Food Blog Camp 2011 & Dancing Video

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We’re still buzzed with energy from last week’s Food Blog Camp at Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Mexico. There was plenty of beach time, pool hopping, margarita sipping and dancing at gorgeous Grand Velas Resort. Like we mentioned before, Food Blog Camp is a yearly event that we consider to be a workshop-vacation, or vice versa.

There’s always plenty of laughter, great conversation, good food and new friendships forged in Food Blog Camp events. These are just some of the highlights of the wonderful food blogging community coming together to share and learn from one another.

Chef Antonio Cortaza, Sen-Lin Restaurant

It’s always an honor for us to be invited to participate on the speaker panel along with our friends Adam, David, Elise, Jaden and Matt. These folks are not only so skilled and successful in their craft, but they’re so generous in more ways than we can count. They’re good people and to know them is to love them.

More highlights of the workshops was being able to meet so many great bloggers in the community, some established and many new to blogging. It’s such a treat to be able to know and finally meet great people face to face and to pass on bear hugs in person!

Chef Bruno Orteiza, Concina de Autor

This year was packed with hands-on workshops on food photography, food styling and seminars on SEO, Branding, Monetizing and other essential blogging topics. We presented two hands on sessions on photography and it was so exciting to be able to share our knowledge with all the attendees, cameras in hand. These workshops and sessions are the core to what make Food Blog Camp so informative and valuable. All the extra food demo’s, beach time and cocktails are what make the Food Blog Camp so fun and of course, entertaining.

We put together a little video to highlight some events of the week. Included are some talents of our dancing bloggers.

Thank you to Kate from Prose and Co., Grand Velas Riviera Maya and Kerrygold Butter for making all this happen!

plenty of food demos and tastings kept us busy

cocktails to stay hydrated during the busy workshops and sessions

Kent, the photographer/husband of stayed busy during the photo workshops

Us, Todd and Diane, on the other side of the camera! hello. 😀

Thank you everyone for a terrific week of friendship. See you next year!

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. Sarah Wu

    wow that’s so cool. Love your video. Seems like all you food blogger has so much fun. I was planning my wedding at Grand Velas and came across ur site through their link. 🙂

  2. elana horwich

    Oh my god!! I love the video. Aha, now I can see what your vision was and why you were making us dance like that!!! It is fabulous. Thank your for being such amazing teachers and patient inspirations. I hope I will encounter you soon and be able to show off all that you taught me. lots of love, elana

  3. jenjenk

    hmmmm…i always suspected that Todd walked on water! 😉 the only thing missing from that particular feat is Diane!

  4. Monica

    Love it, so sad that I could not join you this year, but 2012 is in the horizon.. cannot wait to see what you guys come up with (pssst, keep it in Mexico!) Also, what is the song that you guys used on the video… catching and I want it 🙂

  5. nicole

    I loved this video. Glad you should how much fun you all had

  6. Brooke@foodwoolf

    What a wonderful video. You two always are able to transmit such joy, grace, and beauty in everything you capture in your cameras–and, not so surprisingly, you do the same in your lives.

    You’re incredible people and I’m honored to learn from you and be your friend.

  7. dario @ foodpixels

    Great clip, definitely made me jealous …. very jealous!

  8. The Fromagette

    Um, were you guys drinking??? haha – wish I was there!

  9. Darla @ Bakingdom

    Looks like it was such a fantastic time. I have great hopes that someday I’ll be fortunate enough to make my way to Food Blog Camp!

    P.S. I’m still in awe of your gorgeous new site…it’s a pleasure to visit!

  10. barbara

    Looks fun. Wish I could attend.

  11. Kristen

    My fave video so far ( I think I say that about all if them though) Love it!

  12. Sally cameron

    Todd and Diane. Fantastic recount of a fantastic week! We were so blessed to be there amongst the food blogging community. We learned SOOO much, we are still trying to process it all. That is going to take some time. . .but I want it all done now! Your photos are great, of course. They just make me smile and wish we were still there. Looking forward to seeing you before too long. Hugs!

  13. susan

    Diane + Todd – thanks so much (once again) for always being so generous with your craft, insight, and honesty. You two are a fabu team and I am lucky to know you and learn from you!! More fun times to come!xx

  14. Lyrical Lemongrass

    What beautiful pictures. Would love to attend one of the camps one day. Looks like a lot of fun! Greetings from my part of the world, and a happy 2011 to you both!

  15. Kalynskitchen

    That was so fun! I wanted to start dancing myself.

  16. Sally

    p.s. love the video!! 🙂 🙂

  17. Sally

    Dear Todd and Diane, What a treat it was to meet you in Mexico–you are such generous and incisive teachers! I know it will take me quite a while to absorb all that you threw at us, and I appreciate your sharing so much with all of us. You are a lovely couple and it is inspiring to see two people work together the way you do–you have a very calming style yet you are dynamically astute and great communicators. Thank you. I hope I will be able to see you when you come to Boston! Thanks again, Sally

  18. Kate

    Wow. You two are so impressive. The video was fantastic and the lighting was great. Thank you for all your hard work and words of wisdom during the camp. Who would’a thought a DSLR has an ISO setting! Keep walking on water….

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Nothing would have happened without all of your hard work behind the scenes! #KateRocks

  19. Gastronomer

    RADDEST video I’ve seen all day 🙂

  20. marla {family fresh cooking}

    Diane & Todd you are both wonderful mentors & inspirations to me. I love getting to know you both better & better as time goes on. Thanks for openly sharing you wisdom & super fun personalities with us!! Beautiful re-cap post & your video had me all giggly 🙂 XO

  21. Merve

    What a cute and sweet video 🙂 All the shots, lighting and color are very beautiful. Even the music fits so well!

  22. Scott Hair

    You guys crack me up! Obviously I missed a great “work” trip. Hopefully I’ll catch up with you guys soon. Thanks for wheeling Jaden around!

  23. Nikki (Pennies on a Platter)

    Saving my pennies for next year! 🙂 Looks like a blast and very informative!

  24. alison @ Ingredients, Inc.

    Looks like a fabulous trip! wonderful post

  25. Stephanie Weaver

    Great video, so glad to be a part of it. You really captured the spirit of the event. Thank you for sharing your expertise with us in such a lovely setting.

  26. Deliciously Organic

    This is such a wonderful recap and the video is fantastic! The clip of Jaden dancing/wheeling is hilarious! It was fabulous getting to know the two of you. Thank you for all of your hard work and insightful teaching!

  27. Mary Platis

    What a perfect setting for all minds alike! Will put it on my calendar for next year!

  28. Maria

    This is my kind of camp:) I hope to go next year! Glad you had such a great time!

  29. bunkycooks

    LOL! Love the booty shakin’ and the wheelchair spinning! That is a gorgeous resort and it looks like so much fun! Hope to see you next year…..

  30. Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes

    I can only dream of how cool it would be to attend this!…
    cathy b. @ brightbakes

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