This past weekend I attended the IFBC (International Food Bloggers Conference) in Seattle, and while I’m still digesting (hah!) the things I learned there, I thought I’d post a personal “Best Of” list of my weekend at the conference. Stay tuned later this week for more posts about this inspiring event.
Best Thing I drank at IFBC: Sipping Caramel with Mescal from the good folks at Hot Cakes was unbelievable – so good!
Best Overall Event at IFBC: The Urbanspoon Secret Supper I had at Luc in Madison Valley was the highlight of the weekend – the company was fabulous, the food was exquisite and Chef Thierry Rautureau was an absolutely welcoming and charming host.
Best Quotable Quote of the Conference: “The quality of the wine is twenty percent where you’re at, twenty percent who you’re with, and the rest is the wine” – John Sarich, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery Culinary Director.
Best Snack Food: The paper thin dried fruit from Simple & Crisp was beautiful and delicious; just begging to be set out on a platter with cheese and something sparkling at a party.
Best Piece of Swag That I Thought Were Earrings (But Were Actually Wineglass Charms): Adorably dangly chateau wineglass charms from Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery . In my defense, I didn’t actually try to wear them and they are made with earring hoops.
Best Bit of Pre-Conference Advice: Keep a bunch of business cards tucked in behind your conference name-tag for quick access. The night before IFBC I met Heather from HeatherLikesFood.com at a reception and she gave me this tip which I implemented first thing Friday – Thanks Heather!
Best Aha/D’uh Realization: Everyone has a blog, and everyone likes talking about their blog, so asking someone to tell you about their blog is a no-fail conversation starter.
Disclosure: This post was written in part to take advantage of the IFBC discounted rate for bloggers – but all opinions are my own! For more information about the IFBC blogger program, check out the Registration page from this year’s conference.