Asheville, North Carolina: Apple Pear Skillet Dessert with Pecan Coconut Topping

This post is sponsored by Harry & David and features their Delux Signature Gift Basket, plus a fabulous Apple Pear Skillet Dessert with Pecan Coconut Topping!

Apple Pear Skillet Dessert with Pecan Coconut Topping |

On a recent trip to Asheville, North Carolina, to attend the Food Blog Forum at the Biltmore Estate, I was a lucky girl to be one of more than 100 food bloggers, chefs and foodies who gathered to talk, learn, eat, mingle, and enjoy delicious foods and fine cuisine in this adorable city! The sponsors were some of the best, Harry & David being one, and our hosts were Jaden and Scott Hair (Steamy Kitchen), Todd Porter and Diane Cu (White on Rice), Lindsay Landis (Love & Olive Oil), and Julie Deily (The Little Kitchen).

Asheville, North Carolina

Food Blog Forum.

This event was one of the most organized and informative team-building food conferences I’ve attended, where we covered topics such as social media strategy, pitching and working with food publications, food photography, how to get your family involved {loved this}, brand relations, and how to monetize your blog. They also talked about real-life values and goals through social media, and how we can help one another through our missions, sharing, promoting, and connecting through our blogs. Julie has been the most helpful to me over the past year, in helping me grow my blog. It’s her gift– sharing with others, which is why she is part of this conference. I love the food blogging community! (I’m loving Harry & David’s new branding for their 80th Anniversary. Which, by the way, they gifted 2 bloggers with a year of Fruit of the Month Club! WOW!)

Asheville, NC @Foodtopia @FoodBlogForum @biltmoreestate #FBFAsh

I also enjoyed meeting Lisa and Jason, from 100 Days of Real Food. If you don’t have their new book – buy it! You’ll love to read about Lisa’s journey of 100 days of eating real food in her household with her family!

Asheville, NC @Foodtopia @FoodBlogForum @biltmoreestate #FBFAsh

Gina {Skinnytaste} was my rooomie, and of course we talked, like giddy girls, about blogging, family, friendships, but mostly her brand new book, The Skinnytaste Cookbook, that was hitting Amazon charts at #1 in all books, even before its release! So proud of my friend.

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