This past week, the EatingOxford.com page (@eatingoxford) on Twitter reached 3,000 followers!
The Local Voice announced the winners of its Local Favorites Awards today! Your votes decided the winners.
Some of the favorite food awards went to:
Pick up the current issue of The Local Voice to read about all of the winners.
It’s time once again for the annual Local Favorites Awards in The Local Voice, and as EatingOxford.com celebrates its 3-year anniversary, I’d like to take a moment out of regular blogging activities to ask for your vote again this year.
At least 50% of your ballot must be filled out to count, so don’t forget to vote for all of your favorite restaurants, shops and bands around Oxford as well!
The voting ballot can be found in the current edition of The Local Voice and all votes must be turned in by November 19, 2012.
I just finished having a video produced to help promote EatingOxford.com and, of course, I wanted to share it with all of you first!
Click here or on the photo above to launch the video and let me know your thoughts.
Want to find out how to have a similar video made for your own business? Ask me how at email@example.com!
Liz Barrett, EatingOxford.com
Thanks to all of you who voted for EatingOxford.com in the recent Oxford Eagle Best of Oxford poll. For the second year in a row, EatingOxford.com won as the Best Oxford-Themed Website! See the full Best of Oxford winner list here.
If you caught my ad in the issue (shown above), I meant what I said. I’d love to meet some of you over lunch sometime! Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to chat about food at a favorite Oxford eatery.
Liz Barrett, owner
The numbers are in and the money has been counted. Thank you to everyone for coming out to the EatingOxford.com anniversary Food Frenzy on Thursday night! Because of all your support, EatingOxford.com is able to donate $1,000 to The Pantry!
See the official press release below; I’m sharing it with you first. Photos from the event, taken by Tracy Morin, can be seen here.
EatingOxford.com to Donate $1,000 to The Pantry
(Oxford, MS, October 1, 2011) The EatingOxford.com Two-Year Anniversary Food Frenzy, held Thursday, September 29, at The Powerhouse in Oxford, Mississippi, was an overwhelming success, with more than 125 attendees and nearly two dozen local restaurants participating.
While the event had two main purposes—to celebrate the two-year anniversary of EatingOxford.com and to support Oxford’s local food bank, The Pantry—EatingOxford.com founder Liz Barrett also benefitted in a more personal way. “After two years of running the website and blog, it was incredible to meet so many of my site’s readers and to feel so supported by the local restaurant owners,” says Barrett. “Everyone was so ready to help in any way they could; I’ve never felt so at home in Oxford as I did on Thursday night.”
All of this support and celebration is the reason why EatingOxford.com is now able to donate $1,000 to The Pantry. “It feels incredible to be able to give back so much to our community Pantry,” says Barrett. “The organizers at The Pantry do a wonderful job, and I know that this donation will be able to help a lot of people who need it in Oxford.”
Special thanks go to Wayne Andrews, executive director of the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council and all of the staff at The Powerhouse; Lee Craven, executive chef/food specialist in the Department of Nutrition and Hospitality Management at the University of Mississippi along with his hospitality students; all of the restaurants that donated food, which included 6 ‘ N Tubbs, Ferdinand’s, Honey Bee Bakery, Lusa Pastry Café, Main Squeeze, Mink’s On the Park, Olivia’s Food Emporium, Panini, Petra Mediterranean Cuisine, Proud Larry’s, Rice & Spice, Tacky Shack, Taylor Grocery, Tribecca Allie Café and Turkuaz Café; all those who donated items to the raffle, including Tribecca Allie Café, Panini, Proud Larry’s, Old Venice, Mink’s On the Park, Ravine, My Michelle’s, Firehouse Subs, Kabuki, Colonel’s Quarters, Mary Margaret Andrews, Troy Gilbert, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and Snackbar/Old Thyme Farms.
On the heels of such a big success, what’s next for EatingOxford.com? “I cannot wait to start planning the next event,” says Barrett. “I have a lot of ideas and am looking forward to making them a reality, so stay tuned!”
EatingOxford.com provides locals and out-of-town visitors with a comprehensive listing of the restaurants and menus in and around Oxford, along with a regularly updated blog that keeps site visitors in tune with what’s going on around town. To date, more than 200,000 visitors have come to read nearly 400 posts on the EatingOxford.com blog (http://blog.eatingoxford.com), helping to move it up the ranks to No.1 blog in Mississippi on Urbanspoon.com and win it Best Website in Oxford. The website and blog combined garner more than 50,000 web visits per month.
Founded by Liz Barrett, a foodservice magazine editor-in-chief by trade, EatingOxford.com is her way of giving back to the community while continuing to enjoy one of her favorite pastimes. “I love to dine out, and I always have my eyes and ears open to what’s going on in the local food scene,” says Barrett. “After a while, it just made sense to start sharing the information I was gathering.”
For more information about EatingOxford.com, as well as site sponsorship opportunities, contact Barrett at email@example.com or 662-380-6316.
It’s finally here! The EatingOxford.com Two-Year Anniversary event is happening this Thursday, September 29, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The Powerhouse. Many of you have already secured your tickets online at www.EatingOxford.com or at The Powerhouse. You can also purchase them at the door on the night of the event for only $10.00! Don’t forget that 75% of your admission price will be donated to The Pantry.
An on-site food-themed raffle will occur every 30 minutes, so bring a few extra dollars to win some fabulous prizes such as gift certificates for Ravine, Tacky Shack, My Michelle’s Tribecca Allie Cafe, Firehouse Subs, Kabuki, Old Venice and Colonel’s Quarters at Castle Hill; gift packages from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and Old Thyme Farms; and a variety of unique cookbooks!
There are a few restaurants that I’m waiting to hear final word from, but as of today, you can start gearing up to sample deliciousness from the following local eateries (in alphabetical order):
Looking forward to Eating Oxford with everyone on Thursday!
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Dining Habits survey posted the other day. It revealed some surprising insights into the dining habits of Oxford locals.
With 100 people participating, we are able to see some trends and also–for some restaurateurs–maybe a couple of eye openers.
With 94 people out of 100 answering the question about how many times per week, on average, they dine out, I added them all up and took the average, which turned out to be 4 times per week.
All 100 answered the question about which meal they ate out most often, with the following results:
And the last question, which posed the question about whether survey takers would prefer to see more restaurants open on Sundays here in Oxford, resulted in the following:
What do you think of the results? Are they what you thought they would be? Are you surprised? Let’s hear your thoughts.
Have you ever wondered how many times other people dine out, or if they’d like more of the restaurants here in Oxford to be open on Sundays?
Click on the link below to take a quick 3-question survey (encourage your friends to take it too). The results will be posted here once a generous amount of responses have been gathered.