A Return to My Alma Mater

by Holly on March 22, 2012

in blog stuff,speaking events,Wisconsin

Meet my new friends from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Dietetics and Nutrition Club!

Aren’t they cute?

And the old hag in the striped dress with the nerd glasses in need of a dye job? That’s me!

Would you believe me if I told you I was the guest of honor and host of a dinner AND Q+A with more than 20 members of the Dietetics & Nutrition Club tonight? Would you also believe me if I told you that they wanted me – yes, me! – to come speak to their group about food blogging? Annndddd would you believe me if I told you that it went fabulously and I feel like I just made more than 20 new friends?┬áBecause that all happened.

I swear on my beloved cookbook collection and the four pints of ice cream in my freezer.

We cooked. We baked. We chopped. We gabbed. We ate. We watched Wisconsin lose to Syracuse in the Sweet Sixteen (U-rah-rah Wisconsin forever!). We gabbed some more. We chatted about blogs. We taste tested coconut milk ice cream (<- they loved it!). We devoured. We cleaned.

Although let’s not get it twisted…this was less Holly talking about food blogging and more Holly trying to act cool in order to score an invite to the hottest college house party for Friday night. My beer pong game knows no age, my friends.

Technically, I do suppose this is my first Everythingtarian speaking engagement, isn’t it?

Eeep! I sound so professional.

I’d like to think I performed with the panache and humor of a seasoned speaking veteran but really, I just enjoyed chatting with all the members, hearing about their future career plans, talking food and nutritional yeast and kale and how to cook quinoa and expunging the wonders of food blogs. And having people appreciate it!

And I definitely wooed their stomachs with kale chips, Joy the Baker’s Spinach Feta Blood Orange Salad, my Make-Your-Own Quinoa Bowls, Jessica’s Brown Butter Double Fudge Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cookies and POM juice mocktails.

It was truly a lovely, fun + delicious evening.

Thank you again to all of the UW Dietetics and Nutrition Club who came out tonight, Babcock Hall for hosting and a special shoutout to Hannah for making it all happen! You all let me run my mouth about food as much as I wanted, and for that, I am grateful.

Now, about that house party on Friday night…


Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats March 22, 2012 at 11:33 pm

What an amazing get together! I only hope my own dietetics program has as cool of speakers!!

Ruthie @ the tasty tRuth March 23, 2012 at 1:44 am

Way to OWN the night! :)

Erica March 23, 2012 at 3:44 am

Nice!!!! You are so famous! The food sounds perfect for the event. Glad you had fun. Rock the pong tonight

Hillary March 23, 2012 at 6:22 am

Gurrlll—you are on FIRE right now. Love it, and glad to hear you had a great time!

On another note, I’d like that dress. Kthanks!

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 23, 2012 at 7:01 am

Congrats on your 1st speaking engagement (but should a TV spot count? ;)).

I love the striped dress that old hag in the first pic is wearing.

Happy Friday!

Lauren March 23, 2012 at 7:15 am

Such a fun night.

Katie March 23, 2012 at 8:26 am

Ow ow, lady, movin’ on up! So excited for you… sounds like it went so well!

Willow @ My Own Trail March 23, 2012 at 10:42 am

It sounds like you had a great time! I’m so happy to hear that dietetics programs are starting to focus even more on whole, natural foods.

Katie March 23, 2012 at 11:15 am

Oh my gosh!! I’m so proud of youuuuuuu! And I think you look stellar in the glasses and striped dress.

erica banks krug March 23, 2012 at 12:51 pm

I ADORE your dress!!! I would love to play beer pong with you sometime.

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List March 23, 2012 at 1:19 pm

I’m impressed!! And, of course, you’re totally the hottest one there!

Lauren @ The Climbing Chef March 23, 2012 at 1:33 pm

That sounds like a lot of fun!! I’m so glad you got to do that :) Have a good weekend… and remember, flip cup is where it is at!

Bronwyn March 23, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Sounds like so much fun! And sounds so professional! ;) All those recipes sound and look delicious!

Megan (Braise the Roof) March 23, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Look at you all fancy and professional. :) Looks like you picked an awesome menu! Also, next Balls 4 Life reunion, two words: beer. pong.

Rachel March 24, 2012 at 10:51 am

Thank you so much for coming! It was such a fun night and so exciting to meet you!

Hannah-lyz March 25, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Oooh sounds like such a lovely night! Well done to you :) I’m sure they absolutely loved having you! Reckon you can score an extra place at beer pong for me? ;-)
On a side note – Love your dress! ..I have one just like it!
well done =)

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