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Speaker Spotlight: BlogHer Food Keynotes, Day One

In a little over six weeks from now, hundreds of food bloggers and food blog readers, all kinds of food industry professionals, scores and scores of speakers, a whole bunch of sponsors, and around a dozen behind-the-scenes staff will be taking over the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle for BlogHer Food '12 (register here). Today I'm going to take a moment to introduce you in greater detail to keynoters for Day One of the conference....more

Interviews: Kitchen Flops and Funnies

We are another week closer to our exciting BlogHer Food Conference in Seattle this June 8-9. Last week I asked two of our speakers how they got started in food blogging. I thought this week I would go for a humorous question and answer with a few of our speakers who know a thing or two about flops in the kitchen. First off, the question is: What’s your biggest food blogging flop?...more
@BlogHer I somehow managed to over-cook my first Crock Pot roast.more

BlogHer Conferences Weekly Update - - April 20, 2012

Happy weekend! Can you believe it's already late April? That means BlogHer Food '12 in Seattle is less than two months away and we'll be in New York for BlogHer '12 in no time! So let's get to the good stuff... There is still time to register for BlogHer Food '12 in Seattle and book your hotel room at the historic Fairmont and be part of the excitement that is BlogHer Food!...more

BlogHer Food '12 Pre-Conference: Why Did You Start Food Blogging?

Suddenly it’s mid-April and I feel like we’re spiraling toward summer at a high rate of speed. Of course, that means that before we know it, BlogHer Food '12 will be upon us! As people begin to wonder what to pack for the Seattle weather and make plans to meet up with fellow bloggers, we thought we would bring you some pre-conference buzz and excitement via some mini-interviews with our speakers. We’re hitting randomly selected speakers with a quick question that we think will be of interest to those attending and those watching from home. To kick things off, we thought we’d ask two speakers the question everyone wants to know: Why did you start food blogging?...more
I would answer this if I could remember life before blogging. Was there life before blogging?more

BlogHer Conferences Weekly Update - - April 13, 2012

Well friends, it's Friday the 13th. While I am not usually superstitious, I do find that I avoid silly things on this day. You know, ladders, black cats, that sort of thing. Whether or not you are superstitious, I hope you have a great weekend. Oh and remember this is your last weekend before taxes are due, April 17, here in the US. Now on to some conference news... We've announced the International Activists BlogHer Scholarship winners for 2012!...more

BlogHer Conferences Weekly Update - - April 6, 2012

Happy holiday weekend! If I have it right, we have both Passover and Easter this weekend, so enjoy time with your friends and family! It's been a very busy few weeks here for the BlogHer Conference Team and we are excited to share!...more

Announcing the BlogHer Food '12 Party with Co-hostesses Ree Drummond, Jaden Hair, & Elise Bauer

Last year's closing party at Food '11 in Atlanta had it all; delicious food, danceable music, and lots of BlogHer friends. A standard was definitely set. But this year, we’re closing out the BlogHer Food '12 Conference in Seattle -- one of the best food cities in the States -- by taking things up a notch (or two, or three)....more

BlogHer Conference Update - - March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day weekend, I hope everyone enjoys a day without little pinches, in other words, wear green! I could go on and on about St. Patrick's Day but there is so much to cover here! BlogHer Entrepreneurs '12 is less than a week away and the agenda is packed with networking, mentoring, and lots of learning....more

BlogHer Conference Update - - March 2, 2012

Happy weekend friends -- I hope all is well as we move into March and the beginning of conference season! First up...BlogHerEntrepreneurs. Yes, it's hard to believe it's already here but we'll be meeting in 3 short weeks for the second annual entrepreneurs event located at the Citrix conference center. This event is designed for women who want to start something, whether their goal is to strike out on their own with a brilliant idea, or to bring an entrepreneurial approach to innovation within a company....more

