Sunday, September 27, 2009

blogHER Food 2009

I just got back from San Francisco for blogHER FOOD '09 and it's been a whirlwind couple of days! I was only in the city for less than 48 hours - and let me tell you, every second was jam packed. Aside from the conference I saw a lot of Bay area friends and ate a lot of food. A LOT of food. Wow.

I'd never attended a blogHER conference before and then they decided to do one solely focused on food, how could I resist? The schedule was filled with  really informative lectures like photography, how to take your blog to the next level and even copyright protection. All the seminars were really helpful, I wish I could have attended all of them.

It was neat to see the faces of bloggers behind the blogs that you read everyday. Not just the well known bloggers who were speakers, but all the attendees too! WHO KNEW there were so many food bloggers? I may be the only person in the world who doesn't ever show their face, so it was funny to run into people who do read my blog or have seen my cupcakes.

I got to hang out with Cookie Madness, who I felt like I already knew from reading her blog and her twitter. The same goes for Nicole of Baking Bites, notMartha and Joy the Baker and all the other people who I've read for so long. Of course my old pal the Food Librarian, she and I tore up the town outside of the conference but that's another story for another day.

For a food conference of course there were cooking demos! We watched as Ryan of Top Chef fame made a really tasty frittata then placed it on crusty sourdough to make a sandwich. I was excited to see Elizabeth Falker, owner of Citizen Cake. She made an impressive box out of solid chocolate sheets, a trick which I must recreate for a party. Coincidentally I had made a reservation at her restaurant this weekend and the food was AMAZING. She is a great chef and the pastries were to die for. It's no wonder she was on Top Chef Masters.

One of the more strange events at the conference was a lunch hosted by Rocco DiSpirito who was there to talk about pre-packaged pasta dinners, which they served us for lunch. I thought that was an odd choice for a conference full of bloggers who normally cook from scratch. I would have preferred a meal cooked focusing on local ingredients, but it was an interesting time nonetheless.
Getting back to the good stuff, a definite highlight was seeing a panel that included Ree Drummond of Pioneer Woman, David Lebovitz and Elise Bauer of Simply Recipes. It was a great mix of speakers who talked about their inspiration and how they got their blogs to where they are today.

Overall it was a great time. I got to see and talk to a lot of my favorite bloggers and also picked up a lot of tips. I can't wait to see if they start doing these in different cities, the future of food blogging is taking off!

Tomorrow - the city. And what I ate. And ate. And...ate.

More blogHER FOOD '09 pictures, here.



Anonymous Andrea (Off Her Cork) said...

I wanted to go so badly but by the time I decided to just go, tickets were sold out. Boo! But I am going to another foodie event in Nov in SanFran so it all works out.

I have to agree with you about the sponsors though! I saw that stuff on some other blogs and thought, "What? Who wants to eat that crap?" Easy Frosting and frozen processed foods? I'll pass. Jeesh!

Monday, September 28, 2009 6:04:00 AM  
Blogger Jodi said...

I'm such a bad person. There's only one thing I've ever baked that didn't come from a box (well, the molasses was in a jar. Eep!) If it weren't for frozen food and restaurants, I'd never eat! No wonder I'm so unhealthy. I must ponder changing my ways.

Monday, September 28, 2009 10:26:00 AM  
Blogger suburban housefrau said...

That's funny, because there are only 3 blogs that I really read EVERY day - yours, Cookie Madness, and NotMartha. ;)

Monday, September 28, 2009 12:30:00 PM  
Blogger joanh said...

i read about blogHer here and there, that's so cool they had one just for food

Tuesday, October 06, 2009 4:33:00 AM  

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