Bites and Bloggers and More Life Changes

logoI am so excitednervoussadhappystressed. As usual, I have a million things going on (don’t we all?) Thank God for good friends and fellow bloggers who are getting me through. First up on my plate, I have been asked to speak on a philanthropy panel at BlogHer ’13 Food here in Austin next weekend. I am so flattered. It should be an interesting panel. We have had several conference calls to get acquainted and all the panelists are coming from different perspectives. It is titled Your Brand+Your Cause and it is during the 10:15  breakouts on Saturday. If you happen to be attending and have a chance, come see if I can actually put a coherent thought together in front of an audience.

More importantly, if you are a blogger in Austin or visiting for the conference, the Austin Food Bloggers Alliance is throwing a heck of a kickoff party along with the Austin Food and Wine Alliance and Whole Foods on Thursday called Bites and Bloggers including a long list of Austin’s top female chefs. It’s FREE! Here are the deets:


Thursday, June 6
5:30-8:00 pm


Whole Foods Market Lamar
525 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, Texas 78703

The Bloggers

All food bloggers are welcome to attend! Membership to the Austin Food Blogger Alliance is not necessary. Male and female food bloggers are welcome. Admission is free, but RSVP as soon as you can–this event will fill up fast!

The Chefs

Austin’s top female chefs will be preparing small bites for us to enjoy. They’ll also be on hand to chat with bloggers and talk shop.

Alma Alcocer-Thomas – El Alma Cafe

Erica Beneke – Max’s Wine Dive

Sonya Cote – The Homegrown RevivalHillside Farmacy and Eden East

Illiana de la Vega – El Naranjo

Jodi Elliott – Foreign & Domestic

Kristine Kittrell – Mulberry Austin

Jessica Maher – Lenoir

Sarah McIntosh – Epicerie

Rebecca Meeker – Jeffrey’s

Kendall Melton – Contigo

Janina O’Leary – Trace

Nicole Patel – Delysia Chocolatier

Rebecca Rather – The Pink Pig (Fredericksburg)

Laura Sawicki – La Condesa & Sway

Monica Sinclair – Congress

Callie Spear – Swift’s Attic

Nadine Thomas – W Hotel Austin


I am also in the middle of planning the AFBA fundraiser coming up July 19th Cupcakes and Cocktails and looking for a new job as my contract with Cooking Planit will be coming to an end soon. Ack!! More about these things soon. Join me at Bites and Bloggers. I need a little drinky poo or two.


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My name is Christy and I was born, raised, and still live in Austin, TX. I love to travel. I have been all over the US, Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona, etc. My second favorite place in the world is Negril, Jamaica where I have been 10 times and counting. I am a trained pastry chef but I am not currently working in "the industry" right now. I became a pastry chef in part to complement the fabulous dinners conjured up by my best friends Ethan and Michelle, who hopefully will be contributing to this blog as well. We went through a 2 year period of "Tuesday Night" dinner parties which were a smorgasbord of bloody meat and red, red wine. Friendships and laughter. The men did all the cooking while the women got tipsy, as all dinner parties should be. If I wanted to participate with food, I had to bring something and I became Dessert Girl. Eventually I attended the Le Cordon Bleu program at the Texas Culinary Academy and received a certificate in Pastry and Baking. I have had several baking jobs but found it hard to make ends meet, so I earn my living elsewhere for now. I have had the pleasure of working with several celebrity chefs including Rebecca Rather, Bronwen Weber, and David Lebovitz. I have also cultivated some amazing friends and resources in the Central Texas area and would like to share my knowledge with all who care to join me. My most recent honor was winning Best Sweet at the Bacon Takedown during SXSW 2011. As the culinary icon Ms. Childs' says, "Bon Appetit!" ***CONTACT ME at or twitter @christy111luv***

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