The great constellations of the food blogging universe joined the hoi polloi on Thursday night at the Makor Center for a panel discussion on food blogging moderated by Andrea Strong. Here is a picture I am stealing from Slice’s website so you can see the panel in all their splendor:
I arrived on the arm of my friend Diana and quickly met up with Danny from Year in Food. The place filled up nicely and soon, after an introduction from Mr. Makor Center (who invites us to return next week for a panel on aphrodisiac food—I suspect an orgy!), Ms. Strong began the discussion. Questions were raised about food blogs vs. mainstream media, making money, design, and how each food blogger got into food blogging. At the end, questions from the audience were allowed and I asked the panelists about how they negotiated their privacy with something as public as blogging. There was a dead silence and I was asked to leave.
Afterwards, I introduced myself to the panelists and was invited out for drinks on the town. We ended up at a certain Upper West Side bar/grille type place and sat at a long extended table. I was lucky enough to sit near Josh “Food Section” and his wife, Danielle:
Did you know Danielle’s a blogger too? Her blog–Celebrity Baby Blog–gets more hits a DAY than any of us do a week. Perhaps I should shift my focus?
On my left was uber internet guru Anil Dash (he’s the Vice President of Six Apart which makes Typepad, the software I use to run this site!) and Alaina of “A Fully Belly” who was an early champion of my site: she put me in touch with the woman who designed my masthead. We all posed for a photo together:
I love Alaina’s glasses, don’t you?
Across from me sat Danny “Year in Food” and Diana who enjoyed her time among the food bloggers.
(Her eyes are half closed because she’s so star struck!)
Sadly, I missed out on the other half of the table: most notably Adam Kuban of Slice/Hamburger fame. We agreed, afterwards, to meet up some time for a pizza/burger adventure. I wonder if he’s had a burger at Peter Luger’s? They’re reasonably priced at $7.95.
All in all, it was a great night out with the foodies. And with Clotilde coming this week, the food blogging universe is about to implode! It’s nice to finally meet the people whose stomach linings I know better than my own.