It never ceases to amaze me how quickly you can go from this…
I am back in snowy Charlotte today after a whirlwind five day trip to Playa del Carmen for Food Blog Camp 2011. The weather was amazing, the information informative, and the food delicious. We learned everything from food styling with Matt Armendariz and Adam Pearson, to Photography with Todd and Diane Chu, to the business of blogging with Jaden Hair, David Lebovitz, and Elise Bauer.
The Grand Velas hotel was stunning. Just take a look at a few of these pictures if you don’t believe me.
We were able to get up close and personal with the chefs and see them performing their craft. It was a true treat to have the opportunity to not only watch these chefs in action, but document the experience as well.
There is just something so surreal about sitting at dinner chatting the intricacies of blogging with David Lebovitz and Jaden Hair one night and Elise Bauer the next. You feel as though you have a front seat to learn what it takes to be successful in the online world. The leaders treated each and every blogger as their peer and were generous in sharing their knowledge of what brought them to where they were today.
Everything else aside though, I have to say that the best part of the entire trip were the amazing women (and a few men) that shared the experience. Women like Jen, my roommate, from Eating Clean Recipes, Susan from Swoon my Spoon, Fran from Frantastic Food, Sally from Bake Cupcakes and Maggie from Loaded Kitchen, who’s still stuck in Cancun until tomorrow because of the Snowmaggedan occurring here in the south today (stay safe girlie!).
A can’t imagine a more perfect experience. Thank you to KerryGold, our sponsor, Grand Velas our hosts, and Jaden, Todd and Diane, Matt and Adam, David, and Elise for putting together the best food blog camp yet!
Links to Other Food Blog Camp Writeups:
What’s Gaby Cooking: Food Blog Camp – Cancun
David Lebovitz: Food Blogger Camp 2011
Savury and Sweet: Food Blog Camp 2011
Acorns and Apples: Mini Mexican Update
Foodie Bride: The Greatest Job in the World
Daily Nibbles: Hello from Mexico
Kitchen Conundrum: Hola Mexico! Part Uno.
A Communal Table: What I Learned: Food Blogger Camp 2011
Family Fresh Cooking: Food Blogger Camp Riviera Maya
Pinch My Salt: Wordless Wednesday – My Kind of Camping Trip
Matt Bites: Food Blog Camp 2011 in Mexico
Adventures of an Amateur Foodie: Mas del Food Blog Camp 2011
White on Rice Couple: Food Blog Camp 2011 and Dancing Video
Kitchen Corners: Food Blogger Camp 2011
Steamy Kitchen: Food Blog Camp 2011
Together in Food: Life Lessons from Food Blogger Camp 2011
Bake Cupcakes: Oh Mexico! Food Blogger Camp
Eating Clean Recipes: Food Blog Camp 2011, Notes and Gratitude
Undercover Caterer: Escape from Grand Velas!
Pinch my Salt: What I Learned in Mexico