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!

Welcome Abita Beer!

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The Abita Brewery is pleased to welcome you to IFBC 2011 in New Orleans. Abita is Louisiana’s favorite brew and our beer sponsor this year. Founded 25 years ago and nestled in the piney woods north of New Orleans Abita brews full-flavored ales and lagers in small batches, hand- crafted by a team of dedicated workers with only the highest ideals of quality. These all natural brews are made with only the finest ingredients and the pure artesian water of Abita Springs. Abita Beer has no preservatives, additives or stabilizers and is cold filtered. The result is beer that is the finest and freshest tasting as proven by their loyal customers and great chefs of the south who use Abita Beer in their recipes.

To learn more about the Abita Brewery visit http://abita.com/
Follow them on Twitter @TheAbitaBeer
Find them on Facebook

Featured Speaker: Craig Walker!

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Craig Walker is the founder and CEO of FireSpotter Labs, a mobile applications and services developer which just released its first product, Nosh. Nosh is an iPhone and Android app that helps people find what’s good at restaurants with menu item reviews and photos from the community.

Prior to founding Firespotter, Walker was Entrepreneur in Residence at Google Ventures. Previously, Walker was the CEO and co-founder of GrandCentral Communications – which was acquired by Google in July 2007 (now Google Voice) – where he became the Group Product Manager for the Real Time Communications Group responsible for Google Voice, Google Talk and Google Talk Video. Craig was also the CEO of Dialpad Communications, where he transformed it into the most profitable VoIP company in the industry and acquired by Yahoo! in 2005 (now Yahoo! Voice).

Walker received his BA from UC Berkeley in 1988, and subsequently earned both an MBA from Georgetown University and a JD from Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley.

Find Craig on Nosh: http://www.nosh.me/cwalker123
Follow Craig on Twitter @cwalker123
Follow Firespotter on Twitter @firespotter
Find Firespotter on Facebook!

Welcome Jordan Vineyard and Winery!

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Jordan Vineyard & Winery returns to IFBC as wine sponsor for a second year! Nominated for two Wine Blog Awards in 2011, the family-owned estate produces a weekly video blog featuring the Jordans, their winemaker and chef named The Journey of Jordan. Since 1976, the Jordan family has been renowned for its elegant wines, culinary excellence and gracious hospitality. Jordan Vineyard & Winery lies tucked into the hills of Alexander Valley in Sonoma County, where the iconic Jordan chateau overlooks 1,400 acres of rolling hills and vineyards with three quarters of the land dedicated to natural habitat. Today, second-generation vintner John Jordan continues to build upon the legacy of his parents, preserving the timeless winemaking qualities of balance, finesse and food affinity. 

Learn more about Jordan's fantastic selection of wines here: www.jordanwinery.com
Follow them on Twitter @JordanWinery
Find them on Facebook!

Featured Speaker: Gwen Pratesi!

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The very lovely Gwen Pratesi will speak on the Blogging Your Values at IFBC New Orleans!

Gwen Pratesi began her blog, Bunkycooks, in 2009 as a way to share her lifelong passion for cooking with friends and family. Bunkycooks quickly grew, evolving into a food, travel and lifestyle blog.

In June 2010, Gwen transformed her website by creating her now well-known On The Road adventures and Chef Interviews series. These series highlight travel to unique local farms, producers, chefs and restaurants that compliment her food and recipes. She informs, educates and entertains her audience with stories about the people and places behind our food.

By building on her previous work experience as a Personal and Executive Assistant in Boston, she has created a new venture, On The Road Culinary Adventures. These premium events take guests on a culinary road trip to meet and work with some of America’s best chefs, visit unique farms, wine and spirits producers and other special destinations. She also organizes private dinners and cooking classes with award-winning chefs to round out these adventures.

Gwen has been featured on several food websites including Fine Cooking.com, and has been written about in several Atlanta area newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal Constitution. She organized and hosted Food Blog Forum in Atlanta, September 2010, the first food blogging conference to take place in the Southeast.

When she isn’t traveling, you can find Gwen in Atlanta or in the mountains of North Carolina writing, cooking, entertaining and spending time with her husband and Tibetan Terrier.

Learn about Gwen's upcoming  On the Road Culinary Adventures tour in September!

Follow Gwen on Twitter @BunkyCooks
Find her on Facebook!

Cooking Demo with Restaurant R'Evolution's Chef John Folse!

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Journey through the evolution of Louisiana’s Cajun & Creole cuisine with world-renowned Chef John Folse, co-owner and executive chef of the upcoming Restaurant R’evolution. Located in the heart of the French Quarter at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, Restaurant R’evolution’s mission is to create modern, imaginative reinterpretations of classic Cajun and Creole cuisine. Chef Folse will demonstrate two delicious dishes on Saturday afternoon at IFBC New Orleans!

Demo Dishes:

Shrimp & Hominy Stew
The perfect example of the intermarriage of Native American, African and Spanish cuisine in New Orleans.
Food allergens: seafood

Corn & Crab Bisque Cappuccino
Like gumbo, Corn & Crab Bisque is an icon in Creole cuisine. In this demonstration you will witness the evolution of the classic dish to the contemporary interpretation.
Food allergens: seafood, milk

Wines of Navarra to Make a Splash at IFBC NOLA!

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Wines of Navarra, a group of quality wine producers in Navarra, Spain, had entirely too much fun at the recent Wine Bloggers Conference in Virginia and decided it could not go back home without making a visit to the great cuisine capital of New Orleans.

