Hi folks! I apologize ahead of time for the photo album you’re about to scroll through, but I attended a food blogger’s retreat this weekend, and I had such a pleasant time that I needed a place to park my photos. That way, when I get a little lonely later, or need some inspiration, I can come back here and remember how inspired I felt after sitting in this beautiful space with beautiful people for a couple of beautiful days.
The Big Traveling Potluck at the Plateau Edge in Murrieta, CA.
Every now and again, it’s good to get away, right?! No husband, no kids, no dogs, no chickens, no work… Just me, my own hotel room, and a couple of days with like-minded folks. This weekend, we gathered in the California countryside. The purpose: food, inspiration, and above all, community.
My contribution to “The Potluck,” a bowl of strawberries with freshly whipped sweet cream. They’re from the patch down the road.
A few shots from Saturday.
I think all 75 of us came for different reasons. These were mine: 1) I was burnt out from the blogging routine and needed some inspiration, 2) I wanted to identify my blog’s thing... beyond “I post recipes,” and 3) I wanted to finally meet folks I had only connected with online. Some, I’d even “known” for a few years. Ahem, Debra.
I suppose I also wanted the successful big kids to unlock their super power secrets so that I too, could inch forward.
Here’s a view of the 4-acre Hass avocado grove during the tour. The tree trunks were painted white to prevent sunburn.
A few notes on avocados: 1) flowers open one day as male, and then the next day as female… then the avocado “berry” begins to appear, 2) avocados will NOT ripen on the tree… you want it ripe… gotta pick it off, 3) the Hass variety was developed by a postal worker, 4) all fruits are hand-picked, 5) Hass avocado season is NOW.
So did I find what I was looking for? Absolutely. And you know why? Because everyone I heard from, and everyone I spoke with, were all such nice, genuine people. People who were good at their craft and generous with their knowledge. All I had to do was listen, absorb, and eat a lot of good food.
Afternoon make-it-yourself spritzer.
A look at the Santa Rosa Plateau.
This is the Saturday evening dinner menu. My favorite was the First Course.
The Saturday evening dinner scene.
I’m refreshed, recharged, and ready to go… with a to-do list that’s about a mile long. And I’m willing to bet that so many others are as well.
And one last note. With so much packed into one teensie weekend, it was impossible to break bread with everyone. If you were also a #BTP1 attendee, but we missed connecting with one another, please drop me a note; I’d love to hear from you!
Until next time.
P.S. Thank you, Team BTP, for putting this event together.
End of the evening.