Last week I attended the BlogHer Food conference in Atlanta, Georgia. I admit I was a bit disappointed that more gluten-free bloggers were not attending. However, I’m thrilled that I did get to meet a few of them, as well as some non gluten free bloggers. I also had fun, ate gluten-free food, learned a few things, and won a new KitchenAid mixer!
The New Mixer
Thursday evening Susan of Doughmesstic.com hosted a party at the Hard Rock Cafe. There were lots of terrific sponsors and great giveaways. That’s where I won my new pink mixer!
I have a KitchenAid mixer that used to be my mom’s. It is decades old, but still works fine. However, it is the kind where you raise and lower the bowl rather than tilting the head back. I find it difficult to scrape the bowl and have been wanting a new tilt head mixer for some time. I could never bring myself to buy one though.
Needless to say, I was thrilled to win one! The old mixer will be going back to my mom’s so I can more easily do gluten-free baking when I’m there.
It doesn’t take much to overwhelm me, and I was so engrossed in the whole traveling/conference experience that I forgot to take out my camera for the entire first day. Unfortunately, that’s when they had a whole table of gluten-free food for breakfast and lunch.
The breakfast included things like eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, and fruit. Lunch, which I was late for included fruit, chicken, barbecue, and rolls. Gluten-filled rolls. That’s right. I missed the excitement, but apparently the hotel put the regular rolls out on the gluten-free table. Lauren of Celiac Teen and a few others questioned it and an announcement was finally made. I didn’t hear of anyone getting sick.
Of course, I packed plenty of food in my suitcase including things like carrots, fruit cups, and nuts. I also packed a bag of Enjoy Life’s new double chocolate crunch granola which they were kind enough to send me recently.
It’s very good, especially if you like chocolate.
I was also thrilled that Udi’s sent me a care package with a loaf of their new millet chia bread. It’s wonderful, and I made peanut butter sandwiches with it.
Udi’s also sent delicious blueberry muffins which any one, gluten-free or not would enjoy, and some samples of their granola.
My roommate for the conference was Lynn of Lynn’s Recipe Adventures. We have met a couple of times before and often chat on Skype. Lynn is gluten-free and we had a good time together.
My friend and blogging mentor, Toni, The Happy Housewife, was there which was a real treat since she moved away in November. I got to hang out with her and her roommates, Kelly of Faithful Provisions and Crystal of The Thrifty Mama.
I can’t cover all the people I met at the conference, but I certainly want to tell you about meeting other gluten-free bloggers.
Two bloggers I really enjoyed meeting were Raj and Sonia of Flip Cookbook. We had a lot to talk about, including a new web site they have started. It’s pretty cool and I will be telling you more about it soon.
Lauren, of Celiac Teen was on the panel of speakers for one of the sessions, I believe it was called Next Generation. I didn’t get much time with Lauren and that was on Friday when I forgot to use my camera, so no picture. She is just as sweet as I imagined, though.
With Lauren, I also met Hallie of Daily Bites. I was interested in learning that she was home schooled, since I home school my children.
Two people I didn’t know would be attending were Maria and Susan of Live2BGlutenFree. I really enjoyed talking with them too.
If you are a blogger and are interested in the sessions, you can read the liveblog notes. I particularly enjoyed the SEO, photography, and copyright sessions.
Photography is something I really want to improve on, but it takes time to learn. Hopefully, you will see some improvements in that area in the future.
Blogging conferences and similar events are both fun and educational and great opportunities for networking. I wish I could attend more. Money and time, of course, are the limiting factors. I hope in the future to meet more gluten-free bloggers.