Tomorrow Your Tweets Can Make a Difference

I’m just as guilty as the rest of the twitterverse. I actually think that my little tweet will gain attention, will start a conversation, will change something that I care about. Well, mostly no RTs, MTs, DMs or other acknowledgments glorify my existence on Twitter. But that all changes tomorrow.

Share Our Strength a national nonprofit, connecting children with the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives will be holding its annual Dine Out for No Kid Hungry events on September 18th – 24th. But, their tweeting campaign—TwEAT OUT—starts TOMORROW, MAY 4TH by trying to recruit restaurants around the country to join in.

In 2010, over 4,000 restaurants joined together to raise more than $1.5 million for Share Our Strength’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry. This year, the organization wants to rally over 5,000 restaurant locations to participate in the program to help raise funds for the fight to end childhood hunger in America by 2015.

What You Can Do

Join the twEAT OUT and ask your favorite restaurants to be a part of this national event through Twitter.

Tweet Examples:

  • Hey @RESTAURANTNAME! Be a part of @Dine_Out for #NoKidHungry. I’ll dine w/ you during @Dine_Out if you register!
  • @RESTAURANTNAME, will u help end child hunger by joining @Dine_Out? Register here:
  • Just 1 in 6 eligible kids get free summer meals. @RESTAURANTNAME help change that. Be part of @Dine_Out for #NoKidHungry
  • So join with Endless Simmer and Share Our Strength and finally make good use of all that tweeting. For more information, check out

    (Photo: Share Our Strength)



    Follow ES for the Best of Groupon (and some freebies!)


    I’m sure lots of you ESers are already fans of Groupon, considering it’s, um…the fastest growing company in the history of the whole world wide webs. If you’re not familiar, Groupon has local versions in a whole bunch of cities now, each one offering a single daily deal — usually in the neighborhood of half-price — at restaurants, cafes, bars, and more.

    And starting today, your ES editors will be giving you an advance headsup every time Groupon has a great deal going on at a restaurant that we love. Start checking out our twitter feed for the news now.

    To get things started, we’re giving one lucky reader $20 worth of Groupon Bucks, which can be used on a Groupon of your choice in any city. To enter, just start following ES on twitter. Already following us? Simply retweet this post to enter.

    Update! Don’t forget to keep checking our twitter feed for more prize announcements (hint…look now).

    Cheflebrity Smörgåsbord: Life is Tweet for Rick Bayless

    rick bayless tweeting

    The latest and greatest news about celebrity chefs, served up buffet style.

    – Funny, but if I was Tweeting when I should be busy doing my job, I’d be fired, not profiled by the Associated Press.  But then again I’m not Rick Bayless, and I’m not cooking for world leaders.

    – All of a sudden, Rocco DiSpirito doesn’t seem like such a giant asshole!  At least he hasn’t tried to hire a homeless guy to kill his wife.

    After the jump…go to school without putting on your pants, meet someone who watches more food TV than me and find out why Paula Deen is going to kill your kids.

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    Texas Tuesdays, Part II: Who You Callin’ Trailer Trash?

    photos: Matthew Wexler

    Photos: Matthew Wexler

    I like to sit down at a proper table when I eat. And after closing the door on fifteen years in the restaurant industry, I like to be served. Sometimes I feel the phantom pain in my side when I see a defeated waiter struggling to get through a shift—but for the most part, I’m just happy it’s not me. So the thought of traipsing through sweltering downtown Austin like my ancestors crossing the Egyptian desert with matzoh in their pants made me wary. I imagined when I set off on a food trailer crawl that I might be disappointed with greasy funnel cakes and toxic yellow lemonade. And where would I pee? What I stumbled upon is an entire subculture of dedicated food artisans leaving their tire tracks all over town.

    photos: Matthew Wexler

    photos: Matthew Wexler

    Chasing Chi’Lantro

    One of the newest additions to the food trailer scene is Chi’Lantro, a name derived from two cultural staples: kimchi and cilantro. The fusion of Korean and Mexican food had me all a Twitter, which is a good thing because it’s the only way you can track this trailer down. With locations that vary like the changing winds, I have to credit a friend’s i-phone for my spicy pork taco with Korean soy vinaigrette salad and salsa roja. I can’t get too attached though, as this newcomer is already revamping their menu along with their ever-changing locale.

    Holding the Torch

    Torchy’s Tacos is a benchmark of Austin’s food trailer scene. They are “living the taco dream” by serving up an array of tortilla-stuffed concoctions—from classic breakfast tacos to more daring fare like The Brushfire, filled with Jamaican jerk chicken, grilled jalapeños and diablo sauce. Founder and Executive Chef Michael Rypka mortgaged his house and maxed out a couple of credits cards in pursuit of the perfect taco. And it’s paid off. The homemade salsas were a knockout, and I have to give the guy a hats off for continuing to locally source the majority of their products and meats.

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    Endless Simmer on Twitter


    Have you guys heard about twitter? It’s this really underground, cutting edge mode of communication. It’s possible you’ve seen it covered in a newspaper article or two. Or ten million.

    All hype aside, ES is on Twitter and you should be too. Click here to follow us.

    Oh, and we’re also on Facebook, in case you’re still living in the stone age.

    Don’t Forget to Tweet


    If you’re a tweeter, or even just some kind of pervert who watches other people tweet, be sure you’re following Endless Simmer and getting all our bites and tastes 24/7.

    Endless Simmer on Twitter