I received an invitation to attend the the Opening Party at the 2010 International Food Blogger Conference held in Seattle last weekend. They were going to announce the winners of the Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, and much to my delight I was informed I was a finalist. Because I am local to the Seattle area, Barnaby Dorfmann, the founder of Foodista (The Cooking Encyclopedia Everyone Can Edit) thought I might like join in the fun. He was right, and join in the fun is precisely what I did!!
|From The Pomegranate Bistro in Redmond Washington|
|Beecher's Handmade Cheese from Seattle|
|Ghost Chile Caramels from Theo Choclate in Seattle|
I had the chance to meet several amazingly talented cookbook authors, and have a review lined up for one of them which I particularly loved ( I will post the review very soon, so stay tuned)! The theme for most of the cookbooks at the conference focused on fresh, regional, organic ingredients which I was very pleased to see.
|Heidi Kelly (Adventures of a Gluten free Mom) and me.|
|Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook|
|Film Maker & Food Activist Morgan Spurlock (L)|
My only regret? That I didn't know about the 2010 International Food Blogger Conference earlier! I would have loved to stay for the full weekend long conference to take all of the interesting blogging workshops being offered (and eat some delicious chef prepared meals with a lot of super nice food bloggers!) Oh well, there's always next year!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I was not compensated for this post; all bloggers in attendance at the IFBC received a complimentary goody bag containing a selection of kitchen gadgets from Sur la Table as a conference gift. I received a bottle of Olive Oil courtesy of Olive Oils from Spain, as well as a sample pack of chocolates from Theo Chocolate, and a cookbook courtesy of Chateau Ste Michelle Winery; all were conference gifts available to every attendee. The opinions I have expressed are solely my own; I was not required to post a review for any gifts received. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”