At the Friday, August 26th, Meet & Greet Wine Hour the Wines of Navarra will pour a large selection of incredibly diverse and delicious wines in the hotel’s Royal rooms from 5:15 – 6:30PM. The wines will be paired with foods from a local NOLA restaurant.

Navarra, situated right next to Rioja in Spain, is an independent kingdom that has been making wine since before France was a country. Come taste the diversity of Navarra and see why the wines are just so perfect for pairing with every kind of cuisine.

To prepare for your taste of a kingdom of wines, visit us at www.winesofnavarra.com

Twitter: @navarrawine

Facebook: winesofnavarra

Featured Speaker: Geoff Allen!

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Please welcome Geoff Allen, featured speaker on the Marketing Your Brand panel at IFBC New Orleans!

Geoff Allen is Founder and CEO of ZipList, a free, easy-to-use online and mobile grocery list and recipe search platform, with media partners ranging from AOL’s KitchenDaily to Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, as well as food blog partners, such as Leite's Culinaria, Skinny Taste, Hoosier Homemade and Southern Plate. Geoff is a serial entrepreneur with more than 20 years of technology experience spanning product development, sales, marketing and business operations. He is also a highly sought-after speaker on the topic of SEO for food blogs, having spoken at BlogHer Food as well as at multiple TECHmunch events, providing easy-to-implement advice to help food bloggers drive more traffic and better engage their readers. Geoff is a member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) and formerly served as Vice President of Technology for the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization International Board of Directors.

Follow Geoff on Twitter @ZipList
Find him on Facebook!

Featured Speaker: Barnaby Dorfman

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It's a sincere pleasure to welcome Barnaby Dorfman to the Marketing Your Brand panel at IFBC NOLA!

Barnaby Dorfman is the CEO of Foodista and a passionate contributor to the website. Originally from New York City, he grew up with a love of variety in food and culture. That interest has only been enhanced over the years while living in and traveling throughout Mexico, Spain, Italy, and the United States. His first professional cooking experiences were in high school during summers at the Alpine Inn in the Catskill Mountains. Later he worked for Taste Catering in San Francisco during college at California State University. After a short stint in his "official" area of study, international business, Barnaby joined his first startup, Marsee Baking, Portland's first all-scratch European style bakery. He left Marsee to go to the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, followed by over a decade in technology management at startups and major companies, including Microsoft and Amazon.com. During 7 years at Amazon, Barnaby developed the first Gourmet Food category, created IMDbPro.com, and most recently served as Vice President of their A9 search division. Foodista.com, Barnaby's fifth startup, offers him the opportunity to combine a lifelong love of cooking and technology.

Featured Speaker: Robin Goldstein

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We're thrilled to welcome Robin Goldstein to IFBC New Orleans as featured speaker on the Blogging Your Values panel!

Robin Goldstein is an author, food and wine critic, founder of the Center for Sensory Perception and Behavioral Economics at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, and visiting scholar in the Department of Economics at the University of California at Berkeley, where his work focuses on perceptual bias, price signals, and placebo effects in the cognitive processing of sensory experience. Robin is a regular contributor to the New York Times’ Freakonomics blog and is the author of nine books, with a total of more than 175,000 copies in print, including The Wine Trials, the world’s bestselling book about inexpensive wine, and The Beer Trials. He has also written for more than 30 Fodor’s travel guides, from Italy to Hong Kong. Robin has an A.B. in neuroscience and philosophy from Harvard University, a J.D. from Yale Law School, a certificate in cooking from the French Culinary Institute, and a WSET advanced wine and spirits certificate.

Check out Robin's blog, Blind Taste
Follow him on Twitter @RobinSGoldstein

Featured Chef and Restaurant: Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery!

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Justin Devillier was raised in Dana Point California, a small beach town in south Orange County. Growing up, Justin enjoyed the laid back lifestyle of living on the beach. Summers were spent fishing for Yellowtail and Albacore tuna, and in the fall and winter he would free-dive for Lobsters just steps from the front door. This bounty of local seafood inspired Justin’s will to cook professionally and after cooking for a few years right out of high school, he decided it was time to focus on becoming a chef.

In 2003 he moved to New Orleans and worked in the kitchens of Bacco, Stella, and Peristyle. While working at Peristyle, Justin worked with Chef Anne Kearny-Sands and learned the ins and outs of French cuisine and was responsible for preparing daily charcuterie specials.

In June 2004, Devillier joined the restaurant staff at La Petite Grocery. He became sous chef in October 2005. After Hurricane Katrina, Justin helped re-establish La Petite Grocery, managing daily specials and training new line cooks. In February 2007, he became the Executive Chef. Justin was named a 2008 Chef to Watch by Louisiana Cookin’ magazine in August 2008, as well as a Chef to Watch by The Times-Picayune in 2008. In 2009, he was named one of New Orleans CityBusiness’ Culinary Connoisseurs for Best Executive Chef and Best Neighborhood Restaurant. Devillier “cooks in a manner so appropriate to New Orleans spirit: French bistro with a Southern twist.”[Also, according to Zagat, Chef Justin Devillier makes “clever use of local ingredients in his expertly crafted Contemporary Louisiana-French dinners.”

Justin works hard to support local farmers and fisherman and really enjoys grass fed beef, Berkshire hogs and really hoppy Ales. He credits his hard working staff for any accolades the restaurant might receive. When Justin gets free time, you can still find him fishing and hanging out on the beach.

See all the delicious dishes that La Petite Grocery has to offer on their website: http://www.lapetitegrocery.com/

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