Tusk PDX ( & Create and Cultivate Pop-Up)
I hope you are all having an amazing week. Two weeks ago I hosted a blogger brunch in Portland. I’ve heard so much about TUSK and was dying to try it. I put together some blogger babes I’ve previously met and some new one’s that I hadn’t met before.
I always feel energized and ready to conquer the blogging world after a meet up. Every meet up is always different and I like to switch it up between meeting fashion bloggers and food bloggers since I am the best of both worlds. Meeting with fellow foodies is SO different than with a fashion or lifestyle blogger. I think the conversations are different and the way we photograph is completely different. In fact, I think we could learn so much from each other so having a combination of both types of bloggers is what I’m going to make my goal.
We plan on meeting next month as well so stay tuned for that. Now let’s get to the food. We all mostly started with coffee and their were some cocktails and beers that were ordered. We started with a community hummus, the talk of the entire brunch (it was really good). If you love hummus you have to order it. It even came with an egg which added an extra touch to it. The lighting in the restaurant was amazing with hints of color and mediterranean cuisine that added a fun little aspect to brunch.
I ordered the egg sandwich while my friend Danielle ordered a dutch baby (it’s a German pancake). Others had the frittata and the young turk ( a sandwich inside of peta bread). PS the peta bread is amazing. We also ordered the pistachio gooey butter cake for the table which was a MAJOR hit. Must have if you love pistachio.
Hummus plate: paprika, parsley, with Tusk flatbread and an egg
Pistachio Gooey Butter Cake:
Dutch Baby: peaches, blueberries, maple whip, hazelnuts
Frittata: potatoes, zucchini, broccoli, cheese curd, cumin
Breakfast sandwich: egg, fresh cheese, sprouts, sweet onion soft roll, avocado, salad
Photo taken by The Urban Darling
The Young Turk: pita sandwich with hummus, herb tehina, pickled onions, cucumber, radishes, fries
Photo taken by Style Right Blog
It was a huge suggest and I’m glad I got to meet all these lovely ladies!
Some of you were asking about Create & Cultivate. I attended the pop-up conference yesterday. Honestly, and keep in mind this is just my opinion, I think if you’re just starting out, sure, go for it. I’ve already been around the blogging world for a while, been to many events, conferences, etc so I didn’t find it that impactful. I’m also not a very impressionable person so maybe this just wasn’t my cup of tea. This specific pop-up was about women in tech, empowering women and women in the workplace.
While I thought the panel did make some great notes about the world and being a working woman, it was more of a “motivational” event. I’m more of a hands on learning type of person. It was a good networking event as I got to meet some bloggers I’ve been following and just haven’t crossed paths with yet and got to say hi ones I already knew like The Style Opal. I know they have an event coming up in LA in February of next year so if you have $350 to shell out, and don’t mind paying for traveling expenses and all that jazz it may be for you. But I do highly encourage you to network where you live if you haven’t already. Start with where you are, maybe save money and take classes if you REALLY want to learn. Note: the LA conference is different than the pop up I attended. They break you out into two different groups depending on what “track” you want to take (aka entrepreneurship, advancing your career and growing your brand vs social media, marketing and content creation). Like I said, if you’re just jumping in this may be beneficial to you.
ALSO, you know what? It never hurts to ask a fellow blogger. Some people are too prideful to ask for help. You never know what you can learn from someone who has already been there, done that, or may teach you how to do something in a different way!
I will say after attending the event, I felt like I’ve been doing this blogger brunch thing for over a year now and I’m thinking of starting a blogger series of my own and seeing where it takes me.
What are your thoughts? Have you been to blogger conferences and did you find them effective? As always please let me know in the comments below.