Dole Food & Wellness Blogger Summit

photo from google

What a great day yesterday was at the Dole Event. My buddy Marla from Family Fresh Cooking and I were picked up by a driver at the crack of dawn and headed out to The Four Season’s Westlake Village. I want to take my family back to this hotel, it was gorgeous!

both hotel photos from google

We started our morning with a “Breakfast for Performance” Demo and enjoyed a delicious and healthy meal ๐Ÿ™‚

Mmmm, I am not  a cottage cheese fan usually, but take a look at that trifle.

My blogging buddies digging in ๐Ÿ™‚

One of the highlights of my trip was meeting my beautiful friend Susan from “She’s Becoming Doughmestic.” I LOVE her to pieces and wish she lived next door. We need to be baking neighbors ๐Ÿ™‚

Doesn’t get much better than spending time at a beautiful place with some of your best buds ๐Ÿ™‚  Love all of these ladies. Photo:  Marla, Rachael, Me, Amanda, Susan and Maria.

Here we are at our Welcome Presentation where we learned about “The Wellness World of Dole” and listened to a keynote panel discussion on “The Latest Food, Nutrition and Wellness Trends.” Great information here. I was reminded…..Eat more fruits and Veggies Jen! I need that reminder often ๐Ÿ™‚

On our way to some product demo’s. Had to snap a picture of this gorgeous chandelier ๐Ÿ™‚

It was time to get our sampling on. Think a great day at costco but even better ๐Ÿ™‚  We had these delicious jello fruit cups and baked bananas.

Got to nibble on all the lastest Dole goodies and lots of salad.

A little chat time before getting the grand tour of the Dole Offices. We’ve got Amanda, Ann Marie, Jennifer and Maria here ๐Ÿ™‚

The Dole offices are beautiful, get a load of this centerpiece I wanted to stick in my bag for home.

Love this!

Checking out the Dole kitchen area. Right photo:  Marla, Rachael, Ann-Marie and Sandy

We enjoyed lunch at the Dole Cafeteria where their staff gets daily healthy menu items to choose from. If that’s not cool enough they get to eat outside by this gorgeous waterfall. I could get used to that ๐Ÿ™‚

Heading to get my facial and Nutrition Consultation….had to stop and smell the roses. Ok, I am a geek.

photo from google

Another highlight of my day was enjoying one of the best facials I have ever had. It was a dream.

Now, time to get ready for dinner.

Shaina from “Food For My Family”  gets the “You are Awesome” Award. She was a rockstar on our team that had to prepare an entree with salmon, lentils, cranberries and spinach. It turned out beautiful. Thanks Shaina!!

Judges….our dish won for taste, but lacked “presentation.” Lol! Oh well ๐Ÿ™‚

I happen to think it looks delish!

Overall, this was a whirlwind day packed with great information and lots of salad. I repeat, lots of salad. Loved every minute of it! Thank you Dole for putting on a beautiful event!

Here are the wonderful ladies I spent the day with:

o   Shaina Olmanson (Food for My Family), @FoodforMyFamily

o   Jennifer Leal (Savoring the Thyme), @SavorTheThyme

o   Brooke McClay (Cheeky Kitchen), @CheekyKitchen

o   Kathy Patalsky (The Lunchbox Bunch), @lunchboxbunch

o   Anne-Marie Nichols (This Mama Cooks!), @amnichols

o   Katie Goodman (Good Life Eats), @GoodLifeEats

o   Sandy Coughlin (Reluctant Entertainer), @SandyCoughlinRE

o   Anne Petraeus (Fannetastic Food), @fANNEtasticfood

o   Maria Lichty (Two Peas and Their Pod), @TwoPeasandPod

o   Jenny Flake (Picky Palate), @PickyPalate

o   Marla Meridith (Family Fresh Cooking), @MarlaMeridith

o   Gena Hamshaw (Choosing Raw), @choosingraw

o   Shanna Coady (My Favorite Everything), @MyFavEverything

o   Amanda Bottoms (Kevin and Amanda), @kevinandamanda

o   Lorin Falcon (A Cowboy’s Wife), @acowboyswife

o   Amanda Acuna (Mommy Mandy), @mommymandy

o   Susan Whetzel (She’s Becoming DoughMessTic), @doughmesstic

o   Rachael Hutchings (La Fuji Mama) @LaFujiMama

*Discolsure:  Dole paid for all  expenses relating to the Dole Blogger Summit, including transportation, accommodations, meals and spa treatments.

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17 Responses
  1. I wish we were neighbors too! (and not just because you live so close to Disney!) – Thanks so much, I loved meeting you. There will be a next time…soon I hope!

  2. Wow, that looks like so much fun! I would love to be able to attend one year. How do you get signed up or do you have to be invited? I just finished watching you on tv, great show!

    Your cardigan is uber-cool too. Where’d you find it?

    1. Hi Amy,
      We were invited to the event ๐Ÿ™‚

      Glad you enjoyed the show, I found my cardigan at Anthropologie (in the clearance section ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I am loving reading through all the recaps from your fun event! You captured such beautiful images…isn’t Dole/CHLI/Four Seasons just beautiful?! I live right up the road and have only been there a couple times (my hands are too deep in chocolate). ๐Ÿ™‚

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