So that was the game plan. A lot of learning and delicious food. Some attendees were Female Foodie contributors, others were newcomers to photography and blogging, and some just wanted to have a good time and spend a weekend in Portland. I learned a LOT and my main takeaways were: 1) I don’t love teaching 24/7 for an entire weekend. So much respect to my friend Emmy who loves teaching and demonstrating all weekend long at her retreats, but for me this was not a good fit. 2) It was really difficult for me to plan a team retreat in a city that I had only been to once with very limited connections, and 3) At the end of the day, my retreat attendees wanted more down time to relax and get to know each other.
I avoided the thought of putting on a retreat in 2017 because it was so difficult and time consuming to plan the previous year, but then the thought came into my mind- what if I did it completely different? Just a relaxed weekend of delicious food, fun, and lots of team bonding time. And this go round just for Female Foodie contributors only. I sent out a message to my team and got an immediate positive response. Game on.
Day Onecheck out our Airbnb– highly recommend. It was so fun to meet my team members in person, several of which live in different states. We have interacted a lot online but there is something extra special about interacting in the flesh and spending more than just a few minutes together.Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana, a long time favorite of mine. You better believe they’re one of the best restaurants in downtown SLC and furthermore on my list of Top 10 Restaurants in Salt Lake City. It simply cannot be missed. original pizzerias you can still eat at today in Italy. He mentioned requirements to become a VPN pizzeria, how to make a perfect pizza, and by the end our hot pizzas arrived just in time for us to take copious amounts of photos- the start of a great weekend.Cake by Courtney. 1) She is the goddess of all things cake. 2) If you haven’t checked out her recipes you must visit her blog now (try not to lick your screen) and start planning. 3) When I polled the retreat attendees with a list of options for workshops, and Courtney was on the list, it was unanimous that literally everyone wanted her to be a part of our weekend.you now know where to go for a great cake recipe and this Biscoff cake was literally to die for. We loved spending the evening with Courtney! The first evening was wrapped up with a slice of cake for everyone, more snacks, and lots of girl talk.
Day #2 of the Female Foodie Retreat began at the Salt Lake City Farmers Market. It was fun to have the combination of both SLC locals who knew their way around, and out-of-towners who hadn’t been before. Our SLC Farmers Market is a nice medium-sized market with a great slew of food vendors, crafts, produce, and lots of eclectic “musicians” if you will.Raclette Machine. Their website explains it all perfectly. “Raclette: French for scraped. A traditional alpine dish made of melted cheese scraped right onto a plate of potatoes, bread, pickles, and cured meat. Raclette Machine is a mobile food service bringing this classic European Dish to SLC, Utah.” Thankfully they had whipped up a breakfast sandwich combining their melted cheese with egg, prosciutto, and arugula for the combination of the century. I shared a fun video of the assembly of this beautiful breakfast sandwich on instagram, of course.Lick’d Pops at our Female Foodie Retreat. Another favorite local Utah company and literally the best popsicles I have had in my life! Some of the flavors we enjoyed included coconut dark chocolate, grapefruit & honey, and banana cream pie. #cometomamaCafe Rio catering! It was delicious and so incredibly seamless from ordering to confirming all of the details, to pickup and setup. We enjoyed enchiladas which came with chips, two salsas, house dressing, beans, rice, and pico de gallo with lettuce.Swig, Utah’s favorite soda & sweet shop (especially for peeps like me who are always on the go). We loved using their new catering services- they delivered everything to our Airbnb including soda, all of the mix-ins, PELLET ICE, cups, lids, straws, a guide to their drink recipes, plenty of napkins and homemade cookies. My current favorites are the classic sugar and chocolate coconut pecan so those were the two that they brought! It was so easy and FUN to make our own drinks (don’t ask me how many I had) especially on such a hot summer day.Top 10 Places to Eat in Salt Lake City– Spitz! There area few places in SLC for delicious Mediterranean cuisine but Spitz conquers them all. They have so many incredible menu options- my favorite is unquestionably the Street Cart Fries (sweet potato fries please) with mixed meat. The rotisserie cooked meat combined with fresh vegetables, warm fries, and homemade sauces is truly delectable.
- Think of something you love for $10 or less
- Purchase three of those items (all the same)
- Bring all three to the gift exchange in a bag (unwrapped)
- Share/show your favorite item and draw names for three people who will go home with that item
- Everyone will walk away with three favorites from friends
It was soooo fun to see what everyone brought. A lot of food themed gifts and nothing was the same! I gave epsom salts, my favorite dry shampoo, and my favorite burts bees chapstick (grapefruit FTW). #treatyoself