Meeting and Eating at BlogHer Food ’11

I headed south this past weekend for my first trip to Atlanta and to the third annual BlogHer Food conference. It was a weekend full of introductions, reconnections, and of course, endless food. I had the chance to catch up with old friends, finally talk to the people behind some of my favorite blogs, and meet a whole new group of incredibly talented writers, photographers, stylists and chefs.

I also had the opportunity to speak on behalf of Gourmet Live on a panel about bringing blog content to mobile devices. I learned so much during the two-day event about every facet of the food blogosphere and am already counting down to next year’s conference. But it wouldn’t have been a complete trip without having the chance to sample the city’s cuisine. And so I broke out the camera, threw caution (and pants without spandex) to the wind, and hit the streets with my fellow bloggers in search of the best ‘cue, the sweetest snacks and anything else deep-fried, dredged in powdered sugar or just generally edible in nature.

The result? Chance encounters with some of the nicest people I have ever met, and a stomach full of pulled pork, brisket, lemonade, cheesecake, roasted corn, chocolate chip cookies, eggrolls and popsicles. Dig in to the photos after the jump for a taste of the action.

Z'Sauce-Works Soul Rolls are fried to order

Caramelized Purple Cabbage Soul Rolls from Z'Sauce-Works

Lunchtime rush at the Sweet Auburn Barbecue food truck

Embracing a wave of hungry food bloggers

Sauces at the Sweet Auburn Barbecue truck range from "Sweet & Smokey" to "Hot-lanta"

Auburn Tacos stuffed with barbecue pork and topped with Asian pear slaw and Sweet & Smokey sauce

Dishing out chocolate chip cookies and cheesecake at Sweet Auburn Bakery

Homemade ice pops from The Pop Shop include flavors like Cucumber Lime Cilantro

Watermelon Lime ice pop from The Pop Shop
Photo by Amelia Pane Schaffner of Z Tasty Life

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  1. says

    Kelly: it was so great to meet you and have fun exploring the Auburn market together, taking photos and “styling” our street lunch. I am about to start browsing your archives!

    • Kelly replied: — May 25th, 2011 @ 12:34 am

      So great meeting you, Amelia! I had the best time exploring the market with you and can’t wait to stay in touch.

  2. says

    Beautiful pics! I knew I should have tried the egg roll…and a popsicle!

    • Kelly replied: — May 25th, 2011 @ 12:34 am

      Thanks, David! It was so great meeting you and enjoying a fantastic din at Abbatoir. Looking forward to saying in touch!

  3. says

    Gorgeous photos, Kelly! I regret not having a popsicle, but I did have some barbecue with the hot-lanta sauce, which was pretty good. It was absolutely wonderful meeting you!

    • Kelly replied: — May 26th, 2011 @ 4:56 pm

      Thank you, Kamran! It was such a pleasure meeting you (and getting to burn a few cals on the dance floor). I am so excited for you all of your upcoming projects and am really looking forward to staying in touch. All the best!

  4. says

    Hey Kelly,

    Great photos of the Sweet Auburn Curb Market. That was a favorite part of BlogHerFood, even though by the time I got to the front of the food truck line they were sold out of barbecue and sweet mint tea.

    Don’t know if you got to these two places: Mary Mac’s Tea Room for the crispy fried chicken, and Empire State South for the pimento cheese with bacon jam.

  5. says

    Kelly, these are really great photos of Sweet Auburn Curb Market! I had a lot of fun at BlogHer Food, it was really cool to meet food blogger friends. It was great to meet you and hope to see you at another one of these conferences. :)


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