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Events & Presentations

2013 IACP ~ International Association of Culinary Professionals Annual Conference


The 2013 International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) annual conference is April 6 – 9* at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, 5 Embarcadero Center.

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Careers, Connections & the Art of Reinvention


Stick your neck out. Show up. Say yes to opportunity. Be kind to everyone on your way up. Eyes wide open. Face fear. Change when you need to. Or, change when you decide you WANT to. The Southern California IACP regional conference on “Careers, Connections and the Art of Reinvention” delivered on its promise to […]

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Puff Pastry Straws with Truffles ~ In Erika’s Kitchen


This past weekend was Trufflepalooza, the brainchild of blogger Erika of In Erika’s Kitchen. It’s a private party, packed with her friends, family, fellow bloggers and members of the media. The occasion? Erika’s love o’ the truffle, and her showcase of recipes featuring Les Truff, including these crispy beauties, Puff Pastry Straws with Truffles.

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My Panda Express “Top Chef” Experience


Walk out our front door, head East on foot, the closest restaurant is a half mile straight into the UCLA campus… Panda Express. I like their food. I also run errands then – buy stamps (US post office in Ackerman Union) and greeting cards (Bruin Bookstore).  So what is this photo of a non-existent Dancing […]

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Scenes from the Aetna Healthy Food Fight Competition


This is the Rancho Cucamonga regional cookoff for the Aetna Healthy Food Fight Recipe Contest.  A more in-depth post is {probably} coming; the contest is still running and no word on which recipe (it ain’t mine, I can tell you that) will progress from this regional cookoff to the finals mid-November. I cooked my uber-healthy […]

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Guest Recipe ~ Plum Frangipane Tart by Gisele of Pain Perdu


My readers here know by now that I had a big event last Saturday when I produced the Day Camp of Camp Blogaway. One of our sponsors, Viking Range surprised us with door prizes, which lead me to think… hmmmm, bloggers LOVE to cook and they love to compete. Thus, a “Bonus Competition” was born.  […]

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LAWeekly Features Patti & Camp Blogaway

PHOTO CREDIT: Celia Soudry, LAWeekly So… countdown mode for the next Camp Blogaway.  THANKS, LAWeekly reporter Celia Soudry for your in-depth feature! Here’s that LAWeekly article. My dad had one question when he saw it, “How do you eat soup with chopsticks?” Very cute, and I explained (spoon is in my left hand). But that […]

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Just Returned from Foodie Bootcamp

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This past weekend, I produced an event called Camp Blogaway Bootcamp for Food & Recipe Bloggers in our local mountains. Yes, a real camp. With dirt and trees and a squirrel who made his way into our lodge. We had 48 hours of seminars, sharing, eating, contests, goodies and more. Today, I am tired but […]

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My Time at IACP Was “Grape”


DON’T FREAK — it’s not what it looks like.  Relax, and read my whole post about what this shot is about…  The International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) delivers some incredible opps for food insiders to hob-nob. It’s also a place where food providers (growers, manufacturers) pull out stops and wow us. Grapes from California always shine at […]

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IACP Roundup


Here’s what happens when you attend a professional organization’s annual conference (if you do it right) – networking, meetups, contacts, business card exchanging, conversations, chemistry, late evenings over glasses of wine and more. We ate, talked about eating, talked about photographing food, talked about writing about food and recipes and even talked about starting our […]

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The Backstory on Camp Blogaway Bootcamp for Food Bloggers


This past summer it struck me, there are plenty of blogging conferences out there, but none offered the specific focus of deconstructing food blogs and teaching how to better each important element, Food Blogging University of sorts.

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Westwood Village Farmers Market and How to Sauté Mushrooms

One recent Wednesday, I wanted to walk to our Westwood Village Farmers Market but had forgotten the hours. Google, google, google… where the heck is their website? All I found were press releases from last summer’s reopening after a lengthy absence due to construction, and plenty about our OTHER Farmers Market at the Westwood VA […]

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How to Become a Serious Food Blogger


Presenting insights and opportunities of food blogging and social media to audiences ranging from food enthusiasts to emerging professionals to seasoned pros. September 23, 2011: Techmunch Los Angeles, food trends panelist August 6, 2011: IACP Southern California Regional Conference, producer and presenter, Careers Contacts and the Art of Reinvention August 4, 2011: Women Create Media presenter on […]

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