Friday, August 12, 2011

Our first Blog Party

Last night,  we attended our very first Howard County bloggers party at Stanford Grill in Columbia.  It was pretty cool to be in the same room with a lot of very famous bloggers.  We met people from the Howard County Library, the Baltimore Sun, Sanford Grill, HoCoBlogs and more....... 

The party was located on the restaurant's outdoor deck where they served us mini desserts.  After trying many different types, we decided our favorite was the Banana Pudding. Although we didn't have dinner we saw many good-looking dishes coming out of the kitchen. We met the restaurant's COO Juancarlo Parkhurst. He told us that Stanford Grill is locally owned and operated.  We are big supporters of local Hoco places so we are definitely going to try this restaurant sometime soon.

 At the end of the night,  HoCoBlog’s Jessie Newburn gave a terrific speech saying how the blogging community has grown over the years. Next, she played a game with us.  She asked attendees to raise their hands if they wrote about the party using  social media. Then, BAM! ! she tossed prizes - Stanford Grill gift cards -  to random people who raised their hands at the party.  Well, the last gift card  - a $100 Macy’s gift card donated by the Baltimore Sun - went to us!  She introduced us to everybody and told them we were new junior food bloggers.  It was an exciting night. 


  1. Hello! Thanks for coming to the blogger party. I think your family created a new standard in "community parties" by having three generations in attendance: the two of you, both your parents, and a set of grandparents!

    I'm happy to have met you both in person; you strike me as what someone my age can call "fine young gentleman." (I know I'm a few years older than your mom because my younger sister and your mom were super-good friends in high school.) #GoScorps!

    I think your blog's mission and the passion the two of you have for local food, healthy food and yummy food (I don't know how accurate it is to categorize desserts as "healthy") is a wonderful addition to our local blogging community and the knowledge that can be shared in Howard County and surrounds.

    I do encourage you to check out and perhaps connect with bloggers who blog about their CSA shares and comment on their posts. Sarah Says is one; Kitchen Scribble is another. I think there are more, and you'll see them pop up on, usually in the "food" or "personal" section of the site.

    Well, tanks again for coming to the party and congratulations on starting your own locally focused blog.

    ~ Jessie

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