31 August, 2010

International Food Blogger Conference (IFBC) 2010 in Seattle

To say that I am inspired and enlightened is a gross understatement. To say that I'm overwhelmed and dog-tired is also a gross understatement. But the positive so far outweighs the down side that, in the aftermath, what I'm holding onto is a big armload of inspiration.

In short:

  • Kathleen Flinn makes me want to be a better writer.
  • Penny de los Santos makes me want to be a better photographer.
  • Alex Jamieson makes me want to be better to my body.
  • Shauna Ahern makes me want to be a better blogger and just a better person, in general.
  • Dianne Jacob makes me confident to charge people what my talents are worth.
There was so much more inspiration. The event made me feel a sense of camaraderie, a validation of purpose, a road map that shows I'm on the right course.

Foodista and Zephyr, the incredible hosts of the conference, packed every waking (and honestly non-waking) moment of the three days chock full of sessions and gatherings. Most conferences I've been to give you plenty of free time. This one had events from 7:45am to 9:00pm. (You could choose to sit them out, but they were there for the taking.) Incredible, the amount of stuff that was packed into one weekend.

The sponsors (particularly Sur La Table, who gave us a generous bag full of kitchen swag, and Theo Chocolates who provided swag, chocolate, tours, and their warehouse space for this event) really provided us with great food and goodies. Thank you.

While the food and drink were incredible, the keynote speakers were great, as well. I particularly liked Kathleen Flinn's "Writing with the Five Senses", Shauna Ahern and Alex Jamieson's "Blogging for Specialized Diets", and Penny de los Santos' "Digital Food Photography" session.

I didn't attend every single event (I missed the wonderful James Oseland, editor-in-chief of Saveur magazine), nor could I possibly blog about them all, or post the hundreds of photos that I took. So, let's just stick to the digital highlights, shall we?


Hotel Monaco

Theo chocolates and Cupcake Royale cupcakes

Oyster Bill with Taylor Shellfish and their Geoduck Ceviche

Food from Jason Wilson of Crush

Modernist cuisine and Lisa Dupar Catering

Bookstore catered to foodies

Modernist Cuisine table

IFBC organizers Allan Wright (Zephyr Adventures CEO)
and Barnaby Dorfman (Foodista CEO)

Kathleen Flinn

Panel with Dianne Jacob, Kristine Kidd, and Amy Sherman

John Howie of Seastar and Linda Miller Nicholson w/ camera

Salmon Carpaccio from John Howie/Seastar

Steak tartare by Daisley Gordon

Fino sherry cocktail being made at the sherry party

Secret Sherry Society's happy hour with sherry and tapas

Tapas being made by chef of Olivar

Top Pot Doughnuts

Local foods panel w/ Jack Czarnecki, Debra Music, 
and Andrew Stout

Penny de los Santos after her talk that garnered
a standing ovation

Standing in line for the food trucks supplied only to IFBC
attendees. Incredible!

Photographers capturing the cook of the Skillet Street truck

Seattle Food Geek (Scott Heimendinger) and a line of
food bloggers

Pizza on the left was so fresh, I could have eaten a dozen slices

Pike Brewing had lunchtime beer offerings

Molly Wizenberg (of Orangette blog) talking


  1. aw man, you know i probably would have gone if i hadn't just MOVED away from seattle 7 months ago! probably the only time i would ever be able to afford to attend! it's international, so when is it coming to brazil? yeah right. anyways, looks like you had a great time, I didn't know Kathleen Flinn was a blogger, what is her blog?!

  2. Jackie, these are amazing!!! Love them all, especially the shots of the vested man making sherry cocktails and the food cart order shot with the blurred heads in the foreground. You're fantastic!

  3. Thanks, you guys! Mallory, I don't know that Kathleen is a blogger. All I know is that she is a writer and a chef, and she talked about how to write about food by using all of your senses to describe things. Really wonderful.

  4. Jackie,

    These are great! I was not able to attend IFBC but after looking at your pictures I feel like I was there, thanks for sharing!

    - Taylor

  5. beautiful post Jackie.. Sigh.. i really wish I could have been part of it. well perhaps sometime..:)

  6. The pictures made me cry, Jackie! I want to go back already. Love your vision and the way you see things with such a profound eye.

  7. Beautiful pictures Jackie! Really makes me want to kick myself in the a** for not being there :)

  8. You captured the magic from this weekend beautifully.

  9. lovely photos - I am sure that the chefs that you document are proud of what you have shown of their work. You always make things look so luscious.

  10. This looks like it was absolutely incredible! I really, really, really need to go next year.

    That Theo bread & chocolate photo reminded me that I never finished blogging about my SEA trip. Dangit!

  11. Beautiful images, Jackie. I'm really glad we could connect at IFBC. I hope to see you in SF at Blogher Food and points beyond. You're a gem xo

  12. Really, really nice photos! You captured the energy of the conference perfectly.

  13. Wow, these are really awesome photos! Great shot of the cameras on the Skillet Street truck's windowsill :)

  14. What a great opportunity to meet your people! Everything looks so damn good!

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