foodblogSOUTH 01.22.12 in Birmingham
Received an invitation to foodblogSOUTH coming up on January 22 in Birmingham and have decided that I am going to plan…I still think of ‘elevated southern” as really a hobby but guess word does spread as it has gone just over 12,000 to looking like it will be over 150,000 by its b-day in January…what will 2011 bring? Hopefully will bring back some great ideas to incorporate into ‘elevated southern’. If you would like to learn more about this one-day regional food blogging conference, go to http://foodblogsouth.eventbrite.com . Registration is $135 (if you register in November, you get $15 off plus if you have a food blog you get another $25 off 🙂 ) Here are the highlights:
* Kim Severson of the New York Times and author of Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life will teach food writing
* Literary agent Lisa Ekus-Saffer of The Lisa Ekus Group will do a “blog to book” session
* Southern Living food photographer Jennifer Davick and stylist Marion Cooper Cairns will do a session on how to do incredibly gorgeous food photography
* A panel discussion on blogging about Southern seafood after the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster
* Christy Jordan, blogger and author of the just-released cookbook Southern Plate will share secrets to marketing your blog
* John-Bryan Hopkins, the Foodimentary Guy and Shorty Award winner will share how to make the most of social media
plus she says, “We’ve also got lots of fun and good eats in the works, including a Friday night pre-party that you don’t wanna miss. (We’re doing a live Moth Radio-style food storytelling night. Come share a story!) We’ll have specialty coffees in the morning to perk you up, a grits bar lunch from Dyron’s Low Country (one of our favorite spots), an evening cocktail hour, and more.”
The sponsor hotel is The Hotel Highland (http://www.thehotelhighland.com/) which I stayed at couple of years ago when in town for a Southern Foodways Alliance dinner @ Highlands. The hotel is great b/c it’s in the Five Points neighborhood and is just a short walk from Highlands Bar & Grill as well as Camp Taco which Shaun says is her fav local taco spot. The discounted rate is $89 or splurge $129 for a suite.
All proceeds will support Dessert Island Supply Company (DISCO) (http://www.desertislandsupplyco.com/) , a new non-profit writing center for children in Birmingham.