bug ya!

Now you are thinking (remember I told you to stop that!) Well, what kindof brunch is this? I am happy to say that I have worked with the restaurant to invite 12 Bloggers to experience a 5-course Chef’s Choice Tasting Brunch! How awesome is that! Here is what the attendees will enjoy:

  • Chive Biscuit and Poached Egg  with a jalapeno and cheddar cheese sauce
  • Lobster frittatas  topped with pea tendrils
  • Granola and berry parfait
  • Chicken & waffles served with a warm belgian waffle, hot sauce and apple butter syrup
  • Pigs in a blanket: A soulfood classic from the American south, local maple sausage links wrapped in homemade buttermilk pancakes & Vermont maple syrup

Sounds pretty amazing, no? Well here is the skinny on how you can join us:

  • Boston Brunchers will be awarding 5 Food Bloggers seats at the tasting brunch…this is where it gets good…
  • Each winner will then be able to select another Food Blogger to be their guest…BUT THERE IS A CATCH….
  • The Food Blogger the winners select must be BRAND NEW to the Boston Brunchers! That’s right, they must never have attended a Boston Brunchers event.
  • How do you find these foodies? Well, if you win, you may do whatever you like to find your guest. Give away the spot as a contest on your blog (must link to this post: http://wp.me/p19ZsJ-6n), on Twitter (must mention @bostonbrunchers and @biltmorebargril), or on Facebook (must tag Boston Brunchers & Biltmore). Or, if you know a new food blogger and are feeling generous, you may just invite them as your guest!
  • You must email me your guest no later than Friday, March 25th.
  • DO NOT TRY AND GIVE AWAY A BRUNCH UNTIL YOU KNOW YOU HAVE BEEN SELECTED FOR BRUNCH!!! The winners of the 5 Boston Brunchers seats will be announced on Monday, March 14, 2011. If you won a seat, you may begin your giveaway after that announcement.

How do I win my spot at brunch?

  • Comment on this post on why you think it is important to introduce new bloggers to foodie events.
  • You must enter by Midnight on Sunday, March 13th.
  • Entries will be judged blindly by an outside party. Winners will be selected based on originality of their answer.
  • Winners of the 5 Boston Bruncher seats will be announced on Monday, March 14th.
  • Winners must get in touch with Boston Brunchers within 48 hours of the winning announcement or their spot will be given away.
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15 responses to “April Boston Brunchers Announcement and Contest!

  1. I remember when I first joined the Boston Food Blogger scene and I didn’t know ANYONE but had started following a bunch of Boston food bloggers on Twitter. I had no idea just how amazing the support system is in the Boston Food Blogger scene. Starting a new blog (especially one food oriented) can be really intimidating, especially if you don’t have a lot of experience in photography or you are just starting to discover your culinary potential. Meeting and networking with the awesome members of the Boston Food Community has exposed me to new friends, new recipes, new restaurants and new blogs. I still find it hard to be in the know about foodie events as they occur so being able to be exposed to people/bloggers/foodies that I never knew about before is fun and exciting! And to be honest, I get really excited and honored to be apart of foodie events that occur around the city!

  2. After blogging for a year and becoming increasingly more and more steeped in the Boston Food Blog culture I have grown to realize that everytime I intersct with the rest of the “blogger” community here I feel supported. I think one of the greatest features of having groups like Bostonfoodblogs.com and bostonbrunchers is that we get to meet each other and bond over our common love of food. We also get to support each other – I constantly feel that blogging has helped me to establish a support network, not just to keep me blogging but just to meet amazing people. I think that’s the most importnat part of sharing these things with each other – meeting that support network that will sustain you and encourage when you don’t think you should keep going on your blog. I know it’s what kept me going last year!

  3. What a fabulous idea!

    I think it’s SO important to introduce new food bloggers to the food blogging community for several reasons!

