Mitten Moms Conference 2013 Recap
A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend the first conference specifically aimed at Michigan bloggers called Mitten Moms. I was asked to attend the conference on behalf of the United Dairy Industry of Michigan, and they were kind enough to sponsor my lodging and conference cost. They wanted me to go there to connect with not only other bloggers but also some Michigan based companies. I have to say I am glad they asked me to go because prior to the conference, I had been unhappy as a Michigan resident with so little opportunities. It took me driving to Dearborn and eating the local deliciousness that is Detroit food to expand my horizons. And to realize that the west side/capital area is just seriously lacking good food and culture.
At the conference we had some amazing speakers and sponsors. There were some great conversations about the ins and outs of blogging. I was really struck with the session on branding with Molly Mason. In fact, the reason this recap post is delayed so much is because I spent a week trying to figure out my brand, what I am trying to say, and how I am different from others.
I was also very excited to hear from the brands, the great sponsors!
Meijer sponsored a wonderful lunch and during their presentation they gave away gift baskets and I won one!
And of course my personal sponsors, the UDIM, who sponsored a DELICIOUS breakfast and sent us Liz Della Croce of The Lemon Bowl to do a demonstration for us on easy breakfasts using dairy products. She was a lot of fun to watch! She also was a wealth of information on how you can add dairy as a healthy part of your diet.
My favorite part of the conference had to be getting invited into the professional kitchen of the Adoba Hotel with Chef Phillip Baxman. Every blogger there knew that I am a recent culinary grad and knew anything to do with the kitchen would make my day. We got to make hand made Mozzarella and it was great! Afterward I got to talk to the chef and get photos with him, which was awesome he was a great sport. He told me to follow him and showed me something I had never seen right in the kitchen, a freaking bone saw! I was so mesmerized by it that I didn’t get a pic! I told him that his kitchen was huge and I was jealous! He told me that if I was ever interested that he is looking for two people to work for him. Have I mentioned that I love it when I meet a chef they offer me a job anytime? I feel all special!
All in all I learned a lot about Michigan companies, and talking to other bloggers made me feel like I was part of a family. The intimate setting of the sessions made it so we could ask whatever we wanted without worrying about time running out. It was PERFECT.
Again, I would like to say a special THANK YOU to the United Dairy Industry of Michigan for sponsoring me for this conference!