Last week I attended The Evolution of Women in Social Media conference (Evo ’10) in Park City, hosted by two of my dearest blogging friends, Rachael Herrscher from Today’s Mama and Jyl Johnson Pattee from MomItForward. Before I say anything else, I have to recognize Rachael and Jyl for the amazing women that they are. It was the inaugural Evo conference, but the streamlined organization and utter classiness of this event made it seem like the twentieth. The speakers were phenomenal. The sessions were actionable and enriching. And the food….oh, the food I ate this weekend….mmmmmmmm….
I was honored to be asked to participate in the Food Blogging workshop. The workshop was unreal and I am so grateful to have been a part of it. The Canyons hosted our afternoon at The Alpine House, a beautiful restaurant at the resort. They served us gorgeous food that tasted just as good as it looked.
Then the chefs taught us how to make that food.
Then I had the choice opportunity to sit on a panel with Helen Jane Hearn (a lovely food blogger) and Stephanie Robinett from AllRecipes.com, where we discussed everything from how we got into blogging, to how to maintain content year after year, to how to work with companies and sponsors, to how to develop content for various demographics while maintaining your unique voice. I know, awesome, right?
This photo that makes me look all smart and stuff belongs to Helene Dujardin of Tartelette – she gave me permission to use it because she’s nice like that.
One of the most fun parts of the food workshop were all the cameras. Get a bunch of food bloggers together and it suddenly feels like your camping outside Britney Spears house…cameras everywhere.
As if the totally rockin’ food workshop wasn’t enough, the entire weekend was packed with amazing classes, sessions, networking and unbelievable keynote talks. I mean unbelievable. Each of the five keynotes on their very own would have been worth the trip. We heard from truly inspiring bloggers who shared their unique and touching stories, from Rachael and Jyl discussing their geekiness, from the CEO of Make-A-Wish Utah (who’s presentation made me bawl like a baby…along with everyone in the room), from two of Oprah’s peeps talking about how they work with social media, and, finally, from two beautiful and inspiring women who closed the conference in the most perfect way possible.
Oh, and someone at the Waldorf Astoria was tricked into thinking I was a VIP and invited me to an amazing dinner on Friday night. Of course that super fancy dancy restaurant had dark lighting and whatnot and my little Canon Rebel just couldn’t handle it. Believe me, it was awesome. Oh, and you’re all invited to join me in the Presidential Suite at the Waldorf for Thanksgiving this year. It will be just lovely. Only one caveat, I have to make my billions before then. I’ll keep you posted.
One of the best parts of the weekend was the closing party at the Park City resort. Families were welcome to attend and my girls had a BLAST. (Poor Nate was stuck in California working.)
I hardly picked up my camera the entire weekend. But some of my food blogging friends did a great job documenting the event, so you should go check out their posts (listed below). And, if you really want to read more about the conference, Evo is compiling everyone’s posts about the weekend here.
- Helene from Tartelette shares a beautiful photo essay about the weekend here.
- Katie from Good Life Eats writes about Evo here
- Kristen from Dine and Dish shares thoughts I totally relate to here
- Sandy from The Reluctant Entertainer wrote a great recap of the food workshop here
Thank you to everyone who made Evo ’10 the fantastic weekend it was. I’m still floating on Cloud Nine.