While I’ve been to several conferences over the past few years, I’ve never been to a conference just for food bloggers. Actually, this was a retreat, not a conference. Big Summer Potluck is all about food, inspiration, and community. Despite there being so much to share about this past weekend, I decided to focus on the speakers with lots and lots of pictures. Each speaker had takeaways that resonated with me.
1. Trust Your Intuition
2. Take a risk and go big.
3. Let your successes propel you.
1. Become a food advocate and contact your government representatives.
2. Poor people need organic, locally sourced food just as much as everyone else. Nutrition matters especially if you’re in a stressful situation.
3. Food can create community.
4. Get people talking to each other in a community to create a community-based response to hunger.
3rd Speaker: Jeni Bauer, author of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home (available on Kindle as of 7/30 for $2.51)
1. Do what you’re good at, and surround yourself with people good at handling the other parts.
2. Create something that people wake up at 3 am in the morning craving.
3. Detail matters.
4. The customer’s experience matters.
1. “Healthy soil, healthy food, healthy people.”
2. What do we do on a day-to-day basis to make the earth better?
5th Speaker: Joe Yonan, author of Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook, and Food/Travel Editor for the Washington Post
1. Give yourself permission to change your vision.
2. Ask for what you want.
3. Let things percolate.
Practical presentation: Abby Dodge, author of The Weekend Baker: Irresistible Recipes, Simple Techniques, and Stress-Free Strategies for Busy People and Pam Anderson showing how to make short bread
1. If you don’t have a scale for weighing baking ingredients, get one now.
2. See #1
3. When doing recipe development, keep all your notes.
4. Always include how you measure the ingredients in a recipe for the average person. It can make a difference in how the recipe turns out.