Buzzin’ & Bloggin’

Picture the foodiest people you know…all gathered in the same place…eating food, taking pictures, sharing stories…and there you have the 2011 FoodBuzz Blogger Festival I attended this weekend in San Francisco. 
On Friday I went over to the Grand Hyatt in Union Square to pick up my registration materials and this awesome goodie bag, which was loaded with tons of great loot…including a nice OXO peeler, Godiva chocolate, a box of Duncan Hines cake mix (one can always use a box of cake mix), and lots of other swag!
The event kicked off on Friday night with a fun cocktail party and blogger awards ceremony at the SF Terra venue in SOMA.  They had cute stations set up around the room, serving yummy creations…
I spent Saturday morning learning great blogging techniques from inspiring women, including Joy the BakerPeas and Thank You, and others.  This panel shared advice on how to take your blog to the next level, like landing cookbook deals….sigh, a girl can dream
Then it was off to the tasting festival, which was held at the City View venue on the top floor of the Metreon.  This was the food purveyor’s dream…captive audience of food bloggers tasting their goods, snapping LOTS of pics…  Here were some of my favorites…
Want to see a mob of blogger chicks go crazy?  Cue Tyler Florence, free cookbooks, and autographs…unfortunately, they ran out before I got to the front of the line…  That’s ok, Tyler, I already paid out of pocket for your book because I like you that much.
Saturday ended with a Tyler Florence cooking demo and gala celebration at the Grand Hyatt in Union Square.  Tyler was his usual charismatic self and shared many great stories….including his shock around the notorious Korilla cheating scandal from last season’s Great Food Truck Race.  Draaaaama!
And to top it all off, I made a super sweet new blogger friend, Hayley, from Simply Scrumptious.  I discovered Hayley’s blog through a mutual friend and have been reading about her yummy creations for a while. It was so great to meet her in person.  She is hilarious and fun, and she taught me so many great tips about blogging. (like how to use the AV setting on my new camera to take food pics…priceless!!)  
There’s sooooo much to learn about blogging…like how to make your website look great, how to take great pictures, how to attract readers….  The prevailing theme throughout the weekend though, was to just be yourself and document what you love, what you’re passionate about.  That’s simply the most important thing, and the rest will come together…along with commitment and hard work, of course.  Altogether it was such an inspiring event, and I’m excited to put to use what I learned!
Speaking of which, I quickly learned I was just about the only person there not on twitter yet…well, I am now!!  And I’m kind of hooked already…following that is…haven’t done much of my own tweeting yet, but plan to!  Now the issue will be finding time for all this social networking-ness…anyway, follow me! Let’s tweet!


  1. Hayley says:

    Beautiful pictures Melissa! Where’s the one of the bartender on the first night?! I had a great time with you this weekend; I’m excited for my new foodie SF blogging friend! More SF blogging events and Wayfare Tavern soon!

  2. melissazeidan says:

    Haha! I know…I felt so bad not putting him in!! I hope he’ll forgive me 🙂 PS…I figured out a cool plugin for Blogger comment responses, Disqus…pretty cool!

  3. It was so nice to meet you this weekend! Love your pics – those 21st Amendment beers were awesome. 🙂

  4. melissazeidan says:

    Laura…so great to meet you too! I live just a few blocks away from 21st Amendment and can’t believe I’d never tried that beer. I will be stopping in there frequently now…so delish!

  5. melissazeidan says:

    Haha! I know…I felt so bad not putting him in!! I hope he’ll forgive me 🙂 PS…I figured out a cool plugin for Blogger comment responses, Disqus…pretty cool!

    (Experimenting with my new comment responder…not sure if you saw this earlier…sorry if this is twice now)

  6. Hey Melissa, it was great to meet you this weekend! Love your pics, looks like you had a great time.

  7. melissazeidan says:

    Hi Ayah! So great to meet you too! Definitely a great group…great atmosphere. Hope to see you around the bay some time!

  8. Diane Whitney says:

    Hi Melissa! It looks like you’ve inherited the cooking gene! It just had to happen since every woman in your family was and is a fabulous cook. I can still see your grandma making homemade yeast rolls! She would love this blog. Love you
    Aunt Diane

  9. melissazeidan says:

    Aunt Diane — so great to hear from you!! Awww, grandma’s bread. Such great memories of cooking with her.

    Miss you guys! We’ll come say hi when we visit in early 2012. XOXO


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