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Food Blog Forum Seminar: Nashville, Tennessee

Saturday, October 8, 2011 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (CDT)

Nashville, TN

Food Blog Forum Seminar: Nashville, Tennessee

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Food Blog Forum, Nashville, TN

Saturday, October 8, 2011
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (CT)

We're excited to announce our fourth Food Blog Forum event - this time in Nashville! The event is a full-day seminar on Saturday, October 8, 2011 for online food publishers and food bloggers in Nashville and surrounding areas.

This event is produced by Food Blog Forum with Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen, Todd & Diane of White On Rice Couple, Lindsay Landis of Love & Olive Oil, Beth Sachan of Eat.Drink.Smile., and Leah Short of So How’s it Taste.

Food Blog Business | Food Styling & Photography | Food Blog Design | Technology

Join us for a full-day seminar on Saturday, October 8, 2011 designed specifically for food publishers and food bloggers.

We'll be covering the most relevant topics for food bloggers, including food styling and photography, recipe writing and development, blogging etiquette, and public relations for food bloggers.

In addition to the information and skills you'll be able to immediately implement, we'll have several networking and social opportunities throughout the weekend.


Friday, October 7, 2011

Nashville Farmers Market
900 Rosa Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37208
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6:00 - 8:00pm - “A Taste of Tennessee” - Exclusive, private party Hosted by Nashville Farmers Market

Chef Demo featuring Top Chef Season 7 contestant and Nashville native, Arnold Myint!

Local product companies in attendance include:
Yazoo Brewing Company
Corsair Artisan Distillery
Olive and Sinclair
Goo Goo Clusters
Perl Catering Bathtub Gin Mista Dale's

Grinder's Switch Winery

O.liv Body Bar

The Bloomy Rind The Loveless Cafe

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Lipscomb University Ezell Center
Off of Belmont Blvd.
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8:00am - Doors Open
Coffee and breakfast provided by Whole Foods.

9:00am - Introduction

9:30 - 10:30am - PRspectives
Jaden Hair, Arianna Bastianini, & Amanda Saad
A lesson in PR 101, from various perspectives. This panel brings together bloggers, brands and PR professionals to give you an inside look into the process of working with brands and forming relationships that can benefit both the bloggers and companies they work with.

10:45 - 11:45am - Breakout Sessions
TRACK 1: Recipe Writing & Development
Alison Lewis & Kelly Senyei
Learn what it takes to develop professional-quality recipes, from concept to completion.

TRACK 2: Blogging Etiquette
Amanda Bottoms & Jenny Flake
Learn about proper blogging etiquette, including recipe/photo credit and attribution, copyright (and what to do if your work is stolen), link exchanges, commenting, best practices, and more.

12:00 - 1:00pm - LUNCH
Visit the Food Truck Court for a delicious sampling of our city’s best mobile vendors, including Riffs Truck, Yayo’s OMG, and Happy Eating!

1:15 - 2:30am - Food Styling & Photography
Todd Porter & Diane Cu
Learn how to understand and utilize your available lighting situations. You'll learn basic food photography and styling techniques, how to effectively understand the fundamentals of lighting and getting a good exposure for the great food photograph.

2:45 - 4:20 - Experts Round Table
Dive deeper into the topics that interest you most. We’ll have our speakers and other experts available to you during a series of four 20-minute “speed-networking” sessions. Ask questions and get advice from our experts in a more personal setting. Explore topics such as Social Media, Technology and Design, Food Styling and Photography, Working with TV and Media, Recipe Development, The Business of Blogging, and more.

4:30 - Closing

6:00 - 8:00pm - Afterparty
Sponsored by The Patterson House
Hors d'œuvres and Drinks will be provided.

The schedule as well as sessions and speakers subject to change.


Jaden Hair is a television chef, food columnist and award-winning food blogger at Steamy Kitchen. You can watch her cook twice a month on Daytime Show, syndicated in 120 markets. Jaden is a food columnist for Discovery Health, TLC and for Tampa Tribune. Jaden is a cookbook author of The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook. With 90,000 followers, Jaden is one of the most influential people in food on Twitter. She has been featured on the Today Show, CBS Early Show, Martha Stewart Living Radio,, and Parents Magazine. Jaden was recently named one of the hottest women in food by SlashFood and also one of the best food bloggers on Twitter: SteamyKitchen 

Todd Porter and Diane Cu are professional photographers, food stylists and filmmakers who specialize in food, travel, special events and portrait work. They are founders of, based out of Los Angeles. Fueled by their love of local people and culture, they strive to document powerful food stories from around the world. Diane and Todd share their personal food stories and other behind-the-scenes snippets of their professional work on their award-winning food and photography blog,

Kelly Senyei is Associate Editor for Gourmet Live, a Condé Nast digital experience that lets users express, share and explore their passion for food and food culture in a brand new way. She is also the creator of the food blog Just a Taste and is the author of the forthcoming Food Blogging For Dummies (Wiley, 2012). In addition to her published work in Gourmet Live, Kelly has written for, Recipe Zaar, and She has also externed in the Food Network Kitchens, where she cross-tested recipes, prepared food for TV productions and photo shoots and had the opportunity to cook in a practice battle of Iron Chef America. When she’s not busy blogging or keeping up with the latest food media news and trends, Kelly can be found in her kitchen in New York City, experimenting with ingredients and creating recipes.

