Hello from steamy Austin, Texas! And why didn’t anyone tell me how hot it is here this early in the summer? I don’t think I could ever be a Texas girl. I walked 2 blocks the other morning to CVS and it looked like my face was melting off. At 10:30 in the morning. Not the best look for me.
The city is currently being taken over by food bloggers, flooding instagram with taco and pedi-cab pics, and it’s been fun so far.
I’m here at BlogHer Food with Stonyfield again and I couldn’t be happier – they have such a great group of girls here representing them. If you’re here, come see us! If you’re not here this year, I hope you can make it to the next one! It’s pretty crazy when hundreds of foodies take over a city.
The other night, Stonyfield and Organic Valley held a cocktail reception at Parkside in Austin, and, well, I basically want to move in there. It was such a neat space and we had fantastic food – all made with either Stonyfield yogurt or Organic Valley milk.
I was there co-hosting with my friends Amelia from Eating Made Easy and Liz from The Lemon Bowl, plus the fabulous Stonyfield and Organic Valley team. Also…one city with tons of ladies and their cute outfits? Now all I want to do is shop.
We started out the night with appetizers – all great – but the one that stuck out in my mind was the mini grilled cheese with a spicy ketchup. Ketchup + grilled cheese. Not what I normally put together, but it was incredible! I can’t wait to try it at home.
After mingling and snacking for a while, they brought out the buffet foods (and some of the best mac and cheese I’ve ever had). We moved into the larger room to hear from Emily Zweber, a farmer with Organic Valley with a farm in Minnesota.
I think the coolest thing about Organic Valley is that they’re a co-op and are owned by the farmers IN the co-op, so they’re super involved with how things are done. But the best part about it is that when you’re buying Organic Valley, you’re not only supporting the local Organic Valley farmers producing the milk, but that money is going towards giving all the farmers a liveable wage to run their farms, rather than having their products depending on the market that day.
I really enjoyed hearing her speak and answering questions about dairy farming and how they run the farm. Between hearing a first person account from a dairy farmer – and having all kinds of cheese and yogurt dishes and seeing old and new friends – it was a great night.
And I’m off again! Back outside to steamy, sticky Austin weather. I hope I make it through the weekend.
Stonyfield sponsored my trip here – all opinions are my own, as usual. Especially the ones about how hot Austin is.