EVO Conference and My First Time in Park City

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Last week I had the luckiest and most wonderful opportunity to attend EVO, a conference focusing on the evolution of Women in Social Media in Park City, Utah. It was beyond my expecations, and to be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect as this was my first “blog” conference. I usually attend the yearly IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) conference, and this conference was even more unique in many ways. Read below for some of my favorite highlights.

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THE TOP 10 THINGS I lOVED ABOUT EVO (in no particular order) :

1. Making so many new friends

2. Learning so many new things from so many talented people and new great blogs to follow.

3. Seeing beautiful scenery set in the most beautiful part of the country. I could almost move there..

4. Staying at the Canyons Resort: Great huge hotel room, great views, great staff, comfortable beds. I highly recommend it!

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5. The Food seminar located at Alpine House: Wonderful food and goodies, cooking demos, speakers and mouth-watering Watermelon-Mint Punch

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6. Laughing and crying listening to so many wonderful speakers’ stories, specifically the “Make a Wish Foundation” speakers

7. Meeting Jill, Founder of “Mom it Forward” and Rachel, Founder of “Today’s Mama”. The most incredibly organized and talented women I have ever met.

8. Closing party at Park City Resort (although I had to leave early and miss it ugghh!)

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9. Listening to the Producer and Creative Directors from Oprah.

10. Meeting the wonderful sponsors and learning about new businesses and products (great meeting Park City Mountain ResortCity Deals, Think Thin, The Giving TeesNu Skin to name a few)

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Vegetarian Healthy Favorite: Cuban Black Beans and Rice

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For all of those vegetarian friends and fans, here’s one for you. Cuban Black Beans and Rice is perfect as a main dish or even side dish. Black beans are extremely healthy, as they are a very good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber. They are also rich in antioxidants and may help to protect against cancer. This recipe is really easy to prepare and very filling. Feel free to substitute quinoa for the rice, if desired.

Recipe Testing and Judging: Cheddar Waffles with Applewood Bacon Butter

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Okay, so no recipe today. Sorry! I am on a busy, tight work deadline recipe testing and judging for Cheesechampionsonline.com recipe contest for Safeway Cheese USA. The winner receives a “5-Day/5-Night Culinary Boot Camp” at The Culinary Institute. It’s an awesome project, shopping, recipe testing, evaluating and photographing some incredible entries that are as creative as delicious. I made these Cheddar Waffles with Applewood Bacon Butter this morning. Yesterday it was Apple Pepperjack Cornbread with Spicy Maple Glaze (yum!). Tonight it’s Crispy Fig & Prosciutto Pizza with Feta and Walnuts. I will let you know the winning recipe when I’m done.