There is so much to share and I was going to and then I thought to myself, 'wait, this is a food blog, not a conference highlights blog! I have to get back in the kitchen!!' So that is what I'm going to do.
I will tell you this though: I learned a lot about where I want this blog to go, the kind of blogger I want to be and most importantly, the kind of blogger I do not want to be. On day one, the panel discussed finding your 'voice' and sticking to it, finding your 'audience' and sticking to it and stressed that you shouldn't be something that you aren't or aren't comfortable with. That being said, finding my voice? Check! Finding my audience? You're out there, right? And I'm definitely comfortable with what I blog, even if it doesn't suit everyone's tastes.
All that out on the table, enjoy some more pictures and stay tuned! Also... if you have specific questions, email me or drop a comment, I'd love to share with you individually the vast knowledge I now have :)
Now you can be jealous... this was my goody bag. All this. Came in one bag. For each person. We had so much fun going through it! Sur La Table did a stellar job stuffing those babies to the gills (sorry the picture was so dark, it was late and I'd had some wine :))
Entrance to the conference. It was in the Theo Chocolate factory in Freemont
First panel, Dianne Jacob, author of Will Write For Food and blogger extrordinaire, Kristine Kidd, author and former food editor at Bon Appetit and Amy Sherman, author and blogger at Cooking with Amy
View from behind... we were listening to our amazing chefs talk about the lunch selection. And that was basically where we were sitting too. I had the pleasure of getting to sit next to Kelli from Joseph's Grainery! (you can see her in this picture, one row in, with the silver shirt :)) What fun it was to meet someone who's blog I read on a regular basis... thanks for the space Kelli, and thank you for the wheatberries! Keep your eyes peeled for them in an upcoming post!
Seattle Urban Farm Co.'s mobile garden... pretty neat
Lunch... let me talk about lunch... first of all, the gluten free/vegan selection made by Shauna and Danny from Gluten Free Girl and the Chef (more on them later) was so so so good! Unfortunately it was so good I forgot to take a photo of it. Shauna and Danny make gluten free amazing!
So here are some photos of everyone else getting ready to serve, etc...
A Theo Chocolate factory tour... don't we look hot in our hairnets?
About this time we were so starving because 'lunch' was more like heavy appetizers, that we had to peel out and get some sustinance. There were a few more classes and the winemakers dinner but again, we were starving!!
Day three... Toppot doughnuts. Not trying to be on a diet or anything, yeesh!
Shauna James Ahern, blogger and author of Gluten Free Girl and the upcoming Gluten Free Girl and the Chef, and Alex Jamieson, author of Living Vegan for Dummies and The Great American Detox Diet. They spoke about blogging for alternative diets... such good info for an 'alternative' like me. Shauna also inspired me to go gluten free for a while.
Now, one speaker I didn't get a photo of was Penny De Los Santos who spoke on digital photography. Can I just say, please go to her site and look her up. She is so talented and such a great person to listen to, I was in awe throughout her talk. I also decided right away that I want to be her friend and have wine with her because not only is she incredibly talented, she is so down to earth and seems like a fun person to hang out with. She inspired me to take my photography to another level so I exchanged my new camera for another new camera... a SLR... and now I'm petrified because its like, a 'real' camera...
View of the Fremont Sunday Market
One of the several food trucks we had for lunch: Hallava Falafel...and y'all know how much I love falafel!
Hungry folks looking for food truck lunch!
Ok, so for now that's all I have. I'm off to shop for food to make some amazing meals that I can then share with you; that is if I can figure out my new camera!