Remember how last week I BRIEFLY (sidenote: It was so brief that It was a sidenote one the Marshmallow Treat post, so don’t cry if you missed it) talked about how I was at the International Food Bloggers Conference last last weekend?
You know not the weekends we just had, but the one before.
Sidenote: Did I just do a sidenote above to tell you about a previous sidenote.
Are you confused yet? Me too.
We are going to do a wee little series on the AWESOMENESS that it was. Because maybe you didn’t get to go, and totally wanted to, so I’m gonna try to make you feel like you went
Hugs and kisses and smiles for ALL.
Whatever that means.
Today we’re gonna start with some key things that I learned at each session I attended. I hope you learn something neat-o bugeet-o!
1: We listened to Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg speak. They are the authors of “The Flavor Bible” and it literally is the only book that sits on my coffee table always. You need to read it. They talked about the 3 main missions of being a food writer: to educate, entertain and inspire. They also talked about the 3 trends in food which were 1. Meat consumption dropping 2. Vegetables taking center stage and 3. Treating plants like meat.
If you’ve been around long enough, you know I love meat.
So, clearly FFF is gonna die. WAH.
2. Photography: I can’t lie. I didn’t learn a TON here, but it’s always fun to see different photographer’s styles. We learned how to shoot with non-artificial light (which I MAY need in Washington. WAH, the sequel) and to go bold, and don’t be afraid to take risks.
But not like “put your head inside of a 400 degree oven when you’re roasting squash to see what happens” kind of risk. Don’t do that.
Sidenote: He didn’t use that as an example. That’s my own example. BUT, you probably already knew that.
3. Video: This was good for me as I REALLY want to start doing videos for you guys here on FFF. We learned that people prefer to just see people’s hands in the video, not their face. SO, IF I start videos, is that what you guys want or do you wanna see my dorky little noggin? TELL MEH. Please.
We also learned about all the lighting/equipment needed (soft box lights, microphones, tripod, camera) and how to plan a storyboard. We also learned that ya’ll only want to watch a video for 2 minutes.
OOOHH SHINY. << Because you’re like that. Me too.
4. The Beef Checkoff: This was my favorite session. We watched an awesome, chick butcher cut a whole side of beef into different kind of cuts (strip steaks, kabobs, stew meat etc) so that we could do it at home. We also learned that ALL beef starts out being grass fed, and that “grain fed” means that it was only eating grain for the last 100-200 days of its life.
Another point I didn’t know was that there are 3 grades of beef: 1. Prime (Best) 2. Choice and 3. Select. Sometimes you see those words on the packages at the store. Now you know why.
Well, that’s it for knowledge-osity! Stay tuned for a post on what we ate and some cool new product finds that I am lovin’!
You probably still want some food: