Eat Write Retreat Recap & a Giveaway!

This past weekend I attended the Eat Write Retreat 2012 Conference, which was held at The Madison Hotel in Washington D.C.  This was my first food blogger conference, and I was a little nervous- but I was also excited about meeting some new friends!

I decided to participate in Eat Write Retreat 2012 because I’d like to grow this blog, I’d like to meet other bloggers and hopefully learn new things about the blogging and food community.

The first thing you need to know about food blogger conferences is the swag!  Check out what I brought home:

Most of these things fit into this bag (perfect for grocery shopping!):

I did get a couple more things which did not make it into this picture: an OXO cutting board, a Calphalon Convection Oven and a watermelon!  It’s clear to say that this was like Christmas for my kitchen!

I started this blog as a hobby, and I enjoy trying out new recipes and sharing them with all of you.  It’s inspiring to hear about how many people have a blog as a business, and how much they love what they do!

Of course this conference would not have been as much of a success if it wasn’t for the sponsors!  They were: OXO, Calphalon, National Watermelon Promotion Board, Jarlsberg Cheese, Harvard Common Press, Fresh Mushrooms, Dogfish Head Brewery, Qualia Coffee, Honest Tea, Endives, Lindsay Olives, Barboursville Vineyards, GooGood Clusters, Feastie, Chix DC, and DRY Soda.

Some of the sessions included:

None of this could have possible without the organization and hard work done by Casey Benedict and Robyn Webb.  Thank you!

Check out the list of bloggers who participated in this conference here!

Now it’s time for the GIVEAWAY!!!

Since I came home with a number of goodies, some of which won’t fit into our tiny fifth floor kitchen, I’d like to give some things away.

The first ever giveaway at Fifth Floor Kitchen!  One winner will have a chance to win an OXO Mini Chopper and Goo Goo Clusters Supreme (3 clusters in one box).  *These are items I’ve received at the Eat Write Retreat 2012 Conference, and this giveaway is not affiliated with OXO or Goo Goo.

The winner will be chosen at random, and will be notified by email (please make sure your email is correct)- they will have 3 days to respond to me with their address, otherwise I’ll choose another winner.  (Note: you must have a US address to be eligible to win)

This giveaway is open until Friday (05/11/2012) 11:59:59 EST.

***This giveaway is now closed***

23 responses to “Eat Write Retreat Recap & a Giveaway!

  1. I don’t know what a goo goo cluster is, but I’m pretty sure I need one! My favorite tool is an 8-inch chef’s knife. I find that no matter how many gadgets I have, a sharp knife is essential – and versatile! I’m planning on a new one soon…

    • Jenny, great tool! Definitely helpful in everything we do- I love our santoku knives (we have 2 now).
      As for the Goo Goo Clusters- it’s a chocolate-like cookie that’s delicious, really no words for it! We got 3 boxes, so I decided we need to give them away…otherwise I’ll eat them all myself!

  2. amy marantino

    my favorite is my kitchenaid blender

  3. amy marantino

    i Follow Fifth Floor Kitchen on Twitter

  4. Yeah for extra gadgets. My favorite tool is the KitchenAid stand mixer. I am new to baking/cooking and the KitchenAid makes things so simple. We have been using it to make our own bread, pizza dough and various other things.

    • Ooo, that definitely adds my next favorite thing in the kitchen. I can’t decide between the stand mixer, santoku knives or food processor- all are fantastic. Speaking of pizza dough- we just made pizza tonight- delicious!

  5. Cool! My favorite tool is definitely my silicone spatulas, they are so great for both cooking on the stove and baking! My favorite totally unnecessary tool is my mandoline!

  6. following you on pinterest :)

  7. I’m following fifth floor kitchen on twitter @jfong1130

  8. Great recap! Glad you enjoyed EWR12 ! Casey and Robyn did a great job at making sure we all had fun. Thanks for including me in the bloggers roundup! Cheers!

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  11. Wow! Hotel Madison is really lovely and fantastic just like the Hotel Galles they are both great to stay in and relax.

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