A big long post about the Big Summer Potluck!
On the morning of the Big Summer Potluck, I checked my purse for breath mints or anything else of the freshening variety. All I found was a little pack of those Listerine breath strips and what was left inside was all stuck together in one coagulated chunk. Great, I thought, I am finally meeting a group of awesome food bloggers in person and they will all recoil in fear as soon as I open my mouth. I needn’t have worried.
I spent so much time ingesting delicious foods there was no time for my breath to smell like anything other than sugar, spice and everything nice! What I should have been more concerned about, purse contents-wise, was the missing pen. We had this whole wonderful day of fantastic cooking, writing and photography tips and I didn’t write any of it down. I saw KillerCoconut taking notes on her iPhone though, so hopefully she will share.
Let me back up. A couple months ago Maggy from ThreeManyCooks sent out a tweet asking if any East Coast food bloggers would be interested in a little get together this summer. Maybe something like a simple meet-up and everyone could bring a dish. I thought that sounded great and immediately tweeted back that I would be interested. In what seemed like no time at all, Maggy joined forces with Erika from IvoryHut and masterminded what became this unbelievable all-day event with celebrity guests, awesome sponsors, and of course, lots and lots of food.
Wait, let me back up again! Because I am a big fat wimp and not a big fan of driving over three hours anywhere by myself, I asked if I could bring a friend. And who better to bring than the friend who not only got me into blogging, but who occasionally graces this blog with her guest posts. I told KillerCoconut all about it and she was on board right away. So, this past Friday afternoon it was road trip time! We both skipped out of work a little early and made our way through the 4.5 hours to Bucks County, PA.
On Saturday morning, we oooh-ed and ahhh-ed our way through the gorgeous farmlands and countryside and managed to get just slightly lost even with the help of Maggy’s detailed directions, my GPS and the iPhone. At least it was a pretty place to get lost, and we made it to the event in plenty of time. Good thing, because I wouldn’t have wanted to miss a minute!
The Anderson family was so generous to open their beautiful home to all of us, and all of the presentations were engaging and enlightening. Jennifer B said, “the presentations were real people who gave real experience, strength and hope, rather than professional content providers for conferences.”
I learned so much in such a short period of time. I followed along with Erika during her photography presentation and learned things I had no idea my camera would do!
I even managed to put it to use while distracted by all the goodies at tea time!
Those cupcakes, by the way? Seriously awesome. They were Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes by Tara at Smells Like Home. All the food was off the hook. Jennifer B. said, “The food was ridiculous, all of it. Those donut muffins were sick, although now that I know the secret (dip the entire muffin in butter), I’ll probably hold off on making them until I have some pants I don’t want to fit into anymore. My favorite, by far, however, was the cheese plate. I was so happy everyone else was focused on the KitchenAid giveaway so I could vacuum up the cheese under the radar.”
Everything about the day was so well organized and we all felt so welcome and at ease.
I think Jennifer B. summed it up best when she said, “You know how high my standards are when it comes to hostessing. I have a problem.” (Yes, I do. See Cookie Swap, Post Modern Tea and. She doesn’t have a problem. She has a gift for entertaining.) “I felt totally loved, welcomed and taken care of. I feel like I need to start writing the best blog on the internet (in my own authentic voice, of course) just so I’ll be invited back next year.”
Thanks to Alice of Savory Sweet Life and Everyday Alice, the keynote speaker, for that level of motivation! In fact, Jennifer B was so inspired, she is already looking into domain names for her own new blog. (I wonder if I can still get her to give scathing critiques of my vacation timing guest blog when I am on vacation?)
I even had a chance to chat with Erika’s mother and talk about inspiration. Celia, you were right, and the universe is already giving back one-hundred-fold. I am so grateful for all the friends and connections I made at the Big Summer Potluck, and I just feel lucky to have been a part of it all.
Thank you again to Maggy, Erika, Sharon, Pam and everyone else who made this event such a resounding success!