Tuscan Fields Farro Wants to Send You to Eat Write Retreat!

March 13th, 2013

Tuscan Fields, provider of organic, Italian farro, is offering a scholarship to this spring’s Eat Write Retreat conference in Philadelphia. To sweeten the deal, they will ship delicious samples of their wholesome product to US-based bloggers interested in creating a farro recipe for a chance to win (limited to the first 50 to sign up; details below).

Create a delicious dish featuring Tuscan Fields farro and you could be headed to Eat Write Retreat!

If farro is new to you, you’ll love discovering this ancient grain. It has a mellow, nutty taste, a pleasing “al dente” texture when cooked, and offers loads of nutrients in each bite. Plus, it’s versatile enough to elevate side dishes, salads, soups and main courses to culinary excellence!

To enter to win this scholarship, you will need to:

  • Register below to receive your free sample of Tuscan Fields (limited to the first 50 bloggers to sign up by March 17, 2013).
  • Create an original post featuring Tuscan Fields farro, including an original recipe and photo as well as links to Tuscan Fields (http://www.tuscanfieldsfarro.com/) and Eat Write Retreat (http://eatwriteretreat.com).
  • Mandatory: Leave a link to your Tuscan Fields recipe post in the comments on this page by 11:59 PM ET, April 7, 2013.
  • Optional: Follow Tuscan Fields on Twitter and leave a comment here letting us know for an extra chance to win.
  • Optional: Like Tuscan Fields on Facebook and leave a comment here letting us know for an extra chance to win.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with! Best of luck!


Rules and Guidelines

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Must be 21 or older to enter. Open to US residents only. Entry deadline is 11:59 PM ET April 7, 2013. Winner will be selected at random from all eligible entries. Winner will be announced on April 8, 2013. Winner will have 24 hours to claim prize, at which time a new winner will be chosen. Odds of winning approximately 1 in 50.

Total retail value of prize not to exceed $749 and includes a Double Occupancy Registration to the 2013 Eat Write Retreat conference, as listed here. No cash value will be awarded. Travel and additional expenses are the responsibility of the winner.


Just Added: Mentoring Sessions with Monica Bhide

February 26th, 2013

Monica Bhide, food writer and writing coach extraordinaire

What could be more effective and helpful than personalized feedback on your work from one of the premier food writers in the industry?

We are pleased to offer one-on-one mentoring with Monica Bhide, our writer-in-residence for Eat Write Retreat. Eight meetings will be available during our innovative Pitch to the Pros session. During 10-15 minute meetings, Monica will personally advise attendees on any number of subjects: culinary writing, branding, mission, and more!

Spaces are limited and will be released at 12:00 PM ET on Saturday March, 2, 2013. Only registered attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for an individual mentoring session with Monica. Register today, during early bird registration, for your chance to directly benefit from Monica’s insight and savvy!

About Monica Bhide

Monica Bhide has written on food for such publications as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Bon Appetit, Town and Country Travel, Food and Wine, Cooking Light, Health, and Better Nutrition. She has authored three cookbooks, the latest being: Modern Spice: Inspired Indian recipes for the Contemporary Kitchen (Simon & Schuster, 2009), which Padma Lakshmi called her personal – “BEST.BOOK.EVER” in Newsweek.

In 2012, The Chicago Tribune picked Monica as one of seven note-worthy food writers to watch. And Mashable recently picked Monica as one of the top 10 food writers on Twitter.

Photography Goes Low-Tech at Eat Write Retreat with Watermelon and Jarlsberg USAost title

February 25th, 2013
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Carolyn Ketchum

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Sarah W. Caron

Stunning visuals are a must these days, especially for a food blog. Our readers eat first with their eyes, and a captivating photo can help build readership as much as an engaging story.

But great photography doesn’t always require the latest gadgets, a premium lighting package and pricey editing software. Successful bloggers Carolyn Ketchum and Sarah W. Caron will share “grass roots” tricks of the trade that have allowed them to prosper professionally while still considering themselves amateur photographers.

