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A lunch filled with new stories

Last week I got the opportunity to meet and mingle with several foodies, photographers, and bloggers at wonderful luncheon hosted by Todd and Diane of WhiteOnRiceCouple.com. If you're not familiar with Todd & Diane, they describe themselves as:

"... professional food & lifestyle photographers & filmmakers, travelers and gardeners. Fueled by our love of local culture, people & rich heritage, we document powerful stories from around the world."

white on rice couple

A glimpse of Todd & Diane's blog, WhiteOnRiceCouple.com

Honestly, they had me at "stories." As I listened to Todd and Diane share  their passion of capturing someone's story and telling it through photographs and video,  I instantly wanted to get to know them better. Storytelling, now this is a topic that feels familiar and comforting. It's what we do here at Daily Grommet, everyday. It's what gets us going in the morning -- capturing the story of a great product and the people who love it and sharing that story with the world. Surprisingly, the luncheon became less about food and more about the story of everyone in the room. Themes of community and connecting  seemed to fill the air (don't get me wrong, there was some amazing food happening as well).

Here's a peek at the food.

white on rice couple - luncheon

But it really was the stories of the people I met that made a lasting impression.

Like Alex Thomopoulos -- a student, turned comedian, turned gluten free chef. She's pretty funny and has a very interesting story.

joy the baker

And Joy, who has been baking with her father for as long as she can remember. She created a blog to share her baking journey with the world and has just released her first book -- Joy the Baker. She also makes some amazing frosting (it's dangerously good).

I also met up with long-time Daily Grommet friend Ciaran, creator of Francie Pants. Her story is ever-changing as entrepreneurs tend to shake things up in small and big ways. Looking forward to seeing what she does next!

And of course it wouldn't be a successful outing without a little Grommet scouting. I discovered two possible Grommet ideas, both delicious I have to say. Stay tuned!

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  • Kathleen @ksugarandspice Says:

    Love your photographs. You captured the food beautifully.

    How could I have missed you! So sorry we didn't have the chance chat. Next time.~K

  • Tori Says:

    Would loved to have met Kathleen, next time for sure!

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