BlogHer Food ’12 notes and thoughts

BlogHer Food ’12 notes and thoughts

I’ve been sorting through my notes and photographs from this summer’s BlogHer ’12 in Seattle and am newly inspired by the entire experience. Food bloggers, I was surprised to learn, are kind and generous with their knowledge. Here are some of the highlights, both personal and professional, with links to many people I met so you can go discover yourself how wonderful they are: That gorgeous, inspiring, tear-jerker of an opening keynote from Todd Porter & Diani Cu of Whiteonricecouple.com on voice and story. They underscored the idea that we each have a unique story; believe in it. Someone will listen. A tremendously informative traffic building session, where Jeanette Chen, Kalyn Denny, Neysa King, and Stephanie Stiavetti gave us a social networking reality check and well as tips and tricks on using Pinterest and bit.ly, establishing a Facebook strategy, and tweeting effectively. Professional photography and video tips from pros Alice Currah, Aran Goyoaga, Michael Natkin, Catherine McCord, and Michael Ervin. A behind-the-scenes glimpse at turning blogging into freelance writing gigs from Jess Thomson, Lara Ferroni, Melissa Lanz, and Tara Austin Weaver. The suprememely galvanizing and amazingly impressive eco-chef and activist Bryant Terry, answering questions about how great food, good health, and social justice all intersect. A very sweet Recipe Boy taking it all in and asking questions, representing a new generation of bloggers. Chef Peter Berley, who told me how to transform my rampant garden nasturtiums into spicy compound butter. The delicious tropical smoothies from 8th Continent Soymilk. New friends, especially cookbook editor Diane Sepanski. Old friends, too; unbelievably I sat down at lunch the first day and ran into Kelly O’Malley, a co-worker...
Pike Market, Seattle

Pike Market, Seattle

Soulard Market in St. Louis was my first farmer’s market experience, and as a girl I thought the whole experience quite alien – instead of linoleum floors and neat aisles, we’d walk the chilly concrete open-air hallway past stalls heaped with produce, whole fish piled on ice, beef tongue behind scratched glass cases and packets of novelty chocolate-covered insects to tempt. The bustle continued inside, with fresh cut flowers and kittens for sale and real fountain sodas against the far wall. Those memories popped into my mind after stumbling across Seattle’s Pike Place Market one Thursday evening. I’d flown into Seattle for BlogHer Food ’12 and was wandering along, getting my bearings, and there it was – a super-sized Soulard chock full of fish, flowers, and a multinational array of food. There was chocolate pasta and fresh garlic scapes, a Polish Pottery stall, one selling Middle Eastern spices, a woman selling ocarinas. It was marvelous. I didn’t take anywhere near enough pictures, but here you go – a few of the sights....