From utilizing natural light and emphasizing the basic appeal of a dish, to entry-level software packages and semi-manual settings, Carolyn and Sarah will walk you through the choices and challenges of a home photographer. Their photography education will begin in a core workshop, and continue through “refresher moments” during other sessions of the conference, with ample opportunity to apply their insights on the spot to improve your results.

What’s more, this invigorating session is presented at Eat Write Retreat in partnership with Watermelon and Jarlsberg USA. During the workshop, you will benefit from direct feedback from the PR pros in charge of their brand’s image, including frequent collaboration with stylists and photographers. Stephanie Barlow and Ronnie Campbell(Watermelon.org and Jarlsberg USA, respectively) will offer pointers and insights into what they look for in brand imagery as the session unfolds, giving us a crash course in best practices when working with clients.

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About Watermelon.org

Who knew you could do so much with a watermelon? We did! At Watermelon.org you can browse our extensive watermelon recipe collection and get inspired by our exciting watermelon carvings! Learn everything there is to know about watermelon, from the health and nutrition aspects to obscure fun facts and frequently asked questions. We have lots of fun for kids, classes, families and everyone who loves watermelon like we do!

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About Jarlsberg USA

Jarlsberg is a mild, semi-soft cheese with large eyes and a slightly sweet, buttery and nutty flavor, with creamy texture. America’s most popular specialty cheese, Jarlsberg is incredibly versatile, complimenting a broad range of meat, fish, vegetable, egg, rice and pasta dishes as well as salads and sandwiches galore. Ideal for cooking and for entertaining, Jarlsberg is also great for munching as is, and melts readily and smoothly in sauces and toppings.

Rekindle Your Passion for Your Blog with Monica Bhide

February 12th, 2013


Monica Bhide

Join us at Eat Write Retreat and learn to master the written word with intensive instruction from noted food writer Monica Bhide. Named one of Mashable’s "Top Ten Food Writers to Watch on Twitter" and by The Chicago Tribune as "one of seven note-worthy food writers," Monica will challenge you to rethink your blogging identity and breathe new life into your writing. Not only will she lead a core class focused on food writing in the age of sponsored posts, but she will provide insight and feedback on your writing throughout the weekend. Her tips and techniques will jump start your passion for your work! Plus, you will have ample opportunity to connect with Monica throughout the weekend, as our all-inclusive programming focuses on strengthening connections and nurturing relationships.

Get to know Monica before the conference on Twitter and through her wonderful website, A Life of Spice.


To kick off registration in high style, we’re throwing in a brand new Nikon D5100 D-SLR kit for one lucky attendee who registers between now and March 1, 2013*. What’s more? Take advantage of early bird pricing with 10% off your registration (until March 1, 2013).

Visit the Eat Write Retreat website for more information on schedule, speakers and sponsors. Stay tuned for updates as we reveal all the fabulous events and sessions we have in store for you!

*Winner will be chosen randomly from all attendees who register on or before March 1, 2013. Must be in attendance to win. See website for more details.

Prepare to be AMAZED with the 2013 Eat Write Retreat Culinary Challenge

January 31st, 2013

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Deadline to register to be included in this opportunity: April 15, 2013

Eat Write Retreat announces an innovative approach to this year’s Culinary Challenge in conjunction with a group of delicious partners. In a surprise twist that will allow attendees’ cooking skills to truly shine, this year the Eat Write Retreat Culinary Challenge will be shipped right to your door.

The 2013 theme for the Culinary Challenge is Amazing Apps. Four delicious ingredients will be highlighted in the Amazing Apps Culinary Challenge: California Figs, California Ripe Olives, US Potatoes and California Raisins. Each attendee who registers for the conference before April 15, 2013 will receive an exclusive shipment featuring one of these ingredients, as well as an assortment of goodies and recipe inspiration (pre-swag!) along with full Amazing Apps Culinary Challenge participation guidelines. (Added March 2013: OXO will supply a customized set of tools to help with your recipe development as well!) From there, recipients will create and post original appetizer recipes featuring their designated ingredient. All blog posts must be published by May 22, 2013 to be eligible to win the Amazing Apps Culinary Challenge in their ingredient category (four winners will be selected).

