South by Southwest is all about the networking, which can be hard to do without a badge, but the folks behind Harvard Common Press and Food & Tech Connect in Boston are hosting a food and technology reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at El Naranjo, 85 Rainey St.

They’ve held this event for several years to bring together Austinites and out-of-towners who want to geek out about the latest innovations in the food world, from app development to community building. The event is free and open to anyone, and you can RSVP at