• Eat-Up Meet-Up

    February 27, 2009

    Last night, I had the opportunity to attend a food blogger networking event. WBUR 90.9, Boston’s NPR News Station, hosted a “Eat-Up Meet-Up,” which was their first New England food blogger/foodie event.

    After slapping on a name-tag, I headed into a big, open room full of about 35 Boston-area bloggers. I still forget how many wonderful food bloggers live in this city! It was really neat coming together as a group.

    The event started with a brief introduction from the WBUR staff, and then each of the bloggers briefly introduced themselves. I am petrified of speaking in front of large groups, so my Carrots ‘N’ Cake summary was short and sweet! :oops:

    After the introductions, it was time to E-A-T, which I suppose is what food bloggers do best! :mrgreen: Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that there would be so much delicious food at this event, and I ate dinner before coming. But, of course, I always have room for wine and dessert! ;-)

    While chitchatting, I poured myself a small glass of wine. This bottle of wine was quite lovely, and I could have easily drank a bigger glass, but I was driving home later in the evening.

    Standing just a few feet away from the food tables, a Cranberry Orange Dark Chocolate Chip cookies immediately caught my attention, so obviously, I needed to taste what it was all about! I loved the zing of the orange zest mixed with the dried cranberries and huge chunks of chocolate, which were a particularly nice compliment to the fruit flavors. The cookie was so incredibly HOLY YUM…

    I just had to have a second one! ;-)

    Now, don’t get me wrong, I had a very nice time at the foodie event last night, but I am a horrendous networker– it is definitely a skill that I need to work on! Along with the other bloggers, I passed around my CNC business card– that counts, right?

    Even though I didn’t “work the room,” I was able to get to know Shannon and Kelly, bloggers from the Small Plates dinner, much better. I’m so glad that we had one another as wingwomen!

    After eating and mingling for about an hour, the group was pulled back together to discuss WBUR’s Public Radio Kitchen project as well as our own experiences with blogging. It was interesting to hear everyone’s perspectives on the blogging world. It seemed like a lot of us had similar ideas and opinions about the food blog community.

    I left the event with so many business cards, which means that I have even more blogs to check-out, read, and get ideas from! :-D

    All in all, the WRUR food blogger event was excellent! It sounds like there are future events in the works, so hopefully, I will attend another soon… and maybe then, I will be able to work on my networking skills! ;-)

    Stonyfield Contest Winners

    Thanks to everyone who entered the Stonyfield Photo Scavenger Hunt Giveaway! I used the same method to pick the winners as I did for the Valentine’s Day Photo Scavenger Hunt. Again, I used the Random Integer Generator to select 5 numbers from all of the entries.

    Random Integers29 127 12 59 102

    And, the winners are:

    • Katie C.
      Bothell, WA 
    • Meghan N.
      Waltham, MA 
    • Amelia K.
      Norton, MA 
    • Erin S. 
      Cherry Hill, NJ 
    • Jeannie W.
      Charlotte, NC

    Congrats to the winners! Keep a look-out for your Stonyfield prize package in the mail in the coming weeks! :-D

    Question of the Day

    How are your networking skills? Does it come naturally or is it something that you have to work at?


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    Meredith (Pursuing Balance) February 28, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    That cookie looks amazing! Seems like a fun event :)

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    Marianne February 28, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    What a great event your NPR station put on. I never even thought the world of food blogging was that big. It’s definitely a great way to get your name and blog out there.

    And that cookie does look pretty damn good.

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    Emily March 1, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    I dread networking scenarios. I am terrible at it and just don’t know how to overcome my fear. You did so well going along to that event. I’d have pulled out at the final hurdle, I think. I guess it was worth it for those cookies….!

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    Ken March 3, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    If you’re bad at networking, you certainly didn’t show it! Thanks so much for coming out and “eating up,” and for writing about it here. Well-written and thorough pieces like this one (and tantalizing photos of cookies) are just the thing we need to help generate interest in social media events like the eat-up.

    We all hope to see you at the next one. And this time, don’t eat dinner beforehand!

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