Second Wine & Food Bloggers Meeting

By Lesley Cox – Cape Town News Blog

Pieter Ferreira (Bubbles), kicked off the second food and wine bloggers meeting last week with his thoughts on the value of twitter and blogging. Ferreira paired his bubblies and Graham Beck wines with a selection of treats prepared by chef Liam Tomlin of Chefs Warehouse, the venue for our meeting.

Bubbles Ferreira started tweeting less than a year ago. At first he found his tweets useful in recalling his trip around the USA, and today used for harvest reports and travel, food and wine related news. Ferreira believes that a tweet should be newsworthy and not an exclamation about the sunshine in Cape Town as an example. Gradually he found that customers interacted with his tweets and this lead him to writing his blog.

“A blog should be on a website, live, and informing all the customers with your news”

Ferreira has made wine at Graham Beck for 20 years and clearly an authority on methode cap classique. Early in his career he earned the nickname ‘bubbles’, hence his twitter is @bubblesferreira.

Our second speaker, Pete Goffe-Wood impressed strong views on the value of blogs which review restaurants. His main concern being, a restaurant may receive a poor review by a blogger not equipped with the background cooking knowledge to write a precise critque. Goffe-Wood writes his blog for venting his opinions, such as corkage and guests not showing up for confirmed restaurant reservations. He prefers opinionated blogs which show some personality, rather than recipes and facts, both of which he can look up.

Pete Goffe-Wood is a judge for the Eat Out top ten award, runs kitchen cowboys and Wild Woods restaurant in Hout Bay.

The food and wine bloggers clubs meets every month, where two guest speakers present their views on twitter and blogging for 30 minutes each and then exchange information and questions with the 20 attendees. Please contact Chris von Ulmenstein for further information, email campsbay@whalecottage.com

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