Food Events


I am pleased to present the judges for the Does My Blog Look Good in This? April 2010 Edition.  We have a panel of judges from across the globe, collectively bringing together over 10 years of food blogging experience.  I highly admire every one of these blogs, so want to thank each of these food artists for giving their time and expertise.

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A native of Brittany, Dominique is intrinsically passionate about food.  Her passion first and foremost is French food.  She particularly enjoys creating flavoursome dishes with the array of foods abundant in the Breton region – seafood, vegetables, buckwheat flour, sea salt caramel.  Her culinary taste buds are not limited to her native France.  She has traveled extensively throughout the world – Indonesia, Japan, China, Morocco, Greece and Australia – savouring all the local food offerings available.  She captures her local and international food journeys on her blog, De vous à moi.

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Fresh is the dessert journal of El, a self-taught baker, writer and photographer who has a penchant for quality ingredients, artistic presentation and hand crafted desserts.  A native New Englander, El loves local farms and orchards, historic homes, fresh cut flowers, fine chocolate and everything French.  She holds two advanced degrees, has an incredible husband who makes homemade bread and puff pastry and together they are fixing up and decorating their Victorian home.  El is an advocate of locally grown fresh food and believes that what and how we eat is a reflection of who we are.

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Though Giao began her career as a management consultant for Fortune 500 clients, she’s always had a deep love for good design, and for good food. After pouring blood, sweat and tears into a two year remodel, Giao stepped foot into her new kitchen and never left.  Her food is simple, seasonal, local and organic whenever possible. She’s transferred her passion of interior design into web design and photography –with an etsy store and web design shop in the works, so stay tuned. Until then, she chronicles her homemade culinary adventures at Kiss My Spatula.

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Mowie comes from a long line of German bakers and grew up in a whirlwind of flour, sugar, and spices.  He remembers falling in love with baking, seeing it as some form of alchemy, an almost magical hobby, and after my first successful attempt at an apple cake at the age of 8, he was hooked.  Now Mowie bakes as often as possible always trying to use organic, fair-trade, seasonal and local ingredients whenever possible.  Photography was a natural creative extension of baking.  When Mowie picked up his first digital camera, everything seemed to fall into place.  The blog Mowielicious was born.

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I will also be providing input on the judging front as well.  Please keep those submissions coming.  For detail on how to enter, click here.

Entries must be received by April 20, 2010.

:: Julia ::

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As much as I welcome the pure, unadorned technical depth of detail in some cookbooks and recipes (think Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and the like), I do enjoy the seduction of cookbooks, magazines and blogs with their mouth-watering food photography.  Like many of you, I could curl up with a pile of reading paraphernalia, and pour over lip-smacking imagery of food all day and all night.

Over the last 12 months, I have entered a handful of Does My Blog Look Good In This (DMBGLIT) events — a monthly food photography event for food bloggers and food photographers everywhere.

For all the time that past hosts and judges have donated for this event, I am truly appreciative.  (Check out the winners from last month at Susan’s blog The Well Seasoned Cook.)  So as my way of contribution, I am proud to announce I am hosting the April 2010 Edition of DMBLGIT.

Special thanks to Andrew of Spittoon and Spittoon Extra for managing this popular event, as well as allowing me the opportunity to host this month.  (If you are interested in hosting the event, please email Andrew with “DMBLGIT Host” as the subject.)

The judges have been selected (to be announced in a separate post), and the gallery is awaiting your very best food photos posted to your blogs in March 2010.

I look forward to seeing all your images.  Start sending them through!

Judging

Photographs are reviewed by a panel of judges, who score them in three categories: edibility, aesthetics, and originality. The host then compiles the scores to determine the winners. The specific things the judges will be looking for are as follows:

- Aesthetics: composition, food styling, lighting, focus, etc.
- Edibility: “does the photo make us want to dive in and eat the food?”
- Originality: the photograph that catches our attention and makes us want to say “wow!”, displaying something we might not have seen before.
- Overall Winner: top overall scores in all three categories combined.

There are three overall winners for photographs with the highest point totals in all three categories combined, and one winner in each of the three individual categories.

Rules

- Only one entry per person (a single photograph, no diptychs)
- All pictures must be text free
- The photograph must have been taken by you
- The photograph must have appeared on your blog in March 2010
- Entries must be received by April 20, 2010

What do you have to do to join the event?

Send your entry to julia {at} melangerbaking {dot} com with DMBLGIT as the subject. Please include the following:

- Your name
- Your location
- Your blog’s name and URL
- Your photograph’s title
- The URL of the post containing the photograph
- Type of camera used, lens if you wish

Please send photos in an attachment to your email in a jpeg format, of no more than 500 pixels in width.

By submitting a photo, entrants agree to their photo being redisplayed and altered in size on Mélanger and on the Spittoon Extra DMBLGIT? page.

The complete details around Judging, Rules, and Submission Requirements can be found here.

Gallery

All submissions will be posted to the April 2010 DMBLGIT gallery, which will be updated as I receive entries. Please give me a few days to update the gallery with your submission.  And make sure yours is included once I start publishing them.  I look forward to your entries. Good luck!

:: Julia ::

dmblgit_blue-apr-2009A big thank you to Gine of i dolci fanno felici for hosting the April 2009 Edition of DMBLGiT (Does My Blog Look Good in This?) event.

Thank you also to the other judges this month – Marija from Palachinka, Ash from Butterflyfoodie, Celine from Have cake will travel and Y from Lemonpi.

My lavender macarons with lavender cream were awarded Overall 2nd Place.

There were many beautiful images in the running this month, and I am humbled to have won an award with so  many good-looking entries submitted.  Thank you!

(Make sure to check out all the other winners and entries.)