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Food + Wine Conference 2015 – A Content Filled Weekend! #FWCon

The Food + Wine Conference is an annual conference held in Orlando, Florida hosted by the Family Foodie and the Sunday Supper Movement. This three-day conference is organized each year by Founder Isabel Laessig and an amazing committee of devoted Sunday Supper community team members – after being on the committee for two years, this was my first year attending as a speaker only, so believe me I fully appreciate all the work that goes on behind the scenes make this event run as smoothly as it does.

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The Sunday Supper Community member attendee group picture – photo credit Ashley Harmon Photography.  

 

Let’s begin my Food + Wine Conference recap with..

the highlight of my Food + Wine Conference 2015 weekend!

Let me start off by saying that I grew up watching Bob Barker and The Barker’s Babe’s welcoming contestants down on The Price Is Right during the summers, or when I was home from school feeling sick on the couch, so when MY name was called by Michele Northrup, of Intensity Academy + The Sauceology Group, {our Saucy version of Mr. Barker} to approach the stage during her conference version of the iconic game show, I was honestly giddy with excitement and ran right up to the stage to take my place on Contestant Row and proudly don my big yellow price tag name badge. I put on my feathery antenna headpiece, grabbed my marker and pricing board, I was ready to win big!

The prizes were announced and after three rounds of some of the worst price guessing I have ever done – it’s not as easy as it looks when you are actually up there guessing prices – the room became a big blur of people yelling numbers and suddenly I could barely remember how much a tube of toothpaste should cost let alone a BMW mini car! As fellow contestants correctly guessed and moved on to collect their prizes, I was one of the remaining original contestants on the final round and simply hoping there was going to be the chance of a consolation prize in my future. 

Bob, I mean Michele, announced that the FINAL prize would be a “Life Changing Opportunity” – no pressure right. I adjust my headpiece and wrote my best guess on my board. We all reveal our numbers and surprisingly we are ALL over! We erase them and look to the screaming audience of fellow bloggers for advice and then reveal our new guesses. Honestly I can not remember what number I wrote down at that point, but then… MY name was called!! Could there be a mistake? I look over to confirm, yes it is true!! – The “Life Changing Opportunity” is mine!! I think I may have screamed a little and quickly ran off the stage before they could watch the replay and take my silver cow bell away!

So what did I bid on and win? What is the highlight of my Food + Wine Conference 2015 weekend? 

I am the lucky winner of a “three-day trip to Colorado to work side by side with the Beef.org culinary team and recipe testers to ideate, test and fully develop a brand new beef recipe!!! My trip will include a tour of the culinary center, one on one time with their culinary team as well as hands-on testing in the kitchen to see my recipe go from an idea to a triple-tested recipe to be featured on BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com.” 

“Life Changing Opportunity”? Quite possibly! Stay Tuned for more!!

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Karli Millspaugh of Beef.org, Krayl Funch of An Appealing Plan, Erin Weber of National Cattlemen’s Beef Association – side note… this photo was taken the following day after lunch so my excitement level is not accurately reflected here. 

Okay let’s find out what else happened over the three-day Food + Wine Conference 2015… Lots of this…

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Florida Strawberries Welcome Reception” – Strawberry Martini’s with St. Augustine Distillery, my favorite part of this picture is the smiling Rosen Shingle Creek staff member in the background!

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Florida Strawberries Welcome Reception – Rosen Hotels amazing Chef David Ramirez creating chocolate masterpieces.

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“Taste of Rosen Shingle Creek” – Lobster Tart

Saturday Events at Food + Wine Conference 2015

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” Idaho Potato + Wisconsin Cheese Poutine Bar Lunch” – Anatomy of a Chicken and Waffle Poutine,Egg, Bacon and Chive Poutine, Mushroom and Kale Poutine

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Amazing cheese display by Wisconsin Cheese Cheese Board – the Burrata was fantastic!

Did you see my submission into the #WisconsinCheese contest – Nectarine Gallette with Thyme + Gruyere?

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Fields Auto Group #FieldFoodies Fun and Dessert ” – fun with my friend T.R. Crumbley of Gulten Free Crumbley

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“Afternoon break with Georgia Peach Council  and Parkesdale Market – Krayl Funch, of An Appealing Plan, with Gena Knox, author of Southern My Way.

Gena was just as lovely as you would image a Georgia Peach would be! And those Georgia Peach Smoothies… can I have one delivered to me every morning please.

Saturday Day Night Dinner at Food + Wine Conference 2015

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“Around the Sunday Supper Dinner table with Certified Angus Beef and Hess Collection Wineswhat a joy to top off an incredible day of panels and speakers with our Saturday night dinner around the table with  old and new friends.

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Me and THE Saucy Queen herself – as above mentioned our “Saucy Bob Barker”, of Intensity Academy.

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Another highlight each year of the conference is meeting friends you have known on-line for years actually in person – Me + Rick Griffin of Midlife Roadtrip taking a break from the Idaho Potato singing heads!

