International Food Blogger’s Conference (IFBC) – New Orleans, LA
Learning, food, fun and new friends. That is what comes to mind after attending the International Food Blogger’s Conference (IFBC) in New Orleans this past weekend. Of course, recovery is what is taking place this week after a fun-filled time in New Orleans!
If you read Bunkycooks, you know that we adore New Orleans and we were just there in February with great friends. So, when Jamie, from Life’s a Feast, asked me to come and meet her there during the conference, that was the least I could do. After all, she flew in all the way from from Nantes, France! 😉 It also provided us an opportunity to scout out a few venues for a future On The Road culinary adventure.
I had the privilege of presenting at IFBC, which was held at the beautiful Hotel Monteleone, in The French Quarter. I was asked to speak about Blogging with Ethics and Values. Robin Goldstein of Fearless Critic was my co-presenter. We had the difficult task of opening up the conference on Friday afternoon with a rather serious subject. I guess it was a good thing to get the tough stuff out of the way early on.
Andie Mitchell of Foodista and the other organizers of IFBC (Sheri Wetherell and Barnaby Dorfman, also from Foodista) and Zephyr Adventures, put together an incredible event. I preferred this smaller conference (about 130 people) to larger venues because we all were together most of the time. I think this fosters better relationships between the attendees when the events are inclusive.
We were treated to several meals that were provided by local restaurants that brought the flavors of New Orleans to us. There is nothing like eating jumbo Gulf shrimp, po-boys and etouffee right in the heart of The French Quarter. We also had wine tastings and pairings from Winebow and Jordan Winery.
Of course, when in New Orleans, it is always about food and drink and we were definitely on a mission to get as much of all of it as we could while we were there. As soon as we hit town, we headed to Red Fish Grill for fried oysters. Then we had dinner with Jamie the first evening at Mr. B’s Bistro and beignets at Cafe du Monde in the mornings.
We had lunch at Chef John Besh’s August on Friday afternoon and took just a few photos.
We then had Sazeracs at The Sazerac Bar Friday evening.
We finally outdid ourselves with french fries and champagne (Veuve Clicquot, of course) at Sylvain after dinner Saturday evening. Can you say diet?
It was wonderful meeting you. Thanks for posting all these great pictures and helping me relive the IFBC memories.
It was great meeting you as well. I hope to see you at another conference in the future!
That’s it. I MUST go to this one next year!
Sounds like so much fun. I wish I could have popped over to New Orleans for the event! The beignets are calling my name. I need to visit again soon.
Keep those tatas under wraps!
LOL! That wasn’t the worst picture. 😉
Such an amazing conference! I’m so glad I was able to meet you! We’ll have to reunite our little “entourage” again soon! xoxo
Yes, it was SO much fun getting to meet you and spend some time together in New Orleans! We definitely must have a reunion at some point!
I have enjoyed reading everyone’s post-conference commentary. Enjoyed your presentation on Friday!
Thank you and thanks for stopping by.
I love this, Gwen! I’m so happy to have met. Thanks for everything 🙂
It was great meeting you too! Thanks for the opportunity to speak at IFBC. I had a great time at the conference and hope to see you again at another one soon!
what fun and you got to show off New Orleans… looks like a great conference and I hope you post more about it…
You know I love New Orleans and it’s always good to have an opportunity to share this very special cities with others! There will be a little bit more to come soon…
Looks spectacular!!! Worth braving the August heat in NOLA, for sure!
Aw this is a wonderful post… great pictures, great memories! And we will definitely spending more and more time together, we four babes… oh and maybe 5 or 6… what a fantastic weekend and conference and what amazing people we not only met but actually got to be friends with. I am so glad you took my pushing and decided to come. xox
Yes, thanks for the push and encouragement. It was so worth the trip to get to meeting you in person and spend some time getting to know each other. We had so much fun with Lora, Sarah and Nanice…I miss everyone! 🙁
I hope I see you before you head back to France!!
Sweet Gwen! Always a pleasure reading your adventures. Looking forward the the future posts 😉
I am sooooo jealous. Looking forward to IFBC in Santa Monica though. GREG
You will definitely have a great time in Santa Monica. They really did a nice job putting this event together.
Great recap! The photos are taking me right back to NOLA! It was nice meeting you while at the IFBC and I enjoyed your presentation!
It was great to finally meet you as well. I am glad that you had so much fun in New Orleans and I hope to see you at another event in the future!
That photo of you and Sharice…I don’t know how I snapped that photo b/c the tears were blocking my vision. What a fun moment at The Carousel. The whole weekend was incredible. What a joy to have met you in my new favorite city: New Orleans. We’ll meet again soon. Maybe with the rest of the entourage?;)xx
I was laughing so hard I cried too! Sharice was definitely a hoot…only in New Orleans! We have to meet up again sometime soon…it is lonely without our Entourage. 🙁
Thanks for sharing your experience, looks like a great time!
Great post and photos, Gwen! You’re so photogenic, I might add 🙂 It was wonderful meeting you! You’re such a sweetheart, I just wish we’d had more time to sit and get to know one another. Hopefully we’ll have that opportunity soon. I so wanted to join you at the bar when I saw you Tweeting!! 🙂 All the best…
What a wonderful experience! I so wish I could have joined you guys!
So fun, Gwen! I can’t believe that woman…and too funny that you were tweeting it. So cool that you guys got to meet Chef Besh. I wish I got to see and hear your session!
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