Memorable Moments from BlogHer Food ’10

by on October 11, 2010

The San Diego/Orange County Lunch Bunch

My San Diego/OC Lunch Bunch Ladies (l to r: Marla ~ Family Fresh Cooking, Amanda ~ What We're Eating, Jenny ~ Picky Palate, Lori ~ RecipeGirl, and yours truly)

This photo booth pic from the closing party says it all – the two-day BlogHer Food ’10 conference in San Francisco this past weekend was an absolute blast. I had anxiously awaited this trip for months, a rare opportunity for me to step out of my day-to-day routine and immerse myself with the food blogging world and its inhabitants. This was my third BlogHer conference and every time I leave inspired, exhausted and with a renewed understanding of why I love cooking and blogging.

The glorious jars of macarons at Miette

The glorious jars of macarons at Miette


10. Having continual open access to more Scharffen Berger chocolate than I ever thought I could want. I will definitely have to borrow the make-your-own-cupcake bar concept they featured during one of our breaks. Of course, it works best if you have Elizabeth Falkner on hand to bake the cupcakes.

9. Posing with my San Diego/Orange County “lunch bunch” girls – Marla (Family Fresh Cooking), Amanda (What We’re Eating), Jenny (Picky Palate) and Lori (RecipeGirl) – in the photo booth at the closing party for about 10 seconds before any of us realized no one was holding the clicker to take the picture. SoCal in the house!

8. Sampling bacon vodka. It actually wasn’t bad – would be great in a Bloody Mary.

Stephanie ~ Desserts for Breakfast, Kristen ~ Dine & Dish and me

Stephanie ~ Desserts for Breakfast, Kristen ~ Dine & Dish and me

7. Hearing Anupy Singla utter the words “Indian Slow Cooker“, the title of her new cookbook, during the Brands and Media session and beelining to the book table to buy it 5 minutes later. I can’t wait to make Indian food in my crockpot!

6. Having my heart torn apart by Shauna James Ahern‘s moving story about her daughter’s early challenges and then having it restored and enlivened by watching that beautiful little girl happily run and play at the conference all weekend.

5. Riding in the elevator with the person I was most looking forward to meeting: Dorie Greenspan (author of my favorite baking cookbook, Baking: From My Home to Yours). She. Knew. Who. I. Was!!

I swear I only had one sip of that bacon vodka.

I swear I only had one sip of that bacon vodka.

4. Joining two lovely and inspirational ladies, Carolyn Jung (FoodGal) and Brooke Burton (Food Woolf), on our panel about blogging ethics. And discovering that our moderator, BlogHer co-founder Elisa Camahort Page, and I grew up in the same town and attended the same high school!

3. Finally trying my first-ever macaron, from Miette in the Ferry Building – Chocolate Lavender. And immediately thereafter my second and third, Vanilla and Rose Geranium.

2. Ruhlman.

1. Every minute that I spent reconnecting with blogging friends who I’d previously had the chance to get to know in real life:

…meeting Twitter/blog/Facebook friends in person for the first time:

…and, of course, getting acquainted with new friends:

I sincerely hope I didn’t miss anyone! Suffice it to say, it was a packed weekend full of memorable moments for me. That said, I couldn’t have been happier to return home to San Diego to hug my two energetic little folks and my weary-but-still-smiling husband who took up the reins to watch them both on his own for the first time. Until next time, friends!

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 bellini valli October 12, 2010 at 3:34 am

Wow that’s quite the list. So glad you enjoyed the food conference. San Francisco is a magical place where I will be for Foodbuzz in a few short weeks. I spent the weekend wirh Dianne Jacob and her husband at a Food and Wine Writers workshop in the Okanagan and of course have met several of the bloggers you mentioned at BlogHer last year.


2 jenjenk October 12, 2010 at 7:11 am

ahhhh…miette! I heart Miette! so sad I didn’t have a chance to get there this time around! 🙁 well, i guess that just means I need to make another trip out there, right?

so sad I didn’t get a chance to meet you but since you’re in SoCal, I’m sure that we can rectify that! 🙂


3 Kathy October 12, 2010 at 3:21 pm

I wish I’d had a chance to say hello to you as well – we’ll definitely have to arrange a SoCal meetup soon! Thanks so much for orchestrating such a fabulous closing party – I had a terrific time.


4 Lori @ RecipeGirl October 12, 2010 at 7:12 am

I chose not to write a post because I’m sure I’ll miss someone! It was such a blast, wasn’t it?? I love our picture 🙂
Lori @ RecipeGirl´s last blog post ..Cranberry Cornbread


5 Maria October 12, 2010 at 7:26 am

I am so glad we were finally able to meet! You are gorgeous and so fun! Keep in touch! Love your recap!
Maria´s last blog post ..Fall Recipes


6 Sara, Ms. Adventures in Italy October 12, 2010 at 7:38 am

Sounds like a blast – sad I missed out yet again…hopefully I’ll be there in 2011!

