A Toast…to BlogHerFood’09 September 30, 2009


I often talk about the fact that I have no idea where to begin when I sit down to write my posts. I'm sure some of you that read this blog think that can't be true. Well…I tend to use my blog as the place where I open it up and talk to it like I would to anyone else. Most of the time, I sit down and thoughts rush through my brian. So much to say. This post is no different. So…let me dish about the weekend I just had.


Was that not descriptive enough? How about this:

I had the amazing privilege of spending 3 days with some of the most incredible people on earth. After having this blog for several years now, the world of food blogging and the community of people that take part in it gets smaller and smaller, despite its growing numbers. Twitter and Facebook have helped us all connect in a real time way that depending on emailing or commenting on each others blogs wouldn't let us do before. I landed in San Francisco (after the biggest CF of a flight out there) waiting to meet people I've known for years and have gotten to know better even beyond their blog posts. I compared it to a reunion for people who went to an on-line university.


What I found there was more than I can ever tell you, my dear readers. I found camaraderie, support, laughs, love, mutual interests and appreciation, respect, an understanding of the challenges of putting your life out there every day (or less, in my case…I'm gonna try and remedy that!). The people I met that brought me to tears with joy as I thought about them when writing this are too many to name. Let me assure you that all of you I met this weekend have affected my life in a way I can never repay you for. BlogHerFood'09 was, for me, more about the people behind the blogs, the food and the stories.


I came back with a heightened respect for this place…this blog. As Elise from Simply Recipes said, we're building something that's going to last a lot longer than we are. I feel a kinship with the real message and heart of blogging – doing it for the love of doing it and not for what it's going to score you in free stuff. I'm doing this for the love of food, the love of connecting with people and the love of telling a story. In the words of David Leibovitz, this is my "happy place" once again. So to all of you – Jen, Helen, Caitlin, Broderick, Todd and Diane, Jessica,  Kalyn, Sam's voice, Lara Ferroni, Matt, Jaden, Hardy (just to name a few – there are so many more)…thank you, thank you, thank you. As I said when I got on the plane to come back to Atlanta, you all have changed me – for the better. 

If you'd like to see some select shots of my experience at BlogHer Food '09, please visit my Flickr set

A few of the first recaps of the event are here and they look as incredible as the time we had:


Divina Sep 30, 2009 06:09 am

I hope to be able to attend this event next year. It would be great to see food bloggers turned friends in person.

Elise Sep 30, 2009 02:09 pm

Hi Tami,
What a lovely recap! I so enjoyed meeting you this last weekend. I’m still trying to take it all in. What a love-fest!

tea_austen Sep 30, 2009 10:09 pm

How did I not get to meet you? Waaa, unfair. My main complaint for the weekend: too many cool bloggers, not enough time!
But you hit the nail on the head—it was a magical weekend of connection and camaraderie. And next time we’ll meet!

tami Oct 1, 2009 05:10 am

It was well worth the trip. I had an amazing time and really feel great about being a food blogger. The swag from Jaden/Ree/Elise’s party wasn’t bad, either. :)
– t*

tami Oct 1, 2009 05:10 am

Thank you for stopping by the blog and for being such a sweet presence at BlogHer. Your speech at the keynote was wonderful and meeting you was a joy!
– tami

tami Oct 1, 2009 05:10 am

I’m not sure…especially since I was hanging around with Helen a good bit on Saturday! I agree- too many amazing people in a fabulous city in just a weekend!
We’ll meet next time :)
– t*

lisa (dandysugar) Oct 1, 2009 11:10 am

Sounds like an amazing event! I hope to be able to attend next time. Looks like you got some great shots. SF is home to me and I miss it so much, even more so now!!

Jen Yu Oct 2, 2009 06:10 am

Hello beautiful lady! Meeting you was a major highlight of the weekend for me :) I had no idea what my life was missing until that moment and now I am richer for having you as a friend. And I like your snarky side too. You, hon, are far far far too much fun for one person to handle. Come play in CO with me some time. Bring Broderick too! I prolly won’t visit Atlanta until the ice sheets begin to extend down that way again ;) Just kidding. You’re phenomenal! xxoo

tami Oct 3, 2009 08:10 am

Lisa- SF was really wonderful. I felt connected, energized and healthy there. Love your blog :)
– t*

tami Oct 3, 2009 08:10 am

Dammit, woman…there you go making me tear up again! xoxo
– t*

Helen Oct 4, 2009 08:10 pm

Seriously good…you are. I am so happy I got to see you again. Seems like we have to get out of our not-so-far-away cities to do that. I think we should make a point at not doing this anymore and actually enjoy the relative proximity. Let me know next time you are coming here!
I am happy and proud to know such a talented and cool gal.

Ashley Oct 4, 2009 08:10 pm

Beautiful write up. It was such a pleasure to meet you. It’s been said before and will be said again but I’ll say it here too – I wish we had more time. My head is still spinning.
Stunning photos.

matt Oct 15, 2009 11:10 am

It was so fantastic FINALLY getting to meet you in person!
I hope we get to see you again soon!