Alison Lewis is a nationally known Magazine and Internet Journalist, Recipe Developer, Cookbook Author, Television and Social Media Food Spokesperson and Consultant, Food Educator, and President of Ingredients, Inc., a Food Media Consulting company in Birmingham, Alabama. She is known for creating healthy, family-friendly recipes that are easy to prepare, and she offers great entertaining ideas on her blog, Her first cookbook, 400 Best Sandwich Recipes: From Classics & Burgers to Wraps & Condiments, was published by Robert Rose Books in April of 2011. Her second cookbook, “Best of Ingredients, Inc.” is also in the works (date TBA). Alison’s professional Journalism work has appeared in Cooking Light Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, Southern Living, Coastal Living, Diabetic Living,, Clean Eating, Oxygen, Julep Online, Relish Magazine and many others.

Amanda Green Bottoms is the author and photographer of Kevin & Amanda. What started as a small blog to keep in touch with friends and family quickly became a collection of her photography tutorials, favorite recipes, and original kitchen creations. Among the diverse content of her site, you'll also discover her favorite fashion finds, home decor projects, and even the free handwriting fonts she makes from her readers' submissions. Amanda loves interacting with her online audience and works hard to make Kevin & Amanda an entertaining place to visit, learn, and check in on her life and adventures.

Amanda Virgillito Saad is an account supervisor at The Andrews Agency, a full service strategic public relations firm based in Nashville. She oversees a variety of accounts, with special emphasis on branding food and restaurant clients through targeted local and regional efforts. Her passion for good food is the foundation for the PR campaigns she creates, and she takes an organic approach to public relations by building relationships with writers, editors, bloggers and lovers of food. People who like to write about food are more likely to do so if they get to taste it first. Consequently, she’s likely to pitch writers when they’ve got full bellies.  Amanda has a blog, too. You probably haven’t heard of it because she would rather read yours than build her own.  She’s a mother to three finicky eaters and a wife to a man who loves butter more than that other lady.  It should be known that Amanda thinks nachos are the world’s most perfect food.

Jenny Flake is the author of the family friendly food blog titled Picky Palate. She is a self-taught home cook and an on the go mom to 2 little boys and wife to her high school sweetie. Before Jenny started writing Picky Palate she was a Registered Dental Hygienist, a Certified Pilates instructor and participated in cooking contests all over the country. She's been on Food Network's Build A Better Burger, The Ultimate Recipe Showdown, The National Chicken Cook-off and The Pillsbury Bake-Off. Creating original recipes and capturing food photography is Jenny's new passion and she loves sharing her journey with her readers. Jenny is thrilled to be writing her first cookbook that will be available in 2012. Picky Palate has been featured on sites such as,, and Shine by Yahoo. Jenny was born and raised in AZ but now lives in Sunny Southern California with her Disneyland loving, picky eating beach bums!

Arianna Bastianini heads OXO’s social media efforts as part of the Brand Communications team. As a company that has grown primarily through word of mouth over the past 20 years, OXO believes that bloggers are an invaluable resource, making blogger outreach one of Arianna’s main objectives. Originally from Venezuela, Arianna received a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University in New York City and has held PR and advertising roles at Columbia. Additionally, she specialized in social media while running online campaigns and outreach for CNN International in their Hong Kong offices.

Arnold Myint (our Friday night Celebrity chef demo) is the Executive Chef and Owner of three popular restaurants in Nashville, TN: PM, Cha Chah, and Suzy Wong’s House of Yum, all of which have been recognized locally on numerous occasions as the “best of”. He also recently opened a fourth business, a gourmet grab ‘n go, cleverly named AM @ FM, inside the Market House at the Nashville Farmers’ Market. Arnold was recognized by GQ Magazine in 2009 as one of the nation’s most inspired bartenders. In 2010, Arnold competed on the 7th Season of the popular television program Top Chef. In addition to Arnold’s contribution to the food scene, he is also a savvy event planner and skilled mixologist. Outside of the kitchen, Arnold is very active in the community, supporting charities and the growth of Nashville’s independent dining scene.

Additional Round Table Speakers include:

Lindsay Landis - Web/Graphic Designer and Food Blogger - Purr Design / Love & Olive Oil
Tami Hardeman - Food Stylist - Running with Tweezers
Geoff Allen - Ziplist Founder/CEO and SEO Expert - ZipList
Courtenay Rogers - Marketing Coordinator & Social Media Expert

Thank you to our Sponsors

Just a Pinch Recipe Club


Girard's Dressings
Nashville Farmers' Market
The Patterson House
Chicago Metallic
Whole Foods
Farm Flavor
Kitchen Aid
Artisan Books The Loveless Cafe Lindsay Olives
Goo Goo Clusters Amco Houseworks

Nashville Toffee Company
Olive and Sinclair
Beanilla Lifetime Brands Betsy's Cheese Straws

Interested in sponsoring this event? For sponsorship opportunities please contact Leah Short at


We have secured a special group rate of $119 per night at the Hilton Garden Inn hotel, located at 1715 Broadway in Nashville.

This hotel is a convenient 10 minute drive from the conference location (driving directions here), and walkable to the cocktail party location on Saturday night.

Reservations for individuals can be made by calling 615-369-5900 or 877-245-8854
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Please mention group code FBF.

Reservations need to be made by Wednesday, September 7th. After this date the group rate will no longer be available.

If you would like to stay elsewhere, hotels in the Downtown/Vanderbilt/Belmont areas will be convenient to the conference location.

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Lipscomb University
Ezell Center
Belmont Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37204

Saturday, October 8, 2011 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (CDT)

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