Friends – I am so delighted to let you know that I have been invited to speak at the first Mid-Atlantic Food Writers SymposiumThe organizers, including Patrick Evans Hylton, have invited some terrific speakers to share their knowledge of of the food world. I hope you will come and attend. I look forward to seeing you there. Here is more information on this conference:




JUNE 20-22, 2014 


Here is a look at the event schedule-


FRIDAY, JUNE 20 at Library of Virginia, 800 E. Broad St.
9:00 a.m. Registration, breakfast snacks and coffee

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. What Editors Want
From dining reviews to web posts, from travel to chef profiles, our expert
editors and writers will show what works and what doesn’t.
Bon Appetit web editor Matt Gross
Washingtonian food editor Todd Kliman
National freelancer Ramin Ganeshram

11 a.m. to Noon From Fork to Folio
How to put your book idea in front of the right eyes.

Book agent Michael Psaltis of the Culinary Entertainment Agency
Artisan book editor Judy Pray
Author of The Southern Slow Cooker Kendra Bailey Morris
Author of The Homesick Texan’s Family Table Lisa Fain


Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Boxed lunch provided by Homemades by Suzanne

Noon Mastering the Details Master Class with Todd Kliman
Over lunch, Todd Kliman, author, food editor and writing professor will
constructively critique your writing in a group setting. Class limited to 10.
Additional fee of $100. After signing up, you will submit three PDF writing
samples by May 16th to

1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Feeding the Beast that is Social Media
How to craft compelling content across all platforms.

Homesick Texan Lisa Fain

Food blogger and author of Modern Spice Monica Bhide

Esquire blogger and book author Josh Ozersky

Eatocracy editor Kat Kinsman

3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cook Up a Book
How to make sure your recipes deliver for your readers.

Washington Post deputy food editor Bonnie Benwick
Author of The Southern Slow Cooker Kendra Bailey Morris
Author of Coastal Cooking John Shields
Culinary consultant and food stylist Denise Vivaldo
SATURDAY, JUNE 21 at Pasture. 416 E. Grace St.
9:30 to Noon Perfect Plates [Group A]
Learn hard-won photography tips from food photographers and stylists that
will pair well with your words.
Photographer Adam Ewing
Food sytlist Denise Vivaldo

Lunch at Pasture is included for all attendees from Noon to 12:30.

12:30 to 3 p.m. Perfect Plates [Group B]

Learn hard-won photography tips from food photographers and stylists that
will pair well with your words.
Photographer Adam Ewing
Food sytlist Denise Vivaldo
Simultaneously  with Perfect Plates – RVA Ink and Film Tour 
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. [Group B] OR  1 p.m. to 3 p.m. [Group A]
Walking tour of Jackson and Monroe wards highlighting the culture behind
the cuisine in an area full of creatives who are having an impact on Richmond’s
Downtown Arts District. We’ll watch two short films by local filmmakers Nicole Lang and Christophile Konstas at Mama J’s.

Optional brunch at
The Rogue Gentlemen 618 N. First St. in Jackson Ward
Limited to 36 attendees
Additional fee of $20, excluding alcohol



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