Wednesday, May 25, 2011

BlogHer Food 2011 Recap

I woke up earlier than anyone should on Friday morning to begin my trek to The Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta. Russell had to work on Friday, so my mom met me in Atlanta to watch Jake while I attended the conference. Upon checking into the hotel I soon discovered we would be staying on the 58th floor. I’m not a fan of heights, but the view of the city from our room was stunning:

There were several sessions that I attended during the conference. Each segment focused on different subjects such as writing, photography, and social media as it relates to your blog. I took notes like a mad woman and am slowly beginning to go back and sort through everything. All of the sessions were very informative; now I just have to work on implementing everything!

Above is a picture of the panel that spoke on social media--from left to right: David Lebovitz, Jaden Hair, Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan.

Between session times there were sponsor demos and product samples. There were way too many goodies to list, but a few of my favorites were pomegranate juice from POM Wonderful, chocolate from Scharffen Berger, and white chocolate peanut butter from Peanut Butter and Company.

Saturday morning the first session did not start until 10:30 a.m. so my mom, Jake, and I enjoyed a nice breakfast at the hotel cafe. Afterwards my mom and Jake went to explore Atlanta while I continued with the conference. Saturday went by much too quickly; before I knew it BlogHer 2011 was over and I was heading to the closing party at the Tabernacle.

After we left the party a few friends and I were on the hunt for some dessert. Someone recommended Cafe Intermezzo--so off we went! I was in awe of the selection of desserts they had:

Overall I had an absolutely wonderful time at BlogHer Food 2011. I met some wonderful people and learned so much. I hope to attend next year’s conference and have already begun to sweet talk Russell about BlogHer Food 2012 :) .
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