SMCLA's MEET THE FOODIES panel (clockwise from top left): Apryl Delancey, Becky Slade Yoshitani, Caroline Pardilla, Elina Shatkin, and center Kajsa Alger.

SMCLA’s MEET THE FOODIES panel (clockwise from top left): Apryl Delancey, Becky Slade Yoshitani, Caroline Pardilla, Elina Shatkin, and, at center, Kajsa Alger. Photos courtesy of: AJ Feuerman, Amanda Hoskinson, Ariel Rainey and Madeline Wright.

Twas the night of SMCLA’s holiday party and all through the house, cocktails were stirring, a cheery crowd was networking, the panel was rocking expert social media advice, donations poured in for LA Food Bank, and all was merry and bright!

Our good friends at Cross Campus in Santa Monica (@CrossCampusLA) played host to SMCLA’s Dec. 17 “MEET THE FOODIES Holiday Party,” and it was the perfect setting for an evening of holiday fun, delicious gourmet treats, festive bubbly and tasty brews.

A packed house heard savvy advice about using social media to reach foodies and connect communities around common interests from our fantastic panel of experts:

Caroline Pardilla – blogger, “Caroline on Crack,” Los Angeles Magazine. @CarolineonCrack
Apryl Delancey – director of Marketing & Social Media, Blaze PR. @BlazePRTeam
Kajsa Alger
– executive chef/co-owner, Mud Hen Tavern. @ChefKajsa
Becky Slade Yoshitani
– chief marketing officer for Hurry Curry of Tokyo. @HurryCurryTokyo
Elina Shatkin
 – senior editor, Los Angeles Magazine. @ElinaShatkin

Photos courtesy of: AJ Feuerman, Amanda Hoskinson, Ariel Rainey and Madeline Wright.

Bubbly to tickle your nose, gourmet pita and curry bites, artisan beer and pretzels – generous food and beverage sponsors made this an event to remember! Photos courtesy of: AJ Feuerman, Amanda Hoskinson, Ariel Rainey and Madeline Wright.

Three Cheers for SMCLA’s Sponsors for a Party to Remember!

Comerica Bank was a generous sponsor of this year’s spectacular SMCLA “MEET THE FOODIES” party. Give them some love on Twitter at @ComericaCares.

Food and beverage sponsors made this holiday bash extra-special, including:

Free tastings of Vina Sympatica’s unique sparkling wines, hosted by creator Sherrijon Gaspart. @VinaSympatica

Hurry Curry of Tokyo spiced up our taste buds with their scrumptious dishes. @hurrycurrytokyo

Big Fat Pita offered a fabulous selection of pita tastes. @BigFatPita

The nice folks at Pretzel Crisps laid out an amazing spread and even gave us take-home pretzel snacks. @PretzelCrisps

Lagunitas made sure there were brews for everyone. @lagunitasbruhws

And The Misfit Bar & Restaurant (@TheMisfitSaMo) and Mud Hen Tavern (@MudHenTavern) generously shared gift certificates for our raffle!

Photos courtesy of: AJ Feuerman, Amanda Hoskinson, Ariel Rainey and Madeline Wright.

Yup, you made sure we trended on Twitter again! Photos courtesy of: AJ Feuerman, Amanda Hoskinson, Ariel Rainey and Madeline Wright.

Thanks to You We Tripled Our Food Drive Goal for LA Food Bank!

Thank you for your generosity during our food drive for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. You shared 294 pounds of canned goods – three times the 100 pounds we’d hoped to raise! Read all about it on our blog.

Loved Our Holiday Party? Consider the Benefits of SMCLA Membership

One reason we encourage joining Social Media Club is that members get in FREE to SMCLA’s fantastic, insightful monthly events – and that includes the spectacular end-of-year holiday party! Want to learn more? Check out the Join SMCLA tab on our website.

Thank you for a tremendous year – we wish you the very best this holiday season and look forward to more great events in 2014!

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