TECHmunch NYC 2015

By Nichelle Stephens

(Photo by Kathleen DeCosmo)

We had our fifth TECHmunch last week and it was great.  You can see the tweets, photos from the event on

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TECHmunch Atlanta And Cookbook Publishing

By Nichelle Stephens

I learn something new at every TECHmunch. If I could I would travel to all them around the country. The first panel with Virginia Willis and Angie Dudley (Bakerella) was a peek in the cookbook publishing industry. By the way Bakerella’s new cake pop e-book on Kindle for Halloween is out now. And you can pre-order Viriginia Willis’ upcoming cookbook, Lighten Up, Y’all. It will be released in March of 2015.

A new addition to TECHmunch was the live cookbook pitch. Attendees volunteered to get on stage to pitch their cookbook ideas.  Sponsored by Beyond Meat, there were about a dozen people who pitched their ideas. I really enjoyed listening to the pitches, and it’s great especially when women get up and talk about their goals.  It reminded a little of the New York Tech Meetup. The winner of the cookbook pitch is Michelle Valigursky of the blog Savor The Salt.

BTW, if you want to create your own e-cookbook, then check out Cookbook Cafe.

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TECHmunch is Coming To Atlanta

By Nichelle Stephens

View from the Piedmont Park reservoir. #Atlanta

TECHmunch is where people who love food and technology come together. TECHmunch is a one day food blogger conference that was founded by Babette Pepaj in 2010. Babette is the founder of BakeSpace and CookbookCafe. She wanted to connect local food bloggers with tech start-up leaders in their respective cities. The first TECHmunch was in March of 2010 in Austin during SXSW. The event was so much fun and educational that I volunteered to co-produce TECHmunch in New York City in June of 2010. Since then, TECHmunch has been in several cities including Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Tampa, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. I have co-produced the New York conference and I have spoken at TECHmunch in Philadelphia and Las Vegas. Every time I learn something new and I meet the most passionate people who love to write about food. This fall, I will be co-producing TECHmunch here in Atlanta.

TECHmunch brings bloggers, cookbook authors, chefs, food journalists, publicists and technologists together. The format of the conference is six to eight panels or presentations with short breaks in between and a nice long break for lunch featuring food from local restaurant and/or food artisans. We will have people share their expertise in food photography, social media, branding and more. For cake pop fans, Bakerella will be one of our speakers. We encourage people to introduce themselves and exchange business cards and twitter handles. TECHmunch is a social conference. The hashtag #techmunch is used at all conferences, and you can follow the conversation via tweets, instagram posts and blog posts. See my Storify from TECHmunch New York back in May.

TECHmunch ATL will be at Monday Night Brewing on September 26th. After the conference there will be a beer tasting.

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By Nichelle Stephens

TECHmunch NYC is May 20th. I will be there.

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TECHmunch NY 2012

By Nichelle Stephens

via Instagram

Very Short Recap

TECHmunch happened. It was a success! It was great producing this event for the third year in a row in Babette Pepaj. The panelists were fantastic. The food was abundant.  Thanks to our sponsors. The community of conference attendees were energetic. The learning is mind blowing. We got press! Thanks Peter Himler for posting about TECHmunch on Forbes.

Hashtags Are Super Important For  Conferences

Using the same hashtag is great so the conversation about #TECHmunch goes on after the event. In fact, I just got a Beta invite to Twylah and I can see a page of recent tweets about TECHmunch.
Also, I got a VIP early invite for and I can see who I am connected to on Twitter who tweeted about TECHmunch. It gives both online and offline connection. (I guess knows if I check-in with someone on Foursquare.)

Connecting year-round Makes The Community More Engaged

This year, I plan on keeping TECHmunch attendees in the loop for next year’s conference by creating a newsletter. You can sign up for it here.

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TECHmunch NYC 2011

By Nichelle Stephens


Last Saturday was the second annual TECHmunch NYC. It was so amazing with the space, the food sponsors and the panels and presentations. Everyone who attended left with the full belly and full of ideas of how to make their blog bigger and better. Thanks to Babette of Bakespace.

Here are some of the blog posts recapping the event:

Danielle Gould from Food And Tech Connect,  Jackie Gordon of The Diva That Ate New York, Shoshi of Modern Courtesan, Constance Koral of  Two Grape Nuts,  Chelsea Grant of  The Food Buff,  Tricia Okin of PapercutNY and Chobani.


Thanks to all the sponsors at TECHmunch NYC 2011.

Also thanks to Brian Quinn for bartending and to all the volunteers for helping out during to make it a success. See you next year!


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TECHmunch, Bloggers’ Delight And Cupcake Picnic

By Nichelle Stephens

I am co-producing three events this month.

