I spent this past Saturday in the company of some pretty amazing people and it’s taken me a few days to process it all.
A couple months ago, Todd and Diane, the White on Rice Couple, announced an upcoming workshop at their new studio in Orange County. I haven’t been able to attend any of the recent blogging conferences where they’ve presented or photography workshops they’ve conducted, so learning of this somewhat local opportunity was exciting. Todd and Diane are incredible photographers and storytellers, so I jumped at the chance to be with them for an entire day.
But the circumstances surrounding this workshop weren’t the same as the ones they’ve previously hosted.
This workshop was a fundraiser held in response to A Fund For Jennie where bloggers donated their time and talents in an effort to raise funds to help Jennifer Perillo of In Jennie’s Kitchen. (Jennie’s story isn’t mine to tell, but the link I provided will take you to her blog where she so poignantly shares it herself.) The sense of community I witnessed while all the various auctions were in full swing was incredible. Whether it was making a pie or making a donation, the food blogging community stepped up and showed depth and heart beyond anything I could have imagined.
Each time I attend a food blogging event or conference, I walk away with a renewed sense of spirit from the people I have been with. We gather together, many of us never having met before, and we share. We each have our own story, but our passion for food, both literally and visually, is the same. We build the bridges that further connect ourselves to our ever-growing community, and we learn from each other.
I walked away with a greater appreciation for the craft and a deeper understanding of my visual voice. Todd and Diane are the real deal, genuine and giving beyond measure. And their energy is infectious. I learned so much.
Regardless of what brought us all together or where my journey in the blogosphere takes me, I am a better, more fulfilled person because of the friendship and inspiration from those who generously shared theirs.
Thank you Todd and Diane for an uplifting, soul-satisfying and inspirational day!
Here are some additional images from the day:
We used the grills to cook our beef, shrimp and veggies. The bowl of hot water was to soften the rice paper (?). My hands were so busy with the chopsticks, cooking, rolling everything up, and dipping the rolls into the wonderful sauces, I didn’t have time for any pictures. But I have every intention of recreating this type of meal in my own home. My kids would love it!