Sep 19 2010

Liv Bites… And Blogs and Learns

Published by at 8:04 am under Uncategorized

Why should I be The Next Food Blog Star? In the past month I quit my day job and enrolled in culinary school, so sheer guts have got to count for something.

But let me back up. That’s me above, enjoying a delicious Pinot Noir. And some exciting things are going on around here that should be discussed.

I recently became a Featured Blogger for Foodbuzz, an online community of food bloggers. And the timing is perfect — Foodbuzz is holding its first Project Food Blog to find The Next Food Blog Star. I know, I know: Why should a 20-something writer from Mississippi with no formal foodie training even be considered for such a title? Besides a borderline obsession with dining out and a magnetic need to get my hands dirty in the kitchen, I can only point to my own reckless enthusiasm for a life spent writing about food.


I graduated from Northwestern in 2008 with degrees in journalism and French, but very little direction. You may have picked up on a few changes in the journalism industry since the Internet came along, and frankly, none of us J-school grads quite knew what to do after tossing our caps in the air.

Truthfully, the answer was right under my nose the whole time. I grew up eating my mother’s cooking, fresh-baked bread and Southern staples like quiche and crawfish. And in the tradition of the hospitality state, we sat at the perfectly-set dinner table every night as a family, without a paper napkin in sight.

My father is the ultimate food and dining adventurer, and few activities excite him more than trying something truly creative in the kitchen. Stuffed squid? Homemade kahlúa? Bring it on. I’ve traveled from New York to New Orleans, Sorrento to Québec City with my family, and we aren’t much for museums or bus tours. To see, to really experience a place, is to eat.

After graduation, I moved out to San Francisco to become a writer. I worked as an entertainment blogger for two years before realizing I was so seduced by the SF foodie scene that it was too late to turn back. I’m ready to commit to food as a career. It’s tough to put into words exactly, but I’m sure of this: All of the best stories I have to tell are the ones that involve food and friends – and celebrating those two greatest life treasures.

I’ll be starting culinary school in just one short week, at a tiny French cooking salon in the heart of San Francisco. And I’ve never been more excited about anything, including the foie gras with the apple beignet I had that time at Cyrus.

23 responses so far

23 Responses to “Liv Bites… And Blogs and Learns”

  1. Amandaon 19 Sep 2010 at 8:48 am

    Yay!!! Love the Ceja Vineyard picture, can I get a photographers credit? haha The blog looks amazing. xo

  2. Livon 19 Sep 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Photo Credit: Miss Amanda Delaney, (soon-to-be) Esq., best friend and wine lover. How’s that!?

  3. Samon 19 Sep 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Wow, I’m so excited for you! Now I have to make a trip back to SF just to sample your cuisine. I can’t wait to hear all about this change!

  4. Livon 19 Sep 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Thanks, Sam! And please do come visit again — I promise chocolate cake will be involved 🙂 Let me know how things are going in NYC…

  5. liv bites » Let the Voting Begin!on 20 Sep 2010 at 9:41 am

    […] how I mentioned I’m competing in Foodbuzz’s latest project to find The Next Food Blog star? Well, voting is now open, and if you’re a sucker for the underdog I would very much […]

  6. Jeffon 20 Sep 2010 at 11:20 am

    I’m so excited for you! I was impressed with your Rotel-making skills back in college and can’t wait to see what delicious dishes you’ll make!

  7. Caroline Eleyon 20 Sep 2010 at 11:58 am

    Olivia! I’m so excited for you!! Congratulations and I wish you the best! Love, Caroline

  8. Livon 20 Sep 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Thanks Jeffie! Come out to SF and I promise to treat you to a delicious dinner…

  9. Livon 20 Sep 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Thanks so much!! Hope law school is treating you well — keep me posted! xox

  10. Katharinaon 20 Sep 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Hey girl! Just stumbled across your blog 🙂 I’m also participating in Project Food Blog (I’m so excited!) I loved this entry, and I wish you the best of luck on your cooking school endeavors. I can’t wait to read about your adventures in this new chapter of you life.

    XOXO Best of luck!

  11. Livon 20 Sep 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Thanks, Katharina!! Good luck with your blogging — I love your photos!

  12. Alissa @ Not Just Appleson 21 Sep 2010 at 9:25 am

    best wishes for culinary school and project food blog! love the photos so far ♥

  13. Livon 21 Sep 2010 at 9:28 am

    Thanks, Alissa! Just ordered a new camera myself, so more photos to come 🙂

  14. Joan Novaon 21 Sep 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Good luck in your chosen career and this challenge.

  15. Livon 21 Sep 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Thanks, Joan! Good luck to you!

  16. papawowon 22 Sep 2010 at 8:59 am

    Tante Marie’s??? Excellent! My wife is Alum, “She’s the Chef and I’m the Anthropologist.” Good luck at school, and good luck with PFB.

  17. Livon 22 Sep 2010 at 9:05 am

    Yes — I’m very excited about starting school there! Thanks for the message!

  18. Larkeon 22 Sep 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Liv, I am so impressed and jealous of your adventure into the sophisticated culunary world. I know you will do great. When can your mom, christi and I come out to see you? I’m dying to. You look great. Keep up the good work. Love you, Larke

  19. Livon 22 Sep 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Thanks Larke!! Come visit me in San Francisco anytime and I promise you a good meal… Hope all is well with you, Jim, Catherine and Carter!

  20. Minon 23 Sep 2010 at 4:39 am

    Great post, best of luck with culinary school! Come visit me at The Bad Girl’s Kitchen

  21. Livon 23 Sep 2010 at 10:00 am

    Thanks, Min! Good luck.

  22. janelleon 30 Sep 2010 at 9:07 pm

    So nice to meet you/find you! Love that you found your passion—it feels good doesn’t it? All the best in PFB!!

  23. Livon 01 Oct 2010 at 6:33 am

    Thanks so much, Janelle! Good luck to you, too.