Blogher Food Conference 2009

By Maria Lichty

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I don’t even know where to start, the BlogHer Food Conference was AMAZING! I will do my best to give you all a little recap.

We got to San Francisco on Friday afternoon. We met up with my roomie, Megan, from Megan’s Cookin and toured the city. Of course most of our touring involved food:) Our first stop was Tartine Bakery. We drooled over the fabulous tarts, breads, scones, and cookies. Josh ordered a ham and cheese sandwich and Megan got a lemon bar to go, I was saving up for our next stop, which was Bi-Rite Creamery.

I split an ice cream cone with Josh. We had a scoop of Salted Caramel and Cinnamon ice cream with snickerdoodle cookie chunks. Both flavors were outstanding!

Our next stop was the Ferry Building. We took our time and purused through the fun foodie shops. My visit wouldn’t of been complete without stopping at Miette. I enjoyed my favorite macaron, hazelnut.

Friday night we went to Pauline’s Pizza with a large group of food bloggers. There were 18 of us, so too many to list, but our table was filled with fabulous company. We ordered salad, breadsticks, and veggie and meat pizzas to share. Pauline’s grows their own vegetables, greens, and fruits, so everything was very fresh. I really liked the eggplant and the pesto pizza.

Saturday was the big day! It was fun meeting my blogging friends in person. Everyone was fantastic. Food bloggers really are the most kind, genuine, sweetest people. I also learned a lot from the speakers/expert bloggers. I attended presentations about photography, blogging best practices, finding your voice, etc. The information was extremely helpful. I have a lot of work to do on my blog:)

The only downfall of the conference was the lunch. I was excited at first because Chef Rocco DiSpirito was the guest speaker, but then I found out he was there to promote Bertolli’s new frozen meals. They actually served a room full of food bloggers FROZEN MEALS for lunch. I was disgusted. The food was not edible. We all got a good laugh out of it though. I was not expecting to be hungry at a food conference:)

The after party, hosted by Ree (Pioneer Woman), Jaden (Steamy Kitchen), and Elise (Simply Recipes) was a blast. They really know how to throw a party. There was good music, food, drinks, and dancing. They also gave us amazing goodie bags! Thank you ladies! Food bloggers know how to have a good time, that is for sure!

I could go on and on about how wonderful the weekend was, but I am sure I am boring you already. It was nice to finally meet all of my favorite foodie friends in person. I had the greatest time. Thanks everyone! I am already excited for BlogHer Food 2010!

*Sorry I didn’t take very many pictures-I was having too much fun!*
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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Do you know…I think we met oh so briefly at this event???? I have your biz card at home 🙂
    It will be sooooo fun this year to really meet again face to face and spend time together.