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Bats and Brats! 6th BlogHer Food '13 Friday Night Excursion!

Have you heard about the bats in Austin? They live under the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge, and just as Ann Richards was a force of nature, so are these bats! It's estimated that there are 750,000 to 1.5 million bats at the height of "bat season." Nope, I didn't know there was a bat season either! But that's when we'll be in Austin for BlogHer Food '13. Around sunset, these bats take off to go get their food (insects, yum!) and with all of them in flight, it looks like a black cloud emerging from the bridge. ...more

Join us for Vegan Vittles, Another Friday Night Excursion at BlogHer Food '13

Join The Blissful Chef (also known as Christy Morgan) and ATX Vegan Drinks at the Austin vegan bar Cheer Up Charlie's where you can rub elbows with local vegans, enjoy fancy drinks or local kombucha, and eat from two of the most...more
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BlogHer Food Interviews: Video Bootcamp #1 - Equipment & Gear

This week's BlogHer Food '13 speaker interview revolves around the world of video. I asked the speakers from the Video Bootcamp #1: Equipment and Gear panel this question: Other than a video camera of some sort, what’s one piece of gear that you suggest to anyone looking to get into video for their blogs?...more

What's a Bustaurant? Find Out on the BlogHer Food Tacos (& More) Tour!

Here's another chance to explore Austin's cuisine -- this time on a taco tour near our hotel for BlogHer Food '13. This is our fourth no-host excursion that will take place on Friday, June 7 after our reception and it will be led by Wendi Aarons, also known as one of the Mouthy Housewives, who lives in Austin....more

BlogHer Food ’13: The Ticket Transfer Do-Si-Do

Why the do-si-do? Well, the fact that BlogHer Food ’13 is less than two months away kind of makes me want to clap my hands and swing my partner ‘round and ‘round. The speakers! The sessions! The FOOD! The Austin weirdness of it all! You say you’ve already purchased a ticket and can no longer attend? We’re sorry we’ll miss you! ...more

First Round of BlogHer Food '13 Keynote Speakers

With just seven weeks until BlogHer Food '13 messes with Texas, the excitement is growing with each and every conference announcement! Your BlogHer Food '13 speakers are almost all up on the site (and are being added to our Pinterest boards and Twitter lists daily), the excursions for Friday and Saturday are rolling out (from taco trucks to bat spotting!), and today we'd like to unveil the first of this year's keynote presentations....more
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BlogHer Conference Update -- April 20, 2013

Welcome to our weekly conference update. Alien, Terminator, The Walking Dead -- all of these words have one common thread: Gale Anne Hurd; and we are thrilled to welcome this award winning producer to keynote on Saturday, July 27 at BlogHer '13 in Chicago....more

BlogHer Food Interviews: Ooey, Gooey, Gorgeous Healthy Food Photography

This week's BlogHer Food '13 speaker interview made my tummy grumble. As much as I love all of the sprinkles and sugar on food blogs, I love a good, healthy recipe. Our speakers for the Ooey, Gooey, Gorgeous and Healthy Food Photography panel know a thing or two about healthy recipes -- and how to make them look their best. I thought I'd ask them to show us a photo and share a recipe with this question: Please share with us one example from your work in which you have taken some *boring,* healthy food and made it look fantastic. Explain to our readers how you achieved that look....more

BlogHer Conference Update -- April 12, 2013

Happy weekend, friends! So much has happened this week so let's just get started! First, did you hear we announced Voices of the Year?...more
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BlogHer Food Interviews: Telling Community Stories & History Through Food

This week's BlogHer Food '13 interview brings us three fantastic ladies who know a thing or two about food and storytelling. Our panelists from the Telling Community Story and History Through Food session are sure to inspire you to pass your bits of culture and history through your food writing as well. I asked them: Would you please share a quick story about how you are passing down your culture through your food blog? (You may link to a previous post with a quick blurb about why you love it so.)...more

