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Last night saw the 85th Academy Awards, so we thought we would take a foodie spin on the glamorous ceremony! What do you get when you mix films with food? We could discuss overpriced popcorn if you like, but we thought we would recommend a few foodie films for you to enjoy!

In no particular order:

Chocolat. It’s got Johnny Depp and a lot of chocolate… What’s not to love?!

Julie & Julia. This charming true story follows blogger Julie Powell, who decides to cook her way through chef Julia Child’s cookbook “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” The incredible Meryl Streep plays Child, with Amy Adams playing Powell. It’s a sweet tale of dreams, passion and cassoulet!

Ratatouille. This Oscar winner (best animated film) is adorable, and a great family film. It follows a chef, who just gets everything wrong, and the relationship that he forms with a rat who helps him learn to cook.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Again, depending on the version, we have Johnny Depp and chocolate again, but in my humble opinion, the original is the classic.

Let us know your foodie film favourites by tweeting us @RumbleChat!

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I’ve just been reading about Epic, which is the canteen housed within the Facebook headquarters. The food served there is complimentary to all staff… which I applaud!
It seems as though food is taken pretty seriously over at the social media giant. They offer their employees creatively themed meals of high quality, with the cooking team posting the daily menu on the in-house Facebook page.
This made me wonder. Do you think all large, successful corporate firms should offer this sort of service? Should they have an in-house cafeteria? Should they offer meals free of charge by way of rewarding staff for all of their hard work? Should they make an extra effort to offer up food of high quality as in incentive to get the creative juices flowing with their employees?
I think a food incentive is a massive plus within the workplace! Healthy, well cooked, creative cooking makes for happy workers and lots of RumbleChatting 🙂

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I’m not a massive fan, it’s not the first place on my list for where I think kids should dine out, but when I read this story, I thought ‘fair play’.

The global fast food chain McDonald’s have launched a campaign, alongside the National Literacy Trust to distribute 15 million books with their happy meals over the next two years.  As well as this, McDonald’s said it would also launch ‘Happy Readers’ £1 book offers, that can be redeemed at WHSmith.

Satring last wek, the campaign starts with a non-fiction book from DK’s ‘Amazing World’ series.

Conal Presho, head of development at the National Literacy Trust, says that ‘McDonald’s is a company with huge reach across the UK.’ and that the Trust’s focus ‘was not on the food side, but on getting books into kids’ hands … Our focus is on using any way we can to encourage children to read.’

 

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This recently discovered App has kept all of us at RumbleChat really busy this week! It’s a great little creation called Forkly for foodies to discover local restaurants, cafes and other eateries that have been rated by others. You can search through your feed and click on foods that you ‘want’, and read how others have rated different places to eat.

You can also rate places you have visited and share your tastes to influence other people! It’s become really useful to find the best local places to eat – a word of mouth recommendation is so valuable!

 

Merry Boxing Day to all you RumbleChat foodies!

If you found that after all the turkey, sprouts, Christmas pud and mince pies, the effort to open your Christmas presents yesterday was just too much, (unless you opened them all before breakfast that is!) then this might be the thing for you! A Brazilian burger chain has just released an advert with their food served in edible wrappers! See the advert here…

It’s hard to get your head around it isn’t it? I find even sugar paper hard to eat!

 

If you are a keen mixologist, then we have found the perfect tool for you! The Bar10der is a 10 pronged Swiss Army Knife style gadget that features everything you need to create your favourite drinks in minutes. It has a bottle opener or a corkscrew for the less adventurous, and when you’re ready to go crazy with your cocktail making skills, then check out the muddler, the reamer and the jigger. Yup, I have no idea either.

But it looks awesome!

Kylie has one, Beyonce has one, in fact most celebrities nowadays have their own perfume. Now Pizza Hut have jumped on the bandwagon, releasing their own limited edition scent via a Facebook promotion! Apparently it has top notes of ‘freshly baked, hand-tossed dough.’

So, RumbleChatters, we know you love food. And everyone loves a gimmick. Oh,  and it’s worth saying that there ain’t nothing wrong with the smell of baking bread! And melted cheese… and oregano… and cured meat… and tomato sauce… Oh, sorry, I got sidetracked! Um… where did you say this was retailing? Pizza Hut CANADA?! And only 110 bottles were produced?! Damn it!

Would you be interested in this scent RumbleChatters?

Locu is a new service that allows you to update your menus across the web with one click.

 

We work with clients in the Restaurant business helping keep menu changes updated across the web. We know it’s a nightmare and guess if you run a restaurant that changes it’s menu regularly you’ll probably agree. So when we herd about Locu – a new service that allows you to “edit, design, and share your menu across the web for free with the click of a button” we thought you might like to know!

The good news is that these guys have received funding so are definitely planning to grow.  The bad news is that they are US based so we are currently talking to them about it’s suitability for the UK market.  We’ll keep you posted…

 

 

David Meerman Scott has written an interesting piece on why brands should create original content rather than taking a strategy of “content curation”.  Content Curation is where you point to good content and add value by removing the noise ever present on the web.

David’s overall point is valid, but it is important to implement a strategy that is right for your business.

For the food food businesses we work with, I always recommend a strategy including content curation.   Creating really good original content is a great way to deliver value but it is also often very expensive.  It is also not always the right thing to do for your business.

As a restaurant, you’re primary job is to deliver an exceptional experience, with exceptional food every time.  As a food producer, your job is to deliver an exceptional product that excites your customers.  If you run a digital food business, then your primary job is to deliver exceptional original content.

Delivering an exceptional website and letting your service slip – Simply not acceptable.

However, something I always try to stress, is that if you’re delivering an exceptional food experience you will be doing things along the way that can be turned into digital stories that people will love.

We work with a coffeeshop, who are so particular in the quality of their coffee, they make modifications to the grinder!  That is a beautiful example of a story that should be told digitally, and can e very cheaply!

So then next time you’re working on the project, think about whether it would make good content, and take lots of pictures if it will!