Working in media offers nice little perks along the way, like swag to sample, celebrity interview opportunities, and VIP luncheons where you meet face-to-face with company representatives and network with others in media. On top of all that, these events typically serve pretty good food, especially in my field of work.
A few weeks ago I attended and represented my client California Raisins at BlogHer Conference. California Raisins hosted a VIP luncheon for some of the biggest and brightest in the female blogging world. These events benefit companies by keeping them fresh in the minds of bloggers as they write story and recipe content, and also give them opportunities to share news and offer ideas on ways to use their products.
Here is an inside look. Note: I did not receive compensation to include California Raisins in this post.
Sponsored luncheons include recipes featuring the company’s product. The quality of food at media events ranges from the level of excellent restaurant quality down to mediocre. Fortunately, as the special guest, I was asked to select the menu, a request that needn’t be asked more than once. I can be a bit of a control freak when it comes to menu planning. The Marriott Marquis beautifully executed the recipes we provided, as my full and then empty plate proved.
I’ve made this curried chicken salad recipe before and couldn’t wait to eat it again.
This vegan quinoa salad was tossed with chickpeas, red bell pepper, raisins, apricot chutney, and fresh herbs. And it instilled hope in me that going vegan could actually be enjoyable.
I don’t know Jane, but I know that I loved eating Jane’s Orzo Salad with spinach, basil, orzo, feta cheese, pine nuts, raisins, and lemon vinaigrette.
Upon departing any VIP event, don’t forget to take a lovely swag bag if it’s been offered to you, like this canvas beach bag filled with a California Raisins plush toy, snack recipe, and other goodies.
California Raisins was so impressed by your raisin comments last time that they gave me an extra swag bag to give away to one lucky reader. So tell me, which of these recipes caught your fancy the most and why? Comments as entries will be accepted until the end of August 30, 2011. You may comment here or on Michelle’s Facebook page.
Estimated Calories: 947
The photos were taken by a very talented photographer, Melissa.
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