BlogHer Food Goes to Pike Place Market

We are busy over in the BlogHer Conference Department scheduling away for BlogHer Food and have a great addition to our Saturday Lunch Excursion.Our Saturday Lunch Excursion is a trip to Pike Place Market. This is a mere couple of blocks from our hotel, Fairmont Olympic Hotel, which makes it a perfect location to visit. We have scheduled plenty of time during the lunch for you to casually walk to the Market, peruse the vendors, grab a delicious bite or two and spend time with your new and old friends....more
How do i sign up to go. I'm ready! more

Schedule

June 8 - Day 1
Time Event
8:00am Breakfast, Featuring a Welcome from the BlogHer Founders and a "Pioneer Presentation" from Diane Cu and Todd Porter
9:45am Values: Food Literacy: Separate Food Fact from Food Fiction and Enhance Your Credibility [Beginning]
Visuals: Food Photography Trends: Beyond Pretty [Int/Adv]
Vocation: Traffic Building: Using the Latest Social Tools [Int/Adv]
Voice: Pushing Boundaries in Food Blogging [Advanced]
11:00am Morning Break
12:00pm Lunch
1:30pm Visuals: How Cookbook Photography Differs from Blog Photography [Advanced]
Vocation: Get to Know Your Blog's Guts and Take Control of Your Blogging Destiny [Beginning]
Voice: Basic Copyright: Understanding Your Rights and the Rights of Others [Beginning]
Values: Hunger in America: Understanding the Problem, Galvanizing Community Action [Beginning/Int]
3:00pm Values: Taking Your Blog Activism to the Next Level [Advanced]
Visuals: How to Shoot Video on a Budget and Produce a Gorgeous Product [Beginning/Int]
Vocation: Build a Career in Food: Beyond Blog Monetization [Advanced]
Voice: Fun Food Blogging: Humor's Place in Food Writing [Beginning]
4:30pm Keynote: The Intersection of Great Food, Good Health, and Social Justice
6:00pm Welcome Reception/Meet the Sponsors
June 9 - Day 2
Time Event
9:00am Breakfast, Featuring Keynote: The Intersection of Brands, Bloggers, Ethics, and Opportunity
10:45am Vittles: Food Techniques from the Pros [Advanced]
Visuals: Taking Your Food Photography Outdoors and On Location [All Levels]
Vocation: Behind the Jacket: The Collaborative Process behind Publishing a Cookbook [All Levels]
Voice: Food Bloggers as Storytellers: Telling Your Own Stories, and the Stories of Those at the Table [Advanced]
12:00pm Lunchtime Excursion to Pike Place Market, brought to you by Shutterfly -and- Taking Your Food Photography Outdoors and On Location, Part 2
2:30pm Visuals: Simple Post-Processing for Food Photography: Free, Cheap, and Easy Tools [Beginning]
Vocation: Bootstrapping a Book Tour: Modern-Day Marketing in Today's Publishing Environment [Advanced]
Voice: Making the Most of Kitchen Mishaps; Embracing Imperfection [All Levels]
Vittles: Vintage Food and Drink: Making a Modern Meatloaf, Manhattan, Martini or Macaroni & Cheese [All Levels]
3:45pm Afternoon Break, brought to you by Supervalu
4:45pm Closing Keynote: Innovator Interview with Kim Sunée
6:30pm Closing Reception with Co-hostesses Ree Drummond, Jaden Hair, and Elise Bauer, sponsored by Masterbuilt, Allrecipes.com, and the National Pork Board

Speakers

Jaelithe Judy is a writer, editor, tomato wrangler, and search engine optimization consultant. She has written about politics and food policy for MOMocrats.com and Care2.com, and her writing on child hunger in the United States is featured in the book Mothers of Intention. Jaelithe's political blogging has garnered the attention of CNN, MSNBC, the Huffington Post, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She is also the SEO Editor for Cool Mom Picks and Cool Mom Tech.

Jaelithe tends a family and an organic food garden in St. Louis, Missouri. 

Sara Tetreault writes and speaks about simple, healthy, and less expensive living. From fishing and canning salmon in Alaska with her grandparents while growing up, to picking and preserving fruit with her children today, Sara cooks from scratch in her small kitchen without a microwave, grows vegetables in her urban garden, and meal plans every week as a way to save money and reduce food waste.

