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!

6. Seeing some of the bloggers that I look up to and admire in person! Like, Ree from Pioneer Woman, Joy from Joy the Baker, and Helene from Tartelette, and Matt from Matt Bites

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

Wendy, Wenderly

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

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18 Responses to BlogHer Food 2010 in San Francisco

  1. Jenny Flake says:

    Great re-cap Heather, it was so great to meet you in person!! Hope to see you again soon :)

  2. Wenderly says:

    What a clever, fun recap! Beautiful photos & loved the video! So enjoyed meeting you in person, wish we could have chatted longer! I didn’t take pics of people either, I was just too engrossed in the *talking* part! LOL! :)

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  4. Heather, what a sweet recap! I share the same thoughts as you and Dine and Dish (Kristen).

    Meeting you at BlogHer Food was certainly a conference highlight for me! Looking back, I think you and I were probably the shyest among the entire group (so I am not surprised we connected so well!). You are a person with true integrity and your passion for food and life is to be admired.

    I sure hope we can connect at a furture food conference. Or, if you are ever near LA, please give me a call! Sure wish we lived closer…


  5. SMITH BITES says:

    you are such a delight and such a breath of fresh air, Heather! i’m sooooo glad you introduced yourself at lunch because i’m soooooo bad in crowds (hence, the many faux pas in my own recap!) i’m not sure about another BHF conference either for some of the same reasons you have. but i’m happy i was there this year so i could meet you and a couple others! hugs!

  6. Amanda says:

    I had such fun chatting with you and getting to know you!! I was looking all over the place Saturday night… hoping you made it back to the hotel then airport on time! (I am guessing you did!) Hope the flight and connections were ok. :)

    Love your re-cap… so much great info here!


  7. This sounds like an amazing event! Love reading about your experience, seeing all your amazing photos! Sounds like you got to meet some of my favorite food bloggers too…I would love to have attended an event like this just to see what it’s all about! I am actually headed to San Fran in the morning to run the Nike Women’s Half Marathon this weekend! I would love to visit the Ferry Building while I’m there, sounds like so much fun! I’m sure I’ll have a recap of my trip on my blog next week!

  8. Chris says:

    Lovely recap! I love the video. Makes me wish I was still in SF!

  9. Loved meeting you, Heather. I got a pix of us the first night but it was so red in that building (oh, I guess my setting was wrong! LOL). I loved the whole experience, but really loved reading your post. Friendships are important. Let’s keep in touch! Love, Sandy

  10. Rene says:

    I’m still thinking about that sandwich! Thank you so much for letting me hangout with you for lunch, it was so much fun getting to know you and Chris!

    If you make it back to San Francisco let me know, we can get another sandwich! :)

  11. Maria says:

    I really enjoyed meeting you! I am glad we were able to have breakfast together. I just wish we had more time to hangout. It was such a crazy weekend. We must meet up again and hopefully soon! You are gorgeous, talented, and so fun! Great recap post!

  12. Heather, this is such an amazing re-cap post. The video is awesome. I am so happy we had the chance to meet – but for sure we need to get to know each other with one on one time. There was such a whirl wind of activity we hardly had a chance to get beyond simply saying “hi!”. I am sure our paths will cross again really soon :) xxoo

  13. It was great to finally meet you, Heather! What a fun weekend it was and I hope our paths cross again soon.

  14. jenjenk says:

    What a beautiful photos from the conference!! I agree with you that conferences in general are a lot to take in, especially for your first one!!

    It was so nice to meet you!!

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