June 11: I am so happy to co-produce the second annual NYC TECHmunch. TECHmunch is a food blogger conference where we talk about what’s new in food and tech, making videos, building your brand, SEO optimization and working with brands.
Jacques Torres will be speaking as well. Astor Center. Register here.

June 16: Bloggers Delight. Monique Valeris of Decor Musings and I have created a fun mixer for lifestyle bloggers. It will be at Linger Cafe 553 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. Free. Register.

June 18: The Fourth Annual Cupcake Picnic at Central Park. Rain or shine. Bring cupcakes and picnic gear.

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Blog World Expo: Fun, Fun, Fun

By Nichelle Stephens

Techmunch "Curating Content" Panel
I really enjoyed my first Blog World Expo. It was great to meet new people and learn tips on how to make my blogs and social media better. Thanks to Babette Pepaj founder of BakeSpace for producing TechMunch Food Track and for Jenn-Air for providing the demo kitchen.

Things I loved about Blog World:

  • Thanks to Babette of BakeSpace for inviting to come and speak. It was fun!
  • Meeting my fellow Techmunch panelists–LA Time’s Rene Lynch, LAist’s Lindsay Williams-Ross, and TechZulu’s Amanda Coolong. Our panel rocked!
  • Seeing old NYC friends who now live in LA– Jayme Waxman and Tara Settembre.
  • Eating lots of steak and shrimp at the Omaha Steaks event. Lovely talking to Todd Simon.
  • Getting a hop scotch (butterscotch) cupcake from Kari Haskell of Retro Bakery. She’s cupcake royalty in Las Vegas.
  • Meeting Manouschka Guerrier (Single Serving) of Food Network’s Private Chefs of Beverly Hills.  She’s a blogger and celebrity chef.
  • Seeing Scott Hanselman’s presentation, “32 Ways To Make Your Blog Suck Less
  • Recognizing Brett Erlich at the Techmunch dinner as the host of Rotten Tomatoes on Current.
  • Lovely tasting of sashimi, short ribs, octopus at Yellowtail. Thanks Light Group.
  • Thanks Pop Chips for a basket of potato chips. I ate a lot of chips.
  • Meeting Edouard Lambelet of  I wonder if Geneva has a burgeoning tech scene.
  • Being interviewed by Sam Smith of Restaurant Business Magazine at the Pepsi booth.
  • Getting on stage to sing “Don’t Stop Believing” with a bunch of techies at the Palms. Thanks Mashable.
  • Hanging out with Erik Trinidad (Fancy Fast Food) and his buddy Terrence. Brooklyn Represent!
  • Tip from Aaron Aviles: when traveling, take a photo of your hotel room number with your phone, so you know where to sleep when you get back after a night of partying.

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TechMUNCH NYC Was A Big Success

By Nichelle Stephens


I have attended many conferences, organized many events but this is the first time I have co-produced a conference.  Babette and I have been overwhelmed with the positive feedback from TechMUNCH attendees.

It was nice to meet so many smart creative people.  I was starstruck to see Jacques Torres as an attendee. All of the panels were informative. The panelists were generous with their expertise.   Read  Josh Unseth’s SEO presentation and Sarah Evans’ FTC Guidelines.


Thanks to sponsors which included KitchenAid, Robicellis, Tupperware and Valrhona.

Read blog posts from TechMUNCH attendees:

Eric of Garden Fork TV

Frani Lieberman of MBooth PR

The Ivory Hut

Hilary Allard from The Castle Group

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TechMUNCH and Blogging While Brown

By Nichelle Stephens

A Typical Day For A Cupcake Blogger
Where you can see me talk about blogging in June.

I am co-producing TechMunch NYC which is next week, June 10. I will speaking on a panel about curating content.

Saturday, June 19 I will be at Blogging While Brown in Washington, DC. I will be speaking on a panel with Donna Maria Coles Johnson of Indie Beauty called, “The Business of Blogging: Beyond Ad Networks”.

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Learn Stuff: Upcoming Classes, Panels, Workshops

By Nichelle Stephens

The Brides To Be and Me
Old photo that Ryan Brenizer took four years ago at a bridal shower.

May 12: Learn more about the fashion industry Work it Brooklyn Fashion Panel at Kingdom.

June 10: TechMunchNYC, a food blogger workshop at the Roger Smith.*

June 21: Wedding Photography Class with Ryan Brenizer at Adorama.

July 15-18: Stained glass class with Joseph Cavalieri at Urban Glass.

*I am co-producing TechMunch NYC with Babette Pepaj of BakeSpace.

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TechMunch Coming To New York

By Nichelle Stephens

While in Austin for SXSW, I also spoke at TechMunchAustin, a food blogging workshop produced by Babette Pepaj of BakeSpace and Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen. I will be co-producing the New York event with Babette, so if you are interested contact me here or via twitter (@niche) More details TK, but will probably happen in the next couple of months.

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