Food Blog Forum is Coming to Atlanta – Y’all Come!

You might have noticed that I have gone missing there have been a few less blog posts from me lately and that I have been talking about some “special projects”. Well, now you might be able to guess what the very large special project is! Food Blog Forum is coming to Atlanta! The other special project is my series of interviews with Great American Chefs. I will be posting another chef’s interview this week (including a fabulous recipe!).

Today, I am excited to announce that I have been working with Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen and Diane Cu of White on Rice Couple to bring the very first food blogger’s conference to Atlanta and the Southeast! I don’t know about for you, but that plane fare stuff gets really expensive for me when you have to fly across the country to attend a food blogger’s event when you live on the East Coast. Up until now, the West Coast is where most of the events have been held.

So, why not have one of these conferences in my own backyard? That is just what is going to happen. Food Blog Forum is coming to Atlanta on September 10th and 11th, 2010!

If you are not familiar with Food Blog Forum, it is an online community for food bloggers to learn and share information on photography, social media and technology. The website was created by Jaden and Scott Hair (Steamy Kitchen) and Diane Cu and Todd Porter (White on Rice Couple). Food Blog Forum has already had a very successful one day seminar in Los Angeles and now they are coming to Atlanta!

By attending the event, food bloggers will learn about all the skills that go into building a better blog such as branding, food photography and styling tips, technology and how to monetize your blog. Besides that, we are going to have a couple of great parties before and after the event with lots of time for networking and visiting with celebrity guests!

I am very pleased with all of the major sponsors that have agreed to help host and support this event in Atlanta. Thank you so much to all of you that are mentioned in this post! In addition, there are other sponsors that are participating in various ways and their support will be acknowledged at the conference. We thank all of you, too!

The kick-off party will be Friday September 10th at The Viking Store. They have graciously offered to host the event along with Whole Foods and Montaluce Vineyards. Chef Kevin Rathbun will be stopping by to do a cooking demo, so it should be a great way to get things started!

Saturday’s conference, on September 11th, will be held at The Shed at Glenwood. They will be hosting us for the day beginning with breakfast at 8:30 am. Lunch will also be served during the break. Thank you to everyone at The Shed for creating the space to fit us all in for the day!

Showcase Photo and Video will be providing much of the AV equipment as well as some camera equipment used during the photography workshop. There will be a demonstration of some of the techniques and lenses used for the photography workshop during the break.

Finally, our wrap up party Saturday evening will be held at Spice Market at the W Hotel Midtown! Thank you so much to Melissa Libby & Associates for arranging that awesome venue for us!

We are fortunate to have some great guest speakers for the seminar. You can go to the Food Blog Forum Atlanta event site to get more details and to purchase tickets. The Hyatt Place Hotel in Buckhead has also given us a very special rate for the weekend in support of the event.

Let’s show some real Southern hospitality to the Atlanta Food Blog Forum seminar! Space is limited to one hundred participants, so purchase your tickets early as we anticipate this event will be sold out.

I look forward to seeing you in September!