Last night at Poste Brasserie, I stepped out onto the DC foodie scene, mingling with as many of the 60 local food and gardening bloggers as I possibly could. WeLoveDC’s resident foodie, Katie, couldn’t make the party, and she sent me in her stead (poor me…).
Nestled into a private corner of the outdoor patio, the weather was impeccably gorgeous, the wine was flowing freely, the truffled frites were being delivered in rounds, and bloggers quickly ran out of business cards. (Yes! Business cards!)
While it was undoubtedly a place to see and be seen among area foodies, it was really all about meeting the people behind the blogs and chatting about a shared passion for food. The face-to-face interaction provided an intimate opportunity to ponder ones own blog’s potential. And everyone had a lot to talk about. “What do you write about?” was a comfortable segue into a long conversation with many shared interests.
Early on in the evening (because what happy hour just lasts an hour?), I connected with Jen from Beets and Bonbons over a shared beet picking experience at Larriland Farms. Later, I learned that one of her most googled posts is – for all intensive intents and purposes – a random recipe from Anguilla called Blanchard’s Carribean Cornbread. This recipe has to be an absolute stunner for so many people search for it by name. But we laughed over the randomness of google’s ability to drive unexpected traffic to your site.
Power pair Elizabeth and Mike Bober from Capital Spice were power networkers, holding the evening together and connecting many bloggers. They introduced me to Raphael, who was there representing WordPress. I was pleased to ask him a few questions about my site’s technical compatabilities, and a few others interjected with WordPress questions, too.
Brooke of Mogulling introduced herself as a native of the other Washington, hailing from Seattle. And anyone from Seattle is a born foodie in my opinion! She’s a natural.
The Internet Food Association is a hilarious twist on what you might think is a brick-and-mortar Alexandria trade association, while in fact it’s a food blog.
Despite being only one of a dozen who remained when I finally decided to leave, there wasn’t enough time to get to know all the incredible talent. Blogs definitely worth checking out include: Elyssa of State Dinner (and especially on twitter as ElyssaK), Johnna of Johnna Knows Good Food and Courtney’s daring Cold Brains Salad at Food for Real.
The evening was such a success that the hosts (Mary of Arugula Files and Amelia of Gradually Greener) have promised to hold it once a month. So thankfully, I get another chance to meet those that I missed last night, and Katie and I look forward to tearing up the scene again next month!
To those of you who were missing altogether from the scene last night: we want you to know it’s safe to come out now! (We don’t bite.)