Food Blog Forum Orlando

I’m finally hosting a Food Blog Forum in my home-state, Florida! I know, I know, it’s been long overdue. After our Atlanta event, blogger Julie of The Little Kitchen persuaded me to host one locally. And boy, was she ever so persistent! Well, I’m happy to announce Food Blog Forum Orlando, a 1-day food blogging seminar held at Rosen College on April 9, 2011.

Great news: We’ll also have a pre-party and post-party that’s included in the ticket price.

Not-so-great news: My best friends Diane and Todd of White on Rice Couple can’t make it. April is in the middle of their busy photography season and we just couldn’t have them ditch their business 🙁

But I do hope this stellar lineup will more than make up for their absence.

New on the agenda will be a session on Blog Design and Usability from one of the most talented web designers (and designer of Lindsay Landis of Purr Design; the lovely and talented Helene DuJardin of Tartelette will teach food styling and photography.

What we didn’t have time for putting into the program is a writing session – hopefully in the near future we coordinate a writing and finding your voice seminar. [Though, in the meantime, if you can make it to IACP Austin in June, there are plenty of writing sessions….I’m even giving away a few tickets!]


Food Blog Forum Orlando Agenda

Food Blog Business | Food Styling & Photography | Food Blog Design |Technology


Join us for a full-day seminar on Saturday, April 9, 2011 designed specifically for food publishers and food bloggers.

We’lll be covering the most relevant topics for food bloggers, including food styling and photography; best practices of blog design and usability; SEO; branding, marketing and monetization of your food blog.

In addition to the information and skills you’ll be able to immediately implement, we’ll have several networking and social opportunities throughout the weekend.

Come to Orlando in April, enjoy the weather, learn how to better your food blog all while having fun and network with other bloggers just miles from Universal Studios and Walt Disney World.

Building a Personal and Blog Brand

How do you stand out in a crowd? Importance of developing a personal and blog brand. Whether or not you want to build a blog business or keep it as a hobby, it’s important to know what you stand for and what your blog is known for. How to align your personal values and life motto with your blog. Jaden’s 5 Keys to a Successful Blog.

Jaden and Scott Hair of Steamy Kitchen

Blog Design, Optimization, & Usability

Designing your blog is more than just making it look pretty. It must be usable and functional for your readers as well.

Learn what elements make up a good blog design and why. Learn how blog theme or structure can limit your growth with case studies. Lindsay Landis of Purr Design

Find Your Composition and Styling Voice

This session will feature a demo of styling and composition in live action exactly the way Helene would work when working on a blog post or a shoot. She will also cover some basics after capturing your subject, what to do with your photos on the computer. Helene Dujardin of Tartelette

Find Your Light

How to utilize your available light, natural and artificial and how to get a good exposure. This session will also cover basics of camera modes. Helene Dujardin of Tartelette

Leveraging Traditional Media: How to Get on a Food Editor’s Radar

Ever wonder how content finds its way into the paper? Join two of the top food editors in Florida as we hash out what it takes to get on an editor’s radar so you can leverage their readers to help grow your blog readership. Jeff Houck of The Tampa Tribune and Heather McPherson of the Orlando Sentinel

SEO and the State of Social Media Sponsorships

What is search engine optimization and how do you use SEO to increase traffic on your blog? Social media sponsorships continue to grow and becoming common as more companies continue to adopt social media strategies.

What are they, how to become sponsored and how it can benefit you and your blog. Peter Scott of IZEA

Just Ask: How to Write for the Big Boys

Food bloggers who write for Food Network, Saveur and Martha Stewart, who appear on local and national television and who are supported by national sponsors all have one thing in common:  they had the courage to “just ask” if they could contribute content, be on TV, or represent a product.

Learn how to find the right contacts, how to “just ask” using an effective email pitch, and how to follow-up without being a PITA. Dawn Viola of

Beyond the Banner: Building a Blog Business

Monetization is not all about the ad networks. Like any good small business, diversification of sources of money. Insights into product/brand endorsement, partnerships, work-for-hire, importance of multiple-platforms as well as being an innovator in the food world.

Also, how to work with ad networks (and differences between them) Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen


Friday Pre-Party – Mixer and Networking (April 8, 2011) Sponsored by Whole Foods Market, Hors d’œuvres and Drinks will be provided.
Whole Foods Market
8003 Turkey Lake Road
Orlando, FL 32819

Saturday All-Day Seminar – Morning coffee & Lunch will be provided
Rosen College (University of Central Florida School of Hospitality Management)
9am-4:30pm, doors open at 8:30am
9907 Universal Blvd
Orlando, FL 32819

Saturday Wrap-up Party Sponsored by McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants, Hors d’œuvres and Drinks will be provided
McCormick & Schmick’s (at the Mall at Millenia)
4200 Conroy Rd (Off of I-4, Exit 78)
Orlando, FL 32839


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