IFBC: The First and Best Food Blogger Conference!

Organized by Foodista.com and Zephyr Adventures, IFBC was the first-ever conference for food bloggers, first held in May of 2009. The series focuses on three themes: Food, Writing, and Technology. This event will feature high quality educational sessions, personal networking opportunities, and the best food and wine of any blogging conference!

Past conferences have featured engaging sessions by industry leading authors, chefs, bloggers and more.

Join us this year in lively New Orleans!

Where to Stay in New Orleans: Hotel Monteleone

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Over the course of 125 years, the Hotel Monteleone has been not only a New Orleans landmark, but a tradition. Perfectly perched at the foot of Royal Street, the Monteleone gives guests the best point of departure for all things New Orleans. Visitors need only to step outside this French Quarter hotel to discover world renowned restaurants, shops and more, while Jackson Square, the Old French Market and the River Walk along the Mississippi are just a few cobblestone steps away. At this New Orleans hotel you’ll find history around every corner.

Although Hotel Monteleone is an old soul and member of the Historic Hotels of America, she has all the amenities and accolades of a 21st century 4-star hotel. Boasting 25 meeting and reception rooms, 600 newly renovated rooms and suites, two award-winning restaurants, the infamous Carousel Bar , Logo Shop, heated rooftop pool, Spa Aria, state-of-the-art exercise facility, business center, and valet parking.

In celebration of Hotel Monteleone’s 125th anniversary, she is currently undergoing renovations to her two restaurants as well as expanding the Carousel Bar. The exciting renovations to the restaurants will boast an “Open Kitchen” concept with private dining capabilities featuring Louisiana specialties. The Carousel Bar itself, is still open and spinning for your sipping pleasure and will soon be accompanied by a crescent shaped bar to accommodate the increased demand. During renovations, we invite you to join us on Facebook as we share photos and updates along the way. In preserving our past, it is our obligation to preserve our hotel for the future and we cannot wait to share our new look with you!

Hotel Monteleone holds a special place in the hearts of many tourists and locals alike and looks forward to another 125 years of serving excellence in New Orleans.

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The Beauty of the Food Blogging Community

If there is one community I am incredibly proud to be a part of, it is the food blogging community. I can’t remember the last time I came across such a supportive and welcoming group of people. So willing to share, to teach, to befriend. And the exceptional thing is, most have never even met face-to-face. Their friendships have developed through their blogs: over comments on photography, over a review of a favorite childhood restaurant, over a shared dislike of gruyere cheese, over a shared love of pie.

If you haven’t heard, a fellow food blogger, Jennifer Perillo, lost her husband last month. He died suddenly from a heart attack, leaving behind Jennie and their two young daughters.

What followed Michael’s sudden and tragic death, however, was something remarkable to witness. To celebrate the life of her husband, Jennie asked us to bake a creamy peanut butter pie, Mikey’s favorite, and share it with someone we love. Immediately, responses began flooding in, and #apieformikey was a trending topic on Twitter before most of those pies even made it out of the oven.

Over the last few weeks, thousands of bloggers have come together to bake and share their peanut butter pies.  People from all over the world have been affected by Mikey’s death and Jennie’s story. I’ve seen all renditions of the recipe, from Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie Parfaits, to Gluten-Free Chocolate Tofu Peanut Butter Pie, and baked by bloggers from around the globe, from Spain to Germany.

To help the Perillo family, Shauna Ahern of Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef has set up #afundforjennie through . They are trying to raise funds through several online auctions hosted by individual bloggers. 100% of the proceeds with go to the family, and there have already been several donations

Being a cookbook publisher, we’ve been living in the traditional, printed world for 30-some years now.  It’s all the publishing industry has known up until very recently. But we have been so inspired by what we’ve seen in this world—the blogging world.  And there’s not much of a question when it comes to who the tightest-knit bloggers are. Food bloggers not only share their love of food, both writing about it and experiencing it, they also share their love of living everyday, with each other, in a way that few other blog communities do.

That’s why we look forward to conferences such as the International Food Blogger Conference. It’s a chance to connect with a community that’s at once broad yet personal, vibrant in its outreach and its ability to connect people on a one-to-one level. I revel in those moments, and I look forward to doing it with others this weekend.

