Camp Blogaway 2014
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend Camp Blogaway for the second year in a row. Â Last year I walked away from this experience having not only learned a few valuable lessons about food blogging, but also met some wonderful people.
This year the panels were even more educationalÂ and I felt that I learned so much. I also had the opportunity reconnect and create stronger bonds with some of the folks who I met last year.
Those of us who attended also walked away with a bag full of goodies by the sponsoring brands Wilton, Bragg, Kerry Gold, and Klondike Brands. We also had the opportunity to taste some of Sabraâ€™s delicious dips, salsas, and guacamole and wash it all down with some wine from WenteÂ Vineyards.
I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to attend events such as Camp Blogaway where creative ideas are shared freely and generously. I really enjoyed meeting new fellow food bloggers and the opportunity to learn from each other.
I have to confess for the past two years I have also been completely starstruck by one particular speaker: Denise Vivaldo. This world can be so small somedays. About four years ago, when I was still unemployed, I was asked to do a few catering jobs. At the time I thought that perhaps that was an opportunity that I should take in consideration and see if it turn into a job. The truth is that I had no idea where to start. Specifically, how to write a proposal, how to create an invoice, how to price my food and labor, but most importantly I did not know how much food to purchase. I have to confess that when hosting parties I generally cook for an army because I have this irrational fear that someone might leave my house hungry, so I always end up with a ton of leftovers.
I looked high and low for a book to get me started and the one which fit all the categories, and had high ratings, was “How to start a home based Catering Business” by Denise Vivaldo. Her book not only helped me with all the administrative information that I needed, but I also learned to shop for food in a smarter manner, a skill that I still use to this day for the camping trips that I cook for.
I nearly died last year when I saw Denise at Camp Blogaway. I love the fact that this event is big enough for a lot of people to attend, yet it’s small enough that we can all intermingle together and interact with the speakers. I always enjoy Denise’s segments about food styling and all the energy that she brings to the room. Certainly, I am still learning from her.
On a closing note:
Thank youÂ PattiÂ for bringing us all together and giving us a forum to learn!