Last weekend my husband and I had the opportunity to attend the International Food Blogger Conference in New Orleans, LA. It was such an amazing experience. I don’t personally know that many other food bloggers, so sometimes I feel strange taking pictures of my food and sharing with others, so it was great to be in a room with over a hundred other people just like me!
This event was put together by Foodista and Zephyr Adventures – they really did an excellent job. The whole weekend was full of different information sessions devoted to blogging and food and wine tastings that just blew me away. What better city to host something like this than NOLA?? We were so sad when it was all over, we made some great new friends, learned a lot of new things that I can apply to the blog (look for changes coming soon!!) and probably gained about ten pounds! I also loved staying at the Hotel Monteleone, where the conference was also located. Can’t wait to attend another one! I’m making three blog posts about it, there is just too much to include in one post!
Play the slideshow below to see pictures of our wonderful weekend. There were too many to post individually! (Sorry the quality isn’t the best – not great lighting!)
Friday Evening – Taste of New Orleans
La Petite Grocery
Chilled corn soup with hearts of palm
Pork cheeks with tomato jam
Spicy tuna tartare with avocado mousse, coriander, grilled country bread
Rabbit ragu with house-made pappardelle, parmesan
Shaved brussels sprouts with apples, pecorino, hazelnuts
Chicken liver crostini with Maras Farm’s sprouts, dandelion gastrique
The Grill Room
Gluten free gulf shrimp dip
Gluten free Louisiana crab dip in endive
Shrimp & orzo
Black truffle hazelnut macaroon ‘PoPs’
Local honeyed rice cream parfait
Gluten free bite sized chocolate bombes- white & dark chocolate mousse on a base
of flourless chocolate cake, covered in chocolate ganache
Wines at the Taste of New Orleans were provided by Jordan Vineyard & Winery.
After dinner, we went on a cocktail crawl hosted by Nosh. We went to the Old Absinthe House to have a Ramos Gin Fizz, then on to Arnaud’s French 75 for the namesake French 75. We wrapped up the evening listening to jazz at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, sipping on Pear Flower Martinis.
Stay tuned for day two of IFBC – believe it or not it gets even better!!