Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 8:51 PM
Doing big things
Where to begin?
Well, as some of you may have noticed, I changed the layout of my blog. It's still a work in progress, as I found this after a cursory Google search and have a pretty rudimentary understanding of HTML. I'm attempting to teach myself CSS so I can design my own template, but that's proving to be quite humbling to my intellect...
Anyway, the reason for the big change is because I'm attending Eat Write Retreat
this weekend. It's a fantastic food blogging conference sponsored by heavy-hitters like Calphalon, OXO, Jarlsberg Cheese (mmmm) and Dogfish Head Beer. There are going to be panels with experts on food photography and styling, opportunities to interview vendors at the farmers market, hands-on cooking sessions and the chance to network with a bunch of great food bloggers as well as food pros! To say that I'm stoked would be an absolute understatement.
The conference is both a mini getaway for me and a graduation present because [that's right folks] I GRADUATED!! woo! Two years of graduate school are in the bag. I dressed like a wizard this weekend, mortar board and all and by noon on Sunday, I had my enormous diploma in hand. I never actually imagined myself surviving grad school, even after I started taking classes. The thought of thesisizing or being able to read a list of 40 texts in a semester and then write on it seemed completely daunting, but I am a living testament that you can draft a proposal, get through reading list of 70+ texts and be able to synthesize your findings in 20 pages and a 1.5 hour defense... all in one semester. Now that I don't have to spend my days reading non-canonical literature or writing about it, I can turn my attention (and writing!) to my true passion: food. Stay tuned for posts on all the amazing restaurants I've tried and the [mostly] successful culinary experiments I've attempted this semester...
And now, back to more big things...
I've been really amazed at how many incredible opportunities I've stumbled upon through Twitter. [p.s. if you don't already follow me @foodinphilly, what are you waiting for?]. @EatWriteRetreat sent me an invite to register for their conference. This came shortly after another amazing opportunity presented itself in the Twitter Universe (Twitterverse?). @AroundMainline
invited me to be a VIP for a Mainline Restaurant Preview Week event at Azie on Main
. I had been to Azie and tasted some of their delicious lunch offerings, but I was not expecting the sheer number of amazing creations that greeted me. I foolishly forgot to bring my camera, but luckily for me, New Pace Productions
did a fantastic job of capturing every edible, from savory to sweet! Check out this video from the event, courtesy of AroundMainline.com and New Pace Productions!
Main Line Restaurant Week Preview Party at Azie on Main
from New Pace Productions
Labels: blogging conferences, events, food photography
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