Thursday, December 29, 2011

Social Media Club Buffalo: #TacoVinoII

Photo of wine glass and gift card contest poster.

Last night the local Social Media Club chapter here in Buffalo repeated last year's mid-holiday party success by putting on TacoVinoII. Similar to last year, the club teamed up with a local wine bar, Just Vino, and a local food truck, Lloyd Taco Truck.

Photo of the line outside the taco truck.

Lloyd Taco Truck made a batch of its popular duck tacos for the crowd and Just Vino ran raffles all night for $25 gift cards to the bar. Attendees not only got to enjoy wine and duck tacos (along with other Lloyd staples), but they had the pleasure of pairing the two while chatting in real life with the very people they might only chat with online.

Duck tacos from @whereslloyd after Mencia from Just Vino. Yum. #tacovinoII

An event which started off with only 50 free tickets quickly filled up, and the ticket count got bumped up twice more to 150 people. Throughout the night it was pretty clear they all came through. The cold night certainly didn't stop anyone from waiting in line for tacos, either.

I went home with a pork burrito. #tacovinoII

Buffalo.com sent a photographer to capture the evening and posted a gallery of 60 photos this morning for you to look through. My favorite photo in the bunch, of course, is the only one I am in — featuring my finger puns pew-pewing the Buffalo chapter president (#26 in the set).

Photo of SMC Buffalo chapter president and another board member.

If you are afraid you missed out on all the fun, you can verify that you did just by checking out the #TacoVinoII hashtag on Twitter.

Credit for this year's event goes to Erin Collins for organizing it and pulling it together, Nicole Schuman, Rachel Gottlieb and Jeremy Juhasz for manning the registration table and generally pimping the club, Kate Wolcott for the updated logo and signage, Ashlei Jachimowicz for on-site tweeting responsibilities, and Anthony Rizzo, who worked the crowd to sell raffle tickets.

Somewhat related —no Foursquare venue was created for TacoVino II, primarily because both Just Vino and Lloyd Taco Truck have their own venues on Foursquare. However, when you have a crowd of social media professionals and hobbyists, it's just a matter of time before one of them creates the venue for you. In this case the "matter of time" was about half an hour.

Apparently even if you don't create an official #TacoVinoII 4sq venue, the crowd will do it for you. (@ TacoVino II) http://4sq.com/uRBKNM

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