ProjectConnect: UG Girls are Giving Away 4 Tickets

Alright, this photo isn’t exactly the best representation of ProjectConnect, but hey it works. Plus we have a really fantastic event and opportunity to tell you about so we might as well use flirtation tactics. What is a flirtation tactic using social media to really connect? Funny you should ask, we have an event that you must attend to learn all about this and more. We have partnered with Social Bling on this experminental event that will take place tomorrow. Here is the official FB event page with all the naughty little details that I will also include here in case you aren’t ready to click yet.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010
7:00pm – 10:00pm
920 Santa Monica Blvd (free street parking)
Santa Monica, CA

7:00 – 7:30 – Check-in, general networking
7:30 –7:50 – Social Experiment kickoff and presentation from Sponsors.
8:00 – 8:45 – Social Challenge
9:00 – 10:00 – Results and Honorably Mentions.

SocialBling present ProjectConnect, An interactive social experiment using social media to inspire real life activities and connections.

Tools (suggested, not required): Web-enabled phones connected to your social networks, persuasion/flirtation skills and a readiness to meet new people and have great time.

Why? – Because having fun while expanding your cerebral and emotional intelligence sounds like a good way to spend a Tuesday night.

Cost: $25
For tickets –
(preregistration required, no tickets sold at door)

We will, of course, be at the event and we have a special surprise planned in the Social Challenge section if you, attendees, can break our code. You won’t know about this surprise unless you come and if you want to come then you must buy a ticket. Although there is another way…you can win a ticket for you and your friend to the event. We are giving away two pairs of tickets by 5pm today, April 16th. All you have to do is:

Send us your most Uncouth Gourmand moment in a Tweet (@uncouthgourmand) or as a comment on here in 140 characters or less by 4:59pm today.

Josie’s example: @uncouthgourmand my most UG moment was when I put my hands in Carina’s drawn lobster butter with lemon slices thinking it was a water dish  (True Story: happened at Gordon Ramsey’s restaurant in London)

Carina’s example: @uncouthgourmand while discussing how much I like penetrating the straw in the boba cup, I dropped the entire drink with  boba down my shirt

Good luck and we hope to see you tomorrow! Even if you don’t win you can still be a winner (as opposed to a loser) by buying your ticket here by 3pm tomorrow.


UGs have got a GREAT Ticket Giveaway

great chefs of LA

A couple of weeks ago we were judges for Great Chefs of LA Webfire Challenge webisode series sponsored by 944 Magazine. The series is hosted by Candace Kumai, The Stiletto Chef of TLC’s “Cook Yourself Thin,” and is all lead up for when she will  be emcee for the big event: The 23rd Annual Great Chefs of Los Angeles.

The event will be on November 8 at the CBS Studio Center in Studio City. The whole event is going to a great cause the National Kidney Foundation of Southern California. Tickets are normally $150 dollars each but we are giving away 2 (a $300 value, for you math challenged). Here is what you need to do to win:

1. Post a comment below describing why you are an Uncouth Gourmand

2. Follow Great Chefs of LA on Twitter @greatchefsofLA and tweet “Enter to win 2 free tix to @greatchefsofLA on @uncouthgourmand -it pays to be a UG”

We will choose the most uncouth answer and all submissions must be received no later than November 5th at 11:59PM.

To sweeten the deal even more there will be a gift bag for all attendees worth $250 and the chefs and wineries there will blow your foodie minds. These are the truly “Great Chefs”:


Our webisode has yet to air but here is some special behind the scenes footage including some great investigating by the UGs with our great chef of the day Jonathan Burrows. Take a look, it might give you some pointers on what it means to be an Uncouth Gourmand.

Wanna Be The Next Lucky Boy or Girl?


After attending my first Pizza Club meeting last night at Cristoni in Beverly Hills, thrown by my friend Michael aka Extra Large with Cheese, I began doing some serious thinking. Note: Pizza Club has been going strong for 4 years and they even have a handy map and reviews of everywhere they have been. Was the pizza last night great? Um no, but I was very impressed by the variety of black and green olives on the pie and by the dining experience with strangers. Michael gave everyone an activity/review sheet and I wrote on mine “I like my olives like I like my drunken sailors: green”.

The question became-how can the UGs meet some of their readers in a fun environment? I called Josie and woke her up at 7am this morning and asked her to meet me for a breakfast burrito so we could strategize. We hit up Lucky Boy Drive-In for their so-called best breakfast burrito. We have both never been and found it to live up to the hype. Big monstrous burrito; with hashbrowns, eggs, cheddar cheese, and choice of meat-I went with sausage. Our favorite part was when the man working there called out that my burrito was done and said, “Hey, Diet Coke”. I knew it was mine and I knew I was in love with Lucky Boy before ever biting into my burrito. Josie had fries and a BLT that she was supposedly gonna save for lunch but she ate half of it before heading to work.

What did we figure out for the contest? Well, basically we want to buy you a meal. All you have to do is explain to us, better than anyone else, Twitter style (140 characters or less) what makes you an uncouth gourmand. For complete details and to enter Click Here

Exciting Things Going on Tonight:

826 LA is having an interesting writing seminar on “Writing About Food”. We got an email about it a couple of days ago and it looks like a great event with our favorites Jonathon Gold and Pat Saperstein, of Eating L.A., on the panel. If you are interested Click Here.

We know we should probably be going to that event but Yelp has an event that is calling out to us and that is the Taco Town Top 10 Taco Crawl. It is a hefty event in one of our favorite eating cities, Highland Park, with several rounds that look like a yummy tummy ache of fun. So that is what we will be doing this evening.

Later in the night we will head to downtown to hit up the MusicUnion After Art Walk Concert Event featuring 6 different bands and DJs. It should be a great event and you can click on the Facebook Event Page to see who is already confirmed.

If you make it to the taco crawl or the MusicUnion event please say hello, and don’t forget to enter to win a free meal with the UGs!