The Amazing App Culinary Challenge will culminate at the Eat Write Retreat Gala Awards Ceremony on Saturday evening, June 1 at R2L, one of Philadelphia’s premier dining destinations. All attendees will be treated to spectacular views of the Philly skyline while enjoying delectable bites highlighting the four delicious ingredients.

And, the winner is…!

The winner in each ingredient category will be announced during the Gala Awards Ceremony. The grand prize in each ingredient category is an Apple iPad and a $25 gift card to pick some amazing apps to use on your new iPad…and of course, year-long bragging rights. (Added March 2013: OXO will award an OXO cookbook holder and $500 gift card to each grand prize winner as well!)

Be sure to register before April 15 to participate in this year’s Amazing App Culinary Challenge. (Even better, if you register before March 1, you’ll receive a 10% discount with code “EWR13” and be entered to win a fabulous Nikon D5100 DSLR camera and 2-lens package.)

And if you haven’t already, be sure to check out the Amazing App Culinary Challenge sponsors below:

California Figs
California Ripe Olives
US Potato Board
California Raisins

The Amazing App Culinary Challenge and Gala Awards Ceremony are brought to Eat Write Retreat by:

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And their amazing clients:

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Swag Bag Grab, #EWR12

April 30th, 2012

2012 swag bag contents may differ from what appears in this photo (which was taken by Olga from Mango Tomato)

This giveaway is now closed.

In just a few days, Eat Write Retreat 2012 will commence in Washington DC. If you can’t make it this year, but want a taste of the fun, here’s your chance. We’re offering our renowned swag bag to one lucky reader.

You’ve heard how awesome our swag bag is, right? How’s this for starters:

For your chance to win one of these lovely goodie bags, just follow the directions below. Sweepstakes ends at midnight EST on May 6, 2012. Winner will be chosen at random during the week of May 7, 2012. No purchase necessary. Shipping only to continental US excluding Alaska.

To win, simply leave a comment here letting us know that you did one of the following. (You can do as many of these as you would like, but you need to leave a separate comment for each action you take, to earn multiple chances to win.)

Like on Facebook:

Follow on Twitter

That’s nearly one million different ways to enter. Almost. So go on, you know you want one of our swag bags. What are you waiting for? (And don’t forget to come back here and let us know what you’ve done!)

Congratulations to Thien-Kim for winning this fabulous swag bag! Thanks to all of you who entered and supported our sponsors with your likes and follows.



Announcing the Prop Swap!

April 23rd, 2012

photo courtesy of Allie of www.livelaugheat.com

The use of props can greatly enhance your photos. The props you choose can help convey a variety of moods: from serene to dynamic. They can also transport you to a specific place or setting: a casual outdoor picnic or a luxurious formal sit down dinner.

When you are involved in food styling and photography, your prop collection can grow rapidly. This is why we are hosting a prop swap! If you have grown tired of using any props or want to get rid of spares, bring them to EWR. They could be someone else’s treasure.

What to bring? Small dishes, cutlery, paper or cloth napkins, fabric, placemats, linens, decorative paper for backgrounds, ramekins… the sky is the limit.

Read more about how props can be used to enhance your photographs from Renee Comet of Comet Photo, one of our Eat Write Retreat speakers, in her blog post: The Supporting Cast: Proper Pros

About the blogger:
This post was written by Cecilia of One Vanilla Bean, where she writes about what’s cooking in her kitchen, and about travel and dining out. Her culinary passions include macarons, home-made charcuterie, baking bread, and canning seasonal produce. Cecilia also does freelance recipe testing and development, and teaches macaron classes.

Watermelon, Watermelon, Everywhere!

