FoodBlogSouth in an annual food-centric blogging conference.
The first one-day conference was held at Woodrow Hall in Woodlawn on January 22, 2011. The conference was attended by 125 food bloggers, chefs, photographers and marketing professionals and included multimedia presentations, tastings, and opportunities to network.
The conference was organized by Jason Horn and Shaun Chavis. The headline presenter for the first conference was Kim Severson, author and columnist for The New York Times. Other presenters included Erin Shaw Street, Jennifer Davick and Marian Cooper Cairns of Southern Living and local bloggers Wade Kwon, André Natta, Amanda Storey, and John-Bryan Hopkins. Revenues from registrations were shared with the Desert Island Supply Company writing program and the Alabama Gulf Coast Environmental Recovery Fund.
In 2012 the conference moved to Old Car Heaven on January 27-28. CNN "Eatocracy" blog author Kat Kinsman delivered the keynote address. Author Virginia Willis led sessions on recipe development. Other presenters included Jen Barnett, Kara Neilson, Jay Ducote, Hélène Dujardin, Colleen Duffley. Dennis Malcolm Byron, Jennifer Davick and Marian Cooper-Cairns. Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q hosted the opening night party, sponsored by the Alabama Tourism Department's "Year of Alabama Food" campaign. Catering for the event was provided by Jim 'N Nick's along with Church Street Coffee and Books, Good People Brewing Company, the Southeastern United Dairy Industry and Shindigs Catering.
- Roussel, Christiana (January 20, 2011) "Food Blog South". Birmingham Weekly
- Carlton, Bob (January 23, 2011) "Food bloggers network, tweet with Southern flavor from Birmingham meeting." Birmingham News
- Carlton, Bob (January 20, 2012) "Foodies, bloggers will gather in Birmingham again for second FoodBlogSouth conference." Birmingham News
- FoodBlogSouth website