Monday, September 13, 2010

Food Blog Forum and new friends

This past Saturday I attended my first blogger type conference. It was a one day event in Atlanta, chock full of speakers and put together by Gwen of bunkycooks.


Starting off the day was John Kessler from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, James Andrews and Lauren Thomas from Be Everywhere and of course Jaden Hair from Steamy Kitchen on the right.


Virginia Willis, producer, editor, author and food stylist and Alisa Barry of Bella Cucina. Both lovely to listen to.


The event took place at a great little restaurant called The Shed. They served us the yummiest fried green tomato and goat cheese sliders and other tasty treats.


There were lots of people looking to learn. I see you Julie.

I think that’s what I liked most about the day. A bunch of people getting together with a common interest.


Here’s Amy of She Wears Many Hats and Robyn of Add a Pinch.


Here’s Suzanne of You Made That? and ________ (Sorry, I guess I missed your name. I’ll add it if you want send me a link.)


Me and Steamy Kitchen. Finally. I’ve been dying to meet her.

Jaden is just as real and fun as I expected her to be. Great speaker and cute. So cute.


And then there’s these two. Dianne Cu and Todd Porter or otherwise known as White on Rice Couple. Or otherwise known as some of the most amazing food photographers. I was so happy to meet them. They are super cool and they also do video. Check out this fantastic promo video they did for the Gluten Free Girl. Just amazing.


During the event they took pictures and had a real time slideshow running on the big screen. Fun and instant.

Megan of What Megan’s Making and Julie of Mommie Cooks.


Lindsey. Sweet Lindsey. Well, I don’t know that for sure, but she oozes it from this photo. Lindsey blogs at Love and Olive Oil and also redesigned Steamy Kitchen’s logo and website. So she’s cool.


Another couple I enjoyed talking to. Donna and her husband of My Sweet Things.


Jen and Chad of Cup a Dee Cakes.


Alison of Ingredients, Inc. and Alicia of Kitchen Scoop.


Molly. Spunky and the The Duchess of Fork and Elizabeth from The Waspy Redhead.


Scott Hair, Jaden’s cute hubby kept us entertained in between each session.

And then, most of the afternoon was spent learning photography basics from White on Rice Couple.

Rather, me trying to learn, remember, absorb.

All I know is I took one photo and it looked like this.


And then I pushed some buttons. Don’t know which ones …

and voila … got this…


They know what they’re talking about. Now if I can only remember what they said.

I guess I should really spend more time learning how to use my camera in real life situations instead of just at my kitchen table.

It was a fun day filled with new faces, good food, great speakers and gifts, too. Thanks for the goodie bags Chef’s Catalog and Whole Foods.

Erikalisa said...

This sounds like so much fun! It’s so exciting to see you living a bakers dream. Congratualtions on everything, especially the book. I can’t wait to recieve it in the mail. God Bless :)

September 13, 2010 01:26 AM
Pammie said...

Wow! I don’t know how you keep it all together and organized and still be “blogging” while you’re traveling so much. I’m so happy for you! I looooove your book and have turned all my baking friends to it :)

September 13, 2010 01:33 AM
Susan said...

Oh… I wish I had known about this.

September 13, 2010 01:35 AM
The French said...

Wow. The creative juices in that room must have been flowing like a river. What an honor to be there. Thanks for sharing.

Any photo good photo tips you can share?

September 13, 2010 01:35 AM
Sue said...

Looks like so much fun! I know what you mean about photographing subjects other than food! I so want to take better photos of my grandchildren, but I am used to food, which doesn’t move!?! Help! :)

September 13, 2010 01:40 AM
Quyen - Kitchen Runway said...

Diane & Todd are the best!! Their food styling and photography are amazing. Jaden is super fun too. Glad you had a great time. I was part of their very first FBF in LA. It was a blast!

September 13, 2010 02:02 AM
giozi said...

I just sent this link to a friend who has a food blog.
This is her blog: link to
Last time I talk to her about books, e-courses about blogs and she couldn’t believe it.

September 13, 2010 02:06 AM
Stef @ said...

Sounds like a lot of fun!

September 13, 2010 02:32 AM
Jessica said...

Looks like fun! Hope it was!! I bought your Betty Crocker Halloween Cake Pops…I’m flagging all the recipes I need to bake with those handy post its! Whoopie Pies are a must!

September 13, 2010 03:07 AM
Jenn said...

Oh yummy.. Thanks for sharing! Soooo many yummy food peeps to visit! I talked about YOU on my blog post today! =)
My little girl and I are so excited to host a birthday party SOON with your cake pops!! She is over the moon that there is an owl pop too… we have your book on order from Borders… hoping we get it this week!! and I am SOOOOOOOOOOO excited you are comin for a book signing! I am going to try try try to come to Portland or Seattle… I live 1/2 way between the two cities!! =)
Have a beautiful day!

September 13, 2010 03:16 AM
Bev Bracy said...

What an exciting time for you! Go & enjoy the limelight & all this fun. You’ve earned the reward. Have a super sweet time, Bev

September 13, 2010 04:10 AM
notyet100 said...

nice post

September 13, 2010 05:10 AM
Pink MagaLine said...

