I have told my child that it’s great to meet people online, but it’s even better to meet them in person. This year’s FABlogcon was just that – I got to meet my favorite food allergy bloggers in person. I was also happy to be able to meet Jerome Bettis, after interviewing him on Skype last summer as well as a multitude of food manufacturers. This was the second year of the FABlogcon, the food allergy blogger’s conference which was started by Jenny Sprague and Homa Woodrum.
I was honored to have been asked to speak on a panel that included Kyle Dine, Dr. Dave Stukus, Kristin Kauke, and Maya Trimner about raising a multiple food allergic child and teaching her about intimacy. (In my next post, I will put my entire speech up for all to see.)
A good amount of time was spent with Lynda Mitchell, one of this year’s FAB pioneer award recipients, who I have known for the past 16 years, first as the moderator of POFAK, creator of Kids With Food Allergies and now – after the merger of KFA and AAFA – its Vice President. Lynda’s background in public health, her experience working in hospitals, as well as her multiple food allergic and asthmatic son, prepared her for what has become her career in creating the only peer-to-peer web site supporting parents and caregivers with food allergies. Kids With Food Allergies forums are some of the best in the medical field and have received numerous awards. (Disclosure: I’m on the national board of AAFA (www.aafa.org)
I was thrilled to finally meet Linda Coss, who also received a pioneer award. She was one of the first write about of parenting a child with food allergies, and an excellent writer of many books on the subject, including cookbooks. Also in attendance was Colette Martin, blogger and author, Jules Sheppard of @thegfjules, author, baker, and advocate were there with their books, Debbie Adler of Sweet Debbie’s bakery in Los Angeles. Henry Ehrlich (Asthma Allergies Children) and Susan Weissman (Feeding Eden), also authors and advocates; Dr. Xiu-Min Li, who has created the pioneering chinese herbal tinctures, as well as Dr. Paul Ehrlich, (see also Asthma Children Allergies) an Allergist who created one of the first support groups in New York City for people with Asthma and Food Allergies. Dr. Ruchi Gupta, a Doctor who discovered that her child had food allergies, offered a refreshing perspective from both sides of the fence. And P.S., we ALL stare at our children while they’re eating, don’t we!? Also present was Ritesh Patel,(@ritters90) who tirelessly tried to educate bloggers in the way of the technical world, and in doing so, proved that he is truly a very patient man.
Not only were there amazing bloggers and advocates present at this year’s FABLOGcon, but there was one blogger who has decided to become a food manufacturer, Cybele Pascal. Cybele is tireless in her energy to produce the most delicious vegan, completely top 8 cookies called “Cybele’s Free to Eat”. Cybele defies categorization. She’s beautiful, talented, an excellent cookbook writer, blogger and now an entrepreneur. I have blogged about Cybele’s cookbook “Allergy Free and Easy Cooking” on this blog and I continue to be a big fan. Here’s a picture of her cookies in case you happen to be in a Whole Foods soon!
There were also so many others who were there – and I had such a wonderful time. It was a great pleasure to meet all of you and to connect in person.
If you were a blogger at FABlogcon and weren’t mentioned, please post in the comments below and I’ll add your blog links to the bottom of this post.
See you online soon!
Other food allergy bloggers who were there (and in a really, really random order!)
Kalia’s Blog: Gluten Free Life 24/7 http://glutenfreelife247.com
Caroline Moassessi’s Blog: The Greatful Foodie: http://www.gratefulfoodie.com
Sharon Wong’s Blog: http://www.nutfreewok.com
Keely McGuire’s Blog: http://www.keeleymcguire.com/
Gina Mennett Lee: http://www.foodallergyconsulting.com/
Jenny Sprague’s Blog: https://MultipleFoodAllergyHelp.com
Tracy Bush’s Blog: http://www.allergyphoods.com
Donna DeCosta’s Blog: http://foodallergymomdoc.com/
Kathryn @ Mamacado’s Blog: http://www.Mamacado.com