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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Giveaway – Come Vacation With Us!


See all these happy people? That’s because it’s a photo of food bloggers on a beach at Club Med, shot taken by my friend Morgan on Matt’s camera, posed and positioned by Diane (I didn’t want you to think that we did the whole timer thingy and then ran and posed naturally Calvin Klein! Now THAT would be strange!)

Left to right, top to bottom:

Adam Pearson, me, Matt Armendariz of Matt Bites
Alex & Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen
, Diane Cu of White On Rice Couple, David Lebovitz
Elise Bauer of Simply Recipes
, Roman and Steve Anna

Earlier this year, I organized the ULTIMATE food blogger getaway for this fine group of people. At the end of the trip, we all lounged on the beach saying, “there’s no way to top this experience!”

Well, we were wrong.

We’re not only going to make it bigger and better, invite new friends like Michael Ruhlman and Dianne Jacob….but we’re inviting you too.

Food Blogger Camp by ClubMed


First off, a little about the event itself, called the Food Blogger Camp by ClubMed. Yes, I now see the irony of “camp”- there’s nothing camp-like about the Club Med experience! It’s an all-inclusive resort – you are taken care of in every possible way. We’re having this vacation/blogger camp at Club Med Ixtapa in Mexico, January 9-16

The event is by food bloggers for food bloggers, hosted by Club Med. Ten notable food bloggers, writers and photographers will offer daily instruction in their area of expertise. They are: David Lebovitz, Diane Cu & Todd Porter, Michael & Donna Ruhlman, Matt Armendariz, Adam Pearson, Dianne Jacob, Jaden Hair and Elise Bauer.

Participants can attend the seminar at their convenience—staying between 3 and 7 nights.

Each day, bloggers and food writers will lead workshops on how to improve blogging, photography and multimedia skills. You can see the full agenda here.

Extracurricular activities include the bloggers will lead a walking tour of the colorful Zijuatanejo market, taste tacos and tequilas, visit the fisherman’s market and talk with local farmers about their sustainable agriculture.

Club Med Ixtapa Pacific is located on the lush western coast of Mexico, 25 minutes from the Zihuatanejo airport. The resort recently underwent a $20 million renovation and spans 34 acres of pristine beachfront property. A premiere vacation spot for young families, Ixtapa Pacific is the only Club Med in Mexico to offer programs for infants as young as 4 months.

So, when I said “vacation with food bloggers” I really did mean vacation! My boys, 4 and 6 and my husband will be coming with me to this event. Their kids program is outta this world!

Pricing for the Food Blogger Camp

Discounted Food Blogger Camp pricing based for an all-inclusive stay (activities, food and beverages and a standard room with double occupancy) is:

3 nights – $599
4 nights – $699
5 nights – $799
6 nights – $899
7 nights – $999

Direct access to the Booking Page
Please use the login: blogger and password: 160606 to qualify for the Food Blogger Camp discount. Any problems booking, call 1-888-WebClub

Sweepstakes: Win a scholarship to the Food Blogger Camp

**CONTEST OVER! We have a winner! I am excited to announce that Casey from www.goodfoodstories.com is the winner of the Food Blogger Camp scholarship. Casey’s winning comment (# chosen from random number) appeared on David Lebovitz’ blog!**

So if you want to win a scholarship (and vacation!) to Food Blogger Camp – read on. Just a note – if you happen to reserve a spot and you WIN the scholarship – you’ll be refunded what you’ve paid.

  • The Winner will receive a seven-night trip including accommodation at Club Med Ixtapa Pacific, coach airfare from the Continental US and a scholarship to the Club Med Food Blogger Camp in Ixtapa Pacific valid for the dates January 9-16, 2010 only.
  • The Sweepstakes begins on Tuesday, September, 8 2009 and ends on Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. EST
  • Enter the contest by:
    • by making one comment under the Food Blogger Camp post on one or all of seven participating blogger’s post about Food Blogger Camp:
    • You can also have an extra entry by following http://twitter.com/clubmedinsider during the contest run dates.
    • The more places you post, the more you increase your chances of winning. Only one comment per entrant per blog. Entrants who leave more than one comment per blog will be disqualified.
  • Winner will be randomly drawn by Club Med from all eligible entries received on the participating posts and Twitter on or around September 15, 2009.
  • The winner may bring a guest at the discounted price of a double occupancy room.
  • Food Blogger Camp Rules and Regulations


