Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Food Blog Forum Nashville: Wrap Up and What I Learned

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Apparently 2011 has been the year for me to attend blogging forums and conferences.  This time around, I got to drive three minutes instead of taking three flights to get to it.  Humongous thanks to Beth of Eat.Drink.Smile, Leah of So, How’s It Taste, and Lindsay of Love and Olive Oil for bringing FBF to Nashville!  It was a great opportunity to meet fellow foodies, learn some interesting tips, eat some amazing food, and win awesome swag!

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Friday night was a Taste of Tennessee party at the Nashville Farmer’s Market.  They had twelve vendors from all over Tennessee showing off their delicious goods to the bloggers.  Plus, if you visited all twelve with your bingo card, you got entered into the door prize giveaway which was a great incentive to check everything out. I got sucked into the booze options at Yazoo Brewery, Corsair Distillery, and Grinder’s Switch Winery so I didn’t make it to all twelve.  But, hey! Look at the cool Yazoo pint glass I got instead.  Really though, I did manage to inhale some chicken and biscuits from Loveless Cafe which I still haven’t been to after living here for over three years.

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Once the coffee pots were functional, the forum went extremely smoothly on Saturday.  We had nibbles and drinks available during all the breaks, there weren’t any noticeable AV issues, and all the speakers kept within their time limits.  My nerdy organizer self noticed all these small details, so way to go ladies for being on top of both the big things and the details!!  KitchenAid and Calphalon were sponsors of FBF so we had door prizes for all 94 attendees that were given away during the breaks.  Yours truly won a KitchenAid food processor!

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I think the most meaningful sessions for me (as I’m not really a big cook or developing recipes) were the food styling/food photography session and the breakout sessions at the end.  Todd and Diane of White on Rice Couple were engaging, entertaining, and so full of information.  They were truly inspiring to watch, and I’m officially jealous of their photography skills.  They covered the different angles of light (using the same dish and changing the lighting to directly behind, directly in front, and from the side), how to tell a story, and tips on adding the visual oomph to shots to take them to the next level.  In the Q&A, I asked about restaurant shots since I’m usually in a dark room without a window full of daylight.  I admitted my crutch has been Instagram.  They had some good suggestions like finding a hanging light, moving a candle behind a dish, and a couple of apps to help with iPhoneagraphy like Noir (a black and white filter).  Here are a few Turkish pizza shots I tried their daylight tips out on:

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All in all, I walked away with new knowledge, a ton of connections, a full belly, a new food processor, and a sore arm from the 20 pound swag bag. Seriously, this is just part of it!

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6 Responses to “Food Blog Forum Nashville: Wrap Up and What I Learned”

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    Lesley — October 11, 2011 @ 6:44 pm

    Lucky you getting that food processor! 13 cups–that’s a beast!

    What a fun event. Normal life has been quite a letdown.

    • ehalvey replied: — October 11th, 2011 @ 6:46 pm

      I’m stoked to be able to make big batches of soups now. MMMMM!

      Haha, I know, right? I keep looking for an itinerary for my regular day.

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    Shannon — October 12, 2011 @ 3:37 pm

    That food processor is sweet!! Congrats! We had so much fun. It was like Christmas with the swag and all. My mom was here babysitting and when I came home with all the swag, she was deeply impressed…and slightly jealous.

    • ehalvey replied: — October 12th, 2011 @ 5:39 pm

      Thanks! I felt like I was on Oprah with all the goodies and swag 🙂 But you got the awesome food canisters which is way more practical than my beast!

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    jenjenk — October 18, 2011 @ 4:16 pm

    yay! so glad you went!! did you get a chance to meet todd, diane, & jaden?? My friend Paula from Bellalimento was there, too!!!

    congrats on winning the food processor!! i love mine!!

    • ehalvey replied: — October 18th, 2011 @ 5:59 pm

      Yep, met them all 🙂

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