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Food Wine Conference 2017 vs. All Other Conferences #FWCon

As a full-time teacher, I’ve been to my fair share of meetings and conferences. However, none of those “professional,” career-oriented conferences have ever compared to Food Wine Conference 2017.  No, I have NEVER been to a conference quite like this. Friends At most, if not all, of the conferences I’ve been to, attendees may know …

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#SundaySupper Small Bites for Entertaining: Sausage Stuffed Jalapenos

This week’s Sunday Supper Event is a Live! event at Tapa Toro on International Drive in Orlando. Tapa Toro combines “contemporary, Spanish cuisine with a vibrant, energetic atmosphere”. Their unique paella pit, where chefs prepare the most awesomely gigantic pan of paella imaginable, vibrant tapas menu, and extensive selection of imported wines is a perfect date night …

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#BerryDelish Cocktails: Marriage Made in Heaven Craft Cocktail

When we hear “cocktail,” most people think liquor and some type of mixer, and sadly, no one ever thinks of beer as a first ingredient in a phenomenal cocktail. However, that’s the furthest thing from the truth. With the growing popularity of craft beer, creatively mixing beer cocktails is becoming more and more mainstream, and …

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#BerryDelish Cocktail: Triple Berry Cosmo-Rita with 3Daughters Key Lime Cider 

When challenged with creating a cocktail using Wish Farms berries, I knew that I needed to stay true to my roots and true to my palate.  I knew that I needed a simple drink that was easy to prepare, but one that could wow a crowd.  My solution…create a hybrid–marry together two famous cocktails in …

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Opportunity Awaits at Food Wine Conference 2017 #FWCon

If a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade. Tom Peters Last year, when I was given the opportunity to attend Food Wine Conference and work as a Brand Ambassador for the Florida Strawberry Growers Association, every fiber in my body wanted to run–run as far and as fast as I could possibly …

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Everything I Need to Know, I Learned at #FWCon 2016

After attending a weekend conference as jam packed as Food Wine Conference was, one should take time to carefully digest all that was learned, organize business card collections, sort swag bag hauls, and reflect on the overall experience. Attendees should examine and contemplate the true beauty of photography, the universal importance of Tweets and Likes, the …

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Crab Enchilado Empanadas with Avacado Cream #SundaySupper

As a kid, I hated how and where I grew up. Like most kids, I didn’t appreciate the routines, the rituals, the storybook setting, the food, the things that now, as an adult, I “get it.” As I began preparing this recipe, I’m reminded of the afternoons of my mom sitting with bowls of steamed crabs …

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#FWCon Keynote Speaker Announced

Talk about exciting!!!! Not only do I get to attend my first Food Wine Conference next month in Orlando, but the keynote speaker is none other than a Food Network star. Food Network star, acclaimed chef, restaurateur and lifestyle brand, Donatella Arpaia is the keynote speaker for 2016 Food Wine Conference!  

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Finding My Passion at the Food Wine Conference 2016 #FWCon

When I graduated college, I had dreams of being the greatest thing the field of education had ever seen.  I would take under-performing, uninspired kids and turn them into driven, awe-inspiring students.  Obviously, I’d seen too many Stand & Deliver, Dangerous Minds, and Dead Poets Society style movies. It only took a couple of years …

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