This years TECHmunch was my very 1st Food blog convention! The convention was held at the Whole Foods Market HQ located at 550 Bowie St., a Whole foods Mega Store that you could lose yourself in, especially during a cold and rainy wet, mega event filled weekend, SXSW! The city is overpopulated with visitors from all around for the annual film, interactive, music festivals and conferences. http://sxsw.com
A Conversation with Chef Brian Malarkey & Addie Broyles @brianmalarkley @broylesa
Addie Broyles and Chef Malarkey were great speakers! They spoke about food, restaurants and life.
Chef Malarkey, owner of 7 successful restaurants, uniquely named by his love for fabrics, Seersucker, Herringbone to name a couple. I really loved this idea, the combination of two of the things I love, he brought together. Yes, I was very intoned to what he had to say and his stories. Stories of his childhood, what makes the guy and how he works. I have to say I was intrigued by it all.
Take a look for yourself, http://brianmalarkey.com
At the end of the interview, conversation, explanation and advise he gave us an anteprima of what was next on his menu. He said “breakfast for dinner, eggs and…..” I think I fell in love right there.
“How to keep your blog secure hangout” Andrew Wilder @EatingRules
So much info here! Back up your blog and how to! Lots of expert advise, passwords should be strong, decisive and unique, no word and number combinations, he gave plugins and a special coupon towards his own service, lots of good technical advise!
Introducing Cookbook Cafe – Remix your Recipes into Cookbooks
Babette Pepaj, @bakespace @CookbookCafe http://www.Bakespace.com http://www.CookbookCafe
Babette is the founder and CEO of CookbookCafe and founder of TECHmunch!
Cookbook cafe is also an app! Its all about recipes and making your own virtual cookbook! Yes, I am interested! Wow, I loved it!
Who is Babette?: http://www.socaltech.com/interview_with_babette_pepaj_bakespace/s-0023321.html
Eric Schwartzman @ericschwartzman
Legal and Reputational Risks of Blogging
Top legal and reputation risks of flood blogging, ethics, disclosure, lots of good legal information to keep yourself out of trouble blogging!
Kristin Guy @dineXdesign
The Value of Good Typography Hangout
Lots of fun seeing the different types of fonts and overlaying of photos! An app and website to check out, http://www.whatthefont.com
The app tells you from a photo what font is used!
Also, some cute rules to follow, like DO NOT USE the
“mom jeans of fonts” (left)
Serena Ehlrich @Serena
Dir. of Social, Business Wire, she is a HOOT! Talk about keeping the audience entertained and alert! Serena is awesome! She gave us SOOOO much info on editorial calendars, pulling the audience, brand loyal/products, rainy day writes, I actually felt like I was a serious blogger listening to Serena, much of her advise I am doing just naturally trying to keep up with my everyday life and blogging, quite a juggle but fun, just like Serena’s talk!
(How didn’t get a photo of this women? I guess she had ALL my attention!)
Natanya Anderson @Natanya
How to Rock Pinterest
Dir. Social Media @WholeFoods, Natanya says better Pinterest than Facebook for social networking food blogs! She gave a lot of info on blogging and Whole Foods pinning and social networking.
Lunch was sponsored by Whole Foods and gift cards were given out to venture out into Austin’s huge gastronomic REAL FOOD court.
I spent most my time exploring (part) of the store and taking photos. I filled my plate with a little of not nearly everything; Poblano goat cheese mashed potatoes, blue cheese stuffed portobello mushroom, Korean short ribs, chinese pork roast, balsamic roasted beets to name a few of my samples, Oh! and also took a taste of the Pork belly that was being prepared by request. I finally sat to eat I realized my lunch break was nearly finished which didn’t stop me from clicking photos while semi sitting down with a fork in my hand trying to stuff the delicious food in my mouth.
Back upstairs to the convention for dessert! Local vendors brought in their products for us to taste.
Gluten free and Vegan Cupcakes from bake on Austin http://www.bakeonaustin.com
GoodPop All Natural Frozen Popsicleswww.goodpops.com
Due to my flight out of Austin I had to miss the last two speakers at the convention. I had a wonderful time, I learned so much and learned I have so much to learn!
*A special Thank you to my bestie, Julie, for her hospitality,XO!
[Now I have my own business cards too!]