Who’s Your Farmer? Meet Paul and Maureen Knapp!

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Organic Valley is proud to sponsor the delicious Saturday and Sunday morning breakfasts from 7:00-9:00am and the “Farm-to-Table” Session on Saturday at 8:00am at the 2011 International Food Blogger Conference.

You probably know Organic Valley as a trusted source of delicious and healthful organic foods, but did you know that we're a farmer-owned cooperative? Yep, a big bunch of little guys. Our 1,658 farm families across the country produce, bottle and distribute milk right in their regions to ensure fewer miles from farm to table and to support local economies. And we all know that local tastes good. Learn more about our cooperative here.

The “Farm-to-Table” Session will feature Organic Valley farmers Paul and Maureen Knapp from Preble, N.Y. They will share their personal story as well as key insights into the life of organic farming.

6 Things You Need to Know About Paul and Maureen Knapp:

  1. Their farm, Cobblestone Valley Enterprises, sits on a 600-acre site 20 miles south of Syracuse, N.Y. It’s been in the family for four generations.
  2. The Knapps converted their conventional dairy to organic in 2000 – an admittedly difficult transition at the time, but they couldn’t be happier with the results now.
  3. Together with their three sons, the Knapps milk 75 cows twice daily. The cows graze on 95 acres of rich pasture land. The abundant green grass leads to the luscious Organic Valley milk in your home today.
  4. The Knapps have a certified organic “pick your own” strawberries business.
  5. In the past several years, Paul and Maureen diversified their operation by direct marketing meats starting out with pastured poultry and eggs then added on beef and pork too.
  6. Composting is their newest venture. Maureen wrote grants to fund the project and established a local compost collaborative.

Visit our website to learn more about:

  • Your local farmers and access the Store Locator to find products near you.
  • Organic Valley’s 200+ certified organic products – premium quality offerings including milk, cream, cheese, butter, yogurt, eggs, juice, meat, soy, and produce.
  • Our recipe database – 700+ recipes as well as helpful tips, tricks and links to create delicious dishes with your Organic Valley products.
  • Coupons – print and save NOW on your favorite products.
  • Awards and Accolades – read what others have to say about Organic Valley.

Special Product Giveaway!
Organic Valley would like to share our delicious, certified organic products with you and your readers! By signing up for Organic Valley’s Farm Friends newsletter, IFBC bloggers are eligible to receive coupons for 52 weeks worth of Organic Valley products to give away on their blogs—that’s an entire year’s worth! This way, everyone can enjoy our healthful, great tasting products, so please sign up and take advantage of this special offer!

And, stay connected with Organic Valley online:
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We look forward to meeting you on Saturday, Nov. 12, for breakfast and the “Farm-to-Table Session.”

Temecula Valley Winegrowers to Provide Wine at IFBC!

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Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association sponsors International Food Blogger Conference with local California wines for both the Friday tasting reception and Saturday wine-pairing dinner.

Temecula Valley: Southern California’s Wine Country

Local to all major Southern California cities, Temecula Valley is an authentic and genuine wine country destination. Wine-lovers from Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Palm Springs, and the Inland Empire can enjoy a quick day trip or an easy weekend getaway to this bucolic setting. This burgeoning wine region boasts almost 35 family-owned wineries who are passionate about making wine and sharing their stories with newcomers and locals everyday of the year.

Temecula Valley wineries offer affordable wine tasting, beautiful gift shops, winery tours and an array of winery events and concerts, which are offered throughout the region, especially during the summer months and holidays. Check temeculawines.org for the ongoing events calendar.

Along with an incredible variety of quality wines, visitors will also find that acclaimed chefs are flocking to wine country to offer their delicious, locally-sourced California cuisine at several amazing winery restaurants.

Recommended winery restaurants:

  • Callaway’s Meritage
  • South Coast’s The Vineyard Rose
  • Ponte’s Restaurant at Ponte 
  • Wilson Creek’s Creekside Grill
  • Thornton’s Cafe Champagne
  • Falkner’s Pinnacle
  • Baliy’s Carol’s Restaurant
  • Leoness’ Restaurant at Leoness

Staying in wine country is always a wonderful year-round option. Recommended accommodations:

  • South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
  • Temecula Creek Inn
  • The Inn at Ponte (opening April 2012)
  • The Inn at Europa

The winegrower’s association offers three main tasting events throughout the year. These passport and showcase events offer a fantastic opportunity to taste at member wineries for only one ticket price. All wine events are paired with great food, of course!

  • World of Wine, March 2012
  • CRUSH: 3rd Annual Wine & Culinary Showcase, Sept 2012
  • Harvest Celebration & Barrel Tasting Weekend, Nov 2012

Find us online at TemeculaWines.org | facebook.com/TemeculaValleyWinegrowers | @temecula_wines

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

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


Apply for a School Garden Grant

Beginning August 17th, Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant Program will be accepting online applications for school garden grants! In partnership with FoodCorps, Whole Kids Foundation will grant 1000 schools $2000 each to build or expand their school garden.

To kids (and many adults!), gardens are magical places where they can see things come to life. Experiencing that process for themselves helps kids understand that food comes from plants, and not out of a box or off a truck. With that in mind, the goal of the garden grant program is to support schools wanting to establish or grow their gardening programs so they can offer their students the great experience of gardening.

Learning about the process of growing food helps children develop a deep understanding of the connection between healthy eating and a healthy body. Like anyone who gardens, kids are proud of the fruits of their labor and are more apt to eat the fresh veggies they’ve grown. School gardens also offer an opportunity to integrate math, science and health curriculum into a dynamic, interactive setting. Plus, teaching kids to garden helps them learn about complex topics like sustainability and conservation, food systems and community awareness.

If you’re interested in getting a garden in your local school and want to find out more about the online application process, visit the Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant Program page for a downloadable PDF with complete grant information.

Then, when you’re ready to apply online , you’ll follow three steps:

Step 1: On your first visit, you’ll be asked to provide your email address and create a password. If you want to complete your application in two sessions, when you return simply click the Login button on the right side of the page.

Step 2: The second section of the application requires information about the applying entity: the school, district, or nonprofit organization to whom the grant will be paid.

Step 3: The final section of the application is to learn more about the garden project for which you are applying, what groups are involved, how students will be engaged and the details of your garden plan including timeline and budget.

Grant applications will be accepted through December 31, 2011. Applications will be reviewed and recipients will be notified in February 2012. There is a limit of one garden grant per school.

What do you think? Would a school garden grant help bring momentum and passion for healthy food, agriculture and nutrition into your local school?

For recipe ideas, new product info, and community event news, follow us on Twitter @wfm_louisiana and Like Whole Foods Market Louisiana on Facebook here!

by Rebecca Joerres

Welcome Winebow!


As a first time sponsor at the International Food Bloggers Conference, Winebow will be pairing wines from its highly acclaimed portfolio with the very special Saturday evening dinner!

Winebow is a major importer and distributor of a wide range of fine wines, spirits and sakes from the world’s most prominent growing regions, including Argentina, Austria, Chile, Italy, and Spain. The company’s premium Italian wine collection, under the Leonardo LoCascio Selections label, is widely recognized as the de facto seal of approval for Italian wine enthusiasts. Winebow is headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey with offices in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago, Seattle and Wallingford, Connecticut.

For more information please visit www.winebow.com

Follow Winebow on Twitter @WinebowWine

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

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!

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


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