The Everything Food Conference had famous food bloggers, a TON of swag, and fantastic food. It really did have everything you could ever hope for in a food conference!
I gained four pounds over the weekend. I was just doing my job. And it was my job to eat every single thing at the Everything Food Conference in Salt Lake.
For three days, I ate amazing food provided by restaurants and sponsors. My favorite? Some AMAZING cookies from Ruby Snap. I kept walking by their table, looking longingly at their cookies. They said I could have more than one. (Visit their site. It’s extremely clever and fun! And you will die at all the incredible cookie flavors!) I attribute at least one pound of my weight gain to their cookies. The cookies they had at the conference were soft, thick and pillowy. One flavor was topped with lime curd, and the other was a vanilla cookie with rosewater glaze topped with a tiny little rose bud. Each of their cookies has a clever name. These Frida cookies are the ones I want to try the most!
During the conference, I got to learn from some of the top stars in the food world. What’s even more awesome is that I got to meet a lot of them in person!
As a volunteer for the conference, I was super lucky to get the chance to assist Kayley McCabe in her food photography class. (People paid a boatload of extra cash to take this class, but I got to learn all her secrets for free!) When you see her photography, you will understand why it cost a boatload of cash. It’s like learning to paint from one of the masters.
Raspberry Rose Bundt Cake by The Kitchen McCabe
Buckwheat Graham Crackers and Cinnamon Vanilla Coconut Milk by The Kitchen McCabe
As a volunteer, I was also assigned to assist Ali Ebright from Gimme Some Oven with her keynote speech. She did not need my assistance, but I got to meet her anyway! She is SUPER sweet, and an amazing cook and photographer as well.
Sally McKenney from Sally’s Baking Addiction was also there. I had been stalking her on her blog, but I finally got to meet her in person! Here’s a picture to prove it! (She’s the cute one on the left).
She has had major success with her super delicious sweets, and is coming out with her third cookbook, Sally’s Cookie Addiction in September! If you want to pre-order it, just click on the picture below!
As I was walking around, I noticed Gerry Speirs, (another famous food photographer) from the blog Foodness Gracious. He and my friend Sarah Menanix from Snixy Kitchen are putting on a food workshop in California. Alas, it is full. But it will be awesome! Sarah is a food stylist for the New York Times. (She also designed my site, so I love her to death). Gerry seemed to be a pretty shy guy, but was very friendly and personable when I struck up a conversation. He also has a charming Scottish accent.
One day, I was eating lunch and having a nice chat with Katie Chin. The next thing I know, she’s up on stage in a mastermind panel giving us advice! I had no idea she had written several Asian cookbooks, hosted a cooking series on PBS, been featured in O Magazine and on the Today Show, and was a guest judge on Iron Chef America! She is a very confident, down-to-earth person who freely shared of her expertise, both up on stage and at the lunch table.
The last famous blogger I met is Amanda Rettke from I Am Baker. I adore her. She makes me want to decorate cakes, and I hate decorating cakes. She’s got such a fun personality. I wish I could have hung out with her more! Although she bakes all kinds of things, cakes are her specialty. Take a look at some of her creations!
We stayed up until 2:00 a.m. the first night. We watched Austenland (one of my favorite movies of all time, which you absolutely must watch as soon as possible). The second night, we stayed up past midnight talking. As you can imagine, I was tired when I got home from my trip. But it was SO worth it! Now to get rid of those four pounds 🙁