The Healthy Living Summit has officially arrived!
What a Day! What a Day! What a Day!
To say planning a big event like this is stressful, is a complete understatement. There were a few minor fires that needed to be distinguished today that had everyone on edge. But, honestly seeing that sign and meeting over 200 bloggers and readers this evening made it all 100% worth it. It should be all smooth sailing from here, right?
Let’s back track a little first.
A gang of us met for lunch earlier this afternoon for what we were hoping would be a quick bite to eat The plan was to head out of the hotel and find a cute local cafe to dine at. Unfortunately our quick bite to eat turned into an hour long scavenger hunt for a lunch spot.
After a few failed attempts at various restaurants, we were directed to the Berghoff Restaurant for a true Chicago food experience.
At first we weren’t sure this restaurant was ‘us’ It has a old, historic feel that seemed a little elderly for our taste. However, we were all starving and willing to eat anywhere.
The table started with bread.
I had a few bites of the crunch garlic flat bread thingy and a piece of rye bread.
Tina and I split the seasonable Octoberfest house beer.
It was the perfect treat on a hot summer day.
You’ll never guess what six out of our table of seven ordered.
Roasted Sweet Potato Panini? Why, I don’t mind if I do.
I loved the concept of the sandwich, but wish it had been served on other bread. I was also wondering where the fig confett was or the goat cheese? But, let it be known none of those things stopped me from finishing the whole thing.
I also did my fair damage on the chips. I love fresh chips, especially the soggy potato-y ones.
A hot day needs cold yogurt
small tart with chocolate chips, strawberries, and kiwi
The best part about dining with bloggers is that no one is afraid to share.
early check in at the summit began this afternoon at 3:00.
Kath, Tina, Heather, and I had so much finally putting some faces to the names we have been studying for the past couple of months. It also felt good to give all that swag away! I saw some tweets in the #HLS stream and happy to hear everyone has been enjoying their swag.
Then it was time!
The Healthy Living Summit kicked off with the official OpenSky 2010 Healthy Living Summit Cocktail Party at LaSalle Power Co in downtown Chicago.
What a whirlwind of new people to meet and greet! I felt like a little stalking tweeter randomly walking up to people and saying ‘I know you!’
It was also great to reconnected with bloggers I haven’t seen in what feels like too long!
Like the reunited DC crew! ‘Run Bloggers Run’ :)
MELISSA!!! (Whom, I attacked when I saw on the stairwell!)
There were drinks (I had a dirty martini)
There was food
I had a little bit of everything (LOVED the Turkey burger sliders)
There was even a photobooth!!
I think it’s safe to say the party was a huge success!! Woo hoo!!!
Many Thanks to OpenSky for sponsoring the cocktail party!
Thanks to Sabrina for creating the wonderful party play list
And Thanks to Jenn for finding the location for us.
Like my shoes?
You can have them. After 3 hours in the heels I think my feet were ready to revolt. All I can say is OOUUCCCHHHHH.
It was a long day, so I called it an early night and returned to my room when the party ended (shoes in hands )
Chocolate was obvious missing from my life this evening. Good thing I had one of Val’s Chocolate Macaroons stashed in my bag for a midnight treat.
Tomorrow is the big day of events. Eeekkkk!!!
And here we go…