Read more about our Club Med adventures:

From Jaden of Steamy Kitchen:
My blog will be heavier
What happens in the Bahamas stays in the Bahamas
When the chef’s fish shipment doesn’t arrive
Here fishy fishy
Stephanie Izard’s Steamed mussel and fennel escabeche (recipe)
Mahi Mahi with Pineapple Brown Sugar Glaze (recipe)
Dr. BBQ’s Coffee Crusted Pork Tenderloin (recipe)
Club Med Ixtapa: A Week of Gluttony
Club Med Ixtapa: Salsa Mexicana and Guacamole
Club Med Ixtapa: Grilled Fish Tacos with Roasted Corn and Pepitas (recipe)
Club Med Punta Cana
Club Med Punta Cana (family vacation)
Club Med Ixtapa: The Hotness Will Blind You

From Elise of Simply Recipes
Elise’s Club Med Bahamas photos
Chef Sean Bernal’s Sweet Potato Mash with Mint (recipe)

From Diane of White on Rice Couple:
Bahama Mama Cocktail (recipe)
Photoshoot crazy
Blogger pics and mango gazpacho recipe (recipe)
Fish and Cockburn Town
Green Flash Cocktail (recipe)
Deep sea fishing

From Matt of Matt Bites:
Walking around Cockburn Town, Bahamas
A Lebovitz Isle
Tan and Happy
Catching dinner in the Bahamas (video)

From David Lebovitz:
Coasting la Cote
Blogger Boules
The ones that didn’t get away
With Sprinkles on top
J’adore the beach!

From Deb of Smitten Kitchen:
Columbus Isle Bahamas

From Top Chef Stephanie Izard:
Club Med Chef Invasion!

From Steve-Anna Stephens:
Club Med Bahamas

566 Responses to “Giveaway – Come Vacation With Us!”

  1. Charity — 9/12/09 @ 12:09 pm

    Would love this chance! Thank you!

  2. Samy Chabbi — 9/12/09 @ 12:14 pm

    PLZ Sign me up for the Club Med- I can make use of the material and the amazing panel of experts!!

  3. Yael Even — 9/12/09 @ 12:28 pm

    If I win, I’ll fly to the States to take part!!

  4. Karla Henderson — 9/12/09 @ 1:37 pm


  5. Christine — 9/12/09 @ 1:56 pm

    Would LOVE to join in the fooderific fun! Sign me up…

  6. Lisa P. — 9/12/09 @ 2:35 pm

    My husband I would actually have a REAL vacation together if we went on this trip: amazing food, meeting great chefs and bloggers, and childcare!! Even if we don’t make the cut, I’m excited for the winner(s). A memorable experience, for sure.

  7. Suzy — 9/12/09 @ 3:31 pm

    would love the chance to get out of the cold this winter and meet some really interesting and talented people

  8. rachel — 9/12/09 @ 5:36 pm

    adding to the chorus… i would LOVE to go!! :)

  9. roger — 9/12/09 @ 5:37 pm

    count me in…. er, i hope!

  10. Amanda — 9/12/09 @ 6:03 pm

    This would be amazing!

  11. Linda M — 9/12/09 @ 6:18 pm

    Will you guys swap recipes?

  12. Idyllic beaches and my favorite food bloggers? This is a trip I’d love to win!

  13. Trang — 9/12/09 @ 8:11 pm

    I hope I will win!

  14. Brian — 9/12/09 @ 8:24 pm

    May it be me.

  15. Lara Zelman — 9/12/09 @ 8:48 pm

    I would love to meet all the food bloggers out there and learn how to spice up my blog!

  16. meryl — 9/12/09 @ 9:10 pm

    hope I win

  17. Tess Cain — 9/12/09 @ 9:27 pm

    I’m dreaming of Ixtapa…Delicious food, marvelous weather, and the chance to learn from the very best. I’m ready to join in the fun. Please pick me.

  18. Michael Collins — 9/12/09 @ 10:03 pm

    Looks like this will be a fun week!

