International Food Blogger Conference (IFBC)


Friday, May 15, 2009

Cocktail Party 5:30-9:00pm

Renee Behnke: Memorable Recipes: To Share with Family and Friends

Renee Benke is Presdent Emeritus of Sur La Table. During her tenure, she helped Sur La Table develop from a small shop in the Pike Place Market to a nationwide culinary presence. Renee’s passion for cooking led her to start the Sur La Table Culinary Program to teach employees and customers alike the joys of cooking.

Michael Hebb:

Michael is an underground restaurateur and founder of one pot, “a gesture… to the corporate little box we reside in and are supposed to dine in.”

Mason Sager: Caffe Vita

Mason is buyer and roaster at Caffe Vita. Caffe Vita is a Seattle-based roasting company with an eye on the global community. Michael visits growers internationally to ensure that Caffe Vita produces the most socially responsible cup of coffee.

Joe Whinney: Theo Chocolates

Joe is CEO and founder of Seattle’s Theo chocolates, the nation’s only organic cocoa roasters, and a pioneer in Fair Trade chocolate.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Session 1: Writing, 10:00 – 11:15am, “Blog to Book – Getting Your Writing On Paper”
Moderated by Amy Sherman


Molly Wizenberg:, and A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table

Molly is a Seattle-based author and food blogger who started writing about food as a hobby to fill a career gap. Five years later, this hobby has become her career.

Jaden Hair:, Tampa Tribune food writer and TV cooking show host

Jaden is an food blogger, newspaper columnist and television host who focuses on Modern Asian cuisine.

Kirsty Melville: Cookbook publisher at Andrews McMeel Publishing

Kirsty is the publisher at Kansas City-based Andrews McMeel Publishing. AMP publishes general nonfiction trade books, gift books and humor books, and now-thanks to Kirsty-has an award-winning cookbook program.

Session 2: Writing, 11:30am – 12:45pm, “Finding Your Voice”
Moderated by Warren Etheredge


Rebekah Denn: Seattle PI food journalist, blogger, James Beard Journalism Award Winner

Rebekah won the 2007 James Beard award for restaurant criticism as a food writer for the Seattle PI; she wrote the paper’s Devouring sEATtle blog until its closure this year. She currently writes the Eat All About It blog.

Julie Brosterman: CEO/Founder of Women in Wine

Julie’s background is in Real Estate but her passion is wine. She created Women in Wine to educate women about wine and the wine industry, a traditionally male-dominated environment.

Kathleen Flinn: IACP chair and author of The Sharper your Knife, the Less You Cry

Kathleen is a Seattle-based journalist, food writer and sometimes teacher; her book The Sharper your Knife, the Less You Cry examines Paris’ renowned Le Cordon Bleu.

Session 3: Technology, 2:30 – 3:45pm, “Building A Better Blog Part 1: “Food Porn – Food Photography & Styling”


Kathy Casey: owner of Kathy Casey Food Studios and author of Kathy Casey’s Northwest Table and Sips & Apps

Kathy is owner of Kathy Casey Food Studios, a food and beverage consulting and recipe development company. She is also and author and makes frequent appearances on television and radio.

Session 4: Technology, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, “Building A Better Blog Part 2: SEO/Traffic/Monetization”


Barnaby Dorfman: CEO, Foodista

Barnaby traded a career at to combine his passions: technology and cooking. He co-founded Foodista to provide a community for everyone to share this enthusiasm.

Ryan Stern: Director & Managing Editor, Foodbuzz

Ryan is Director & Managing Editor at Foodbuzz, an online community for foodies. She also writes food blog The Pink Spoon.

Elise Bauer:

Elise started SimplyRecipes to document her family’s extensive recipe collection. The blog has grown into what Time Magazine called a “great resource for cooks” in their “50 Coolest Websites of 2006″

Words and Wine with Ruth Reichl, 6:30-8:30pm

Ruth is Editor in Chief of Gourmet and a long-time editor, food writer and restaurant critic. Her work has received great recognition, including four James Beard Awards, the YWCA´s Elizabeth Cutter Morrow Award and many awards from the Association of American Food Journalists.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Session 5: Writing, 9:30 – 10:45am, “Blogging As A Career”


Jaden Hair (see above)

Amy Sherman: and Williams-Sonoma New Flavors for Appetizers: Classic Recipes Redefined

Amy is a San-Francisco author, food blogger and “all-around culinary enthusiast.” She also works as a food consultant and has helped brands like Dannon and Oliso develop products.

Elise Bauer:

Elise started SimplyRecipes to document her family’s extensive recipe collection. The blog has grown into what Time Magazine called a “great resource for cooks” in their “50 Coolest Websites of 2006″

Session 6: Writing, 11:00am – 12:15pm, “The Law and Ethics in Blogging”
Moderated by Tracy Sarich


Kraig Baker: Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine

Kraig is Chair of the Technology, e-Business and Digital Media practice at the law firm Davis Wright Tremaine, where he focuses on assisting clients with licensing transactions. He is also an adjunct professor in the University of Washington’s Master of Communication in Digital Media program.

Kim O’Donnel: “A Mighty Appetite” Washington Post

Kim is a trained cook, food journalist and cooking instructor. She is the Washington Post’s culinary blogger and creator and host of the paper’s live chat forum “What’s Cooking.”

Session 7: Food, 2:00 – 3:15pm “Passionate Purveyors & Producers”
Moderated by Barnaby Dorfman


Lauren Adler: Chocopolis

Lauren followed her life-long love of chocolate to open Seattle’s Chocopolis, a store specializing in hard-to-get artisan chocolates from around the world.

Carrie Oliver: Oliver Ranch, The Provenance of Beef

Carrie is founder and CEO of the Oliver Ranch Company. As a purveyor of artisan beef, Carrie wants to help others discover and celebrate the intricacy of fine meat.

Karl Kupers: co-founder of Shepherd’s Grain

Karl uses his farming backround to promote local, no-till agriculture through the Shepherd’s Grain. The Eastern Washington-based company’s mission is to produce sustainable wheat.