A blogger takes a photo during a hog-butchering demonstration with Fleisher’s Butcher Shop. Michelle Heimerman
This weekend, food and lifestyle bloggers from around the country and across the world converged on New York City and the Saveur office for two days to receive awards, mingle, and eat a lot.
The celebrations began with breathtaking views and cocktails at a welcome reception in the exclusive Vale Garden Residence at Williamsburg’s new William Vale hotel, and the next morning, bloggers had the chance to attend workshops throughout the city. Some learned about craft butchery with Fleisher’s and The Brooklyn Kitchen, others made pizzas from scratch with Emily, and the rest rolled out beautiful pastas with Covina.
Next, the bloggers checked out our brand-new renovated space for lunch and a wine tasting. Following lunch was a panel that included Cherry Bombe’s Kerry Diamond, Alan Sytsma from Grub Street, and Saveur’s Max Falkowitz. Editor in Chief Adam Sachs directed the conversation, which ranged from pitching stories to the challenges of balancing social media and personal branding with a blogger’s many other daily tasks. In the afternoon, bloggers split off into groups again, attending a tour of the Edible Schoolyard in East Harlem, a recipe testing session at Saveur’s kitchen, or a Q&A with cookbook editors, including Angelin Borsics, editor at Clarkson Potter; JJ Goode, a writer and cookbook author; Maria Guarnaschelli, executive editor at W.W. Norton; and Holly La Due, acquisitions editor at Prestel Publishing.
The celebrations concluded back at the Westlight bar at the William Vale, where Chef Andrew Carmellini provided food (for both nights), and Sachs announced the winners for each category. Congratulations to all finalists and winners, and we look forward to seeing what next year brings! Read more about this year’s winners here.
Editor in Chief Adam Sachs watches pizza bake with Matt Hyland of Emily. Michelle Heimerman That’s one hefty pig’s leg. Michelle Heimerman Fleisher’s butcher Bryan Mayer gives bloggers a lesson in craft butchery. Michelle Heimerman Rogue Creamery was kind enough to share this enormous pile of cheese with us, just in case we went hungry. Matt Taylor-Gross Bloggers take in the sunset at the William Vale hotel. Matt Taylor-Gross When you have a food demo for a bunch of food bloggers, this is what happens. Matt Taylor-Gross Making cavatelli at Covina is a hands-on experience. Matt Taylor-Gross Editor in Chief Adam Sachs greets the finalists at lunch in the Saveur kitchen. Matt Taylor-Gross Thank you Catena for a fantastic lunchtime wine tasting! Matt Taylor-Gross Editor in Chief Adam Sachs moderates a panel with Cherry Bombe’s Kerry Diamond, Alan Sytsma from Grub Street, and Saveur’s Max Falkowitz. Matt Taylor-Gross The second panel of the day: Ask a Cookbook Editor!, with Maria Guarnaschelli, executive editor at W.W. Norton; JJ Goode, writer and cookbook author; Holly La Due, acquisitions editor at Prestel Publishing, and Angelin Borsics, editor at Clarkson Potter. Matt Taylor-Gross Test Kitchen Associate Director Kristy Mucci leads a recipe testing session with the bloggers. Matt Taylor-Gross Bloggers chat as they test and style recipes. Matt Taylor-Gross And now, photo time! Matt Taylor-Gross These gorgeous Falk USA copper skillets became the victorious bloggers’ trophies. Matt Taylor-Gross Editor in Chief Adam Sachs thanks chef Andrew Carmellini. Matt Taylor-Gross North Wild Kitchen’s Nevada Berg won Blog of the Year and Editor’s Choice for Best New Voice, and she shows off her fancy Falk USA awards. Matt Taylor-Gross All the blog awards winners get together with Editor in Chief Adam Sachs. Matt Taylor-Gross Two bloggers show some love for their favorite food. Matt Taylor-Gross The sun sets on a spectacular evening at the 2016 Blog Awards. Michelle Heimerman Bloggers snap some stellar sunset pics.