-Adam Salomone, Harvard Common Press

Winebow Wine and Food Pairing Dinner

Chef Randy Buck and MW Sheri Sauter Morano teamed up to create an evening of delicious food and wine pairings with wine from Winebow. You’ll feel like royalty when you taste the Juvé y Camps Reserva de la Familia Gran Reserva Brut Nature. The Cava often enjoyed by Spanish royalty, perfectly complements the Dariole of Lump Crabmeat Ravigote. Next you’ll be enveloped by the savory fruit flavors of Allegrini Palazzo della Torre paired with Tournedo of Beef Périgourdine with Black Truffles and Roasted Duck Foie Gras. Finish the meal with Valrhona White Chocolate Crème Brulee and Campbells Rutherglen Muscat. World renowned, Rutherglen Muscats are considered by many to be the world’s richest wine.

For more information about the wines email Megan Hardy: m_hardy@winebow.com

Saturday Wine & Food Pairing Dinner

Dariole of Lump Crabmeat Ravigote
Cucumber Gelee
Watercress Caviar

Juvé y Camps Reserva de la Familia Gran Reserva Brut Nature 2007 - Catalonia DO Cava, Spain
Toasty brioche character with intense flavors of peaches and citrus fruits with a long crisp finish

Tournedo of Beef Perigoudine
Black Summer Truffles
Roasted Duck Foie Gras
Potato Galette
Charred Endive and Caramelized Stripped Beets

Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2007 - Veneto, Italy
Notes of cherries, earthy spices, blackberries and mocha

Assorted Artisan Breads
Butter Presentation of Creamy Butter, Chevre Butter, and Fresh Herb Butter

Valrhona White Chocolate Creme Brulee
Blood Orange Infused Courvoisier Coulis

Campbells Muscat NV - Rutherglen, Australia
Lusciously sweet flavors of oranges, raisins, caramel, toffee and a hind of vanilla

Featured Chef: Mario Arangio of Campbell North America!

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Mario Arangio, Research Chef for Campbell's North America, will be preparing a selection of soups at the Friday evening Taste of New Orleans reception!

Mario has always had a fascination with American and Italian cuisine. Mario was born in the US but has lived in Italy for most of his life, He graduated from the Professional Institute of Hotel and Restaurant Management in Italy and also received his teaching certificate. He planned  menus and typical Italian dishes for various local restaurants. "I love making sauces and working with seafood," he says. Mario was the chef at the “A cannata” an island resort off the coast of Sicily, he also served as Head Chef for the Italian army's 4th Reg. Genio-Brigata Duca D'Aosta's  generals and other officers, When he moved back to the U.S. 11 years ago, Chef Mario worked in the Philadelphia area before joining Campbell in July 2002. Today, Mario enjoys knowing that the products he works on may end up on the tables of millions of U.S. consumers.

Serving up Regionally-Inspired Flavors with Campbell's Select Harvest Soup Pairings

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A proud sponsor of the 2011 International Food Blogger Conference in New Orleans, Campbell's Select Harvest is jazzed about sharing their NEW regionally-inspired soups.

Campbell chefs tapped into local culinary traditions to offer the most authentic and delicious flavors from regions like New Orleans to bring taste, excitement, and adventure to you in a natural and delicious way. The four new varieties include the following:

  • Creole-Style Chicken with Red Beans & Rice Soup
  • Southwest-Style Potato, Cheese & Green Chiles Soup
  • Light New England-Style Braised Beef Pot Roast Soup
  • Southwest-Style White Chicken Chili Soup

When creating the new Creole-Style Chicken with Red Beans & Rice Soup, Campbell chefs kept the zip of New Orleans-style cuisine in mind and packed the new soup with the region's festive flavors. The juicy tomatoes, natural flavors of garlic, onions, and okra will please your palate and quickly transport your taste buds to the French Quarter! Also, every Campbell's Select Harvest soup is now 100% Natural, made with real ingredients such as roasted white meat chicken and farm-grown vegetables.

Be sure to stop by Campbell's Select Harvest booth at the Taste of New Orleans on Friday (8/26) evening to meet Campbell Research Chef, Mario Arangio, experience some of the new soup varieties and enjoy special recipe parirings that were inspired by the new soups. You can also enter to win a Campbell's Select Harvest gift basket filled with an apron, two soup mugs, and a $50 gift certificate for culinary wares.

