International Food Blogger Conference (IFBC)

Announcing IFBC 2011 Locations!

December 20th, 2010 by amitchell · No Comments

Foodista and Zephyr Adventures are thrilled to announce two International Food Blogger Conferences coming in 2011! We’ll host the first from August 26-28 at the historic Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans and the second on the weekend of November 11-13 at the Hilton Doubletree in beautiful Santa Monica, California!
We’re still developing the agenda but we have decided to open registration early since our past two conferences sold out so quickly. In addition to guaranteeing a spot, those who register early will have the opportunity to help shape the conference agenda, speaker lineup, meals and other activities! We expect capacity to be 250-300. We hope to see you there!

Click here for more about IFBC 2011 in New Orleans!

Click here for more about IFBC 2011 in Santa Monica!

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The Menus at IFBC 2010

September 15th, 2010 by amitchell · 1 Comment

Aside from the spectacular presentations at IFBC this year, we also dined well.  Our hope in planning food for the event was for the fare to be diverse enough to appeal to a wide range of palates, preferences, and diets. We also aimed to highlight food and drinks that are beloved in the Pacific Northwest.  Below are the menus from the weekend, a long and diverse list of delicious offerings from some of the area’s most renowned chefs, restaurants, and bakeries.

Friday Reception

Chef Jason Wilson (of Crush)

Alaska Seafood Black Cod BLT

Chef Lisa Dupar (of Pomegranate Bistro, Lisa Dupar Catering)

Tonnino Tuna Salad with white beans & artichokes

Vietnamese Bahn Mi Sandwiches with Snake River Farms Beef & House Made Mango Sriracha

Micro Cherry Tomato Salad with Watermelon-Tarragon Ice & House Made Mozzarella Silly Strings

Chefs Jeff Mall and Josh Silvers (of Zin Restaurant and Syrah Bistro)

Chilled Melon Soup with Jalapeños and Mint

Spicy Watermelon Gazpacho

Modernist Cuisine

Caramelized Carrot Soup with Ginger, Licorice Root, and Carotene Butter

American Lamb Board

Lamb Chops Crusted with Wasabi

Also being served on Friday evening: Assorted cupcakes from Cupcake Royale, confections from Theo Chocolate, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, Wisconsin Cheese, endives from California Vegetable Specialties, geoduck crudo and ceviche from Taylor Shellfish, and brittle from The National Peanut Board

Saturday Breakfast

Assorted French pastries from Bakery Nouveau

Assorted wheat-free, vegan muffins from PCC Natural Markets

Assorted gluten-free muffins from Udi’s Gluten-Free

Driscoll’s strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries

Saturday Lunch

Chef John Howie (of Seastar Restaurant, John Howie Steak, Sport Restaurant and Bar)

King Salmon Carpaccio

Chef Shannon Galusha (of Bastille Cafe and Bar)

Marinated Octopus with Chickpeas, Preserved Lemon and Chorizo Vinaigrette

Chef Daisley Gordon (of Campagne)

Beef tartare

Chef Jason Stratton (of Spinasse)

Zucchini in Carpione with Fennel and Apricot

Chef Kaili Mcintyre (of Wheatless in Seattle)

Gluten free lunch with vegetarian and vegan options, to serve 25:

Savory flaky pastries with caramelized onion, goat cheese and fresh herbs

A vegan pastry filled with creamy roasted cauliflower and peas

Beet Paella studded with roasted vegetables

Saturday Night Cocktail Hour

Chef Philippe Thomelin (of Olivar)


Tortilla Espanola with Caramelized Onion

Albondigas de Cordero, Lamb Meatballs

Spicy Tuna Empanadillas

Croque Monsieur with Manchego & Serrano Ham

Saturday Night Dinner

Chefs Dana Tough and Brian McCracken (of Spur)

Chilled Alaska Seafood Sockeye Salmon with Mascarpone, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Chiles

Chef Holly Smith (of Cafe Juanita)

Braised Snake River Wagyu Beef Cheeks with Polenta Stuffed Dog Mountain Squash Blossoms, Chanterelles and Corn

Chefs Jeff Mall and Josh Silvers (of Zin Restaurant and Syrah Bistro)

Jeff’s Down Home- Falls Mill Stone Ground Grits with Creamed Collard Greens and Summer Tomato Vinaigrette

Josh’s Downtown- Saffron Summer Vegetable Stew with Corn Polenta

Chef Ethan Stowell (Ethan Stowell Restaurants)

Beef Carpaccio with Wild Watercress, Pickled Cauliflower, and Pecorino Toscano

Chef Tamara Murphy (of Elliott Bay Cafe and Terra Plata)

Smashed Chickpeas with Baby Carrots and Olives

Chef Kaili Mcintyre (of Wheatless in Seattle)

Gluten free dinner with vegan and vegetarian options- to serve 25:

Roasted sweet potato, caper, and parmesan with fresh arugula dressed in balsamic and truffle oil

Mushroom ravioli served with a peach vodka sauce

Vegan Panzanella with cheese on the side

Saturday Dessert

Autumn Martin

Individual Molten Chocolate Cakes with Malted Cream and Salted Caramel Sauce

Chef Kaili McIntyre (of Wheatless in Seattle)

