Well, we did it again (and with a little more flair, I might add).
A group of five food bloggers from St. Louis managed to put aside full-time jobs, kids, families, even eating out (in favor of Google Hangout meetings – so convenient!) to organize and host Food Media Forum 2013. While last year was truly remarkable, this year’s Forum felt elevated in both location, information and, of course, cuisine.
The weekend started out with our keynote address featuring Alex and Aki from Ideas in Food. They are a significant couple in that they never stop thinking and therefore, never stop creating.
From left: Ravioli with gazpacho; Bruschetta and pulled pork rib slider; Smoked duck taco and crostini with chicken liver mousse – all food provided by restaurants listed here and brought to the keynote by St. Louis Originals.
Alex hosted a workshop before the Forum on working with hydrocolloids that was utterly fascinating (more on that in another post), and they spoke at the keynote of working as a team and never giving up in the kitchen.
The keynote itself, held at Schlafly Tap Room, was well intended and a thoughtful kickoff to the weekend events.
Plus, they had pumpkin ale on tap!
You can explore the rest of the details about speakers and sponsors on our website. What I want to focus on in this point is not just the Forum, but the culinary students and program director, Chef Chris, behind the Culinary Institute of St. Louis (at Hickey College).
Every single student and staff member that participated in this event went above and beyond in every way possible. We can’t say enough kind words to thank them for their hard work. In honor of them, here is a sampling of the food they had to offer over the weekend.
After night one, we had a cocktail hour in the parking lot. The evening was gorgeous (the kind we typically never see in August) and most everyone stayed to mingle, drink a Schlafly, and nosh on Chipotle. While we networked, chatted, and let loose, I remember thinking, “This is everything we wanted from the Forum and more.”
Then I snapped a picture, put a filter on it, and threw it up on Instagram. This was a conference about food media, after all!
Again, special thanks to all those at the Culinary Institute, as well as all of the super intelligent speakers that agreed to help educate the St. Louis food community, and our generous sponsors that truly made this event possible.
We appreciate you!