Her tips and methods can be found at Go Gingham - Stylishly Frugal Living where she shares about living well on less with thoughtful spending, smart use of resources, and efficient use of time. She lives in Portland and loves good food, travel, and cashmere. With home swapping, cooking at home, and thrifting, she hopes to inspire you with her stylishly frugal ways. Sara keeps a home, one husband, two children, and three chickens in her backyard.

Lisa Stone co-founded BlogHer, Inc. in 2005 with Elisa Camahort Page and Jory Des Jardins, and serves as the company’s CEO. With Lisa’s leadership, the company has grown from an idea for a grassroots conference into a diversified media company and a Top 5 women’s network  online, according to comScore, with 2,500+ premium blog contributors, the world’s largest in-person events for bloggers, and an award-winning social hub at BlogHer.com. As principal architect of BlogHer’s distributed, cross-platform media business, Lisa developed innovative models for profitable, premium online media, and for recognizing and compensating a new wave of content creators.

Lisa has shepherded the company to revenue of eight figures trailing for the past two years, during which BlogHer, Inc. was named among the AlwaysOn OnMedia Top 100 for 2011 and Global 250 for 2010, and as one of America’s Most Promising Start-ups by BusinessWeek. BlogHer’s flagship site, BlogHer.com, was named one of the Top 100 Websites for Women by Forbes in 2010.

A traditional journalist who left CNN for the Internet in 1997, Lisa began developing new social media business models during her tenure as the first Internet journalist awarded a coveted Nieman Fellowship from Harvard University in 2002. Lisa first blogged as part of her 2004 election coverage for the Los Angeles Times, the same year she developed and launched the first sponsored blog network for Law.com. Lisa’s expertise and vision has led to numerous innovations in the social media space.

Prior to the Nieman Fellowship, Lisa was among the early drivers of some of the most successful online communities and interactive programming for women. As the executive producer and Editor in Chief/VP, Programming for Women.com, Lisa grew the 18-channel network to a Top 30 site and oversaw all original programming and the development and integration of content community initiatives with Hearst and Rodale magazines, E! Television/Online, HBO’s Sex and the City, Bloomberg, and Gallup and Knight Ridder. 

Together, BlogHer co-founders Lisa, Elisa and Jory have been named among the most influential women in Web 2.0 and technology by Fast Company (2008, 2009 and 2010), Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year semi-finalists (2010) and among the seven most powerful people in new media by Forbes Magazine (2009). In 2011 they were jointly awarded the PepsiCo Women’s Inspiration Award and in 2008, the Anita Borg Institute Social Impact Award.

Lisa has been honored among the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company (2010), the Most Powerful Moms in Media by Working Mother Magazine (2010), AlwaysOn Top 25 Women in Tech (2009) and the Influencers of Silicon Valley by the San Jose Mercury (2009). She is a frequent speaker at leading industry events, including the Montgomery Technology Conference, Online News Association Annual Conference, EconWomen Summit, Fairchild|WWD Summit, Web 2.0, SXSW Interactive, Supernova and the AlwaysOn Summit.

As the co-founder of a mission-based for-profit organization, Lisa is a member of the Advisory Boards for both the California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships and the Knight Digital Media Center of the USC Annenberg School for Communications. She lives in Silicon Valley with Christopher Carfi and their children.

Taylor Mathis (@taylor_mathis) is a food and lifestyle photographer based in Charlotte, NC. In his workshop, Taking Your Food Photography Outdoors and On Location, he will share some of the tips and tricks that he has developed through photographing food on location for clients such as Garden and Gun, Our State, and Charlotte Magazine.

He blogs about food and food photography techniques through Taylor Takes a Taste (www.taylortakesataste.com) in addition to instructing Food Photography classes at the Light Factory in Charlotte,NC.

Being a former NCAA athlete, Taylor’s passion for college athletics has spilled over into documenting College Football Tailgating. He has traveled to 28 games during the 2010 and 2011 seasons and is currently writing a book on these experiences.

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