This is a guest post from the blog www.misohungrynow.com. In hopes that I might be able to reach a slightly different audience than hers, I asked, and she obliged, in letting me repost it here.
“The Austin food (and beer community) for that matter is awesome beyond belief. The heart and souls of its members is even more pure than thrice filtered water. While members have their disagreements from time to time, this community bands together for the greater good. From Austin Bakes for Japan to Sustainable Food efforts, and to my own Cupcake Smackdown, it is unbelievable how supportive the community is to one another. Addie Broyles gave a panel discussion on the Austin Food Blogger community at SXSW 2011. The take away message is that even though bloggers are technically competitors with each other, a supportive community can help all bloggers. We are the poster children of rising tides raises all boats. This isn’t just about food bloggers; it is about the many other people in the food community.
Tragedy struck our community when an active member suffered a serious accident. Daniel Curtis, 28, was the behind the scenes man making sure that many events at the Carillon and AT&T Executive Education Center were executed seamlessly. This man not only worked hard behind the scenes, but he was truly a friend to us all. In line with the Austin culture, the community is coming together to throw Daniel a huge fundraising party. This event brings together many talented chefs and local vendors in a way that is bittersweet. Bitter than one of our own is suffering, but sweet that the community is banding in such a way to support him.
Join us on Wednesday, July 13th to celebrate the Austin Food Community, and to share camaraderie over fabulous food, drinks, and company. Even if you can’t make it to the event, any donation is greatly appreciated. A very special thank you to all the chefs, bartenders, vendors, and amazing staff for putting this one. Ticket and donation link here.”