Charlotte Food Bloggers will be meeting at 12:30 pm on Sunday, May 22 at Park Road Park (same location as last time). Some of us are bringing strawberry-inspired dishes to share, but feel free to bring something berryless to share if you’d rather. Please bring your own beverage as well. We’ll enjoy a potluck together and talk about bloggery things.
Also, we’re going green! Please bring a plate and utensil to use so we can limit our waste.
Leave us a comment below and let us know if you can be there. See you soon!
Strawwwwbs! Bright and bulbous berries! The brilliant juxtaposition sweet and tart! The summit of summer snacking satisfaction! And perhaps most importantly, the object of the Charlotte Food Bloggers’ first field trip!
That’s right; we went berry pickin’, y’all! And what better day than National Strawberry Picking Day to tell you all about it?
We met up at Miller’s Farm in Fort Mill, SC, last Saturday, and promptly began rooting through bush after bush for the best berries. At Miller’s Farm you can buy picked berries or pick your own, and they also sell other freshly picked produce. We’re excited to head up again throughout the year to see the other fruits of the farm.
The weather was gorgeous, but even better than the sunshine (and the occasional clouds, a photographer’s best friend) was the company! Eight folks showed up to pick amid lots of camera snapping and chatter about food, photography, and recipes.
Vanessa was able to join us for the first time, and was the only one of us to get a photo of the cute puppy hanging around the produce stands (I think it’s a puggle). You can check out her recap of the day at her blog, Life Undeveloped.
Crosby, a budding photographer and all-around cool kid, was also able to join us. Crosby’s a junior in high school and we’re trying to convince him to become a food blogger. We’re a persuasive group.
Chic Diana from The Chic Life stayed hydrated with some coconut water as she picked, and then created a fabulous Strawberry Shortcake with Amaretto-Spiked Whipped Cream with her yield.
Julia of No Face Plate also made it to the fields with friend Erin (not a food blogger, but we’ll keep workin’ on her, too!)
Julie of Willow Bird Baking (a.k.a. me!) and Katie of Sweet Tater Blog also joined in the fun. Katie managed to collect more strawberries than actually humanly possible. She has crazy berry scouting abilities, perhaps related to the fact that she’d just hung out with a giant strawberry the weekend before.
Julie got a much smaller haul, but is nevertheless in the process of making a strawberry cream pie from a family recipe to be shared this weekend over at WBB.
Taylor from Taylor Takes a Taste was both filming and snapping photos as we picked. (Sidenote: I promise that pairing Taylor with Juicy the Pig was his doing and not mine! Though I kinda wish I’d thought of it first.) Here’s the fantastic video Taylor made of all the strawberry picking shenanigans:
And did you notice some of the food bloggers dressed for the occasion? Here’s our red group:
Our first field trip was a raging success, and we were already brainstorming new places to visit as we schmoozed with the farm animals on our way to the parking lot. Check out the blogs listed above for more great strawberry recipes in the coming days!
Other fun this week:
A few Charlotte Food Bloggers (Brooke from Baking With Basil, Vanessa from Life Undeveloped, Diana from The Chic Life, Lindsay from Lindsay Hess Photography, and Julie from Willow Bird Baking) were able to meet up at the CHOW DOWN UPTOWN FOOD TRUCK RALLY on Thursday to enjoy some of Charlotte’s food truck fare. Emma, another Charlotte Food Blogger, was there with her cupcake truck! It was a fun evening designed to generate excitement about the food truck scene, and another excuse to get together and eat. There was a rumor floating around that depending on the trucks’ success on Thursday night, they may make the rally a weekly affair. Hope it’s true!
Hey Charlotte Food Bloggers! May is National Strawberry Month, and to celebrate, we’re heading out to Miller’s Farm (3685 S.C. 51, Fort Mill, S.C. 29715) to do some pickin’. The farm has strawberries and other seasonal produce. They provide containers and cold drinks are available. Strawberries are $2 per pound.
We’ll meet at Miller’s Farm at 2 pm on Sunday, May 15 to pick berries together. We thought it might be fun to use the berries to whip something up for our meeting the following week (5/22 at 12:30 pm at Park Road Park), but that’s optional.
We hope you can make it to our first “field trip” together! Leave us a comment here and let us know if you can come.
Picture a room lit by a single bulb. A decrepit picnic table is housed in one corner. Two lonely dishes of food sit in the middle of it, not occupying it so much as emphasizing its emptiness. Taylor Mathis leans against a wall, tapping his fingers absentmindedly. Julie Ruble sits across the room, debating whether or not to throw something at him to stop the finger tapping. Other than these two pitiful souls, there isn’t a living foodie for miles.
Yeah, that’s about how we pictured our first meeting, too. Thankfully, reality was a lot different.
We’d joked that if we could even double the size of the group to 4 people instead of just us, we’d feel successful. Well, hip-hip-hooray, because 13 food bloggers made it to our first meeting!
The meeting was held in Park Road Park in lovely weather (after being rescheduled due to Saturday’s tornado watch — good grief!). We situated ourselves on picnic tables between a 2-year-old’s birthday party and a swing dancing group — talk about a festive atmosphere. Though we discussed group goals, schedules, and suggestions, the main focus was on chatting and getting to know one another. Conversation topics ranged from veganism to Teen Mom 2 (thankfully, no one brought up poop). And of course, there was lots of EATING — all while cameras clicked away.
We enjoyed the following amazing dishes:
– Vegan Quiche from Julia of No Face Plate
– Chocolate Banana Sunflower Butter Blondies from Katie of Sweet Tater Blog
– Panzanella from The Preppy Vegan
-Chocolate Cookies from Lindsay of Foodie CLT
-Pizza Bread from Brooke of Baking with Basil
-Cold Spaghetti Salad and Cookies from Martha of Stir, Laugh, Repeat
-Assorted appetizers from Alison of Wish Upon a Chef
-Southwest Quinoa Salad from Diana of The Chic Life
-Corn, Avocado, and Tomato Salad from Sarah of Dine & Dish
-Pimiento Cheese Sandwiches from Taylor of Taylor Takes a Taste
-Banana Coconut Cream Cupcakes from Julie of Willow Bird Baking
Oh, and did I mention that there was a cupcake truck involved? The Southern Cake Queen rolled up in her posh truck to give us a tour and some cupcakes. Fun!
We enjoyed meeting everyone immensely, and have already turned our thoughts toward next month. Our next meeting is scheduled tentatively for May 22. Keep your eye on this space for more info! Thanks, everyone, for a wonderful time.
Some important notes if you missed this meeting:
– You can now follow us on Twitter as @CLTFoodBloggers.
– You can also “like” us on Facebook.
– Speaking of keeping you up to date, news and fun endeavors will be posted on this blog and our Twitter and FB pages between meetings.
– Please send any and all CFB questions, comments, and suggestions to our new email address, charlottefoodbloggers ‘at’ gmail.com.
– We’d love suggestions for conversation topics, field trips, group challenges, pot luck themes, etc.
– Please send your schedule constraints to our email address above if you haven’t already, so we can pick a meeting time that works for most folks.
Welcome to the Charlotte Food Bloggers blog, where we’ll post news updates, guest posts, and more.
First thing’s first: we’re planning the first CFB meeting for Sunday April 17 as a “picnic in the park.” We’ll meet at Park Road Park around 12:30 pm. Bring a fun snack to share — can be homemade, but again, don’t stress! At this initial meeting, we’ll get to know each other and each other’s blogs, talk about goals for the group, and eat!
Second, have you followed us on Twitter yet? Use #CLTFoodBlog to tag your CFB tweets! We’d love to hear from you.
See you soon!