First thing I want to do is congratulate Jamie Oliver and crew for winning an Emmy for Outstanding Reality Show with Jamie’s Food Revolution. How exciting is that! You the reader, have been and still are part of the Food Revolution. Keep it up! We were fortunate enough to have Jamie’s Food Stylist, Anna Helm-Baxter, join in on the 30 Days to a Food Revolution and share her recipe for Granola Bars on Day 30. Congratulations to everyone. I hope this continues to move the Food Revolution along.
I am soooooo excited about this week I can’t hardly stand it. I’m not even sure what I’m going to eat. It will most likely be leftovers since my entire family will be going in different directions. What I’m excited about is on Thursday morning I’m getting on a plane and heading to Seattle. My first trip there.
But that’s not the best part. I’m going to attend the IFBC (International Food Bloggers Conference).
But that’s not the best part. There will be lots of food bloggers from all over the world and gluten free bloggers. There will also be amazing chefs, celebrties in the food world like James Oseland, Editor-in-Chief of Saveur, Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me creator), tons of amazing presenters teaching me about recipe writing, food photography and other blog technology.
But that’s not the best part. Almost the entire event is being held in a chocolate factory, Theo Chocolate. Yes, I said I’ll be in a chocolate factory for 2 full days. Move over Charlie, my childhood dream has finally come true. If I don’t come home, you’ll know where to look.
But that’s not the best part. On Sunday when most folks are eating from the Lunch Truck (cool meals) I will be joining my fellow gluten free bloggers who are being treated to a meal prepared by Shauna and Danny Ahern (Gluten-Free Girl and The Chef). Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited about the whole event, but to hang out with other folks in the gluten free blogging world and have one of the best cooking for you, well that’s pure heaven. They sent out the menu and it sounds amazing. They’re even making sure that there is no dairy or rice in the meal. You know even most gluten free folks don’t want to cook for me when I toss in the line, I can’t eat rice either. I believe the recipes they are cooking can be found in their new cookbook coming out in September. Have you pre-orderd yours? I have! If you missed their video I shared a couple of weeks ago, make sure to check it out.
I’m going to work really hard before I go to share some recipes from last week’s menu. Thank you for all of the notes asking for them. But while I’m there I can’t promise I’ll get very many posts up. I will however be tweeting (using #IFBC) and sharing info on my personal Facebook page as it happens. (also check out IFBC’s website for more info during the events) Right now I’m really wishing I had one of those new iPhones 4 instead of my 3G. The 4 takes amazing photos that I could tweet and share right away. I’ll give it a try with my little 3G.
Well that’s it for now. I don’t know how I’m ever going to be ready to go by Thursday but ready or not, I’m going!
Oh, one more thing. Don’t forget to join in for Friday Foodie Fix. The Secret Ingredient is School Breakfasts and Lunches. I hope you will share your tips and recipes and find some new ones too! Have a great week everyone.
Wow, interesting about Jamie winning the Emmy! Glad I have you girls to keep me up to date on all this stuff. Speaking of IFBC, I'm leaving Friday and I won't be ready to go by then either, so we're in the same boat. Breathe in, breathe out. And paddle like crazy. Must go check the IFBC website (thanks for the reminder) to see what's going on other than the frosting frenzy at Flying Apron. =)
See you soon!
Can't wait to see you!
Reading this post got me pretty excited. Can you believe all the foodie fun we have lined up for us? See you there!
Awesome job on this post, Diane! Just reading it makes me farm more excited, too. 🙂 And, I admit a bit panicky … we never know how we'll do it all, do we? But somehow we do. It will certainly be with it … what an amazing few days we have in front of us!
See you there Wendy!
Shirley, remember we're breathing, deep breaths. It doesn't matter if we get it all done, just that we get on that plane! I figure any work I don't get done I'll leave a list for others to do. 🙂
Welcome to Seattle! I volunteered to work the festival but then I got a job. Then I didn't get the job. Then I lost track of what day it was, so I will miss the whole thing. Have a wonderful time!!!
Darn, thanks for the well wishes!
So many exciting events but why do they never come to Florida? 🙁
I can't wait to read more about your adventures!!
Nisrine- I think you may have to petition them or start one. Also, check out Jaden Hair. She has events all around the country.
Oh Diane! I'm soooo envious of you guys and your trip to IFBC. Especially your Sunday meal. I can't wait to hear all about it! Wish I could sneak into someone's suitcase! Have a blast.
Maggie- Not much room in my suitcase but you're welcome to try. 🙂