  19. Helen — 9/12/09 @ 10:16 pm

    Um … absolutely!!

  20. Whitney — 9/12/09 @ 10:41 pm

    Sounds amazing!

  21. Lorrie@ReadNEat — 9/12/09 @ 10:48 pm

    Would love to meet you in person and a spend a week gleaning your expertise–in Mexico, no less!

  22. Liz — 9/12/09 @ 11:18 pm

    White shirt, will travel ;)

  23. Megan Gordon — 9/13/09 @ 12:09 am

    Oh, looks amazing! Fingers crossed…

  24. chris — 9/13/09 @ 12:23 am

    Count me in as wanting to be lucky!

  25. New Diarist — 9/13/09 @ 12:25 am

    Okay. I’m up for it. Send me to Ixtapa.

  26. Allison Arevalo — 9/13/09 @ 12:38 am

    What a giveaway! I would love to go! Thanks for the opportunity

  27. Becky Fusselman — 9/13/09 @ 12:41 am

    This would be amazing!

  28. Rosemary Mark — 9/13/09 @ 12:55 am

    I’d be a happy person on the food blogger’s beach too!

  29. Casey Angelova — 9/13/09 @ 2:04 am

    Looking forward to good company, warm Mexican sun and delicious cuisine!

  30. Tracy Coltharp — 9/13/09 @ 2:41 am

    Oh dear, this would be so fun! Thanks for the chance to win!

  31. Chaitali — 9/13/09 @ 3:16 am

    This is so awesome! Please pick me!

  32. Mélanie — 9/13/09 @ 4:23 am

    Hi. I saw that “The Sweepstakes is governed by the laws of the state of New York. It is void where prohibited, and in any country outside the United States.” Does that mean that it is only open to US residents? Oh, I wish it is not, I would so much like to go… Thank you for the opportunity, this food blogger camp is a GREAT idea

  33. Lucia — 9/13/09 @ 6:36 am

    A food blogger camp! This would make up for not being able to go to summer camp when I was little! Mom was afraid they might not feed me. : )
    Never mind Mexico in January. I would love to meet other bloggers.
    And on another note- thank you for the Potato Dominoes recipe. It was a hit. And that is what the blogs are all about. Thanks for sharing!

  34. Kevin — 9/13/09 @ 7:33 am

    This food blogger camp certainly sounds like fun!

  35. Tracy — 9/13/09 @ 9:04 am

    Wow, that would be the most amazing opportunity ever!

  36. Amelia — 9/13/09 @ 9:05 am

    ooh! ooh! pick me!

  37. Kristine Bets — 9/13/09 @ 9:08 am

    I could definitely use this!!!!!

  38. Teressa Harrington — 9/13/09 @ 9:22 am

    What a great giveaway !!! Would love to win.

  39. I would love to have a chance to win!

  40. Michaele Musel — 9/13/09 @ 9:41 am

    WOW what an amazing culinary adventure! I hope you pick me!!

  41. Rhonda — 9/13/09 @ 10:01 am

    What a great opportunity!

  42. Vee S Wong — 9/13/09 @ 10:03 am

    It’ll be a dream come true if I win the scholarship. Always a food lover and it’ll be heavenly to go to a Food Blogger Camp!

  43. rita — 9/13/09 @ 10:05 am

    what about us from Germany? is there a chance? now that our weather has turned back into the typical-no-sun-and-cold-germany-weather, i could use some sun and a holiday! ;)

  44. Amy in TX — 9/13/09 @ 10:10 am

    Wahoo – I would love a shot ! Sounds amazing!

  45. Wow, I’d love to go!

  46. Dominique — 9/13/09 @ 10:13 am

    I’d love to come with you!

  47. sharon — 9/13/09 @ 10:23 am

    Sounds like utter paradise. I would love to learn from the best!!

  48. somesummer — 9/13/09 @ 10:23 am

    Somesummer I would love to go to the food bloggers Club Med camp! Yeaaaaaa……I got my entry in on time!!!!!!

  49. Dave W. — 9/13/09 @ 10:31 am

    Seriously? SERIOUSLY? Okay, I *have* to give this one a shot.

  50. Brandi — 9/13/09 @ 10:43 am

    You always have the best contests. Thanks!