Category Archives: Conferences

IFBC, consent, and building a better blogging world

Below the fold is my long overdue discussion on IFBC. Sadly, this post comes with trigger warnings for: rape, antifeminism/misogyny, harassment, racism, and group policing.

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Quick update on post-IFBC posting

I’m still mentally decompressing from IFBC, but I wanted to say here that I am already working on a response to the events that happened on Saturday. As I’m also planning to meet with people in the local ethics community to get outside opinions, and I have some major research deadlines approaching on my thesis, I suspect it will take me at least until late next week to get everything sorted out. I know this is the kind of thing to reply to while the fire’s hot, but I personally have a lot to say and it will take time to organize it all.

In the interim, I want to thank everyone who’s talked to me, publicly and privately, about how they felt about IFBC and Todd Coleman’s talk. I’m so glad you’ve been able to talk to me in whatever way you’re most comfortable, and I hope we can keep this dialogue going. I will continue to do my best to respond to people as PMs, emails, and tweets come in. School starts this week, so I’ll have to slow down on replying while I figure out what I’m doing this quarter, but I’ll keep on trying to answer questions and comments.

As a general update, I still plan to stay on a public writing hiatus after this settles out, as I really need to graduate already. (Dorie Greenspan kind of asked me to.) That does not mean I intend to stay silent.

Again, thank you, and keep being awesome.

IFBC Liveblogging: Day 1

So I’m going to be liveblogging IFBC, which will be posted below the fold to remove the issue of spoilers. Consider it one giant sponsored post, because there’s a lot of swag being given out during the con and that’s effectively what the schedule looks like. Continue reading »

IFBC 2013: was it worth it?

So I just finished my first trek to the International Food Bloggers Conference, which was conveniently held in downtown Seattle. (I can claim it was for my comfort, if only because I’m lazy.)

Anyone who looks up conferences is usually looking to get one question answered: if it’s it worth it for them to attend. Like any good graduate level question, the answer is that it depends.

Here I’ll break down some of the high and low points of IFBC 2013, so you can decide for yourself if it’s worth the time and effort.


Dorie Greenspan, ladies and gentlemen.

IFBC 2013

She is freaking adorable. I told her how the Baking From My Home To Yours cookbook was responsible for my descent into baking and avoiding my thesis. She told me to finish graduate school so my mother wouldn’t worry. Continue reading »

Your pre-IFBC food guide to Seattle

Hi, IFBC people! It’s the Monday before for the International Food Bloggers Conference, and I can’t wait to meet you all.  Hopefully I’ll have enough time to bring cookies.

While IFBC isn’t the best time to actually explore Seattle, I know a bunch of you who are flying/trekking in are coming early, so this is to cover some places to check out that are nearby.

The guide I wrote before PAX covers about the same area, so I won’t write about those spots here, except for an obligatory nod to Pike Place Market. This is slightly more far-reaching, as most food nerds I know will absolutely travel for food, and a bit higher price range.

The NW Chocolate Festival: Really. It’s running at the same time as IFBC, is within walking distance, and, at $30 for a day pass, if you have a few minutes on Sunday it’ll be worth walking in.

I didn’t attend nearly enough of it last year, but with chocolate from Theo to Fran’s to Lillie Belle in attendance, it’ll be the best dessert ever to top off your weekend.


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