Schedule

June 7 - Day 1
Time Event
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am BlogHer Food Welcome with BlogHer Co-Founders
10:00am Kitchen Demo: Knife Skills
Breakout #1
Beyond Twitter and Facebook - Pinterest, Instagram, Google +, Tumblr, and Foodspotting
For Good Measure: Search and Social Tracking and Measurements
Workshop - Making Mobile Photographs That Are Print- and Cover-Worthy (Advanced)
The Business Case for Video
Principles of Storytelling
11:30am Lunch
1:00pm Breakout #2
The Next Level of Twitter and Facebook
Mobile Development for Food Blogs
How to Fake Great Photos (Beginner)
Video Bootcamp #1: Equipment and Gear
Food Stories Through Visuals
2:30pm Afternoon Break, sponsored by BAILEYS Coffee Creamers
3:00pm Breakout #3
Workshop - Write to Be Read
From Food Blogger to Epicurean Writer
Pro Food Photography on the Fly (Intermediate/Advanced)
Video Bootcamp #2: Storyboarding and Content
Telling Community Stories and History Through Food
4:45pm Innovator Interview with David Leite
6:00pm Welcome Reception with our Sponsors
7:30pm Optional Nighttime Excursions
June 8 - Day 2
Time Event
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Food Blogging for the Next Generation - Finding Solutions at the Intersection of Childhood Obesity and Food Insecurity in the USA
10:15am Video Bootcamp #3: Post-Production/Editing
Your Brand + Your Causes
Kitchen Demo: Use It or Lose It! Preservation Workshop
Breakout #1
Workshop - Write a Cookbook Proposal
Workshop - Blog on the Run
Workshop - Salvage That Bad Photo! (All Levels)
12:00pm Lunchtime Excursion, sponsored by The National Pork Board
2:30pm How and Where to Distribute Your Video
Tools of the True Change Agent
Breakout #2
Brand/Blogger Relations
Scale Your Small Business
Ooey, Gooey, Gorgeous and Healthy Food Photography (All Levels)
4:00pm Afternoon Break, sponsored by Dannon
5:00pm ROOTS: Readings from the New BlogHer Food Community Anthology
7:00pm Closing Party with at Stubb's with Live Entertainment, BBQ, and Dancing, sponsored by Bing, Ninja Kitchen, and Udi's Gluten Free

Speakers

Todd Porter is a Southern California based photographer and filmmaker. After 14 years in restaurant management, he found another calling in photography and film by documenting food, people, and their stories. Todd is the co-founder of EvoMultimedia.com and co-publisher of WhiteOnRiceCouple.com. He has shot for both advertising and editorial clients such as Whole Foods, Thermador, Sunset Magazine, Lucini Italia, Williams Sonoma, Food and Wine, and the Los Angeles Times.

Sabra Krock is a Manhattan-based photographer specializing in two of the best things in life: food/still life and children. Her work can be seen in numerous cookbooks, magazines, and in print/on the web for private clients. Recent clients include Food and Wine Magazine, The New York Times, Knopf, Workman Publishing, Harvard Common Press and Crumbs Bake Shop.  She writes the blog Spoonful (www.spoonfulblog.com). In addition to her photography business, Sabra is the Vice President of Creative Marketing and Co-Owner of Everything But Water, a national retailer of swim, resortwear and accessories (www.everythingbutwater.com).

Elly Spinweber is marketing and communications director at the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with the private sector and PHA Honorary Chair First Lady Michelle Obama to end childhood obesity in a generation. Elly leads PHA’s daily communications strategy, including digital and social efforts like the MyPlateRecipes Pinterest partnership, which brings together PHA, Let’s Move!, USDA’s MyPlate, and the nation’s top recipe creators to offer thousands of tasty recipes to anyone looking for healthier meals.

Elly has more than a decade of experience leading health-related communications and marketing campaigns. She joined PHA from AARP, where she led press strategy and outreach for the organization’s charitable and service initiatives, including AARP and AARP Foundation’s Drive to End Hunger. The Drive pairs four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jeff Gordon with AARP Foundation to raise funds, build awareness of, and engage Americans across the country in the fight against hunger. The effort is focused on the nine million Americans over 50 who are at risk of hunger every day.

She lives in the DC area with her husband and their elderly Chihuahua. In her spare time, she is pursuing a master’s degree in public health and trying mightily to grow lettuce, tomatoes, peas and peppers in her patio container garden.

Henry Fong co-founded and works behind the scenes at Nom Nom Paleo, a popular and award-winning food blog authored by his wife, Michelle Tam.

A busy lawyer by day and sleep-deprived graphic artist by night, he’s responsible for Nom Nom Paleo’s distinctive design and photography, which won a Homies Award from Apartment Therapy for Best Food Photography on a Blog in 2012.

Together, Michelle and Henry created the bestselling Nom Nom Paleo cookbook app for the iPad®, which has remained at the top of the App Store charts since its launch in April 2012. Their print cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel Publishing) will be released in December 2013.

Henry is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and Yale Law School.

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