Posts Tagged ‘food bloggers’

The Mushroom Masters: A Tournament of Taste

My dear mushroom fans from around the globe, we are on the cusp of something quite grand. As a partnership with the exceptionally gorgeous site Tastespotting, we are thrilled to announce that this September we will be celebrating National Mushroom Month with a four week competition featuring some of the most talented food bloggers around the globe.

In addition to our regular weekly posts from our team of ten mushroom mavens, we’ve invited four photo-centric US-based bloggers to compete on our behalf in this Olympics of umami. Canada and Australia will also have four bloggers for their national team and you’ll be able to find each week’s recipe on their respective blogs (linked above).

The Masters start on Tuesday, August 31 with the Portabella Playoff. For the home team, we are thrilled to announce Sara of Sprouted Kitchen as the US nomination.  We are longtime fans of her work and this was the perfect opportunity to get to work with her.

The competition will of course be stiff with Angela of Oh She Glows representing Canada and Jules of Stone Soup representing Australia.

Be on the lookout for Sara’s recipe next week and links every week to Tastespotting where you can vote for your favorite of the three photos/recipes featured.

Let the games begin!

Video Post: Polenta with Mushrooms and a Poached Egg

Are you all already reading Food52?  I think that it’s easily my favorite new food project to be executed online in that last year, which is why I ask.

The brain-child (perhaps better described as the appetite-child) of Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, both of the New York Times in different capacities, Food52 is now a cozy hub to many many other independent food writers.  You may have noticed a few mentions of their good work when they did a robust and delicious program all about mushroom soup last year.

The best thing about group sites for me is that there’s a constant sense of discovery with so many formidable cooks in the kitchen.  Food52 recently introduced to another interesting set of chefs- the siblings behind Working Class Foodies, a web video series delivering champagne feasts on light beer budgets.

Check out the following video for Creamy Polenta with Mushrooms and a Poached Egg.

Write for the Mushroom Channel!

For the last year, the Mushroom Channel has hosted posts from some truly incredible contributors. Kath from Kath Eats Real Food, Jenna from Eat Live Run, Susie from We Are Not Martha, Rachel from A Southern Fairytale, and Luisa from The Wednesday Chef just to put names to a few of the words that have graced these pages with delicious recipes and photos. We’re now looking to expand that program significantly.

Several of you have asked how you could become featured contributors to the Channel and we’re excited to announce that we’re opening up 10 contributing spots in April.

These are paid positions.  Consider the Mushroom Channel as the perfect outlet for all of your marvelous mushroom discoveries. We’re also interested in sending traffic your way from our various sites. All of your posts will feature a short bio that links back to your personal blog and your post will be linked to via both the Mushroom Channel’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

We’re looking for food bloggers with an eye for photos and a healthy level of curiosity.  Posts could range from a great new mushroom recipe of your own to an old family favorite or even a profile of a restaurant dish.  Creativity is encouraged and the editorial staff at The Mushroom Channel is more than happy to work with you if you’ve got grander ideas.  Compensation details are readily available, just send your question to mushroomchannel@gmail.com and we will respond promptly.

How It Works:

1) Submit a sample post with a photo and mushroom recipe to mushroomchannel@gmail.com.  Tell us a little bit about yourself in your email and please include a link to your blog. Posts tend to be 250-300 words if you need a frame of reference and it’s okay if the recipe is something you’ve posted in the past. Deadline for submission is April 6, 2010.

2) When we go through the entries, we’ll be looking for the following in all contributors:

  • Someone who knows how to engage an audience
  • Posts at least weekly on their personal blogs
  • Past mushroom content (Every other post doesn’t need to be about mushrooms, we just want to know that our contributors are fans.)
  • Clear, illustrative photos
  • A unique voice

We’ll be looking for a few of these among individual contributors:

  • Health backgrounds (RD in particular)
  • Parents with advice on healthy meals kids love
  • Frugal-minded fresh mushroom lovers

3) Selections will be made by Friday, April 16th and announced on the Channel. From there a member of the Mushroom Editorial staff will be in touch to sort through compensation and assign deadlines for your four posts in the next eight months.