BlogHer Food 2010 was this past weekend in San Francisco and what a trip it was! It was filled with learning, eating, and meeting some other food bloggers. I was eagerly awaiting this trip since the moment I received news that Carrie from Deliciously Organic had a ticket only 2 short months ago. Since the arrival of the girls, it is very rare that I actually get to go anywhere much less across the US for a food blogging conference. Thanks to my wonderful hubby though I was off and “running” to SF on Thursday night with my bags packed and mind opened to learn. This was my very first BlogHer conference (or any conference for that matter) and at many points I was overwhelmed by it all. There was so much to take in and so many to meet. I’m a shy person for the most past too so meeting and talking to all these other bloggers was the most overwhelming part of it all. I am happy to say that I left inspired, exhausted and with a renewed understanding of why I love sharing, cooking, and blogging. It also made me thankful for my readers because it is you that inspire me to be better not to be the next “it” blog. Kristen from Dine and Dish says it best in her recap of the conference.
I thought I would recap you on some of my favorite parts of the trip instead of going into mass paragraph form. If you are anything like me, points are good. Easier to read I like to think. Also I am now realizing that I hardly got any “people” pictures. Sorry about that!
Here is my Top 10 of BlogHer Food 2010
1. Just being at BlogHer Food! 3 months ago I didn’t have a ticket and then the stars fell in line and I was lucky enough to get a ticket so it was great to be in a room filled with other people with the same passion for food and cooking.
2. The Food Styling session put on by the fabulous food stylists Delores Custer, Adam Pearson, and Tami Hardeman. And Wow! That’s really all I can say about their work and the points they shared with us. Amazing ideas were shared and I’m hoping I can try to start using those tips soon.
3. San Francisco – What a fabulous city! I used to live there only a few short years ago (at least it feels that way) but it really is an amazing city. The weather was beautiful for the conference too. Every day was sunny and not a cloud in the sky.
4. I cried like a baby and my heart ached while hearing Shauna James Ahern‘s moving story about her daughter’s early challenges and the other obstacles her family faced after the birth of her daughter. Now that I am a mom, this story touched me in more ways than one and I was so happy that Shauna shared this part of her life with us because in small ways I think it touched many people on Saturday night.
5. Having lunch at the Ferry Building with Chris from Nestle Kitchens and Rene from Epic Baker. I think I will always remember that amazing Dirty Girl Farm Tomato Sandwich from Il Cane Rosso packed with tomatoes, basil, and fromage blanc…yum! Just wish I had taken a picture of it now!
7. The food! There was so many amazing sponsors of BlogHer Food! In between sessions we weren’t lacking of food and samples to fill our tummies. There was Cuties California Clementines, Nutella, Nature’s Path, Seattle’s Best Coffee, Athenos, and Stacy’s Pita Chips, among others. My favorite happen to be the Scharffen Berger chocolate who had Elizabeth Falkner on hand to bake the cupcakes on Friday afternoon. Yum!
8. The Closing Party put on by Ree, Jaden and Elise! I was only able to stay a very short hour because I decided to take the red-eye home on Saturday night but from the one hour I was there it was amazing! The HP photo booth was a lot of fun too!
Thank you ladies for that fabulous event and for the amazing swag bag! I got home and I think the girls were more excited with what was inside then I was!
9. The market at the Ferry Building! If you have never been to San Francisco this is a must have stop on your trip. I have to warn you it does get packed but the amazing fruits, veggies, and flowers everywhere are amazing. I was a little obsessed with the flowers! I couldn’t stop taking pictures of them!
10. Last and certainly not least was meeting some amazing bloggers. There were a few that really stood out and who I will always remember. Chris from Nestle Kitchen, a fellow mommy of multiples. Chis is a fabulous person inside and out and it was so great to meet her! I really wish we lived closer. I met Amie from The Healthy Apple on the first day at breakfast and I’m so happy she sat down because I really enjoyed talking to her and she has a true passion for food and it shows when she speaks. And really that’s what it should be about when blogging…the passion! Then there was Debra and the Professor from Smith Bites. What a great couple and really a breath of fresh air. Two very real individuals that blog because they love to and nothing more. I really enjoyed speaking to them and even more about our common love of Charleston.
I finally got to put a face to those that I had already met on twitter, facebook, and in foodie land. I also had the great pleasure to meet new bloggers. I really wish I had more time to have met more! But I have to saw it was so great to meet these foodies…
Chris, Nestle Kitchen
Amie, The Healthy Apple
Dani Spies, Dani Spies
Sandy, The Reluctant Entertainer
Carrie, La Pomme de Portland
Debra and the “Professor”, Smith Bites
Dara, Cookin’ Canuck
Kathy, Panini Happy
Rene, Epic Baker
Jamie, Foodie Reflections
Maria, Two Peas & Their Pod
Jenny, Picky Palate
Lori, Recipe Girl
Jamie, My Baking Addition
Carrie, Deliciously Organic
Marla, Family Fresh Cooking
Amanda, I am Baker
I really hope I didn’t miss anyone! After all it was a packed weekend full of faces, names and memorable moments. It was fabulous to finally meet all of you! Hopefully, I didn’t seem as overwhelmed as I felt inside.
I do have to say the very best part of my trip was coming home and being greeted at the front door by my two happy munchkins and my very tired, but still smiling husband who held down the fort while I was having fun in SF. Love you babe and thanks!
Now the question is would I attend again??….I’m on the fence still on that one. I was really unsure before leaving about what to expect and I came home still unsure. There were parts of the conference that didn’t sit right with me. It wasn’t the session or what was talked about in the sessions it was some of the other bloggers. I guess I was expecting something different. Lets just say I painted a different picture in my mind. But I guess that is always going to happen, right? No matter what, it was a great experience and I learned a lot. And it will be something I will remember for a long time to come.
Note: On video the picture of the BlogHer sign is via Jenny from Picky Palate