Sunday Breakout Sessions at the 2015 Food + Wine Conference

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“The Art of Cheese Pairings with Cabot Cheese + Hess CollectionWines” – yes, this is the perfect way to begin a Sunday! 

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Table Sponsor Datz Tampa, launches their new Bloody Mary mix at the Food + Wine Conference Sunday luncheon. 

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“The Tale of Two Photographers” break out session with Julius Mayo Jr. of Droolious.com – do you see how fast he is!!

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And last BUT certainly not least – I was honored to be a part of the Cookbook Publish Panel for the Food and Wine Conference with these accomplish cookbook authors.

Stephanie Manley, author of Copy Cat Recipes, Krayl Funch, Laura Bashar, of Family Spice.

At the end of the three-day content filled weekend, I am exhausted from the events and at the same time on a creative high from all of the input and conversations. I leave feeling excited about new friends, new tools to apply to my brand and the knowledge that I am in exactly the right place for me, but also I am slightly sad to be going back to “regular life” after 3 days of non-stop action. Travel home is a time to absorb and process all that happened, and to consider what will be the highlight of the 2016 Food + Wine Conference.

Until next year my friends…

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22 Responses to Food + Wine Conference 2015 – A Content Filled Weekend! #FWCon

  1. Emerald August 3, 2015 at 4:11 PM #

    I really enjoyed reading about your experience. I’ve always wanted to attend this conference but I’m not really a food blogger. It just looks like so much fun. Congratulations on your big win! I hope to see your whipping up recipes on the Food Channel one day.
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    • Krayl Funch August 16, 2015 at 9:57 AM #

      Thank you Emerald!! It’s an exciting time!! You should definitely attend next year.

  2. DB, Foodie Stuntman | Crazy Foodie Stunts August 1, 2015 at 9:08 PM #

    It’s always good to see you again and thanks for your encouragement regarding my future in food. I’m considering your suggestions.
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  3. Nichole August 1, 2015 at 10:48 AM #

    It was such a great weekend!
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  4. Erica @ Coming Up Roses July 31, 2015 at 1:35 PM #

    Excuse me as I’m drooling on my keyboard…this looks AMAZING. Also just the fact that Food + Wine conferences exist is a beautiful thing. Looks like you had such a great time!!

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  5. Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere July 27, 2015 at 9:40 PM #

    It was so great to get to meet you! I can’t wait to hear and see how your Beef.org trip goes. Congrats!!
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    • Krayl Funch July 28, 2015 at 2:41 PM #

      Hi Sarah! Yes – so great to meet you both even though it was way to brief I just couldn’t resist!

  6. Betsy @ Desserts Required July 26, 2015 at 12:57 PM #

    I was cracking up throughout The Price is Right and thrilled that you won! You are going to have a BLAST with the amazing people from the Beef Council!!

    Great recap of a fabulous weekend.

  7. Omeria July 25, 2015 at 6:15 PM #

    What a great event Krayl. Sounds like ti was fun. Thank you for sharing.

    • Krayl Funch July 27, 2015 at 5:12 PM #

      Omeria – you should consider attending one year… I think you would love the community and I KNOW they would love you!

  8. Karli July 25, 2015 at 5:54 PM #

    What a great recap!! The emotions you were feeling as a contestant were similar to those I was feeling as the prize was being announced and bid on. I’m so happy you won…maybe it was the fact that we sat together at the previous meal. Wonderful things happen when you share a meal together. Here’s to many more!!! The whole “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.” team is excited to have you!

    • Krayl Funch July 27, 2015 at 5:11 PM #

      Karli – my husband thinks it was fixed! LOL I told him we sat together and then I won! Your good energy must have rubbed off on me!

  9. Shaina July 25, 2015 at 4:25 PM #

    That is such an amazing prize, congrats!!! I cannot wait to see what kind of things you’ll cook up…who knows, maybe I’ll even try them! LOL
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    • Karli July 25, 2015 at 5:51 PM #

      Shaina—we’d be absolutely honored if you wanted to try them 😉 You are such a sweetheart and it’s just been so fun to see you two years in a row!

    • Krayl Funch July 27, 2015 at 5:09 PM #

      I know right Shaina!! I am over the moon! I will keep you in the loop!

  10. Laura @ Family Spice July 25, 2015 at 1:55 PM #

    It was wonderful meeting you at the conference and it was a privilege to speak with you on the cookbook panel!
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    • Krayl Funch July 27, 2015 at 5:08 PM #

      The feeling is mutual Laura!! I know we both have great futures ahead, I look forward to staying connected and seeing where we go!

  11. Marlene @Nosh My Way July 25, 2015 at 1:20 PM #

    I enjoyed reading your recap of #FWCON. Your photos depict all the great elements of the conference.

    • Krayl Funch July 27, 2015 at 5:08 PM #

      Thank you Marlene! It was such a great event – you should consider attending next year!

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