March 13th, 2012


We are thrilled to partner with the National Watermelon Promotion Board to fill our conference with delicious, fresh watermelon. From watermelon Agua Fresca and Fire & Ice salsa at the Cinqo de Mayo Welcome Dinner to watermelon-inspired recipes at the OXO Kitchen Challenge, our attendees will have the chance to celebrate this versatile and nutritious fruit and learn about its year-round applications and availability. PR Manager Stephanie Simek will be on hand throughout the weekend to fuel your watermelon cravings, answer your questions and connect with you during Pitch to the Pros. In no time at all, you’ll develop a new love for this refreshing fruit! (And yes, you just spotted one of our “secret” sponsor ingredients for the OXO Kitchen Challenge!)
About the National Watermelon Promotion Board
The National Watermelon Promotion Board operates with one single objective: to increase consumer demand for watermelon through research, promotion and education.  You can find us atwww.watermelon.org.
About Eat Write Retreat
Eat Write Retreat is a hands-on, intensive learning weekend devoted to strengthening connections within the food community through a shared exploration of food, photography, cooking and writing. Join usin May for a learning vacation you will never forget!

Eat Write Retreat Gives Attendees a “Raw” Deal

March 8th, 2012
Elizabeth's Gone Raw

photo courtesy of Elizabeth’s Gone Raw

Eat Write Retreat is more than simply a food blogging conference. We offer a weekend of culinary exploration and education that makes this conference a true learning vacation.

To keep our attendees on the cutting edge of culinary trends, we have organized a one-of-a-kind luncheon at Elizabeth’s Gone Raw, DC’s premiere raw-vegan restaurant. Owner Elizabeth Petty will take us on a deliciously exquisite journey through the textures, flavors and unique preparations of raw cuisine. In the process she will discuss why she believes all of us are destined to include more raw foods in our diets.
“Anyone interested in food and food issues–especially a food blogger–stands to benefit immensely from a better understanding of raw food, its nutritional benefits and the positive impact eating raw has on the planet,” says Elizabeth
Our exploration at Elizabeth’s Gone Raw will feature an all raw-vegan tasting menu designed exclusively for Eat Write Retreat. This spectacular dining event will have our attendees talking and thinking about raw food for a long time to come. You won’t want to miss it!
About Elizabeth’s Gone Raw

Elizabeth’s Gone Raw is Washington DC’s premiere raw-vegan restaurant. Our raw tasting menu has been created to evoke the essence of living foods, prepared with imagination and thoughtfulness.  Each dish boasts a variety of flavors, colors and textures combining raw ingredients in ways that are both healthy and innovative.  Everything we serve is free of dairy, gluten and meats.

About Eat Write Retreat
Eat Write Retreat is an intensive learning weekend focused on strengthening connections within the food community through a shared exploration of food, photography and writing. Join us May 4-6 in Washington DC.

Create a Delicious Main Course with Lindsay Olives, and You Could be Headed to Eat Write Retreat!

February 27th, 2012
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(This post appears courtesy of Lindsay Olives. Please click here to discover more about Lindsay Olives and to read this post in its entirety, including full details on this exciting opportunity.)

Attention food bloggers! If you want to attend Eat, Write, Retreat, read on. Lindsay Olives is pleased to announce that it will offer a scholarship for registration to this fantastic food blogger conference, which takes place in Washington D.C. May 4-6, 2012.

This is your chance to win one double occupancy registration to Eat, Write, Retreat, and share your love for our olive brand while you’re there. If you love olives, have a food blog and want to attend the conference, we hope you’ll enter.

All you have to do is create an original recipe for a main course using Lindsay’s California black ripe olives (sliced orpitted). Then photograph it and share it on your blog. We’ll select our favorite entry to win the conference scholarship based on the following criteria….

(Click here to read more about this fabulous opportunity to attend Eat Write Retreat.)

*All travel-related and incidental expenses are the responsibility of the winner.

No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited. Promotion open only to residents of US. Must be 21 years or older. Promotion ends Sunday, March 11, 2012 at midnight, EST. One winner will be selected by Lindsay Olives and affiliates from all eligible entries, based on criteria listed above. The decision of Lindsay Olives and affiliates is final. Winner announced on Wednesday, March 14, 2012. Prize valued at approximately $749.