Santa Monica

Where to Go in The Market at Santa Monica Place!

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Below is a list of the fantastic businesses that will welcome IFBC attendees to The Market on Friday night! This after-hours event begins at 8pm at the Doubletree. Expect an array of delicious bites and sips!

Venokado Wine & | @venokado

The Curious | @curious_palate

The Cookie | @cookieguru

Rockenwagner | @rockenwagbakery

The Gourmandise School of Sweets & | @gourmandiseLA

Norcino | @norcinoSMP

Beachy | @beachycream

N’Ice | @nicecreamusa

Groundwork Coffee | @groundworkLA


The Market at Santa Monica Place is a unique collection of local purveyors that offer cooking classes, floral demonstrations, scratch cookies, farm-to-table food, fresh pasta, handmade ice cream, unique gifts and personally-selected local wines.

Featured Speaker: Linda Miller Nicholson!

linda miller nicholson

We are thrilled to announce Linda Miller Nicholson as featured speaker on the 'Blogging Your Values' panel at IFBC Santa Monica.

Linda Miller Nicholson lives in Seattle, and she’s an award-winning food blogger, marketing maven, entrepreneur, and all-around bon vivant. She captures attention with her fuchsia pants and a personality taller than a supermodel on stilts, but she capture hearts and stomachs with her writing, which is like a Technicolor journey through a pop-culture kitchen.

Linda is never without an opinion, and recently she has publicly taken a stance on the need for greater ethical boundaries within the community of food bloggers. An ethical topic close to her heart is that of dealing with the inevitable trolls and naysayers that crop up as a result of being a public persona. Linda urges a proactive stance on policing the grey areas of social media.

On the lighter side, she’s cultivated a reputation for avant-garde food, but she makes replication compellingly-accessible. She’s made an indelible mark in the cooking niche known (for better or worse) as molecular gastronomy. Her work in the field has earned her the title of the “Lady Gaga of Food” by the Cooking Channel’s Foodography (but some of us see her more like the boys of Jackass).

She boosted her foodie-cred during the years she spent at the core of the Slow Food movement in Torino, Italy. That experience anchors her culinary perspective and is never far from her whimsical take on New American Cuisine. She believes that cooking should be from the hip and never staid or excessively traditional. In essence, she seeks to bring the best of the farm to the hippest of tables, and she inspires her readers to do the same.

She’s a recovering stiletto ninja; she hung up the nunchucks in favor of her current role as resident foodie fashionista (but she kept the Louboutins). Hypermodern gastronomy makes her test tubes bubbleth over, and her goal is to share that love in order to demystify modernist cuisine. She’s out to prove that anyone can spherify and gellify with soul and like a pro without the investment of a degree in the culinary arts.

Follow Linda on Twitter @SaltySeattle
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Where to Stay in Santa Monica: Doubletree Suites by Hilton

doubletree hilton suites

The Doubletree Suites by Hilton in Santa Monica, California hotel is located just off I-10, minutes from Third Street Promenade, Venice Beach and Malibu Beach. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is just 30 minutes away. The Doubletree Santa Monica, CA Hotel is also only four blocks from the trendy Santa Monica Beach and Pier and one block from the Santa Monica Place Mall. Pure California, the Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel Santa Monica offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, friendly service and an unbeatable location with easy access to the Santa Monica Freeway and Southern California's most popular destinations like Rodeo Drive, The Getty Museum, Universal Studios, Westwood, Century City, UCLA, Hollywood and Pepperdine University. Our luxurious guest suites include all the comforts of home and must-have amenities for business and leisure traveler alike. And it all begins with a warm Doubletree signature chocolate chip cookie at check-in. A symbol of hospitality that will melt in your mouth.

doubletree suites by hilton

Hotel Features:

  • Flat-Screen, High-Definition Televisions
  • All-Suite Hotel, 253 Suites
  • 10,000 square feet of flexible meeting and banquet space
  • Beautiful terrace garden courtyard
  • Wireless high-speed Internet access in guest suites and public areas
  • Valet Parking
  • Outdoor pool and whirlpool
  • Fully equipped fitness center with dry sauna
  • Golf course nearby, Riviera Country Club
  • 4th Street Grille, superb continental cuisine
  • Jazz Loft, serving light snacks and spirits
  • Cafe Pronto featuring Starbucks® coffee In-room dining
  • Volleyball, rollerblading, jogging and bicycling at Santa Monica Beach and Pier
  • Shopping within walking distance at Santa Monica Place Mall
  • Gift shop
  • Business Center
  • Concierge Desk

Agenda Announced!

We are thrilled to announce our agenda for IFBC SaMo! All sessions and workshops were created from suggestions and feedback we gained from a survey we sent to hundreds of past and current attendees.  And though the agenda is subject to change, we are happy to share the content that you told us is most relevant and meaningful to you. Please continue to help us tailor the conference by telling us what you want!

View the agenda here.

Stay tuned for our speaker, chef, and sponsor announcements in the coming weeks!

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