Check out who’s joining us for our 10th anniversary conference in New Orleans for #IFBC18 from August 24-26 on the IFBC Attendee List and get to know a featured #IFBC18 blogger below. Not yet registered? Don’t worry, there’s still time. Click the link to the right to sign-up today!
Featured #IFBC18 Blogger – Lauren McElwain
What’s the name of your blog?
1 Cooking Chick
What inspired you to become a food blogger?
The way food brings people together faster than anything else, inspired me to become a food blogger. I get really excited about creating new recipes, especially with vegetables. Cooking a meal and hosting friends in my home is my absolute favorite thing to do. I am passionate about building community over food.
What keeps you going as a food blogger?
The creativity and inspiration keeps me going. When I travel and taste an amazing dish, I love to come home and recreate my own version of it. When I taste the dishes made by my friends who are from other countries, the inspiration is there too.
What’s your greatest achievement to-date as a food blogger?
My greatest achievement to-date is the establishment of a community (Tupelo, MS) International cooking class group. It is called Cooking as a First Language and it seeks to break down barriers and build up community through cooking and sharing meals. Participants love sharing recipes and education about their home country with others. It is a way to welcome people into our community and celebrate their traditions with them.
What is your favorite kitchen gadget or appliance?
My favorite kitchen items are the hand-me-downs…the serving pieces that belonged to my grandmother that still have her address sticker on them because she took them to church meals…the serving spoon and pottery dish I found in a charity shop in Bermuda. Those items are precious to me.
What would you tell those just starting to blog or thinking about blogging?
I would ask them what they are passionate about and I would say do something about it! Write about it! Create and put it out there. If you can encourage or edify even one person with your story, then mission accomplished! You never know who you might connect with or inspire by sharing what you love.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“Inspire” and any other form of that word. I live life going from one inspiration to the next.
When and where were you happiest?
The first place that comes to mind is London. The way I felt every time I have visited, I’ve never felt in any other place. The vibe of that city just speaks to me.
Which talent would you most like to have?
Acting talent. I have a long-standing secret dream of becoming a real actor.
Where would you most like to live?
London. I am in love with that place.
Twitter: @LaurenMcElwain and @TupeloBloggers
Instagram: @1cookingchick, @cookingasafirstlanguage and @tupelobloggers
Facebook: The Real Tupelo Bloggers, LLC
Thank you to Lauren for the beautiful photos and fun commentary!
Already registered for #IFBC18 and want to be our featured blogger? Send an email to Kristy for more information.