Blogher Food ‘09 Gluten Free

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A few weeks ago I had the privilege of attending the Blogher Food ‘09 food blogger’s conference in San Francisco and meeting some of my favorite gluten-free bloggers, including Ali, Diane, Karen, Jean, Shirley, Stephanie, Allison, and more.

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At the event, they fed the glutenoids frozen and prepared meals, thanks to our very corporate sponsors, and the gluten-free vegans got a salad (quite a nice one), a mushroom risotto (tasty but gave me tummy issues later), and berries in powdered sugar. There were samples of various foods given out, including a lovely chocolate gift bag. If only I was eating chocolate these days!

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The intrepid Diane of The Whole Gang has a sensitivity to rice, so the chef kindly prepared a vegetable stir fry for her. Yum!

blogherelanaBy far the best food was provided by Elana of Elana’s Pantry who had brought a batch of her deliciously gluten and dairy-free almond-flour-based chocolate chip cookie recipe. They were the last bit of chocolate I consumed and shortly after I ceased for Baby Yum’s elimination diet… but I digress. These cookies were awesome, and you couldn’t even tell they didn’t have any processed flour. Since all of the foods at the cocktail party following the Blogher conference contained gluten (gee thanks Campbell) the gluten-free folks at the party fell on Elana’s cookies like starving wolves. Shortly afterwards I ordered Elana’s book from Amazon The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook and then went nut-free for… you guessed it, the elimination diet. Doh. But I highly recommend her cookbook, as well as the recipes on her blog.

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The Blogher Food ‘09 event was my first day away from Baby Yum, and I was happy when the DH came early to pick me up so I could introduce her to my new blogging friends. The Blogher conference was interesting, and I just wish I had more time to incorporate what I learned at the lectures into my blog… but the best part was definitely getting to meet other food-inspired bloggers. Here’s hoping I’ll get to attend more in the future!

Here are some other perspectives on the event:
Shirley’s comprehensive review of Blogher Food ‘09 part I
and nice writeup about her fellow bloggers part II
Elana’s post about Blogher Food ‘09 (with cutie pie picture of the “sea-baby”)


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7 Responses to “Blogher Food ‘09 Gluten Free”

  1. So good to see you again at BlogHer! What a fun time that weekend was. Great post. :-)

  2. Dangit! I should have totally sought you out. I missed the gluten-free crew hangout!

  3. Looks like an amazing time!

  4. Aw – sounds like you had so much fun!! I just got ‘Gluten Free Girl’s book (same title) & made the gingerbread recipe she shared on her blog for my Red Hat potluck tomorrow – will be interesting to see what I can have :)
    Good luck with the elimination diet!

  5. You lucky gals getting together. It must be really great getting to see the faces behind the blogs.

  6. It looks like you all had a great time; especially with Elana’s cookies :) Glad that the GF sector was represented!

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