That night I had another great dinner (and this is going to be a recurring theme with the great dinners.) This one was at Bodega Bistro with Amy, Christine, Susan and Jeff, Garrett, Jennifer, Cheryl, Anna, Caron, and there were a couple more people that I know I’m forgetting. (Sorry! Please comment!) We missed Lydia who was stuck in the airport in Boston and got there very late that night.
The next day was THE CONFERENCE! The morning started out great since I had plans to meet two of my blogging idols for breakfast (Tea and Lisa) and even before they arrived I got to say a quick hello to Heidi, who I’ve wanted to meet for a long time. But then things started happening very quickly. I have to say the whole breakfast and welcome session was a blur of faces and hellos, maybe because I was nervous about speaking on a panel that morning about Food Blogging Best Practices with Alanna, Elana, Lauren, and Michelle. (See the links below for live-blogging if you want to see what we said!)
I spent the afternoon learning there were plenty of things I didn’t know about beginning photography from Todd and Dianne and what it’s like to be a professional photographer from Matt and Lara. The day flew by and before I knew it we were having the ending keynote where Elise, Ree, and David were sharing what it’s like keep on keeping on as a food blogger (and it was great fun meeting Elise’s parents, who I almost felt like I already knew from Elise and their cooking on her blog!)
If you’re exhausted, better take a big swig of Diet Coke because next there was a big cocktail party on the roof where the BlogHer folks were nice enough to let Rand and Bradley join the party and meet some of my blogging friends. For those who don’t know, my brother Rand and his partner Bradley are the design and tech team behind Kalyn’s Kitchen, and I was so happy they could stop by.
I can’t say enough good things about the amazing food at Brett’s restaurant and am already making plans to go there again in February when I’m going back to San Francisco with Mary and Jacque. Unfortunately it was too dark to get photos this time, as you can tell by the picture above, so the official (glowing) review of Contigo is still pending. I will say that we couldn’t stop ordering things and dinner went on so long we pretty much missed the party, arriving just in time to catch a few of the last people there, but reportedly there was dancing, chocolate cake, and wonderful drinks. (And thanks to Elise and Jaden for giving me a fabulous goodie bag even though I was so late!)
In Spite of All The Amazing Dinners, People Did Learn a Lot and Here’s Where You Can Read All About It:
Thanks to the sponsors who help with conference expenses, BlogHer has livebloggers who take notes during each conference session and post them shortly after for other bloggers who can’t attend. Here is the Official Live-Blogging of BlogHer Food for anyone who’s interested in checking out the sessions.
Enough About Me, Here’s Who Else Wrote About BlogHer Food Conference:
BlogHer Food Recap from Baking Bites
Bloggers from 5 Second Rule
BlogHer Food ’09 from Elana’s Pantry
San Francisco Through My Foodie Eyes from Foodie Reflections
Food Bloggers Take San Francisco from In Good Taste
BlogHer Food ’09 from Still Life With
Whereupon I Begin to Get Out More from State of Grace
BlogHer Food ’09 Recap from Use Real Butter
Lessons Learned in San Francisco from Bad Home Cooking
BlogHer Food ’09 from A Year of Slow Cooking
Memories of BlogHer Food 2009 from Andrea Meyers
I Think I’m In Love from Brownies for Dinner
Foodblogging Fiesta from The Pioneer Woman Cooks
BlogHer Food ’09 from Lick My Spoon
BlogHer Food Weekend in San Francisco from Tartelette
BlogHer Food ’09 from What’s For Dinner Mom?
Back from BlogHer Food from Anali’s First Amendment
Norwegian Gold Cake and Zuni Cafe from Umami Girl
It’s the Bay Area (and Food BlogHer) from Baking and Boys
BlogHer Food Conference 2009 from Two Peas and Their Pod
The Lonesome Traveler Hits San Francisco from Sticky Gooey Creamy Chewy
BlogHer Food from Retro Food
BlogHer Food from The Perfect Pantry
The Fun That Was BlogHer Food from Simply Recipes
I’m all about the matchy-matchy from Jaden of Steamy Kitchen
6 Thoughts on BlogHer Food from Danielle of Bon Vivant
(If you wrote about BlogHer Food, please leave a comment with a link to your post and I’ll add it to this list.)
Now It’s Your Turn to Share About BlogHer Food:
I know I missed as many people as I mentioned in this recap, so if you were there (and especially if we managed to meet) please chime in with a comment about your experience at BlogHer Food.
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