For more information about Campbell's Select Harvest soups, visit: http://www.campbellsoup.com/Products/Select-Harvest


Go to IFBC for Free: Scholarships Now Available!

We are happy to announce a scholarship fund for the August 26-28 International Food Blogger Conference in New Orleans! Due to the kindness of our sponsors, we are able to offer 5 full scholarships to any food blogger who can demonstrate financial need and a desire to attend the conference. The scholarship is good for free registration to the weekend-long conference and all dining events (normally $350). To see the conference agenda, click here. Please note we have no scholarships for the November 11-13 conference in Santa Monica at this time.

Scholarships are limited so please apply immediately by sending your answers to the following three questions to amitchell@foodista.com.

1. What is the name and URL of your blog?

2. Why do you want to attend the 2011 IFBC in New Orleans?

3. What situation are you in that puts you in financial need (full-time student, new business owner, unemployed, etc) and if you receive the scholarship, will you be able to fund your travel and hotel costs?

Discounted Round Trip Airport Shuttle to Hotel!

Click here for the IFBC Discounted Airport Shuttle!

Discounted Round Trip Airport Transportation Price: $35 per person

-Retail price is $38 per person round trip-

One Way: $20 per person (provided by Airport Shuttle)

In order to book your discounted airport/hotel shuttle reservations online, you must book no later than 24 hours prior to your flight arrival time. Changes to an existing reservation can be made by phone (866-596-2699) only if you made your original reservation online. The $3 per person round trip ticket discount is only for tickets bought through this reservation page.

Nosh Hosts Cocktail Crawl for Attendees of IFBC!

Join the Nosh team and fellow foodie bloggers as we take over the French Quarters on Friday, August 26th at 830pm - 1130pm. Nosh has partnered with IFBC to put on a cocktail crawl for conference attendees with exclusive cocktail discounts at three of NOLA’s famous lounges! We are also giving away prizes to the first 3 participants that use Nosh to rate, review, and share photos of all 3 cocktails. Prizes include an Android phone and Restaurant.com gift certificates.

Be sure to download Nosh (www.nosh.me) a free iphone and android app that allows users to rate menu items and share with their friends. Nosh is created by Firespotter Labs, and we are taking dining recommendations to the next level by shifting the review from the entire restaurant to individual menu items. We also just launched a widget that restaurants and bloggers can embed on their websites to share their Nosh feed (www.nosh.me/embed)

Follow Nosh on Twitter for updates! @NoshYourFood

Here’s the cocktail crawl schedule:

1) 8:15pm Meet in the lobby of Hotel Monteleone

2) 8:30pm Walk over to Old Absinthe House and order the “Ramos Gin Fizz” ($9 w/ conference badge)

3) 9:30pm Walk over to Arnaud’s French 75 and order the “French 75” ($7.95 w/ conference badge)

4) 10:30pm Walk over to Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at Royal Sonesta Hotel and order the “Pear Flower Martini” ($12 no badge required)

Don’t forget to show your conference badge so you can order the above cocktails at a discount!

Here is a map for your reference:


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Featured Speaker: Brona Cosgrave!


We are so happy to welcome Brona Cosgrave, Vice President, Lewis & Neale, to the 'Marketing Your Brand' session at IFBC New Orleans!

Upon realizing that there was more to cooking than preparing cabbage 40 different ways, Brona left the shores of Dublin Bay to explore a career in food (her passion) communications (her expertise) here in the US.

Brona honed her expertise in strategic public relations and food marketing working in culinary organizations and full-service agencies. Her experience spans foodservice, retail and consumer arenas. Her ability to think strategically and execute creatively has produced results for blue chip companies, commodity boards and start-ups. Her extensive client roster has included: National Honey Board, Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation, Epic Roots (specialty produce), Nestlé, Nestlé Waters (SanPellegrino & Perrier), US Apple Commission and The US Catfish Institute. Current partners include Avocados from Mexico, North Carolina Sweet Potatoes, Legends of Europe and Duda Farm Fresh Farms.

As Director of Communications for the International Association of Culinary Professionals for several years, Brona built an extensive network of media contacts and industry leaders, which she actively maintains and has been dubbed a ‘networking warrior.’ She tweets from @bronacos and is a contributor to The Buzz Bin Blog. When not exploring all the epicurean treats her new home town of New York has to offer, Brona can be found cooking up a storm in her kitchen.