That looks like a very enjoyable gathering. Fun fun fun!

September 13, 2010 05:45 AM
megan @ whatmegansmaking said...

What a great recap! It was so great meeting you. You’re just as friendly as I expected you to be from reading your site for so long :) And seriously, you know more about photography than I do. Your pictures from Saturday turned out a ton better than mine! It really was a great day wasn’t it? I learned so much :)

September 13, 2010 06:10 AM
Tabitha (From Single to Married) said...

Wow – looks like you guys had a great event!

September 13, 2010 06:14 AM
Jessica @ How Sweet It Is said...

So fun! I wish I could have been there!

September 13, 2010 06:32 AM
Avril said...

Looks like HEAVEN!!! and so much fun!!!

I hope to one day be able to attend a “food blogger’s” event myself.

Congrats on your new book! I just ordered it through amazon and I am counting the days for it to arrive. Exciting!!! :-)

September 13, 2010 06:52 AM
Paulette said...

Oh my goodness all the wonderful sites for recipes. Thanks so much. Plus such great information on blogs. I must say I am impressed. Looks like you had a fabulous time. Paulette

September 13, 2010 06:56 AM
Lauren at KeepItSweet said...

sounds great! i’d love to learn more and get better at using my camera!

September 13, 2010 07:09 AM
Katrina said...

Wow this looks so fun! Do you have to be invited to such an event? Your life is fabulous.

September 13, 2010 07:16 AM
Marsha said...

It’s always good, affirming and inspiring to attend a conference of one’s peers. Congratulations on all your success!

September 13, 2010 07:39 AM
Winnie said...

Wonderful recap. I thought it was a great conference, as well, and I’ll be putting my post about it together today. I am sorry I did not get a chance to meet you- I meant to come introduce myself but it never happened- I am a big fan of your blog and wanted to congratulate you on your book ;) So…congrats!

September 13, 2010 07:59 AM
Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. said...

I loved meeting you in person, finally. You are awesome and I I’m so excited about your awesome success! We live so close hopefully we can get together again! Thanks for including me!

September 13, 2010 08:05 AM
aussiemarina said...

looks like you had a great day meeting heaps of new friends……and i’m sure they were just as excited to meet you too !!!!!!!

September 13, 2010 08:18 AM
Julie M. said...

Great post! I soooo wish I had had a chance to meet you! It was such a great conference and everyone was just awesome. Congratulations on your book (I can’t wait to read it!) and hopefully I’ll see you at a future conference!

September 13, 2010 08:31 AM
bunkycooks said...

I was so excited to meet you Saturday! I am glad you enjoyed the event and hope to see you around Atlanta again soon.

September 13, 2010 08:36 AM
Mandy S. said...

Great post! It was a fun day and I’m glad I got to meet you at Spice Market!

September 13, 2010 08:47 AM
Donna said...

Angie, it was so great to meet you! I really enjoyed the whole seminar experience and I am now looking for the great light for photography. This is a wonderful recap of the day and best wishes to you as you move forward on your new journey!

September 13, 2010 08:55 AM
Amy said...

A fun day with great people around every corner. I’m so glad to finally have gotten the chance to meet you in person – you’re sweet stuff!

September 13, 2010 08:57 AM
marla {family fresh cooking} said...

This is such a great re-cap post. I love seeing all those smiling faces. Jaden & the WORC are awesome! I was able to participate in the LA FBF & just loved it. Hopefully we can met someday. Are you going to BlogHer Food? I will be there….flying in with miss Jenny from Picky Palate. xo

September 13, 2010 08:59 AM

A great recap of a great weekend! First, congratulations on your new book and second, I didn’t have the opportunity to meet you in person but will make sure I do at BlogHer Food in San Francisco next month – and third, absolutely LOVED those red shoes!!

September 13, 2010 08:59 AM
Anonymous said...

When are you going to post some recipes, instead of all your publicity events. It’s been three weeks, we need new ideas!

September 13, 2010 09:30 AM
JulieD said...

Hi Angie,

Thank you so much for putting up with my fan girl-ness! Great post and great pictures. Thank you for your advice on camera lenses. You’re so gracious and so nice! Good luck on the book tour, I can’t wait to hear more about it on the blog. :)

September 13, 2010 09:51 AM
Lisa Rae said...

….wasn’t Ree (Pioneer Woman) there?

September 13, 2010 10:08 AM
Jenniffer from Cup a Dee Cakes said...

Wonderful recap! We really enjoyed meeting and chatting with you at the Spice Market. We met so many wonderful people and learned SO many things. We have a lot of work to do, but also a new found sense of determination to go with it!

September 13, 2010 10:42 AM
shauna said...

My goodness, what fun! (Then again, I bet if you are in the room, it’s always going to be fun. )

Jaden is a peach. And Todd and Diane? Oh, they’re dear to our heart. Thank you for the link to the video they made for our cookbook. Aren’t they incredible?

And speaking of cookbooks, wow! Congratulations on your book! You’re the hottest thing since red velvet cake. Congrats!

September 13, 2010 10:44 AM
Bonnie said...

