BlogHer, Inc., Its Food Community and Gourmet Live Partner to Take Food Enthusiasts on a Virtual “Road Trip” to Some of America’s Hottest Cities

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Beginning in Austin, TX, an urban foodie hotspot especially during SXSW, new collaboration will feature BlogHer food community tips on where to eat and shop at a different American city each month

BlogHer, Inc., the leading participatory news, entertainment and information network for women online, and Gourmet Live, a digital content experience that was the first media brand to marry high quality food content and social gaming, announced a new partnership designed to highlight expert advice from local food bloggers in the BlogHer community.

Gourmet Live and BlogHer.com are launching new “Road Trip” sections, and every month each publication will feature 10 exclusive tips from knowledgeable local bloggers in the following cities throughout 2011:

March:     Austin, TX
April:        Atlanta, GA
May:     San Francisco, CA
June:     Washington D.C.
July:         San Diego, CA
August:     Chicago, IL
September: New York City, NY

“BlogHer is excited to spotlight the advice of our dedicated food community by partnering with this storied food brand,” said Elisa Camahort Page, BlogHer co-founder and COO. “With BlogHer’s food writers reaching over 10 million people every month via their blogs and social tools, and Gourmet Live leading the industry on mobile media applications, we are also looking forward to bringing the best of these great American cities to our respective readers across multiple platforms.”

“One of Gourmet Live's founding principles is that food is a social and emotional experience,” said Juliana Stock, General Manager of Gourmet Live. “These principles are also clearly apparent in blog networks, and BlogHer is at the forefront of this. We are excited to be able to elevate digital talent and serve readers on both Gourmet Live and BlogHer with high quality content from around the country.”

For more information, please go to http://www.blogher.com/topic/food-drink or http://live.gourmet.com.

About Gourmet Live
Gourmet Live is a new digital experience from Condé Nast. The Gourmet Live iPad App utilizes social networks and innovative gaming tools to let users read about, share and explore their passion for food and food culture. Updated weekly, the app features new and classic stories, recipes, and video.

Gourmet Live is part of Condé Nast, a division of Advance Publications, which operates in 25 countries. In the United States, Condé Nast publishes eighteen consumer magazines, two trade publications and twenty-seven websites that garner international acclaim and unparalleled consumer engagement. The Gourmet Live App is available for free from the App Store for iPad.

About BlogHer
Reaching more than 25 million women each month (Nielsen Site Census, October 2010), BlogHer is the leading participatory news, entertainment and information network for women online. Founded in February 2005 by Elisa Camahort Page, Jory Des Jardins and Lisa Stone, BlogHer’s mission is to create opportunities for women who blog to pursue exposure, education, community and economic empowerment. Today BlogHer creates opportunities for members via a community hub (http://www.blogher.com), annual conferences and a publishing network of more than 2,500 qualified, contextually targeted blog affiliates. BlogHer provides the highest quality content on a range of topics, with all blogs continually edited to meet strict editorial standards, including content quality, category relevance and blog frequency. BlogHer enjoys a strategic partnership with iVillage, part of Women@NBCU. BlogHer’s investors are Venrock, GE/NBC Universal's Peacock Equity Fund, and Azure Capital Partners.

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