As a member of the blogging community, I attended BlogHer Food 2011 in Atlanta, GA this year on behalf of our sister brands, RecipeLion.com, FaveDiets.com, MrFood.com, AllFreeSlowCookerRecipes.com, AllFreeChickenCasseroleRecipes.com and AllFreeCopycatRecipes.com.
At BlogHer Food, which took place May 20 and May 21, I joined more than 400 food enthusiasts on a journey of learning, tasting and sharing. Conference sessions covered topics including food and recipe writing, cooking for picky eaters, technological advances in food magazine publishing and more, with well-established blogger speakers such as David Leibovitz, Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen, and Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan of The Kitchn.
Some heavy hitters in the food world both attended and spoke at the conference, including Molly Birnbaum, who participated in a lunchtime interview about her upcoming book-memoir about losing her sense of smell–a particularly devastating occurrence for a professional chef. Laurie David, producer of the 2006 Academy Award winning film documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, and Asata Reid also participated in a talk called “Food, Health, the Environment and Raising a Generation That Cares About All Three,” in which they discussed the importance of raising one’s children with an understanding of healthy eating and from where food comes. The conference closed with a moderated talk, which included Molly O’Neill of One Big Table, Meredith Form Goldman of Life Is Lemonade and Tanya Steel of Epicurious, on future trends in journalism and food writing. It was an inspiring talk for any food bloggers trying to find their voice in the vast world of the Internet.
Perhaps equally inspiring, I met some of the teen bloggers from the online coalition, The Kitchen Generation–a group of young blogger who banded together on the Web.– who are taking on food blogging at a young age and making it their own. I had a chance to chat briefly with Kamran Siddiqi of SophisticatedGourmet.com and Elissa Bernstein of 17andBaking.com.
At the end of the conference, we were treated to a party at the Tabernacle, a concert space that was converted from an old church. There was a square display of tables with live chefs cooking up some awesome grub.
My favorites, included a chicken dish with a pomegranate sauce:
…and beef tenderloin with watermelon:
Stay tuned for Eating My Way Through Atlanta Part II and Eating My Way Through Atlanta Part III, where I tell you about more about what I actually ate–now those are truly the juicy details!