Along with my kids, and one sock monster, Bender, we tried out a few cake pops this weekend. The robots, which are ADORABLE, from your book this weekend. I blogged about it here :)

link to

Looking forward to making more.. with no cracking, wrecking chocolate, and maybe no kids..haha!

September 13, 2010 11:05 AM
Geri said...

The “Duchess of Fork?”…LOLOLOLOL That would look great on a t-shirt.
Sure looks like you had a great time. FOOD….another 4 letter word we alll love!

September 13, 2010 11:12 AM
Cbear6889 said...

Oh how much fun was that?! It looks outstanding, and mouthwatering!

September 13, 2010 11:27 AM
Robyn said...

I loved meeting you this weekend! You were just as sweet and lovely as I had imagined. And those shoes, honey — you RAWKED them with those skinny jeans. :)

Hopefully we’ll see each other around Atlanta sometime soon. I can’t wait to come to your book signing at the Williams-Sonoma in Atlanta. I so proud for you on all of the great things happening for you. You totally deserve!

Have a great week!

September 13, 2010 11:31 AM
Stefani said...

Looks like you had a bunch of fun!

September 13, 2010 11:43 AM
Baking is my Zen said...

Wonderful post. Nice to see other bloggers…thanks for sharing…


September 13, 2010 11:57 AM
Kate said...


I love all your posts, but you don’t do a lot of baking lately!! I miss your creative baking posts!

September 13, 2010 12:07 PM
Wendy in California said...

Aw, come on, Angie; show us a pic of your red shoes……after all, this is your site, you’re not in Kansas and “there’s no place like home”
Fun to read about the seminar – thanks!

September 13, 2010 12:10 PM
The Waspy Redhead said...

#FBF was a blast! So informative and inspiring. It was great to meet you Bakerella – I’m in the photo with Molly from Duchess of Fork – I’m sending you an email with my info so you can add it if you like.

Thanks for a great recap post.

September 13, 2010 12:27 PM
Barbara | VinoLuciStyle said...

Love the recap; no I wasn’t there…but I so appreciate seeing others put faces to names; great pics!

September 13, 2010 12:34 PM
Audrey @ Sweet Cheeks said...

This looks like such an amazing event…wish something similar would come closer to home here in Iowa!

I’ll be keeping busy now checking out all the blog links you posted, it’s always fun finding someone new to follow :)

September 13, 2010 01:02 PM
Katy said...

Looks like so much fun! Would love to have been there to listen.

September 13, 2010 01:22 PM
Christene @WhipperBerry said...

Oh my goodness, this looks like so much fun and I would just LOVE to learn more about taking great pics with my camera. I’m secretly drooling over a nice SLR. Can’t wait to get my hands on one!

September 13, 2010 03:23 PM
Seanna Lea said...

That’s terrific! I am a horrible photographer, so I know I need a lesson or two with my camera or at least 50 or so hours of additional practice.

September 13, 2010 03:54 PM
Charlotte said...

Waouh!! it looks so much fun!!

September 13, 2010 04:30 PM
Jennifer (Savor) said...

Oh, please remember all the lessons on photography and share….I am willing youor memory to come back to you…is it working?

September 13, 2010 04:58 PM
Kimbel said...

Will teach photography for food! :-) And I’m close I think!…Duluth!
Seriously…I can totally understand wanting to learn more but your pictures are always beautiful. I really enjoy seeing them. They bring so much life to your instructions. Congratulations on the book!

September 13, 2010 05:22 PM
Monica said...

It was such a pleasure to meet you and talk you a bit, I know you were very popular woman during the event. Congratulations once more on the book.

September 13, 2010 05:34 PM
Vivian Kim said...

it must’ve been fun going to
meet a lot of food bloggers (:

September 13, 2010 06:39 PM
Ellie White-Stevens said...

Got my Cake Pops book in the mail today from Amazon. My boys are so excited. We haven’t tried them yet. But now I have THE book on it . . . on our way.

September 13, 2010 08:41 PM
Lindsay said...

Aww Angie YOU are the sweet one. :) Great recap! Lovely meeting you!

September 13, 2010 08:42 PM
Rhonda said...

Fun for you… and fun for me that I just got in your book and am ready to make some cake pops!!

September 13, 2010 10:09 PM
Lindsay Ann said...

Oh wow, it looks like you had fun! You fit right in!!

I will be attending my very first blogging conference this October and I am NERVOUS!

You make it look so easy!


September 14, 2010 12:22 AM
katie o. said...

I’m still so sad I missed it. Finally, a blogging conference in my own town and I’m not even there!

September 14, 2010 10:47 PM
Suzanne said...

I must tell you thank you so much for including my picture and link to my blog. I feel like I just got on the map now. You are too sweet just like your cake pops. I’ve been a silent follower for the last 8 mo. or so I am so excited for you and the success you are having. Congrats! I also gave you a little shout out on my blog! :)

September 15, 2010 02:46 PM
Andrea said...

AGHHHH! Why didn’t I know about this? I am new to blogging, but not to baking, homeschooling. decorating and weddings. I love it all, but would love some good photo tips.
Post early next time…Please!!! :)

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