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You may have noticed it’s been quiet around here for the past week. I have been one busy bee. I just got back from Camp Blogaway and tomorrow I’m headed to Eat Write Retreat followed immediately by a trip to California to work with CA Strawberries. It’s a very hectic time and I love it. I am one lucky girl to be traveling to all of these cool events. Before I head back out of town, I’m eager to tell you about a very special trip I took last week to New York. I was lucky enough to be selected by Anna Curran from Cookbook Create to attend a special tour of the test kitchens at Bon Appetit, The Daily Meal and Food52

We began our tour at Bon Appetit headquarters where we met Food Editor Dawn Perry, Web Editor Matt Gross, Restaurant and Drinks Editor, Andrew Knowlton and Editor in Chief, Adam Rapoport.

Non Appetit

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They told us a bit about the daily operations at Bon Appetit and how the recipe testing process works (I was dying inside; what a dream job!) Their test kitchens consist of one large room with numerous small kitchens that represent the environment where readers will most likely prepare the recipes. There’s no fancy equipment here. They want to know exactly how magazine readers will experience cooking the food. Recipes are tested anywhere from 3 to 12 (!) times until perfected or occasionally nixed.

Bon Appetit

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We then had a chance to see their gorgeous demo kitchen where we were treated to horseradish deviled eggs (amazing), fresh pea hummus crostini with pea tendril garnish and homemade ginger ale. I loved listening to Andrew Knowlton describe what it’s like to be a professional restaurant critic. Such an interesting job!

Food Tour NYC

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Next we headed over to The Daily Meal headquarters (let me just tell you- getting 15+ excited, gabbing food bloggers onto the NYC metro system is no joke). There we were able to meet Executive Director Coleman Andrews, Executive Editor Arthur Bovino, Video Producer Ali Rosen, Executive Director of Community Development Sharon Gitelle, Cook Editor Anne Dolce and several others from The Daily Meal team.

The Daily Meal

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They showed us around their test kitchen where videos are often made for the website. We were treated to wine as well as Sautéed Fava Beans and Greens. Simple to make and very flavorful. It was interesting to hear about their process for creating what sounded like a massive amount of quality website content involving recipe development, video production and writing articles. While visiting the test kitchen, many of us contributed to a video with tips for blogging. Check it out!

The Daily Meal

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Next we walked over to Food52 to see their gorgeous new office space and test kitchen. Meeting Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs was such a treat for me. And can I just say how jealous I am of that workspace? Look at those windows! The natural light is to die for and the kitchen is absolutely elegant. So much thought was put into little details such as the custom wood shelving and marble countertops. I don’t mean this to sound like a sales pitch- I was really in awe of how lovely everything was.


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While we chatted with Merrill about the day to day operations at Food52, two of the editors prepared for us a light, smooth pea soup with garlic cream and pickled ramps. It was wonderful and I can’t wait to get my hands on the recipe. I’ve been a fan of Food52 for such a long time and I loved hearing about how the website was developed and how it has evolved over the years. I was in total fangirl mode and it was such a joy to be there.


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That about sums it up! Thanks so much to Anna, Leiti and Emily from Cookbook Create (check out their site for custom cookbooks). Thanks to our gracious hosts at Bon Appetit, The Daily Meal and Food52. Also, thanks to all of the other food bloggers in attendance! It was wonderful to meet everyone. Please take a moment to visit their sites!

Caroline from Taste Love & Nourish (my new bestie)
Alejandra from Always Order Dessert
Melinda from Kitchen Tested
Amie from The Healthy Apple
Carrie from Poet in the Pantry
Heidi from Brooklyn Allergy Mom
Diana from Appetite for China
Kimberly from Foodie City Mom
Daina from The Hungry Fan
Jen from Champagne Problems
Lisa from Nutcase Crunch
Mary from Love the Secret Ingredient
Sloane from Allergic Girl
Clay from UltraClay (our awesome photographer)

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  1. Such a cute post with amazing pictures! I loved meeting you and hope to see you again in NYC soon. Have a fabulous summer!

  2. Whew, you’ve been busy! Take a moment to breathe before you hop on off to the next event! It was so lovely meeting you last week–I’m sorry it didn’t work out for dinner after. See you at Big Summer Potluck!

  3. whaaat?! I’m so jealous!! This looked like so much fun!! I love touring test kitchens and NYC is such a fun city :) you’re definitely a busy bee but since it’s your passion, definitely doesn’t feel like work!

  4. First, let me address the “bestie” part…AWWWWW! :) The feeling is mutual! Loved this post…you recapped and described the day perfectly! I’m so glad you found all of those recipe links! I’d love to make them myself! Enjoy your busy week ahead!

  5. How can you possibly come down to earth after all this? Great photos, too. I’m so jealous :)

  6. So jealous!! This looks like an amazing time! You are doing so much right now, that is awesome! I would kill for these opportunities! Way to go you! I am so happy for you!

  7. This looks incredible! I didn’t even know you were doing this! Then again, in between Camp BA, EWR, and a trip to CA for strawberries, I can hardly keep it all straight! In a great way, of course! So exciting to have all these great things going on! And a Bon Appetit test kitchen tour would be amazing!!!!! WOW!!!

  8. That day looks so fun! Love all the behind the scenes shenanigans.

  9. Hi Jennifer! If you’re coming back to Cali for strawberries, you will likely be in my neighborhood! Loved the post. Sounds like you’ve been and continue to be very busy. I love your tip in the “Tips for Blogging” video. Very true.

  10. How fun was this?! What an absolute treat to visit these places!! Loved your recap, all the food sounds amazing.

  11. What a fun event! So nice to be able to put name to faces in real life. Enjoy the conference!

  12. So fun, Jennifer! I loved reading your take on this tour, looks like it was huge fun and I LOVE the advice you gave in the video…spot on! :)

  13. Wow! What an amazing opportunity. Thanks for sharing. I would love to do stuff like this! Have fun during your travels :)

  14. What a fun trip! I’d love to see those kitchens too!

  15. Jennifer,
    It was great to finally meet you at Camp Blogaway! I am glad you are this deliciously busy and enjoyed reading your recap:) We’ll welcome you back to California:) Have fun! XOXO

  16. What a great experience! Thanks for sharing.

  17. Ashley @ Baker by Nature says:

    Whoa! You have been a busy bee! But what fun ways to stay active! Have a fun weekend, love.

  18. What a great recap! It was so much fun seeing how beautiful and different all the kitchens were. Have fun at Eat Write Retreat and hope to see you again at another food even!

  19. Touring Bon Appetit sounds like such a dream!

  20. I’m green (like that pretty pea soup) with envy!!! What a dream experience! Wish I can get a taste of that one day! I see that you met Matt Gross, too! I’ve been a big fan of his since he was writing about travel, and now food!

  21. Sounds like a great and informative trip! Can’t wait to hear about your other adventures!

  22. I love hanging out with bloggers! We always seem to have the most fun :D

  23. What an amazing and fun trip!

  24. Looks like you had a great time! Safe travels back home, Jen!

  25. If there really is such a thing as good envy, I´m having it by the millions now. Such a fantastic day Jen!

  26. What a fun experience! This looks like it was just wonderful. Thanks for sharing, Jennfier!

  27. I love NYC!! This looks like it was a blast!!

  28. Jackiie Blades says:

    I know you had a ball. New York City has a Great Food Family. I work in NYC. I’m lovin’ everyday at work.. Going to a Trade Show next month.

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