Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Noah's Kitchen Chili Cook-off -Come have fun and help a great cause!

The following information is taken directly from the Noah's Kitchen Chili Cook-off official website:

2nd Annual Noah’s Kitchen Chili Cookoff

April 30th, 2011
Noon – 6PM
The Garden @ Hughes Hangar (formerly Washington Grill)
2811 Washington Avenue
Houston, Texas 77007

1/2 Block East of Studemont,
Across from Shell Gas Station


Welcome to the site for the 2nd Annual Noah’s Kitchen Chili Cookoff, a public festival with a chili competition aimed at raising operating funds for Noah’s Kitchen. This year the cook off is being held at Hughes Hangar in the Historic Heights area of Houston. Last year was a blast and we expect this year to be a huge success!!

Those interested in competiting in the cookoff, operating a vendors booth or sponsoring portions of the event, please see the menu below for more details.

We will also have a raffle like last year with ALL kinds of cool items and gift certificates to be won.

Also bring your “change – to make a change’ and vote for your favorite team’s chili. The team with the most ‘change’ will win the ‘People’s Choice’ award.



12:00 -12:45 Zavala Band

1:00 – 1:45 Mike Quigley Acoustic

2:00 – 2:45 Wayside Drive

3:00 – 3:45 Benjamin Wesley

4:00 – 4:45 Prairie Cadets

5:00 – 5:45 Harmony Groove


Head Judge John Gray aka The Shameless Chef from Houston Press

Tally Kinghorn of Lone Star Beer

Brandy Graesser of Bran Bakes and Hubbell & Hudson’s Viking Cooking School

Lauren Ramsey of Radio Disney

Kerri Ryan of YMKM Agency

Geri Druckman of Food Renewed

JR Cohen of WeSLGT and YMKM Agency

JJ/ Jonathan Jones of Beavers and El Patio

James Beck of Eat More Heat

Kevin Strickland owner of Ziggy’s Bar and Grill

Monday, April 11, 2011

Twitter - no it's not a waste of time

I have been utilizing Social Media for my Real Estate business for quite awhile now. That includes Facebook, LinkedIN, blogging and yes, Twitter.

I never have understood why there is a stigma attached to Twitter that it's a waste of time or stupid or doesn't really work.  Some of my best referrals have come from Twitter. And, some of my closest friends.

When I initially signed up for my account, I was a little hesitant. I couldn't quite grasp the concept of it. My impression was that is was just a big chat room for people who were bored. I couldn't have been more wrong.

Yes, I'm sure there are plenty of times people tweet because they are bored, need to pass the time until the work day ends, or they just simply have nothing else to do. But, this past week put into perspective just how powerful of a tool Twitter can be.

In the Houston Twitter community, people create bonds. We make friends, we hang out together, we have drama, we have love, we have hate, we have it all! But, most importantly, we unite as a city when one of our "own" is in need.

You see, we had a bit of a tragedy this past week. One of our lovely "tweeter's", Linda, was in an accident on her moped and severely injured. She was taken to Ben Taub and released a week after being admitted. Trying to locate her mother and family was proving to be a bit of a challenge for her close friends that were in the ER with her, at her bedside. If you go back and read the timeline from when it was first posted that she was in an accident, and read all the tweets from these friends reaching out via Twitter to anyone who might have information (phone numbers, emails, etc.) to get in touch with Linda's family, it is quite amazing. The entire Houston community rallied and gathered around Linda using Twitter as a means to get in touch with her mother and family within 5 hours.  Had it not been for the power of Twitter, who knows how long it would have taken?

And, that's just the beginning. Since Linda's accident, most of the Houston Twitter community (especially the foodie community) has used Twitter to rapidly spread the word and raise money to help pay for Linda's medical bills. Thousands of dollars have been raised (more than $10K!) through a silent auction, parking lot "block party", special sit down dinner, bake sale and raffle, with all proceeds going to Linda. People who hadn't even met her before came out for the benefit, just because it's what the awesome Houston Twitter community does; they go out of their way for one of their own. Especially if she is known and loved by many.

I'd like to take this time to personally thank all those that have contributed, volunteered, organized and most of all, taken care of Linda during her time of need. And, if after reading this, you still feel Twitter is useless, then we're probably better off not having you on there anyway.

Big, BIG thanks to Paul Petronella aka "PauliePetro" for donating the space for the benefit as well as all the proceeds form the Revive Italian dinner. (Paulie's Restaurant).

If you want to help, please follow TeamQue_Linda for updates on future benefits and for updates on her health.