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.
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!
By 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.
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”)