Did anyone out there having a crazy week like me? October is a notoriously busy month at work for E and I. Other than our weekend trip to Disney and a brief excursion last weekend, we haven't had any quality time in nearly a month!
That's my excuse for not cooking or posting new recipes for the past week or so.
Part of the reason I've been so busy is work, the rest is that I've been selected to be a member of a blogger panel for ShopRite! ShopRite? Blogger panel? What?
First, for those of you who don't live on the East Coast between Connecticut and Baltimore, what is ShopRite? It's my favorite grocery store. ShopRite and Keeley go way back. My mom used to buy my baby food there. The chain is based in New Jersey and being that I'm actually a Jersey girl (kinda, I moved to Delaware in high school) I grew up shopping there with my family. They have the best prices on pretty much every grocery item and E and I go there nearly every Friday and/or Saturday night to get groceries for our culinary adventures.
A PR firm contacted me in August and asked me to be part of a blogger panel for ShopRite. I honestly thought it was a crock and E was concerned about me getting ripped off. Long story short, the whole thing was real and I met many of the ShopRite executives and chefs as well as several other food bloggers at the New York City Wine and Food Festival last weekend.
Yes, that's right. ShopRite sent me to the NYC Wine and Food Festival! They also sent me a Flip video cam to docment the experience, so I'll be posting pictures and video soon.
For the first time since starting My Life on a Plate I got to meet other food bloggers in person:
Jessica at Cinnamon En Spice
Emily at Cleanliness is Next to Godliness
Brandy at Nutmeg Nanny
Of course there were several other wonderful and enthusiastic food bloggers, but these were the three who were on my end of the table at dinner, so we spent a lot of time chatting!
Jessica, Emily, and Brandy already posted about their experience at the NYC Wine and Food Festival. I had a very busy week, so I'm going to share my experience in a blog post this weekend, then it's back to cooking!
Over the next year I'll be working with ShopRite to review house-brand products, create recipes, and contribute to their blog. Of course, I'll still be writing on my own blog, too! I'm really looking forward to this experience and I'm looking forward to meeting more fun food people!