FoodBuzz Festival 2010: Day 2 – Morning sessions

by spiceaholic on November 9, 2010

Day 2 of the FoodBuzz Festival was so action-packed that I’m going to have to split it up into 3 separate posts, or else you’ll be reading FOREVER.

So let’s start with that morning. Well, let’s actually go back to Friday night. On the way back to the hotel, Mara and her roomie Liz of Lazy Cook Crazy Cook were talking about some of the restaurants located near our hotel. There was one in particular we’d all noticed: Sears’ Fine Food, which boasted being world famous for its little pancakes. That was enough for us to want to try them out, so we set a breakfast date for Saturday morning before our sessions started.

Ohhh, I’m so glad we did that!

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The three of us pored over the menu for a few minutes, but since they were famous for pancakes, pancakes it was!

The eats:  Sears’ World Famous 18 Swedish Pancakes with a side of sausage.

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Mmmm, so good! And they were so cute! These were the size of silver-dollar pancakes but a lot thinner. We were wondering if they were possibly sourdough pancakes, but they were damn good!

While we were eating, we talked up a storm and Mara gave me a tutorial on using my new camera! 🙂

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This is after discovering the wonders of setting up the white balance on my camera. No more yellowy or weird-tinted pics!

After we were done eating it was almost time for the sessions to start.  The morning was broken up into 3 sessions and the ones I’d signed up for were  a food blogging success panel, an Alaska Seafood demo, and food photography.

But first I had to officially sign in for the conference and pick up my name tag and swag bag!

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There will be a swag bag show and tell later on, I have to talk about the sessions first!

The food blogging success panel was awesome.  On the panel were Stephanie of Lick My Spoon, Damaris of Kitchen Corners, and Tina of Carrots ‘N’ Cake.  It was great to hear their different perspectives on what success meant to them and I took notes like a crazy woman on tips they shared.

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I got to meet Tina afterwards! I was a little nervous about introducing myself to her, but she was so approachable and friendly!

Next up was the Alaska Seafood demo.  Chef Mary Sue Milliken of Border Grill showed us how to make two types of fish tacos using salmon and halibut.  These were available to sample at the Tasting Pavillion later that afternoon, but I will say it’s tantamount to torture to demo delicious food being made to food bloggers and make us wait to try the food later! 🙂

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My final session of the day was on food photography.  I was really looking forward to this class because it was led by 2 awesome food photographers: Laura of The Cooking Photographer and Marc of No Recipes.  I took tons of notes and walked away with some great tips.  It was reassuring to hear that you don’t need a fancy-pants camera to take great pictures.   Also, natural light is the best for pics but they had some suggestions for how to improve lighting indoors. I especially appreciated the tips on picture composition, angling, and how to make ugly food look better (hint: put it on a bright plate or bowl).  And then they turned us loose on some demo stations they’d set up.

Since I was still getting used to my new camera, it was a little frustrating when I couldn’t get my pics to turn out how I wanted, but I just kept playing around with it and the settings.

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I’m really looking forward to putting their advice to good use — the best way to get better is to keep on doing it!

Stay tuned for Day 2 afternoon fun!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Dinner at Christina's November 9, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Oh how cute are you!? I don’t think I ever saw a pic of you or knew your name!! The fest looks like it was a lot of fun, I’m so jealous looking at everybody’s recaps! The food photography pics are cool – and I can’t wait to see what was in your swag bag!

Damaris @Kitchen Corners November 9, 2010 at 10:54 pm

I’m so glad you liked the panel and found it useful. The festival was awesome wasn’t it? I wish we could do it every month.

spiceaholic November 13, 2010 at 2:15 pm

@Christina — hee hee, thanks! I figured since I was meeting people face to face, it was better to start de-lurking from my screen name.

@Damaris — that would be fantastic if we could! I look forward to following your blog.

Steph @Lick My Spoon November 15, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Ditto! so glad you enjoyed the panel 🙂 y’know, i’ve always wondered about the sear’s pancakes! looks like they may be worth checking out — love swedish pancakes.

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