Sunday, April 5, 2009

Eating & Tweeting A Match Made in Heaven

From the moment he opened the door, @barryfrangipane's smile lit up the room brighter than the crystal chandelier he imported from Venice, Italy. I immediately knew we were in for a special evening. Anyone who knows me well, knows how much I enjoy Twitter. It has introduced me to so many fascinating people I would have otherwise never met. That's also what inspired Barry and his wife of 12 years @dolcedebbie to create a Twitter dining experience like no other. I, like everyone else at the Frangipanes's that evening met on Twitter. It was any ones guess how a group of virtual friends connected only by 140 characters, would 'hit it off' IRL (in real life). What happened next would defy odds and reason. Not only was the food, wine and beer incredible, but the interaction of this group, once connected only by keystrokes, resembled that of a group of old friends.

With each new course grew tighter bonds (and waistbands)and stronger threads of friendship. It was a remarkable experience, one I went into with skepticism and trepidations but emerged from with new friends, increased knowledge and a palate that was tantalized and taken to new heights.

The Menu

Appetizers-Fried Rice Ball w Shrimp, Bruschetta, Fried Zucchini Straws
Beer Pairing Lagunitas Czech Style Pilsner
Wine Pairing Bisson Prosseco 2007

First Plate - Parmesean Risotto
Wine Pairing Bonci Verdicchio Carpaneto 2007
Beer Pairing Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale

Second Plate - Pistachio encrusted Sea Bass
Wine Pairing Deforville Chardonnay 2007
Beer Pairing Jolly Pumpkin Brewery Calabaza Blanca

Main dish - Grilled rack of lamb encrusted in parmesean cheese, bread crumbs and rosemary.
Wine Pairing Pievano Sagratino Montefalco 2003
Beer Pairing Dogfish Head Raison E’Etre

Dessert - Lemon Cake with strawberries marinated in Limoncello.

5 comments:

Matt - mmWine said...

Debbie and Barry are amazing people. They are fantastic hosts, and great friends, welcoming people into their home and their life. I am grateful to be a part of their lives, and to have taken part in these Twitter events. Thanks for coming, and for the fantastic writeup!
-Matt

Miss Attitude said...

I was disappointed to miss it, since I went to the first event. Isn't Debbie an amazing chef???? She and Barry are fabulous hosts and Matt really knows his wine;) I was bummed to miss the beer pairings this time. I'm glad you had a great time!

TheGourmetGirl said...

TwEATing,even just via live feed, was great fun.
Hearing about wines (and beers), trying our own and introducing our friends to the Twitter experience was wonderful.
Next time I hope to be able to attend the event from the other side of the camera. It really looked like fun!
Thanks for telling me about it!
Elaine

Dawn said...

This is a great idea and I am so pleased to learn that IRL you all connected as well as you connected on twitter. I am relatively new to Twitter and have found the experience amazing. It opened my world up to meet some fascinating people that I would never have had the chance to meet IRL! Thanks for sharing this in your post.

Cheryl Tardif, author and book marketing coach said...

It sounds like you had such a great time. What an awesome idea!!

I am soooo hungry right now after reading your post.