I Won the Golden Pine Cone Award!

by Dorothy Reinhold on June 3, 2013

Print This Post Print This Post Dorothy Reinhold of Shockingly Delicious wins Golden Pine Cone Award at Camp Blogaway 2013

One of the pleasures of being a food writer is meeting up with other like-minded bloggers at conferences.

We’re all in the same tribe — obsessed with food, delicious flavors and inventive combinations, while we keep an eye out for nutrition, the best of the season and new trends.

My favorite food conference, by far, is Camp Blogaway, a bootcamp for food and recipe bloggers, held yearly in the San Bernardino mountains at a charming place called Camp de Benneville Pines. The bloggers who go there are among the nicest people I’ve met –routinely smart, clever, ambitious and exactly the kind of folks you’d want to hang around with in a gorgeous mountain setting.

While there, we learn about  photography, food styling, SEO, working with corporations and PR pros, we share success stories, ideas for self marketing, and best practices for writing, editing and publishing. We also share s’mores, good food and wine, because hey, we’re food bloggers and we’re not going anywhere without good grub.

I just returned from my fourth Camp Blogaway, and — surprise! — I got the coveted Golden Pine Cone award!

Golden Pine Cone Winners photographed by Christina PetersI am flattered and honored to be the fourth recipient of this homespun award for the attendee who most exemplifies the spirit of Camp Blogaway. Pictured above are all of us — from left, moi, Andrew Wilder, Mimi “Avocado” Holtz, and Rachael Hutchings shown in absentia on the ipad.

Golden Pine Cone Award The Golden Pine Cone has been placed on my mantel, where all can admire it. I also appreciate the $50 gift card from Bob’s Red Mill that came with it.

Cheers to everyone who made camp so great this year, and I raise a toast to Fearless Leader Patti Londre for creating such a warm, welcoming, productive atmosphere conducive to learning and clarity.

Camp Blogaway attendees 2013 on Shockingly DeliciousNext year’s camp is May 16-18. Mark your calendar right now, and get on the emailing list to get notified when sign-ups open in January. You won’t want to miss this!

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Lentil Breakdown June 15, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Cone-gratulations! You truly are deserving!


Dorothy Reinhold June 15, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Thanks! Can always count on YOU for witticism!


Patricia@FreshFoodinaFlash June 12, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Dorothy, you were the perfect person to get this award. Both at camp and all through the year, Dorothy gives so much to us food bloggers, the food blogging world and inspires us with her excellent journalism skills.


Dorothy Reinhold June 12, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Very kind of you to say so. Thank you!


Christina @ChristinasCucina June 11, 2013 at 8:40 am

You SO had that coming to you! 😉 Very deserving award, Dorothy!


Dorothy Reinhold June 11, 2013 at 10:36 am

Thank you! I truly had no idea.


Laura @ Family Spice June 9, 2013 at 7:42 am

Well deserved, my friend!!!


Dorothy Reinhold June 10, 2013 at 7:07 am

Thank you! It was truly such a surprise to me, and I was so gratified. I love Camp Blogaway!


Valentina June 8, 2013 at 9:32 pm

I love this, and it makes me wish I’d been there even more than I already did. So true, such a warm and welcoming group of like-minded peeps.


Dorothy Reinhold June 10, 2013 at 7:13 am

We missed you, and you MUST come next year!


Nancy Rose Eisman June 8, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Shockingly well deserved. Congrats Dorothy!


Dorothy Reinhold June 10, 2013 at 7:13 am

Thank you. So sweet of you to say that.


Mimi June 8, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Congratulations to you, Dorothy! You are so right about Camp Blogaway…it truly is one of the best blogging events ever. You so deserve this award!


Dorothy Reinhold June 10, 2013 at 7:14 am

Thank you! Coming from a past winner, that means a lot!


The Wimpy Vegetarian June 5, 2013 at 4:05 pm

I should go to this one of these years. My close friend Liz (the Chef) loves it and has talked about it for the last couple of years. Many congrats on the Pine Cone Award. We haven’t met (yet), but I’m not at all surprised you received this award 🙂


Dorothy Reinhold June 5, 2013 at 6:06 pm

You MUST come to Camp Blogaway in 2014! DEFINITELY!


Cathy @ She Paused 4 Thought June 4, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Congratulations… you deserved it! Thanks for all you did behind the scenes. I love that your hard work has been awarded!


Dorothy Reinhold June 4, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Thank you! I really enjoyed making a contribution to the program this year.


sippitysup June 4, 2013 at 8:50 am

Congrats! XOGREG


Dorothy Reinhold June 4, 2013 at 11:38 am

Thanks Greg! We missed you at camp this year!


Amy @ VineSleuth Uncorked June 4, 2013 at 7:38 am

Well done on winning the coveted Golden Pinecone award and thanks for all you did for the conference. I had a fantastic time meeting so many inspiring and creative writers and I appreciate all you did to make it happen. 🙂


Dorothy Reinhold June 4, 2013 at 8:18 am

How nice of you to say that! Thank you!


sallybr June 4, 2013 at 7:26 am

Sounds like an amazing event! And major congrats for your prize, well deserved!!!!


Dorothy Reinhold June 4, 2013 at 7:29 am

Please consider coming next year! It is such a fun conference!


Salinya June 3, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Looks like a great way to get away. And congratulations on the award!


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