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Camp Blogaway Recap-Part 1

Camp Blogaway Recap-Part 1

By on May 18, 2010, 9:13 am in Events, Food and Drink | 12 comments

I was privileged last weekend to attend Camp Blogaway in the beautiful  San Bernadino Mountains, where food bloggers from all over the country came together for a weekend of practical and interactive techniques for improving our food blogging. I'll be sharing more about it over the next few posts- both here and and at my smallpleasurescateringblog and my L.A. Party Planning Examiner and L.A. Food Examiner columns- so I hope you'll keep checking back- but for now just wanted to share a few quick pics. Oh- and many thanks to Patti@WorththeWhisk for creating and putting Camp Blogaway together!

Patti- our Fearlesss Leader
Patti Londre- our Fearless Leader

I arrived Friday afternoon, my blogging buddy Greg@sipptysup accompanied me on the drive up. A few others were there already helping Patti (truly, our Fearless Leader for the weekend) fill our great swag bags- isn't it fun to get free stuff?

Snacks started appearing pretty quickly- lots of olives and kiwis, thanks to camp sponsors Lindsay Olives and Zespri Kiwi. Everyone especially loved the golden kiwis- a rare treat. BTW, I learned that the best way to eat a kiwi, is to dig into a halved one with a little spoon- like eating from a nature's little egg shaped cup.

More Olives


There were olives everywhere, as you can see by the photo below.

Olive Earrings


By 4 P.M. people had arrived in larger numbers- just in time for our first demo, a hands on cupcake decorating workshop presented by Wilton. All that orange, pink,blue, green icing-yep, everyone got a bit sticky. Lots of fun cupcake ideas, though. Unfortunately, your LA2LAChef dropped her camera lens right in an iced cupcake. Thanks to Rachael@lafujimama for introducing me to lens cleaning wipes!

Cupcake Decorating 

Dorothy of

LA2LAChef and sipptysup through icing coated lens!
LA2LAChef and SippitySup through my icing coated camera lens!

After all that piping, we were ready for a glass of wine or two- courtesy of Mad Housewife Cellars (don't you just love that name?) Then on to dinner. We closed out the evening with the first of two panels on the ins and outs of working  with PR people which generated quite a lively discussion. Okay- so all of this is a new area for many of us bloggers- we didn't go to "J" school after all. Lots to learn.

For some it was time for s'mores, but I finished with a bit more wine, and then it was short hike up the hill to bed for me. Whew- I was tuckered out!

Coming up next- a day full of great camera advice from the wonderful Art Ramirez, along with food styling and recipe writing tips.


  1. Yay for lens cleaning cloths!! It was great to meet you in person!

    Avatar Fuji Mama

    May 18, 2010

  2. oh, wow! i’m so glad you did this… so look forward to great new success and great new articles and great new recipes and combinations! great pics! may what you learned help you reflect your fabulous self out into the world!

    Avatar ann keeler evans

    May 18, 2010

  3. thanks, Ann. It really was a wonderful weekend- so informative, fun and made lots of good contacts. I truly look forward to sharing them with you.


    Avatar gisele

    May 18, 2010

  4. Loved your recap! It was great seeing you again Gisele, as always had a great time!

    Avatar Daydreamer Desserts

    May 18, 2010

  5. Even it if is a little fuzzy…

    Avatar gisele

    May 18, 2010

  6. Was great to meet you at camp! Nice intro write-up and images. Luv the shot of the earrings w/the olive! =)

    Avatar Cristina

    May 19, 2010

  7. Thanks, Cristina. It was great to meet you, too, and I look forward to the next one!

    Avatar gisele

    May 19, 2010

  8. Great pic of Patti! Wish I had taken more food shots. Usually I come back from a trip with all food shots and not enough people!

    Avatar Lentil Breakdown

    May 19, 2010

  9. Adair- Have you checked out the Flickr group page for Camp Blogaway? Lots of pics to share.

    Avatar gisele

    May 20, 2010

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