    First, there are so many food bloggers in the area that we don’t know about, and who knows what sort of new twists on recipes they’ve invented, or hidden restaurants they’re reviewed, or unknown tricks up their sleeves, or just a plain old bubbly personality? Each blogger is incredibly unique and important!

    Second, I was new to the Boston food blogging community a few months ago. Meeting new bloggers and making new friends has really boosted my self-esteem–both in the blogging world and in my social life! New bloggers will really appreciate such a generous introduction to the food blogging scene.

    Third, New friends for us! I love meeting new people and making new friends. And I’ve learned so much already from cooking and hanging out with other bloggers. Can’t wait to meet more!

    Good luck, everyone! 🙂

  4. When I first started my blog there really wasnt much of a Boston Food Blogger community so it has been so interesting to watch this fantastic community form, and to feel the change from the inside. I love my non food blogger friends- I do- but when I get to hang with fellow food friends, and we discuss every detail about a menu or dish, or talk about the new trends, or where to find a recipe, or what is the best method of braising or whatever- well it’s a joy like no other. It makes me realize that I am not completely crazy in my food obsession. I think that the true support, guidance, and camaraderie is what makes our community wonderful, and definitely a place where new bloggers can feel welcomed!

    Um als0 I haven’t gotten to attend a Boston Brunchers Brunch yet- hint hint if I dont win 🙂

  5. What a great way to bring new folks into the community! Starting a blog is no easy task and I think a lot of people out there start and then become discouraged because they don’t have any contact with others who have gone before them. If given the chance to connect to some people, to see that it will pay off in the end, then they will venture out and continue on with their blog, and ultimately we all have a story to tell.

    Remember, Food is Love!
    Justin

  6. This is a fantastic idea… and I so wish I could come. But my sister will be having her baby in a few weeks and I am going to be traveling a bunch to NJ. So, I’m going to have to pass… again. 😦

  7. It wasn’t so long ago that I was a new food blogger in this area. I remember having a lot of questions about how to get in on all the action and fun other local food bloggers were having.

    Once you start asking questions, it’s amazing how quickly everyone starts to answer. There’s no competition, just community. Everyone supports each other and gives each other support and new ideas .

    A brunch like this would give a new blogger a chance to match faces with names and really feel like they’ve become a part of this awesome community. I remember how excited I was for my first blogging event, and how I felt feeling so welcomed and like I had made a bunch of great new friends. I’d love to introduce someone to that!

  8. Part of the reason I think meeting other food bloggers or inviting new bloggers to foodie events is because food, especially brunch, is such a social experience. On the other hand, eating is so personal. We all have such a history with food from the childhood memories, to experience cooking with family and friends, from growing or picking our own fruit, veggies, herbs, to serving food to dinner guests, our children, our parents. We are all at different stages of our lives and our relationships with food change based on that too.

    What I love about gathering with other food folks is hearing everyone’s stories and sharing meals with people who are focused on the food and aren’t afraid to dwell on it. As a mom to two young children, I am having love/hate moments with food because I am constantly navigating the ever-changing likes and dislikes of their picky little palates. Going out with other bloggers, heck dining out at all, is a welcome distraction.

    When I started blogging, I thought it was a little personal diary for myself and my kids. A year or so later, I somehow ended up a freelance writer and social media consultant and a whole new body of knowledge about the blogging world.

  9. So I am VERY new to the food blogging and Boston Brunchers scene. I follow numerous food blogging websites right now and am dying to start my own. I am not the most tech-savvy person so right now I am trying to do as much research into starting a blog as I can. I just bought a Canon Rebel and have begun documenting and writing numerous entries, now I just need to put them out there!

    I was SO excited when I found Boston Brunchers online. My boyfriend and I go for breakfast or brunch every Sunday morning and are always looking for new places (Saturday is reserved for my brunch experiments, heehee) We try to go with one of our families or a new group of friends. To me, each brunch is a new story; new expression; new memory. The best brunches (and meals) are ones that leave your pallet and stomach happy and satisfied and also leave you with an emotionally satisfied feeling. Having a good meal with good friends and calling on your taste buds to build a specific memory is what good cooking and good meals is about for me.

