First Annual Big Traveling Potluck

Big Traveling Potluck

Last month KitchenAid sponsored the first Big Traveling Potluck in Southern California.

Big Traveling Potluck

Pam and Maggy from Three Many Cooks and Erika from Ivory Hut have been hosting the Potluck for four years, but this is the first time they have gone west.

Big Traveling Potluck

The Big Traveling Potluck is not your typical blog conference; it is an event that focuses on community, inspiration, fun, and of course good food. There were no business cards being handed out and no one was talking about SEO or traffic. Bloggers attended to share, reflect, discuss, laugh, cry, and to enjoy delicious food. It was a perfect weekend and we were thrilled to attend with KitchenAid.

Big Traveling Potluck

The first night we gathered at a gorgeous home that overlooked wine country. Bloggers enjoyed catching up and there was a fantastic spread of local food. KitchenAid provided a fabulous display for dessert. I loved the Stand Mixers with strawberries, brown sugar, and sour cream. Such a fun idea for parties!

Big Traveling Potluck

The night ended with some fun giveaways provided by the sponsors.

Big Traveling Potluck

On Saturday, we kicked off the day with a healthy and delicious breakfast. Every KitchenAid Stand Mixer was filled with a color coordinating fruit. Simple, yet stunning!

Big Traveling Potluck

We spent the day listening to inspirational messages from Melissa Lanz, Matt Armendariz, Helen Jane, Jeannine Harvey, Barrett Ward, and Ree Drummond.

The theme of this year’s Potluck was “invest in yourself.” Each speaker shared personal stories and advice on how they’ve self-invested.

Big Traveling Potluck

Lori from Recipe Girl showed the group how to make her sweet Snickerdoodle Blondies, a recipe from her new cookbook.

Big Traveling Potluck

KitchenAid provided a gorgeous Beverage Center so we could sip on juices throughout the morning.

Big Traveling Potluck

In the afternoon, Gaby Dalkin, author of Absolutely Avocados, shared tips on how to make the perfect guacamole. Bloggers teamed up for a little guacamole competition.

Big Traveling Potluck

Oh, and there were also margaritas made in KitchenAid Green Apple Blenders. Everyone was having a good time!

Big Traveling Potluck

We gathered in the barn for a cooking demonstration by Mary Sue Milliken and a lovely dinner. It was the perfect end to a fun-filled day.

Big Traveling Potluck

On Sunday morning, we hopped on the bus for one last meal together. The farewell brunch was an avocado toast bar. KitchenAid 4-Slice Toasters got their morning workout because the bloggers were hungry and excited to get their toast on.

Big Traveling Potluck

We were all sad to see the Big Traveling Potluck come to an end. A big thanks to the organizers and sponsors! It was a perfect weekend from start to finish.

Big Traveling Potluck

Special thanks to Brian Samuels of A Thought for Food for contributing many of the photos above

 

*The Contributor of this post has been compensated by KitchenAid for this post, but this post represents the Contributor’s own opinion.*

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