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 in beautiful Seattle, Washington!
Dates: September 19 - 21, 2014
Location: The Westin Seattle
Registration Fee: $395 / $95
*The cost of registration for all participants is $395. However, 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.
Submitted by Sheri Wetherell on June 12, 2014
Joe Yonan will lead a Writing session at this year's IFBC in Seattle, WA.
Joe Yonan is the Food and Travel editor of The Washington Post, where he’s worked since moving to Washington from The Boston Globe in 2006. He’s proud that his great team at the Post has twice been awarded the James Beard Foundation award for the nation's best newspaper food section.
He’s also a writer: he pens occasional features for both Food and Travel, including the occasional "Cooking for One" column, which has won honors from the Association of Food Journalists, and the Weeknight Vegetarian recipe column. His writing for the Post and The Boston Globe has appeared in three editions of the "Best Food Writing" anthology. He’s the author of "Serve Yourself: Nightly Adventures in Cooking for One," published by Ten Speed Press in March 2011, and the coauthor of "The Fearless Chef" with Boston chef Andy Husbands. In 2012 he took a yearlong leave from the Post to leave with his sister and brother-in-law in southern Maine, where he helped them with their homestead, cemented a move toward vegetarianism, and worked on his most recent book, "Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook.”
Submitted by Sheri Wetherell on June 12, 2014
Todd Coleman will lead the Food Photography and Beyond session at IFBC 2014 in Seattle.
Todd Coleman, the creative director at Tasting Table, has seen every side of the food world—from behind the lens to behind the pen, the line, and beyond. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Coleman was obviously (and voraciously) predisposed to a career in cuisine. But unlike some CIA grads, he didn’t veer narrowly to one aspect of the food world. Rather, and over the course of several sumptuous years, he devoured food creatively, in almost every way possible.
Among his various approaches, Coleman has gotten hands-on experience and applied his CIA know-how as a professional restaurant chef and also as a private chef. But Coleman also knows how to capture food and food culture, and in that capacity, he’s acted as an editor at Everyday Food and produced shows for The Food Network. He’s engaged and indulged his visual love of food as an accomplished food photographer, photographing for cookbooks like The Japanese Grill by Tadashi Ono and Harris Salat, and The Mom 100 by Cookstr.com founder Katie Workman.
And for seven years, Coleman coalesced his savvy as executive food editor of Saveur, running everything food, from recipe selection to test kitchen oversight. During his tenure at the magazine, Coleman propped, styled, and photographed the majority of Saveur’s covers, providing additional photography for features both in the studio and on location, and keeping the fires of his food love well stoked.
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Submitted by Sheri Wetherell on April 30, 2014
Foodista and Zephyr Adventures have teamed up to conduct the 3rd annual State of Food Blogging survey, which will reveal key statistics and trends pertinent to the food blogging community. Think Technorati's State of the Blogosphere annual reports, but catered specifically to food bloggers.
This information is essential to ongoing innovation and trends within our industry. Food bloggers can use the State of Food Blogging survey results to gauge their goals against fellow participants, or discover what advertising methods worked best (and worst) for others. Industry professionals will learn what factors are most important to food blogger conference attendees, and how food bloggers are using social media. On our end, Foodista and Zephyr Adventures will use the survey results to help shape the content we provide at the International Food Bloggers' Conference.
All State of Food Blogging survey responses will be kept entirely confidential -- they will only be used in aggregated form -- and all participants will receive a completed report.
Submitted by Sheri Wetherell on April 15, 2014
Shauna will lead the "Professional Recipe Development" writing session at IFBC 2014 in Seattle.
Shauna James Ahern is the author of the cookbook, Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef, named one of the best cookbooks of 2010 by The New York Times, and the food memoir, Gluten-Free Girl. She is also the author, photographer, and head baker at Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef, her much-loved food website (www.glutenfreegirl.com), which she creates with her chef husband, Daniel Ahern. Her work has been published or recognized by The New York Times, Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Epicurious, Babble, The Guardian, Gilt Taste, CNN's Eatocracy, and The Washington Post. Her latest cookbook, Gluten-Free Girl Everyday, was nominated for a James Beard award. She and her husband, with their two children, live on Vashon Island, where they are probably cooking something as you read this.
Submitted by Sheri Wetherell on March 5, 2014
Tim Resnik will lead "The Rules Have Changed: SEO for Bloggers in 2014 and Beyond" Technology session at IFBC 2014 in Seattle.
Tim Resnik is a marketing strategist and builder of online communities, applications and ecommerce sites. Having spent his formative business years in one of the fastest growing web-technology companies in Bangalore, India, Tim not only learned the art of negotiation with shrewd auto-rickshaw drivers on the way to work, but had the opportunity to cut his chops in product development, web usability, project management and enterprise sales. Upon returning state-side in the late 90s, Tim continued to build on his passion for cutting-edge web technology and web marketing. He helped several companies bring to market new products and services to the web, including one of the first mass-marketed identity theft protection services, the first integrated tax compliance software offered in a SaaS model, a digital rights management system for the music industry, the web site for a popular poker magazine, and a social gaming platform.
In 2005, Tim took the role of Chief Marketing Officer at Card Player magazine in Las Vegas, Nevada, and led strategic initiatives that fortified the company’s position as the most widely read poker publication in the world and the most visited poker portal on the web. In less than a year, Tim had doubled the distribution of Card Player magazine. Additionally he tripled organic web traffic to CardPlayer.com, one of the most competitive keyword markets.
A few years later, Tim was appointed as President of SpadeClub, Card Player’s social poker gaming site, and was tasked with building the business from the ground up. Tim built the company to a membership base of over 200,000, with 25,000 paid members. The company was sold in September 2010.
In 2011, Tim launched AudienceWise, an interactive agency focused on helping news publishers and eCommerce operators drive organic search and social traffic to their web properties. The company was acquired by SEOmoz (now Moz.com).
$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