Gluten Free Blueberry Almond Tarte

Vegan Mini Chocolate Cognac Cupcakes

Sunday Breakfast

Assorted doughnuts from Top Pot Doughnuts

Assorted wheat-free, vegan muffins from PCC Natural Markets

Assorted gluten-free muffins from Udi’s Gluten-Free

Driscoll’s strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries

Sunday Lunch

Food Trucks of Seattle:


El Camion

Dante’s Inferno Dogs

Anita’s Crepes


Hallava Falafel

Rolling Fire

Molly Moon’s Ice Cream

Chef Daniel F. Ahern (of The Hardware Store and Gluten Free Girl and the Chef)

Fig-Arugula Salad with a Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

Gluten-Free Spaghetti with Anchovies, Olives, Lemons, and Pine Nuts

Freshly Baked Gluten-Free Bread

Blackberry Peach Crumble

And a special thank you to our beverage sponsors, Caffe Vita, POM Wonderful, Rishi Tea, the Walla Walla Wine Alliance, Rodney Strong Vineyards, Jordan Winery, Columbia Winery, the Secret Sherry Society, Chateau Ste Michelle, Widmer Brothers Beer, and The Pike Brewing Company.

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Presentations from IFBC 2010

August 31st, 2010 by bdorfman · 1 Comment

The following presentations accompanied speeches and panel discussions at the 2010 International Food Blogger Conference, Seattle, August 27-29th.

Session 1: The Art of Recipe Writing with Amy Sherman (moderator), Dianne Jacob, and Kristine Kidd

The Art of Recipe Writing IFBC

Session 2 – Technology: Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Building Traffic, and Social Media with Barnaby Dorfman, Joy Victory, and Mani Dhillon

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IFBC 2010 Images

August 31st, 2010 by bdorfman · No Comments

The 2010 International Food Blogger Conference finished on Sunday. It was a weekend packed with wonderful food, wine, presentations and personal networking. We’ll be adding presentations from the conference to this site shortly, in the meantime, enjoy the following slide show!

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IFBC Livestreaming!

August 27th, 2010 by bdorfman · 5 Comments

Watch this space for live streaming content from the 2010 International Food Blogger Conference.

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Pre-Conference Podcasts

August 24th, 2010 by bdorfman · No Comments

We’re just a few days away from IFBC! Can’t wait?!?! Get an early start on the conference and listen to these sneak preview interviews with some of the speakers.

Jack Czarnecki, Click for Podcast

Kathleen Flinn, Click for Podcast

Robin Goldstein, Click for Podcast

Barnaby Dorfman, Click for Podcast

Thanks to our pals at Porter-Novelli for putting these together!

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New Addition: Friday Night After Party!

August 20th, 2010 by bdorfman · No Comments

Urbanspoon Seattle Scene Party

When: Friday, August, 27  8:00PM to 10:00 PM

Where: The Purple Café and Wine Bar, 1225 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 (just one block north of Hotel Monaco)

What: Following the IFBC reception, Urbanspoon will host wine and appetizers between 8 and 10PM at Seattle’s Purple Café!

Cost: Free

RSVP: No reservation necessary with your conference badge, however the private room at The Purple Café and Wine Bar has a capacity of 80 people.

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Even More To Do At IFBC!

August 12th, 2010 by amitchell · 1 Comment

As if the conference weren’t enough, friends of IFBC have organized a number of additional food activities! One of the most exciting opportunities is a visit to the cooking lab where Dr. Nathan Myhrvold (former Microsoft CTO) and a team of food scientists are developing the groundbreaking Modernist Cuisine: the Art and Science of CookingSOLD OUT

Other fun activities include a pie making workshop and an artisan beef tasting! Space is limited for each event, click here for more information.

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Agenda Update!

August 9th, 2010 by amitchell · 2 Comments

We’re thrilled to announce the conference will close Sunday with an exclusive preview of Today’s Special. An audience favorite at film festivals around the world, this heartwarming food comedy was written by and stars Aasif Mandvi (The Daily Show, The Last Airbender) and Madhur Jaffrey, international film star and bestselling author of Indian cookbooks.  The film will be accompanied by Indian-inspired bites and the filmmaker will be present for Q&A.

Updated Agenda

The film is a humorous and touching fable about Samir (Mandvi), a young [Read more →]

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About IFBC 2010

May 19th, 2010 by swetherell · 4 Comments

***Attention Attendees: IFBC is now sold out. We encourage you to continue to register to be added to our waiting list, as spots may open up in the near future! The fee is $350 for all participants which we will NOT charge unless a space becomes available, we notify you, and you confirm your participation!

The special room rate available to attendees at Hotel Monaco has ended, however, rooms may still be available to those interested.

The premier event for food bloggers, chefs, journalists, editors, publishers, food-lovers and more!

Check out the video from IFBC 2009 for a taste of what’s in store!

A gathering of the industry’s leading chefs, bloggers, authors, editors, publishers, restauranteurs, and many more, including special speakers such as:

* James Oseland, editor-in-chief of Saveur magazine
* Victoria von Biel, executive editor of Bon Appétit
* Morgan Spurlock, Academy Award nominated director of “Super Size Me”

Co-hosted by and Zephyr Adventures,  conference topics will explore the intersection of food, writing, and technology:

  • The Art of Recipe Writing
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Building Traffic and Social Media
  • Food Writing with All Five Senses
  • Law & Ethics in Blogging
  • Pitch to Publish
  • Digital Food Photography

Click here to view the complete agenda!

Please join us for this year’s event at Theo Chocolate, the first and only all organic and direct trade chocolate factory in the United States!

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