With only 14 tickets left for #FBC2013 with 2 months to go, we are confident that Canada's first ever food blog conference will be a sellout and an absolute not to miss event! To date, we've announced an incredible line-up of speakers and we're proud to add to that list!
Corey Mintz – Author, Restaurant Critic and Ultimate Dinner Host
Joining our Publishing panel with Charmian Christie and Emily Richards will be Corey Mintz who is best known from the dinner parties he hosts in his home for his popular Toronto Star column, "Fed." Before that he was a restaurant critic and before that he worked for a living, as a cook. In the past two years, he has hosted 150 dinner parties. He began without napkins or stemware, serving wine out of Nutella jars. But after hosting politicians, artists, academics, monkeys, librarians, chefs, sommeliers, cops, lawyers, psychologists, a spy, a forager, a rabbi, a gambler, a drug addict, and a mayor, he’s become a pro. His first book, How To Host A Dinner Party, will be published in May 2013 and it will feature recipes, anecdotes, expert analysis, and an endless bounty of how-to tips. It is the essential guide to perfecting the art of welcoming people into your home. And every attendee of FBC2013 will be receiving a copy of Corey's book thanks to the generosity of his publisher, House of Anansi Press! And yes, that is a small sneak peek into FBC2013 swag!
Dianne Jacob – Author and Food Writer
Our other addition to the publishing panel needs no introduction to the food writing world. We have already announced Dianne Jacob's will be at FBC2013 and we're thrilled she'll be pulling double duty. In addition to her own session, Dianne will sit on the panel and can speak to virtually any question that is tossed her way when it comes to publishing. Dianne is the author of Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Reviews, Memoir, and More. The first edition won the Cordon D’Or International award for Best Literary Food Reference Book in 2005. The second edition won the Gourmand World Cookbook Award in 2010 for best book in the USA in its category.
Her blog Will Write for Food: Pithy Snippets about Food Writing, covers food writing trends and technique. The New York Times, Publishers’ Weekly, Chow, Eater, BlogHer, and Food52 News have picked up her posts. She started the blog in 2009 as a way to update her book, which features an extensive chapter on food blogging.
Dianne is also co-author of the cookbook Grilled Pizzas & Piadinas, with chef Craig Priebe, and she edits cookbooks for national publishers and individuals.
Previously a newspaper, magazine, and publishing company editor-in-chief, Dianne became a full-time writing coach, author, and freelance editor in 1996. She coaches writers across the US, Canada, Europe and Asia on writing and publishing books, freelance articles, and blogs. She also edits manuscripts and has helped people go through the publishing process.
Dianne judges books for the James Beard Foundation and for the International Association of Culinary Professionals annual cookbook awards. She has also been a judge for the Bert Greene Award for Food Journalism. A feature she wrote about food blogs was a finalist for a Bert Greene award in 2007.
She has written feature articles for Salon.com, Sunset, Clean Eating, Gastronomica, and Writer’s Digest.
Dianne has taught classes on food writing for more than 12 years, including at the Smithsonian Institute and UCLA’s Journalism Department. For five years she ran the Food Writing Symposium at Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA. She has been a featured speaker at BlogHer and BlogHer Food, the International Food Blogger Conference, Food Blog South, and at the International Association of Culinary Professionals’ annual conference.