Side Dishes: Vermont foodies meet to discuss social media
Charlie Menard, executive chef at The Inn at the Round Barn  in Waitsfield, says he first signed on to Twitter  “purely out of curiosity.” Browsing fellow “Tweeters” in the area, Menard was surprised to find that “a lot of Vermonters took on a foodie persona even though they weren’t in the industry.” So many, in fact, that Menard decided to organize them.
This Wednesday, May 27, more than 115 Green Mountain food folk meet face to face at the Round Barn for the Great Vermont Localvore Tweet-Up. Most attendees will be established “Tweeps”, but one group, from the Department of Agriculture, plans to use the occasion to open its first account. To help folks learn to use the texting tool more effectively, Menard will provide live “Tweeting” stations throughout the Round Barn. “It’s a great way to network for people looking for sustainable and local food,” says Menard. “Healthy Living went on and announced that fresh asparagus was in. Kildare Farms says what they’re pulling out of the ground as they do it.”
Eats will be furnished by companies including American Flatbread , Misty Knoll Farms  and Vermont Herb and Salad . There will even be yak sausage from Waitsfield’s own Vermont Yak Company . Live music comes from local band Phineas Gage , named for the 19th-century Cavendish laborer who appeared in P.T. Barnum’s American Museum  after surviving a railroad spike through his brain. (No word on whether they’ll play heavy metal.)
Jesse McDougall, web editor at Chelsea Green , will offer a Twitter seminar, while folks from Burlington’s Bobbin Sew Bar & Craft Lounge  teach lower-tech stitching skills. Also planning to attend the first-ever event are sustainable food activist Rob Smart  and “Tweeters” from area restaurants, including Claire’s Restaurant and Bar  and The Shoreham Inn .
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