‘Tis the season for merriment, great food, and excellent company. To help the food blogging community (among others) plan their holiday season strategies, the events have been stacking up and we would like to provide a recap of the people and the resources we have encountered attending them.
Blogger Holiday Fest began with a reunion from TECHmunch Boston, a conference I attended in July. TECHmuch was conceived by Babette Papaj at Bakespace.com to bring together local food blogging communities. At the reunion, we got to test the new Bakespace iPad app which allows people to self-publish and sell cookbooks (the non-profit possibilities are endless!) and allows e-cookbook buyers to maintain an indexed database of their purchased recipes. I didn’t get enough time with the App to review it properly, but it looks really exciting! More accurately, it looks like a really compelling reason to get an iPad! Between good laughs and App sampling, I got to reconnect with:
- Babette Papaj, Bakespace.com
- Jacqueline Church, Leather District Gourmet
- Loring Barnes, Clarity Group
- Hillary Allard, The Castle Group
The next night, all three of the BFS crew stopped by my neighborhood bodega (Whole Foods River St.) for a holiday entertaining fair for food bloggers. They welcomed the group with trays of their holiday entertaining offerings like cheese and crackers, wine, appetizers, desserts, and even octopi! Tara claims the cephalopods were delicious so we should probably trust her judgment. If you reach your limit of home cooking this season (it happens to the best of us), the polenta and caramelized onion triangles were fantastic and could easily wow a crowd! Far too many bloggers attended the event to acknowledge them all but here are a few:
- Lena Hanson, Lena on the Beach (who told us of the plans she was hatching for our Cookie Swap for a Cause)
- Elizabeth Evans, On Tap for Today
- Audrey, Boston Foodie Tours
- Rachel Cossar, The Frugal Foodista (who was the lucky winner of the scavenger hunt – Congrats!)
- Kristen Haley, Beantown Social (not a food blog but a great resource for what’s happening around town)
If I wasn’t full enough from the Whole Foods River St blogger party, I woke up to more delicious treats at the Boston Brunchers Temple Bar event in the Harvard/Porter area. I enjoyed the Cinnamon-Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast and, when I thought I couldn’t eat another bite, they brought out a sampling of their desserts for everyone to taste! Each one was insanely good, from cardamom crème brulee to chocolate brioche bread pudding. At this point in the weekend, a few of the bloggers were becoming very familiar faces. Some notable names on Saturday included:
- Beth Quitadamo, The Sailing Foodie
- Sean William, BostonMO
(also not a food blogger but wildly entertaining)
- Erin, a Girl and Her Mutt
- Amanda, Tales from a Kitchen Misfit
- Amy, Wicked Good Travel
- Megan, Cooking Whims
After brunch, we hit the Eat Boutique Winter Local Market and saw Beatrice Peltre of La Tartine Gourmande signing pre-sale copies of her new book! Sunday was the Boston Foodie Social which had no bloggers but a lot of food and a REALLY cool 12 year old cookbook author.
Needless to say, it was a very… filling few days. We were thrilled to experience the Boston food blogger community with such intensity as the holiday season ramps up. There is no better company for plotting your holiday meals than a room full of food writers! For their tips on how to make your season bright, follow the links where you will find nothing short of inspiration.
Thanks to everyone in the blogging community and beyond for a great year. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
*note: I know I forgot MANY of the people we saw over the past few days. Email us at bostonfoodswap at gmail dot com and I’ll add you!