OlgaDavis30: #Blogherfood15 Recap

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

#Blogherfood15 Recap

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This past weekend was a fun and educational one. Although I'm not a food blogger I found that it would be beneficial for me to attend this conference, BlogherFood15. Especially since it was local - Chicago. I read what the breakout sessions would be and most of them seemed to apply to all topics of blogging. There were both business and creative type classes, plus a social media bootcamp - Hello Snapchat and Periscope.

Then of course there was the opportunity to speak and connect with brands and other bloggers. I met so many great women at this conference. At first it seemed a bit overwhelming trying to remember everyone's names, but by the end of day 2 you realize you've made a connection and easily remember who is who.

The brands all had booths, and had tons of fun contests and swag. One of my favorite items was the Hamilton Beach Single Breakfast Sandwich maker. I cannot wait to try this out at home. Shout out to Matt for the hook up!

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Bloggers were invited to a couple of events. I was able to attend a special private dinner at Chef Stephanie Izard’s Little Goat Chicago. She was on hand to make us items using Canadian Lentils. I have to say dinner was Ah-mazing! At first I just thought it was going to be a couple of appetizers, but when they brought out the pork shank I knew we were in for a treat. Chef Izard was so personable, she interacted with all of us as we asked her tons of questions all while in a really hot kitchen. So happy she took photos with us. She's one of my favorite Top Chef contestants. Excited to hear she will be opening a new restaurant in Chicago - Duck Duck Goat. Love the name. FYI the 68th UN General Assembly declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses (kicks off November 10th). Which means that it hopes to bring attention to foods like lentils, beans, chickpeas, etc. In 2013 Quinoa was chosen, and see how that has become so popular.

Highlight of the conference was hearing Sarah Michelle Gellar speak about her new venture Foodstirs. She co-founded the company as a way to bring quality time and food awareness to her children. And I'm a total supporter of that. And happy to say she took photos with her fans (and responded to my instragram pic).

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The after party is what I was looking forward to since I heard where it was going to be. The Underground. A place I've tried to go to for the last couple of years. So finally made it there and the space is really nice. Pretty cool sharing the dance floor with Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman.

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What I learned from Hamilton Beach's Mary Beth Brault - Stay away from exclamation points in emails. (I would normally have added one at the end of this sentence but have refrained from doing so, it really is quite difficult).

Thanks to Blogher and SheKnows Media for such a great event, and for the opportunity to volunteer! And who knows this may have certainly inspired be to give cooking a baking a chance.

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