Talk about the power of social media.
For those who made it, Saturday's Mobile Chowdown (1616 W. Bertona), a parking lot off Dravus behind the Denali fitness center, was truly a sight to see. There must have been 500 people there at any given time over the course of the four hour event. Lines for food were an hour long (in some cases, more) but the crazy thing is that people were up for the wait. This is truly a group of people willing to chase down and wait for their food and Seattle mag was right there with them, as we were the media sponsor of this event. (Check out Queen Anne View's coverage of the event here.)
This all started when we were planning our October review story on Seattle's mobile food vendors and the office was all a buzz about their favorites. Seattlemag.com editor Karen Johnson posted an @seattlemag tweet asking, "When are we going to have a Mobile Food cookoff with Portland's legendary food vendors?". Many of our followers responded saying that would be something they would attend. Hsiao-Ching Chou, one of the partners of Suzuki+Chou Communimedia, whose client is Marination (one of my absolute favorite vendors--they're parked outside our office on Fridays and I dream about that pork sandwich and those pork sliders all week), chimed in via direct message asking, "When ARE we going to do this?" Hsiao-Ching said she'd take the lead organizing and we agreed to take the lead as media sponsor. It turned out we didn't have enough time to do do a Portland vs Seattle cookoff, but Hsiao-Ching was game to gather local vendors, and the rest was foodie history.
Ten--heck, five--years ago we never would have been able to pull this type of event together so quickly. Through the power of twitter and Facebook, it happened in a matter of weeks. Yes. We. Can!
What's next for Mobile Chowdown? We haven't given up on the idea of a Portland vs Seattle cookoff but in the meantime, it was clear that people wanted more Chowdowns. Weekly? Monthly? Quarterly? You helped make this event a smash hit, so please let us know what you'd like to see happen!
Mobile Chowdown in the news:
"Mobile Chowdown 2009!," Eric Rivera's Cooking Blog
"Interbay hosts Mobile Chowdown, where meals come on wheels," The Seattle Times
"Hundreds fill up at Mobile Chowdown," Queen Anne View blog
"Mobile chowdown on Saturday," My Ballard blog
"Mobile Chowdown," Magnolia KOMO
"Mobile Chowdown in Interbay," Magnolia Voice blog
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