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Published on September 2nd, 2011 | by Kevin Barron


Top 10 Lessons of IFBC in New Orleans + Links

Shrimp & Jambalaya Grits (Riverfront Restaurant)

It’s now been a week since the start of the International Food Bloggers Conference in New Orleans, hosted by Foodista and Zephyr Adventures. The memories from that long weekend are as rich as the desserts we tasted from Chef Tariq Hanna of Sucré, one of the sponsors of the Friday night dinner at The Monteleone Hotel.  We even found a bit of South Carolina in the Big Easy, as evidenced by the photo to the right.

Among other things, we met Chef John Besh and Chef Susan Spicer, tasted entrees from a score of restaurants around town and learned tips and techniques to improve our coverage of the food, foodies and food culture of the Pee Dee Region of South Carolina.

It’s hard to top such an experience or distill it down to a few bullet points.  That said, we do enjoy a challenge.  After some negotiation, Mrs. PDF and I agreed upon the following …

Top 10 Lessons Learned at IFBC NOLA 2011

10.  Food photography doesn’t have to involve expensive equipment, just key techniques and patience.

9.  When it comes to your editorial and posting calendar, it’s quality over quantity that makes a blog successful.

8.  Recipes are wonderful to share, but telling a personal story about why they are special can make a lasting impression.

7.  Branding a blog involves age-old methods, including the 4 P’s: Product, Place, Price and Promotion.

6.  Google’s innovations have changed the way people search.  Content is king, but structure is queen.

5.  Parkinson’s Law: Work expands so as to fill the time allotted to complete it.

4.  Restaurant reviews should be completed using generally accepted guidelines for consistency and impartiality.

3.  The Food Blog Code of Ethics may be optional for some, but we’re making it mandatory on PeeDeeFoodie.com™.

2.  Great food is still the lifeblood of New Orleans.  Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

1.  The food blogger community really is one.  We’re proud to be a part of it.


Our Daily Reports & Photo Galleries

Day One – IFBC Session Summaries & Photos

Day Two – IFBC Session Summaries & Photos

Day Three – IFBC Session Summaries & Photos


Links to New Friends’ IFBC Posts

Yes, the food blogger community of which we are now a part is truly dynamic, passionate and lots of fun.  To get a flavor for the members who make up this unique group, please take a look at these other IFBC wrap-up posts from our new friends from around the world.  Check their blogs often, as well.  They are talented and have great information to share.


Scenes from IFBC 2011 New Orleans by Andie of CanYouStayForDinner

International Food Bloggers Conference Says Goodbye to New Orleans by Addie of GoodNola

Poppy Tooker’s New Orleans by Kate of Art of the Pie

Back in the Kitchen by Kevin of Closet Cooking (Flickr Album)

The IFBC in New Orleans, A Wrap-up by Merry-Jennifer of MerryGourmet

IFBC NOLA: The Highlights by Emily of EmilyBites

International Food Bloggers Conference (IFBC) New Orleans, LA by Gwen of Bunnycooks

IFBC New Orleans 2011: The Wrap-up by Maria of FreshEatsAtHome

Warm Brown Rice and Grilled Vegetable Salad by Shauna of GlutenFreeGirl

Cheers to IFBC NOLA! by FreshBitesBlog

Food Bloggers: Contact us to link to your post.


Note of Appreciation to our Attendance Sponsors

We appreciate Coqui Catering and Little Caesars locations in Florence, South Carolina for their invaluable support of our attendance. We sent Twitter tweets and posted Facebook links about them every day, as well as blogged about them here. We encourage you to contact them for your next event or family get-together.

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About the Author

Kevin Barron is a husband, father, self-described geek, and enthusiastic founder of PeeDeeFoodie.com. He also hosts its companion podcast, the Pee Dee Food Show, which can be found on iTunes and the blog. Learn more about Kevin under the Contributors tab above.

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