  10. Hello!

    Wow – I just found this site and I am so impressed and excited. I had no idea there was a community like this in Boston and I’m eager to figure out how to wiggle myself right into it! I’ve been writing for the Weekly Dig for the Taste Buds column for about 6 months and I’m just now realizing that I can proudly call myself a food writer.

    I would love a chance to join this community as a “beginner food writer” for perspective, inspiration, advice, and some fun time spent doing what I love to do – eating and talking about food! I think it’s important to keep expanding the community at foodie events to inspire passion and action in regards to the food that we grow, buy, and eat. When you attend a foodie event, it’s hard not to leave with a sense of responsibility and eagerness to pay more attention to the food we put in our bodies, as well as the kind of food culture we want to support in our community.

    This menu sounds amazing and I’d love to meet the rest of the Boston Brunchers. Thanks a lot for your consideration. Either way, I’ll be keeping an eye on you guys! Keep it up!

    -Mollie

  11. I have only been to one event and don’t know too many of the folks involved so I know first hand how not already being connected is like. For that reason I am definitely a good candidate to win and then be able to hookup another blogger with a the opportunity to meet a bunch of other like-minded bloggers. I am also a good candidate because I live in NH and have connections with other folks that are not Boston-centric and can bring more “flavor” to the group. I also have a strong slant to beverages and pairing which can broaden that dimension of the group.

    Jason

  12. I think it’s very important to introduce different bloggers to foodie events in the area. We all had to start somewhere, and networking face-to-face with other local bloggers – with similar interests to your’s – is critical in building up a network and getting the word out about your blog. As a bonus, it’s also a great way to make some new friends/acquaintances!

  13. This event is great because it will help bring out the foodies who may be a bit hesitant to attend an event. It is easy to blog from behind a computer screen but when it comes time to get out there and meet people, it can be a bit intimidating. By specifically inviting new folks, and giving them a “sponsor”, it can help them get over that first hurdle of getting out there. It will make them feel welcome in the food community. I certainly wished someone had gone with me to my first food event!

    It will be great for the group to get some new members so we can continue to have a diverse group at brunches 🙂 I can’t wait to see some new faces!

  14. Wow! Reading all these awesome comments before mine makes me slightly nervous about my chances of attending, but here goes anyways.

    When I first moved to Boston three years ago, I didn’t know too many people. On a whim, I decided to start my food blog as a way to meet other folks in the Boston area, especially peeps who were as into food as myself (was a bit tired of always eating with folks who ate to live, and not the other way around). After three years of blogging, I’ve seen the community multiply like rabbits from a handful of bloggers that could barely fill a room to blog parties so crowed that bloggers have to end up wait-listed. It’s been great meeting new faces and names — before my blog I only had “finance” friends, but I’m super glad to have “foodie” friends now too!

    PS Since I don’t have a car, it’s super hard for me to leave Boston proper. Therefore, I would REALLY REALLY love the opportunity to experience the dining scene outside the city — I always feel so left out when I hear other foodies talk about awesome places they dine at that are in-accessable by the T!

    Thank you very much!

  15. I think it’s important to introduce food bloggers into the community of Boston food bloggers because food is a universal language that everyone can relate to. That passion for food is contagious. I know that when I went to my first event I was excited and overwhelmed with all the other food bloggers. It was fantastic to meet other people who had the same interest as me. We could all relate on some level, wether our blogs focused on light recipes, reviews of restaurants in the area, or we just loved to participate in online food groups. That first event allowed me to meet others who opened my world to other food bloggers, brunchers, new restaurants, new recipes, and so much more.

    Someone might think that going to brunch or an event it just a way to kill a few hours while chit catting and eating some food, but it’s a lot more than that. Getting to know other bloggers has resulted in friendships over twitter and even someone to go to a concert with.

    So bringing someone to brunch is not just letting them come to brunch. It’s about letting them come into the food blogging world.

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