Philadelphia Food & Drink Writers’ Conference: A Recap

Everyone with a laptop and a camera can dub themselves a journalist and, for the most part, that’s a beautiful thing.  There’s a staggering number of blogs floating around on the internet, but none is more ubiquitous than the food blog.  Dining in a restaurant these days feels like throwing oneself into a pool of paparazzi–the sound of flashes popping and the click, click of shutters are as familiar as the tinkling of forks and knives.  Food, food news, and the culinary world in general is enjoying a much-deserved revival thanks to people who realize that food is our most precious resource and it deserves to be much more than an afterthought in our collective minds.

Today, a group of serious food writers/bloggers/photographers gathered at Chef Daniel Stern’s lauded R2L Restaurant for a food fellowship of sorts that included a meet-and-greet, tasting and an informative lesson in food photography by former Philadelpia Inquirer photographer Eric Mencher.  The event was the brainchild of local food blogger Wendy Kirby (of the blog ‘La Phemme Phoodie’) with the help of the Greater Philadelphia Marketing Tourism Corporation (better known as Visit Philly) and Philly Homegrown–a GPMTC-created initiative that promotes local eating.

There turnout was great and judging from the animated conversations and the almost palpable passion for their craft, it was evident that this group of food lovers not only love what they do, but are also knowledgeable about it too.

Want to know more about the food?  Take a look at the menu below and see if you can spot the dishes in the slideshow.

    •  Sushi sampler – Tuna sashimi, shiitake fries, truffle and soy; Philly salmon sashimi; oyster with hamache ceviche, jalapeño gel and sesame mousse
    •  Steak tartare – Filet mignon, crudités, garlic and beef butter toasts
    •  Lobster macaroni and cheese – Maine lobster and pasta in a cheese sauce with fresh herbs
    •  Smoked salmon brunch pizza – Salmon, caviar, horseradish crème fraîche, pumpernickel crumb
    •  Treat cart – A variety of decadent pastries and desserts

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16 Comments on “Philadelphia Food & Drink Writers’ Conference: A Recap”

  1. G
    October 22, 2011 at 11:27 pm #

    Wow… The slideshow presentation was sure to tickle the fancy of true gastronomes indeed!

    • October 22, 2011 at 11:31 pm #

      That’s food porn right there, Mr. Rozier! LOL Every bite was delicious, too…I’m such a tease. :)

      • G
        October 23, 2011 at 11:49 pm #

        Lol!!! She said, “Food porn”! That was an apposite description my friend! I would have loved to have had a sample of what I saw :-).

  2. October 24, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    It was so nice getting to meet you at R2L, I hope next time we have more time to talk shop! Your images are beautiful, I love how you set it up as a slide show!

    hope to see you again soon1
    Dennis

  3. October 24, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    Those photos are stunning!! So glad to see you at #PFDW

  4. October 24, 2011 at 8:53 pm #

    Iris I love your description of the crowd and the atmosphere. Your pics are gorgeous. True food porn indeed! It was great to meet you. Hope to see you at the next event in the spring.

  5. October 25, 2011 at 1:38 pm #

    Iris! It was fantastic to meet your beautiful self! Your photos are incredible :)

    • October 25, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

      You are sweeter than a box of cupcakes, lady! :) Thank you for the kind words; I appreciate it. I LOVE your blog by the way!

  6. October 25, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

    Great photos of this event!

  7. October 26, 2011 at 6:43 pm #

    It was wonderful to meet you and the rest of the Philly food bloggers. Great post and photos! Thanks for sharing!

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