Mixed Food Conference

Mountain Lake Lodge

Last year my friend Susan and I organized a food conference called Mixed. It’s a small boutique conference for approximately 100 food lovers bloggers that is held at Mountain Lake Lodge in Virginia. You might recognize it from the movie Dirty Dancing. If you haven’t seen the movie, stop reading right now and look it up on Netflix, or Amazon Prime (what would I do without that) and then come back when you’re done because you don’t want to miss out on this GIVEAWAY! Not to be pushy or anything (because I would never ever do that would I) but it is one of the best movies of all time right underneath Pitch Perfect of course. We will actually be showing both of those gems at the conference because we like to have just as much fun as we do learning. Mountain Lake Lodge | www.bellalimento.com

Last year we had an amazing time. One hundred bloggers and sponsors gathered together to learn, chat, make partnerships with brands, and make friends they never knew they needed. On top of a mountain (yes it really is), we learned, ate, played, ate and decorated. If you can believe it, this year looks to be even more amazing.  More sessions, more sponsors.  More opportunities to learn more about our blogging and food professions than ever.  Our speakers include:

  • Helene DuJardin and Tami Hardeman-Boutte are partnering for Photography & Food Styling.
  • Bree Hester is back sharing her tips for photo editing and she’s also taking Headshots!
  • Anna Lingeris, PR guru from Hershey’s will be there to speak on Working With Brands.
  • Lenny & Denise of Chez Us are back with tips and tools for Videography.
  • Andy Marzka of Adthrive is going to teach us about ad optimization.
  • Taylor Mathis (and his Tailgate Cookbook) are going to teach us about writing a cookbook.
  • Questions about food?  Food Integrity will be there to answer the tough questions.

For fun?  Join the experts from McCormick Kitchens and special guests Karen Tack and Alan Richardson, authors of Hello Cupcake!, to learn how to to take your baking to new heights with flavor and color!

and Dixie Crystals is having a sweet Sugar Suite – we’re making scrubs you’ll likely want to eat (but please don’t).


Speaking of eating! The multi-million dollar renovation this year at Mountain Lake Lodge didn’t stop at room makeovers (those beds you’re going to love them) they’ve been busy in the kitchen, too!  We’ll eat a LOT, it is a food conference after all. In addition to all of our meals, we’re throwing a fun Tailgate Party with Dreamfields winning Mac & Cheese, chicken wings, and of course – S’mores!

Mountain Lake Lodge www.bellalimento.com

Don’t forget your dancing shoes, Captain Morgan is back again to help us with our closing party and The Band Concord (so fantastic) will be churning out tunes. It’s not a party without presents is it?  We’ll have over 40 giveaways! Feeling lucky?

And SWAG worth the price of admission! If you’ve not bought your ticket…why not?  You can grab one here.   Or, you can win one, RIGHT NOW.  In fact, I am giving TWO away.  I’ll happily buy these two tickets…you just need to get yourself to Mixed and cover your hotel accommodation.

Paula & Susan | www.bellalimento.com


Sound like fun?

EDITED TO ADD: Thank you all for your entries. Contest has ended. Winners have been notified via email.

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GIVEAWAY!  One Golden Ticket to Mixed Food Conference, November 22-24, 2013 (estimated retail value $329 each)

  • Just leave me a comment telling me why you want to win OR that I look awesome in a hard hat (kidding no one looks good in a hard hat but we did have an aca-awesome time on the high ropes course at Treetop Adventures at Mountain Lake Lodge).

Please check your calendar to make sure that you are able to attend before commenting. Ticket covers conference admission, parties and your meals Friday – Sunday during conference hours.  YOU will be responsible for providing your own travel and covering your hotel accommodations. You must be 21 years of age or older to attend. Winner will be chosen randomly on November 8th, 2013 and notified via email. Winner has 24 hours to claim prize or an alternate winner will be drawn.



  1. 1

    Yes please! I was laid off around the time I was going to buy a ticket. I have a free airfare airline ticket so I’d definitely be up for this. My blog and I would both thank you!

  2. 2

    My ticket’s bought and I cannot wait to see you and Susan again… I’m just here to say you look fantastic in a hard hat!


  3. 3

    pick me! pick me! I had a great time last year!

  4. 4

    Of course you look awesome in that hard hat! Looks like a great conf!

  5. 5
    Lisa Bailey /

    I’d love to go to Mixed to learn from the best!

  6. 6

    You DO look awesome in that hard-hat. Also, I’d love to win because I love food and try to blog about it but could use tons of advice from such experts like Paula Jones! And the REAL reason is I’d love to eat some of your food that looks so delicious and just maybe going to this conference would boost my chances.

  7. 7

    I am dying to go to Mixed!! There is so much I want to learn and just to be surrounded by fellow bloggers would be a dream!

  8. 8

    Cute picture of you and Susan! I would love to go to Mixed!

  9. 9

    So many reasons I want to attend, but a weekend away right before my family arrives for Thanksgiving sounds perfect!

  10. 10

    I would love to attend to Mixed! After all who wouldn’t want to hang out with a fabulous group of food bloggers at an amazing location!

  11. 11

    What a wonderful, weekend you have planned!! I would so very much like to go, it would be a dream!

  12. 12

    I would love to attend Mixed! Don’t have a blog yet but have been trying to start one! I would love to hang out with all of you awesome bloggers and learn from them!

  13. 13
    Corisa /

    What a fun trip that would be ! I’d love to win a mini vacation!

  14. 14

    Oh I would LOVE to win this, what a fun weekend and time with new friends!

  15. 15

    I’ve been wanting to attend a food blogging conference for a long time, but the schedule and cost has just never worked for me. The weekend of Mixed just happens to be blissfully open and I would LOVE to attend a smaller conference where I can hang with lots of other bloggers!

  16. 16

    i would love to win and you both looks so cute in your hats!

  17. 17

    Oh, I’d love to go back! If I won a ticket, I’d totally ditch my prior engagement I have that weekend- I mean, it would only be right to do so.

  18. 18

    I want to win because I had so much fun last year and want to go back!

  19. 19

    You both look great in that hat!! I really would love to attend Mixed because I’d love to meet the amazing bloggers that attend and learn from the talented speakers. My student budget doesn’t allow for conferences right now so winning will be perfect!

  20. 20

    I’ve heard so many good things about this conference, a free ticket would be just the push I need to attend. Getting to meet amazing bloggers and brands (especially Hersheys!)Yeah, I’d dig into my blog fund for the airline and hotel! Fingers crossed! And you do look pretty awesome in that hard hat!

  21. 21

    I’d love to go!! It would be wonderful to meet and hang with fabulous bloggers. Learning all about blogging will be a great bonus 🙂

  22. 22

    I’d like to win because I’ve never been able to afford to go to a blogging conference. It’d be great to go to one just for food bloggers as well! Thanks so much for offering this great giveaway.

  23. 23

    I have heard amazing things about the Mixed Conference! I started blogging this year and have so much to learn – this conference would be priceless! Plus I just moved to southwestern Virginia so it would give me a perfect excuse to explore the state a little more. Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway.

  24. 24

    An excuse to hang out with a bunch of foodies for the weekend? Sign me up. I will even lie, errr… ummm… embellish the fact that you look stunning in a helmet.

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