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Camp Blogaway 2011 Recap

Camp Blogaway 2011 Recap

By on May 2, 2011, 1:30 pm in Events | 11 comments

Wow- I’m still pretty darn tired (all that altitude changing must be catching up with me in my somewhat advanced years- yawn), but wanted to do a quick update on Camp Blogaway.

I’ve posted a few pics of some of my favorite things from there this weekend.

As was the case last year, we started out with a Wilton cake decorating session. I have to say, I’ve not been a big fan of fondant in my cake decorating, but loved this fondant ribbon rose cake. I’d definitely make it for some lucky cake recipient.


Fondant Ribbon Rose Cake


My food blogging buddy, Kim, from Rustic Bistro Garden made this lovely display to remind us all of her for the networking table. Fellow campers agreed on its loveliness, as they voted Kim the prize for best networking table display.


Rustic Garden Bistro at the networking table


I had a networking table display, too- a big thank you to Lindsay Olives for sponsoring me to attend Camp Blogaway. I’m really looking forward to trying those Naturals green olives, as so many told me how good they were. I kept a few olives back here for myself, and will be sharing recipes featuring very them soon, so check back.


Lindsay Olives at the networking table


Of course, being a gathering of food bloggers, there was the requisite kitshcy food toy -Spuddy Buddy this time-from sponsor Idaho Potatoes. Halima thanks you. She’s got a collection going now.


Spuddy Buddy

Here is the lovely Louise Samora-Mellor, of Art of Cuisine, making watermelon aguas frescas. Gee, wonder why I don’t look as svelte and gorgeous in my chef’s jacket as she does? Hmmm, you think it could have something to do with the fact that she gets up very early every morning to work out while I am soundly sleeping in?


Louise Mellor


And here’s my very favorite sponsor (I think a lot of us felt that way)-true cutie Andrew Blok, who kept all of us well lubricated with great wines from Wente Vineyards all weekend long. This is a man who knows how to win a popularity contest! I paticularly liked the Morning Fog Chardonnay. - April 2011 175
Thanks to Kim at rusticbistrogarden for the pic!

Sunday tied up with a presentation by Jan DeLyser from the California Avocado Commission. She was quite fun and informative-a great presenter. Yes, I really do love California avocados, and since it’s Cinco de Mayo week, I just happen to have an avocado post ready to share, so check back very soon for that one.

Ann Segerstrom of the California Avocado Commission


A big thanks and congrats to Patti Londre for all her hard work in putting on another successful Camp Blogaway.


  1. Gisele, always a pleasure having you at Camp, it was a weekend to remember. Great bloggers, great weather, great sponsors, great sessions. Thanks for being there. 😀

  2. wasn’t it fun? i’m missing the beautiful scenery and great conversations around the dinner table. too tired to get up early today, tomorrow… back to real life

    Avatar Chef Louise

    May 2, 2011

  3. Hi Giselle,
    I was delighted to see your favorite parts of Camp Blogaway. As a newbie, I thought the whole experience was incredibly valuable. I came away with a thousand blogging tips and a million good ideas from experienced bloggers. Just wanted you to know that the presenter from the California Avocado Commission is Jan DeLyser, Vice President of Marketing. She is a terrific presenter and has that knack for making her information super relevant for her audience.

    Thanks! Ann Segerstrom

    Avatar Ann Segerstrom

    May 2, 2011

  4. Thanks, Ann. I actually was thinking I remembered the name Jan, but went to check on the handout and saw your name and since I’m still half asleep… Thanks for letting me know, I will change the names 😉

    Avatar Gisele aka LA2LAChef

    May 2, 2011

  5. So good to reconnect with you, Gisele. Loved our conversation and consider it an on-going one. What a rich worthwhile experience, lots to take in work-wise; feeling lucky to be a Blogaway Camper…

    Avatar Nancie McDermott

    May 2, 2011

  6. It was great to chat and hang at Campblogaway, Gisele. Terrific wrap-up (you’re fast) and I hope to see ya again soon.

    Avatar Cathy/ShowFoodChef

    May 3, 2011

  7. I miss Camp already!!!!

    So happy to have been able to spend quality time with so many bloggers. Already looking forward to next year.

    Thanks for the shout-out, and you’re welcome for the photo. 😉

    See you soon, I hope?!


    Avatar Kim

    May 3, 2011

  8. It was great meeting you at Camp. Thanks for the olives. And what great photos. you really captured the essence of Camp Blogaway.

    Avatar Jennifer

    May 10, 2011

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