Glad you got to try your first macaron, though I don’t like Miette’s at all…their almonds aren’t ground well enough for me. We’ll have to find some better ones next year 😉
Sara, Ms. Adventures in Italy´s last blog post ..A Pugliese wedding in Abruzzo at Castello di Septe


7 Kathy October 12, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Really? I loved the light grit of the almonds. But hey, I’m more than game to accompany you on a macaron hunt sometime! 🙂


8 Jenny Flake October 12, 2010 at 7:40 am

Love it Kathy! Reading these posts is making me miss SF so much! What a great weekend, I’ll see you soon 🙂


9 Kristen October 12, 2010 at 7:49 am

I’m with Lori – you wrote an awesome recap! Loved seeing you again 🙂
Kristen´s last blog post ..Seeing Clearly Recipe- Cast Iron Skillet Potatoes


10 Heather @ Multiply Delicious October 12, 2010 at 7:54 am

Kathy what a great recap! Your #6 was on my top list too. Was tearing up during Shauna’s speech on Saturday night.
It was so nice to meet you and I’m so glad we got to chat! You are fabulous!
Hope your enjoying being back home with the little ones! 🙂
Heather @ Multiply Delicious´s last blog post ..Breakfast Cups


11 FabFrugalFood October 12, 2010 at 8:05 am

Great wrap! And I, too, had an elevator moment with Dorie that definitely made my top ten! She is just a total delight.
FabFrugalFood´s last blog post ..101010- Top 10 Highlights from BlogHer Food ’10


12 Meal Plan Mom (Brenda) October 12, 2010 at 8:49 am

Sounds like a great time–I am jealous!!! Maybe someday I will make it there. Texas is a long way from San Francisco but that is one of my favorite cities (been there twice) so I can be hopeful. Until then, I’ll live vicariously through you. 🙂
Meal Plan Mom (Brenda)´s last blog post ..Search for the Perfect Mac n Cheese


13 Kathy October 12, 2010 at 3:25 pm

I’m not sure where next year’s conference will be, but if you’re able to make it out I know you’d have a great time, Brenda!


14 Chelsea October 12, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Sounds amazing! So glad it was a great time and I’m excited to learn about all the other amazing food blogs!
Chelsea´s last blog post ..Best Ways to Treat Colds-Flu This Year’s Shot &amp More


15 The Duo Dishes October 12, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Miette is just the best. The best. Glad you had a blast!


16 Shelisa October 13, 2010 at 12:10 pm

It was wonderful to met you. Even though our meetings were “passing in the hotel halls”, I could tell you are a very sweet and passionate person. Much love and continued success. I know I will be seeing you soon….. even if it’s in the halls of the web!


17 Jenn October 14, 2010 at 4:20 am

Wow, sounds like so much fun! Kathy, I’m so happy to discover your blog…it’s wonderful!
Jenn´s last blog post ..Chicken Marbella


18 OMG! Yummy October 14, 2010 at 11:32 am

Hi Kathy,

It was great meeting you too while we waited for the bus to the Ferry Building. I didn’t realize you are now in San Diego, no longer in Sunnyvale. San Diego is a wonderful city – we have relatives down there too. Shared many of the same favorites at the conference as you did including the reconnecting with Elisa – how amazing that we all went to the same high school out of a fairly small group. Glad to have connected and found your blogs – love the idea of the recipes on packages. Till we meet in person again – here’s to a new virtual connection!


19 Brooke@foodwoolf October 14, 2010 at 12:30 pm

I think I just spit out my coffee when I got to #2. Ruhlman is just so good, so talented, so…..Ruhlman, He of Great Hair deserves just one simple line. 🙂 I’m truly loving this wrap up and your list. And now that I know you live in the OC, I’ll have to figure out a way to see you again! I loved our panel and getting to meet you!
Brooke@foodwoolf´s last blog post ..A Call to Arms- Celebrate the Prep Cook!


20 Kathy October 14, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Ha ha…no further explanation needed, right? 🙂 I’m actually in San Diego but I still hope we’ll have a chance to meet up again in this part of the state sometime soon.


21 Shanna ~ My Favorite Everything October 14, 2010 at 2:38 pm

What a fun recap!! And so nice to meet you too!! I loved getting to meet friends in real life that I’ve been following their blogs!! Makes everything that much more REAL! Can’t wait to play again 🙂
Shanna ~ My Favorite Everything´s last blog post ..your inner artist


22 Marla {family fresh cooking} October 15, 2010 at 10:09 am

Kathy your BlogHer recap post is a blast to read! Such a great weekend. I am so happy that we have known each other for some time & our friendship will continue to grow 🙂 You are still very smart to me even though through combined efforts we slighted the camera shutter. xo


23 Marla {family fresh cooking} October 15, 2010 at 10:10 am

Btw: So Fabulous that Dori knew who you were!!!


24 Barbara Bakes October 15, 2010 at 6:24 pm

I loved meeting you and chatting at the bacon demo. Ruhlman is definitely hot.
Barbara Bakes´s last blog post ..Stuffed Grape Leaves with Apricot Tamarind Sauce


25 Kathy October 15, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Agreed on both points! 🙂


26 Fashionably Bombed October 15, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Hi Kathy! It was great meeting you at BlogHer Food! Your panini photos are making us really hungry! Mission accomplished!


Flannery & Katherine
“The Fashionably Bombed Girls”


27 Srivalli October 20, 2010 at 11:31 pm

Kathy, what a lovely recap! It was wonderful meeting you in person!
Srivalli´s last blog post ..A Trip to San Francisco and BlogHer Food


28 Serene October 31, 2010 at 5:21 pm

I’m terribly late dropping by your recap, but it was so great to read. I had a good time, too!
Serene´s last blog post ..Dorie’s apple cake revisited


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