IFBC: The First and Best Food Blogger Conference!
We are thrilled to announce that IFBC is coming back to Seattle in 2014!
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 what 95% of attendees say is the best food and wine of any blogging conference! Join us for our SIXTH annual conference again in beautiful Seattle, Washington!
Dates: September 19 - 21, 2014
Location: The Westin Seattle
Registration Fee: $395 / $95
2013 SOLD OUT fast, so be sure to register early for 2014!!
*The cost of registration for all participants is $395. However, new in 2013, for food bloggers with an active blog who agree to write at least three posts about the conference, the cost is only $95. You can choose to write about anything you want - the conference itself, the venue, the sponsors, or the food - and can do so before, during, or immediately after the conference. This is our way of supporting food bloggers as you attempt to make a living (or cut costs from) your food blogging.
Above photo by Seattle Municipal Archives
Ward Kadel will co-lead the Live Blogging: An Exercise in Writing with Bordeaux Wines session.
Ward Kadel – @drXeNo is the West Coast Ambassador & Staff Blogger for WineLog.net and Le Wine Buff for Bordeaux.com (CIVB), as featured in their documentary short film. He was named a “key influencer” and a “strong community manager” in the seminal white paper on wine + tech, VinTank’s “WE ARE HERE: The State of Wine Industry Social Media.” Raised in Napa, he is a proud Vintage High Crusher and has been around wine virtually all of his life.
He has published the long-running wine blog Vinopanion since May 2007. Ward has also composed content and media as Influencer for Crushpad and Brixr.com’s TinyBottles, as Community Manager for Northern California Wine on Lunch.com and has consulted for wineries, PR firms and wine organizations for web content and social channel strategy and monitoring.
His freelance articles have appeared in Palate Press and Mutineer Magazine and his content is syndicated on the mobile apps Wine By the Bar and Hello Vino, rated #1 by Mashable on “Apps for Wine Lovers.” Ward is also one of the founders of the “Wine Badge” movement with his WKBadges and is a member of the VinTank Tasting Panel. In 2011 he worked harvest at the iconic Stags Leap District estate Chimney Rock Winery, during which he posted in real-time for his Man Falls in the Vines - #MFITV media campaign.
In his varied, hectic past and present he has hosted and produced the long running radio show TeK-IndUced EuPHoriA, worked as an assistant for the internationally renown progressive house label Loöq Records and its decade+ long DJ weekly Qoöl, in San Francisco. Ever the avid investment addict, he was also a featured social investor for Covester.com and interviewed about the biotech business sector by The Wall Street Transcript.
Ward lives in the San Francisco East Bay, very lucky in love with his wife, food and travel blogger Beth Fontaine of Rollerskating With Scissors. When not imbibing and/or tweeting, posting, filming, consulting or writing about wine, Ward can be found researching cancer, DJing at his monthly The Winchester, training for his next triathlon…or, just relaxing with friends and family with a tasty bottle of vino.
If you're looking for an authentic Mexican restaurant in Seattle, look no further than Poquitos on Capitol Hill. Poquitos honors the culinary traditions of Mexico while sourcing local meats and produce to create plates worth talking about! Their menu features handmade tortillas, made-to-order guacamole, classic Oaxacan mole negro, street-style tacos, even fried grasshoppers (toasted with chile-lime salt)!
We love to start with Queso Fundido (melted asadero cheese scooped up with chips) and margaritas! Enjoy traditional platters such as Goat Birria (Braised Anderson Ranch goat in an ancho chile sauce served over a potato tamale with shaved fingerling potatoes), Pork Chile Rellenos (Carlton Farms pork picadillo (spices, raisins, cinnamon, almonds) stuffed poblano chiles that are battered, fried & served in a tomato broth with crema and a side of house made tortillas), or Yucatan Style Chicken (Grilled Mad Hatcher half chicken, achiote-guajillo-chipotle marinade, black beans, pickled red onions & cilantro). Check out their full menus here.
Don't miss Poquitos table at the Taste of Seattle on Friday, September 20 at IFBC!
Sheri Wetherell joins the Elements in Building Traffic session on Friday, 9-20.
Sheri is the co-founder and CEO at Foodista.com. She grew up surrounded by food on both sides of her family. Her paternal grandmother owned a diner for many years, and her maternal grandmother (and mother of five daughters) was always found in the kitchen baking or whipping up garden-fresh tomato juice. Her mother instilled in me the importance of healthy, wholesome eating and fed the entire family homemade soups, breads, and fresh carrot juice. Through her grandmothers, mother, and numerous travels overseas, she developed her love of food. She honed her palate and taste for travel by hopping planes with her airline pilot father, spent nearly a year studying in Italy and traveling in Greece, and taught English in Tokyo for three years. Her professional background is in traditional and online marketing, where she worked for companies such as Amazon.com, Microsoft, Nordstrom, and eBay.
Jeffrey Lunak joins the Cooking Demo and Food Photography session on Saturday, 9-21.
Jeffrey Lunak is the Culinary Executive for Blue C Sushi and Boom Noodle. He has held positions at some of the country’s most reputable restaurants and hotels, and most notably, as corporate chef for “Iron Chef” Masaharu Morimoto. He was the chef de cuisine at Morimoto’s first restaurant in Philadelphia, as well as the executive chef of Morimoto Napa, where he earned three stars from Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, and “Best New Restaurant” from Food & Wine. He also appeared on the last two seasons of “Iron Chef America,” and “United Tastes of America” with Jeffrey Saad.
Richard Kozel joins the Elements in Building Traffic session on Friday, 9-20.
Richard is Director of Content Taxonomy at Allrecipes.com. A member of Allrecipes' team since 2001, he has extensive experience developing recipe content for the Internet ranging from optimizing for organic search to building intuitive content organization schemes. Richard holds a master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Washington. He is a passionate proponent of helping real people find solutions for their everyday cooking needs, and is thrilled to be part of the exciting story of the world’s #1 food site.
$395 for non-blogger participants (industry, media relations professionals, etc.)
Who Should Attend
Bloggers, Food Writers & Cookbook Authors
Publishers, Agents & Editors
Food Brand / Restaurant Marketers
Public Relations Professionals