Food Blogger Camp Riviera Maya

by Marla on January 10, 2011 · 76 comments

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Food Blogger Camp 2011 in Cancun

Part of my personality is to dive in with both feet, seize opportunities, grab ‘em & run. This past week I attended Food Blogger Camp at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya resort near Cancun, Mexico. Camp was very busy as it was filled with instruction, inspiration, playtime & extravagance. Not only was I taught valuable information from some of the most successful bloggers, but I connected with people & myself. Life is all about relations with others & having a strong personal core. Thankfully my job is built around food & food brings people together. It strengthens, unites & nourishes the body, mind and soul.

Food Blogger Camp in Cancun Mexico

I decided that I would let my photos from Camp speak for themselves, you can view our agenda too. These items appear in no particular order as each & every part of camp was equally important to make the whole experience complete.

Session leaders at Cancun food blogger camp.

Top notch & practical education from
Elise Bauer, Jaden Hair, Todd Porter & Diane Cu, David Lebovitz, Matt Armendariz & Adam Pearson. We soaked in all kinds of info on branding, SEO, food styling, photography. We even had a speed blogging session where each camp leader reviewed our blogs for 3 minutes a pop. Boy did I learn loads hearing their feedback!

Food Blogger Camp near Cancun Mexico 2011

Five Star resort living
The Grand Velas Riviera Maya is a gem. I have been to many fine resorts & I can tell you that this place caters to your every whim, wish & desire. It is all inclusive so you never need to reach for money. 24 hour room service, gorgeous rooms, lovely staff, pools & lounging areas are everywhere.

Food Blogger Camp at Grand Velas Riviera Maya resort near Cancun

Splendid Surroundings
At every turn there was gorgeous views, architecture, striking interiors, jungle views, infinity pools and of course the ocean.

Roomates at Food Blogger Camp in Cancun Mexico

My Roommate
Carrie Vitt publisher of the blog
Deliciously Organic. She is one of the most honest, smart & genuine people I know. It was so wonderful to celebrate the release of her new book called Deliciously Organic. Not only is the book gorgeous, her whole food recipes will be passed down through lifetimes.

Grand Velas Riviera Maya resort near Cancun.

Might Tasty Food
From the freshest ceviche, to the creamiest guacamole the dining was superb. Each morning Carrie and I ordered room service & we felt like royalty!

Grand Velas Riviera Maya resort near Cancun Mexico

Even the in room coffee machine brewed up a mad good cup of espresso topped with a perfect crema.

Conchas pastry at Grand Velas Riviera Maya resort

I sure do have a lot of photos of those Conchas pastries – they were so beautiful!

Making New Friends
Sometimes you bond with people & sometimes you don’t, yes? First impressions are everything, non? Prior to camp I knew all of the team leaders other than Mr. Lebovitz. He has a fantabulous blog. He loves sweets, I love to read about them. Before you meet him you feel like you know him from his books, blog, tweets, etc.

During his session he almost had me run out of the room as he suggested words NOT to use in your blog name including “family, fresh & food.” These words do not drive him to a blog – he prefers a more descriptive name, like David Lebovitz??!! For a moment I was very scared of him – but his charm quickly changed all that.

Food Blogger camp at Grand Velas Riviera Maya resort

Visual Creativity
The amount of creative inspiration at Camp was empowering and inspiring. Matt, Adam, Diane & Todd are the utmost professionals. There is a reason why they are so very successful. They share their expertise in ways that make sense. They are all self taught & that gives me the motivation to KEEP AT IT. Their individual & collective talents are awe inspiring.

Food blogger camp near Cancun Mexico.

Matt & Adam rock tattoos and pretty much everything.

White on Rice Couple teach photography to food bloggers

It is always fun to catch up & learn from Todd & Lady Diane.

How to Shoot a Chef
Not only did we photograph & style food, but we got to shoot chefs – with our cameras sillies!

Chefs at 5 star resort in Mexico.

How sweet is this waitress!

Beautiful mexican waitress at fancy resort hotel.

Community Building
Time with my great buddies & creating everlasting memories was worth the trip in and of itself.

Food Blog Camp Grand Velas Riviera Maya trip

Friends pictured here include Gaby Dalkin, Carrie Vitt, Lucy Lean, Matt Armendariz, Susan Salzman and Michael Procopio.

Food Blogger Camp 2011 near Cancun Mexico

More Food for Thought

Molecular gastronomy at 5 star resort in Cancun Mexico

Related Links

A great big thank you to Bard Valley Medjool Dates who sponsored me to attend this event. I am looking forward to working with them on delicious, healthy recipes in future posts.

Campers Blog Posts

Here are posts from fellow campers. It is so fun to read about everyones unique experiences & to relive this event through their eyes.

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