Philadelphia Food & Drink Writers’ Conference: A Recap

Everyone with a laptop and a camera can dub themselves a journalist and, for the most part, that’s a beautiful thing.  There’s a staggering number of blogs floating around on the internet, but none is more ubiquitous than the food blog.  Dining in a restaurant these days feels like throwing oneself into a pool of paparazzi–the sound of flashes popping and the click, click of shutters are as familiar as the tinkling of forks and knives.  Food, food news, and the culinary world in general is enjoying a much-deserved revival thanks to people who realize that food is our most precious resource and it deserves to be much more than an afterthought in our collective minds.

Today, a group of serious food writers/bloggers/photographers gathered at Chef Daniel Stern’s lauded R2L Restaurant for a food fellowship of sorts that included a meet-and-greet, tasting and an informative lesson in food photography by former Philadelpia Inquirer photographer Eric Mencher.  The event was the brainchild of local food blogger Wendy Kirby (of the blog ‘La Phemme Phoodie’) with the help of the Greater Philadelphia Marketing Tourism Corporation (better known as Visit Philly) and Philly Homegrown–a GPMTC-created initiative that promotes local eating.

There turnout was great and judging from the animated conversations and the almost palpable passion for their craft, it was evident that this group of food lovers not only love what they do, but are also knowledgeable about it too.

Want to know more about the food?  Take a look at the menu below and see if you can spot the dishes in the slideshow.

    • Sushi sampler – Tuna sashimi, shiitake fries, truffle and soy; Philly salmon sashimi; oyster with hamache ceviche, jalapeño gel and sesame mousse
    •  Steak tartare – Filet mignon, crudités, garlic and beef butter toasts
    •  Lobster macaroni and cheese – Maine lobster and pasta in a cheese sauce with fresh herbs
    •  Smoked salmon brunch pizza – Salmon, caviar, horseradish crème fraîche, pumpernickel crumb
    •  Treat cart – A variety of decadent pastries and desserts

About Iris "The Palate Princess" M.

Food writer | Author of Food Lovers' Guide to Philadelphia, Main Squeeze: Juicing Recipes for Your Healthiest Self, and On the Line (coming soon)


  1. G
    October 22nd, 2011 23:27

    Wow… The slideshow presentation was sure to tickle the fancy of true gastronomes indeed!


    • October 22nd, 2011 23:31

      That’s food porn right there, Mr. Rozier! LOL Every bite was delicious, too…I’m such a tease. 🙂


      • G
        October 23rd, 2011 23:49

        Lol!!! She said, “Food porn”! That was an apposite description my friend! I would have loved to have had a sample of what I saw :-).


  2. October 24th, 2011 12:02

    It was so nice getting to meet you at R2L, I hope next time we have more time to talk shop! Your images are beautiful, I love how you set it up as a slide show!

    hope to see you again soon1



  3. October 24th, 2011 16:11

    Those photos are stunning!! So glad to see you at #PFDW


  4. October 24th, 2011 20:53

    Iris I love your description of the crowd and the atmosphere. Your pics are gorgeous. True food porn indeed! It was great to meet you. Hope to see you at the next event in the spring.


  5. October 25th, 2011 13:38

    Iris! It was fantastic to meet your beautiful self! Your photos are incredible 🙂


    • October 25th, 2011 13:44

      You are sweeter than a box of cupcakes, lady! 🙂 Thank you for the kind words; I appreciate it. I LOVE your blog by the way!


  6. October 25th, 2011 16:20

    Great photos of this event!


  7. October 26th, 2011 18:43

    It was wonderful to meet you and the rest of the Philly food bloggers. Great post and photos! Thanks for sharing!



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