Small Bites is a new series for posts that will highlight some of the goings-on in my life.
* Big Summer Potluck is tomorrow! When tickets went on sale I impulsively bought one even though I was already scheduled for another blogging conference the next weekend. But who can really blame me? This intimate gathering in Pennsylvania will have some of my favorite blogging friends in attendance, including many I have yet to have the pleasure of meeting in person.
* In stark contrast, four days after I return from BSP I’ll be heading to the opposite coast to attend BlogHer. It already seems quite intimidating, considering the activity happening on the hashtag and the volume of e-mails I’ve been getting from brands. I’ve never been to a conference this large, so I’m thankful a few of my friends will also be in attendance to keep me grounded. We’ve also made plans to have brunch at Top Chef cheftestepant Brian Malarkey’s restaurant on Sunday, which will be a great way to remind myself that I’m about food, not getting caught up in brands. (Also, I can’t say Malarkey without giggling, so brunch should be amusing for all.) If you’re going to be at BlogHer, let me know and we can try to meet up among the masses!
* On August 14 I’ll be at the Highball, participating in the Slow Food Austin Quiz Bowl with my teammates Melanie, Kathryn, and Jodi. We’ll be representing the Austin Food Blogger Alliance and hopefully getting a few questions right as we face off against teams representing the best restaurants and grocers in town. Intimidating? Just a tiny bit. But you can come cheer us on! Tickets are $15 each and include nibbles and drinks. This is the annual fundraiser for Slow Food Austin, and it promises to be fun. Get tickets here. If you would like to donate to our team (proceeds go toward a local food charity) head on over here!
* Finally, if you hadn’t heard, I’ve been contributing to Simple Bites for a few months now. If you aren’t familiar with Simple Bites, this is a great time to start reading – we’ll be starting a Canning 101 series soon, in addition to lots of other great posts.