Way back in October, I spent a Saturday afternoon joining a quite large group of local Philly food bloggers for my first ever public blogger event.  Sponsored by Philly Homegrown and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp, they brought us all to a lovely restaurant in the middle of Center City, R2L (which you see pictured above, with its awesome crazy sculpture made of silverware), with SPECTACULAR views on the 37th floor of a high rise, and a view of Ben Franklin’s rear end that one would not normally expect to find at an upscale restaurant.  :)

(see what I mean?!)

 

I took J with me in an attempt to avoid prolonged and excruciating social awkwardness (score one on that! — we even managed, through our combined efforts, to have multiple congenial conversations with strangers!) and also as my taste tester, since I figured I probably wouldn’t be able to eat any of the food they served — and I was pretty much right — although one of the waiters did kindly bring me a sauceless tuna skewer, so I did get to try something.  It’s kind of hard to be picky about food allergies when people are giving you the food for free tho!

However, we’re definitely thinking we might take J’s parents there next time they visit, because the wine selection looked seriously amazing, and, well, did I mention the view?  (Also they seem to have a specialization with sushi/sashimi — and I do love me some fresh raw fish …)

The whole point of the get-together was to take part in a short workshop on food photography, which I feel like I am a complete novice at.  And I definitely learned a couple of really handy tips, which I’m hoping will improve the photographs you see on this blog in the future.  I’m always drooling over food blogger’s photographs, like at my high school friend’s The Foodie Method, and I know that a big step in improving my photos is going to be a better camera … but that’s definitely not happening right now — both because I’m not ready to make that kind of financial investment, and I also don’t have the time currently to learn how to use it!  In the meantime, I’ve got a few new ideas to make my point-n-clicker work to its maximum potential.  Here’s a sample shot I took from the workshop:

… not my best work, but not half bad, right?

 

But I mentioned a giveaway, now didn’t I?  …

They gave us a little bag of goodies at the end of the workshop, and I thought I would pass them on to you, my readers!  (We got two, since J attended as well, so there’ll be two identical sets of the prize awarded.)

Here’s the Philly-themed prize pack we’re giving away:

(An apron, a beer cozy–also good for kombucha bottles!, and a Philly notepad and pen.)

I really think the apron is quite cool — and very representative of one thing we really love about Philly — that we did not have a difficult time setting up long-standing relationships with a variety of farmers in the area who provide us with nourishing foods — if anything, it has been challenging to decide between all the options available!  But I’m lucky if I remember to wear the apron I have hanging in my kitchen EVER, so it’s not like I’m wearing holes in it and need a new one or anything!  Ha!

 

Here are several options for how to enter, one entry per option per person (Please make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry!):

Unfortunately, since I’m going to mail these out myself (and I apologize to all my non-US readers!), this giveaway will have to be limited to persons with addresses in the US. 

 

1) Subscribe to updates from my blog (on the sidebar at left, under “Subscribe Via Email), and leave a comment below that you did.  (If you’re already subscribed, simply leave a comment below that you are.)

2)  Blog about Yolks, Kefir, and Gristle, or any of my posts, and link back.  Comment below with the link to your post.  (Your blog post must date after 12/6/2011.)

3)  Follow me on Twitter and tweet about any of my posts.  Comment below to tell me that you followed and tweeted.  (Your tweet must date after 12/6/2011.)

4)  Like my page on Facebook.  Comment below that you “liked” my page.  (If you already like my page, simply leave a comment below that you do.)

5)  Tag Yolks, Kefir, & Gristle in a post to your friends/followers on Facebook.  Comment below that you tagged.  (Your tag must date after 12/6/2011.)

6)  Email 5 friends about Yolks, Kefir, & Gristle (or a particular post on Yolks, Kefir, & Gristle), cc’ing me at yolkskefirandgristle {at} gmail ^dot^ com, and comment below that you emailed.  (Your email must date after 12/6/2011.)

7)  Stumble a post from Yolks, Kefir, & Gristle, and leave a comment below that you did.  (Stumble must date after 12/6/2011.)

8)  Pin a post from Yolks, Kefir, & Gristle on Pinterest, and leave a comment below with a link to your pin.  (Pin must be placed after 12/6/2011.)

 

This contest will end on 12/13/2011 at 11:59 EST.  The winner will be chosen via random.org.  The winner will be announced on 12/14/2011 on this blog.  Winner will have 48 hours to contact me at yolkskefirandgristle {at} gmail ^dot^ com with his or her full name and address.  No purchase necessary to win.

 

Good luck, and thanks to the lovely people at Philly Homegrown for all the goodies!

 

This post is part of Healthy2Day Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, Simple Lives Thursday, Pennywise Platter Thursday, Fight Back Friday, Freaky Friday, TGIF Giveaway Linky, Fantastic Friday Giveaway Linky, Friday Giveaway Linkup, Giveaway Linky 12/9, TGIF Linkys, Freebie Friday Link-up, In it to Win it, Blog Giveaway Roundup, Round em Up Friday, Friday Giveaway Roundup, Sunday School, Monday Mania, Traditional Tuesdays, and Fat Tuesday.

 

 

Oh, and PS:  I moderate all comments, so if you’ve never left a comment before, no worries that it doesn’t show up right away — I’ll approve it next time I log on, and it will count — just check back in a few hours or the next day, and if it isn’t up yet, please let me know!

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14 Responses to Giveaway: Who’s Your Farmer?

  1. Jon says:

    I am an email subscriber

  2. Jon says:

    I liked you on FB

  3. Tami Lewis says:

    i repinned your pic of kefir

  4. Jenn says:

    I Subscribed Via Email!

    Thanks!
    Jenn from How to Make Hair Bows
    learnquilling@gmail.com

  5. Jenn says:

    I liked Yolks, Kefir, and Gristle on FB!

    Thanks!
    Jenn from How to Make Hair Bows
    learnquilling@gmail.com

  6. BlessedCP says:

    Hi There!
    I subscribe to your updates. Thank you!

  7. BlessedCP says:

    I like you on Facebook. Thanks a bunch!

  8. Elizabeth B. says:

    Thanks for the mention! I love the food styling on the picture you took in the workshop. Delicious!

  9. Sonia Shapiro says:

    I like your yolk site so much. I just started on the GAPS intro diet a few days ago. I have lots of equipment to buy and I decided to order the Amazon stuff through your site to support you and the kefir you live on. Thanks. (and I just became a subscriber)

    • Megh says:

      Oh, thank you Sonia! I’m so very sorry that it’s taken me this long to find your comment — you left it right towards the beginning of my (somewhat unintentional) blogging sabbatical this spring, and I’m so sad I missed it until now! Thank you for supporting the site, it really does make a difference and cuts a bit out of my web hosting fees. I hope that you’re still enjoying the blog and will be coming back for new posts now that I’m back at things. How’s GAPS going? I hope that you’re having good results.

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