Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Foodbuzz Blogger Festival

So we spent last weekend in San Francisco attending the Foodbuzz Food Blogger Festival, 3 days of eating, drinking, meeting fellow food bloggers and eating. It was downright exhausting but definitely worth going. For those readers unfamiliar with foodbuzz or the festival, you can check out the info page here. We got there on Friday afternoon and after checking into a hotel a few blocks from our old apartment we headed into Union Square to catch the festival buses heading to Fort Mason for the first event, the Street Food Fare. This event was in a giant warehouse and consisted of some of the better street foods of the city along with a handful of other select vendors. We fell in love with Mission Minis and got to talk to the owner Brandon who's got some sort of show coming up that they were filming for. Yay for TV time! We're not sure it when it is airing, but it'll either be on the food network or that new cooking network and hopefully they'll use our interview in it. Check out the cupcake pictures after the brake and join us in a "Yum" for how crazy tasty they are, then hit the mission on your next trip to The City. It is here too that Eric, who does most of our photography got a huge dose of reality. While we've built ourselves a very consistent easy to adjust photostudio in the kitchen, shooting food in the wild is hard. Wildly bouncing and inconsistent light, crazy shadows and trying to get a good shot of the plate your holding without spilling your wine makes for generally lousy pictures. He actually spent a good deal of time ogling all the lenses strutting about the place. Charisse was a little nervous about heading out to meet all these random strangers but pretty soon realized that she actually knew quite a few people from Foodbuzz. It was great getting recognized when we did and meeting the people behind the blog. Because we made a decision to keep people out of the blog as much as possible, people didn't recognize us on sight the same way they might recognize someone like Chef Dennis (one of our favorite bloggers out there, and a heck of a decent guy). We had a handful of breakout sessions on Saturday morning (little workshops) and hit the Tasting Pavilion in the mid afternoon for more eating. Saturday night was the Gala Dinner, quite the splendid meal put on by Foodbuzz. We had a great time sitting with a group of bloggers from the East Coast as Eric had hit it off with Jeff of High/Low Food/Drink. Sunday was a farewell brunch and everyone was looking a little worse for wear. They had some of the best applewood bacon and we didn't think about taking a picture of any of the food until we were pretty much fed. So that was our weekend in a very very small nutshell, no cooking to be had, but lots of shwag, new friends and great memories. Thanks again Foodbuzz!




21 comments:

  1. I loved it. The best weekend ever. And yeah. Eating is exhausting!! I almost couldn't get up on Sunday!

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  2. It was truly a pleasure meeting you, what a fantastic event that was! I feel truly blessed to have so many wonderful friends, Foodbuzz has done so much for all of us, I am so glad I was able to go and show my support!
    Cheers my friends!
    Dennis

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  3. There's always so much to learn and so many people to meet at these events. Great report!

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  4. Great post - glad to see everyone had a great time!

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  5. I hope I can go next year, it looks like a great time! It's so funny to recognize some of the faces in your photos as my foodbuzz friends!

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  6. Next time I will recognize your adorable face for sure! I hope I had a chance to say hi, it was crazy overwhelming wasn't it! But so fun at the same time!
    -Gina-

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  7. The most GORGEOUS post of the event! A photo is worth everything isn't it? What about a post from Eric on food photographing tips? These photos are truly amazing.

    Thank you for allowing us to catch a glimpse of the event through your blog (which is beautiful by the way)!

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  8. Sounds like a blast!

    In case you don't see it, I've sent you an award! http://bit.ly/akGScO

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  9. Yay! That looks like so much fun . . .
    By the way, your deep dish pizza in the previous post looks AMAZING. I can't wait to make it and surprise my husband, who is a deep dish fanatic. We live in Chicago, the land of deep dish pizza, so I'm excited to come across a recipe to make it in my own kitchen.

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  10. Looks like a wonderful time! I'm hoping to make it next year. Will keep my eyes out for that show and your segment!

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  11. I love that your recap was in photos.

    Jason

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  12. Amazing pictures!! Thanks for the recap!

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  13. Jealous of you guys in so many ways. Good job on the networking side! That food looks great! Always miss the city, I used to work for Fort Mason and events such as this. Great job guys!

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  14. Definitely gonna go next year. Looks like you had a blast!

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  15. What a terrific recap and I agree with Jason, the photos are wonderful. I had an event that I had to attend and unfortunately missed all the fun. Next year for sure!!!

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  16. Fantastic photos; it nust have been a thrill. Wish I could have been there. That rack of lamb;wow!!!!!

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  17. Thanks for the photographic overview! One picture is worth a thousand words. I hope that I'll be able to go next year.

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  18. Really well done for the blog.these are so sweet and pretty!

    Food Display

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