As the mission stated, I left well fed (got to eat EVERYTHING there, nothing off limits!), supported, encouraged, and very inspired. I met several new bloggers who were just starting out and some who were there getting ideas on how to start a food blog. I was able to meet bloggers whose blogs I read, but never had the opportunity to meet in person. Perhaps best of all, I was able to visit with old blogging friends again.
Here are some of the presenters and their sessions I attended:
|Mary Fran Wiley of FrannyCakes|
|Karen Morgan of Blackbird Bakery|
|Ricki Heller of Diets, Desserts and Dogs and Carolyn Ketchum of All Day I Dream About Food|
|Silvana Nardone of Silvana's Kitchen and Cybele Pascal - The Allergy Friendly Cook|
|Dianne Jacob of Will Write For Food|
|Cybele Pascal presenting the closing keynote session with samples of her new line of cookies!|
The day wouldn't be complete without a delicious gluten free meal. A beautiful lunch catered by a handful of Chicagoland restaurants with gluten free offerings was served. Here's my plate:
Going clockwise from the little grilled cheese sandwich from Mon Ami Gabi, was a chicken vesuvio skewer and a sausage & pepper skewer from Harry Caray's, Naan with a mango chutney from OMango, a mini cheese popover from Reel Club, a dairy free lemon cupcake and a white chocolate raspberry cupcake from Sweet Ali's Gluten Free Bakery, and a turkey grinder from Augustino's Rock and Roll Deli. That wasn't even all of the caterers. The up and coming Senza was there along with a few others.
As the day wrapped up, I was able to spend some time at the happy hour sampling a few more products and then dinner at Harry Caray's catching up with friends.
|It's Sarah from Celiac in the City enjoying a yummy Swirlz cupcake.|
|Jasmine from Healthy Jasmine and Jennifer Harris, Atlanta's Gluten Free Food Examiner.|
|The cutest little thing ever, Miachel, of Spiced Curiosity and moi.|
|Yours truly with Lauren-Lucille, THE Celiac Diva.|