The return of Eat to the Beat on the heels of my 5-year blogging anniversary!


A couple months from now, this little ol’ blog will be celebrating its fifth birthday. It’s kind of crazy to think that I managed to make it 5 years when I started out with two readers (myself included), horrible pictures, and some sub-par writing, too. But I did, and it’s thanks to all of you! I’ve had a really awesome time keeping this blog, and I’ve met so many great people through it, too. Here’s hoping for another 5 years.

I thought for a while about what I wanted to do for my blog’s birthday (which falls on November 30). Make the first dish I ever blogged about and repost it (with a picture that I don’t remove due to it looking like garbage on a plate)? Do a giveaway? A post highlighting some of my favorites over the last 5 years? In the end, I decided to do a few of these things (so stay tuned) but also—if you couldn’t tell from the picture above—bring back Eat to the Beat.

Eat the Beat is an event I created back in 2008, when blogging events were all the rage (and before I transferred all my posts over to a new domain). I was really nervous about it, and worried only a few people would participate, and I’d look like a loser. It turns out that the participation was so amazing that I actually made EttB a quarterly event for that next year.

I did a (very scientific) poll and it seemed like some people were interested in me bringing it back again. And what better time than to celebrate 5 years of blogging, with many of the people who have kept me blogging so long? The deadline for the event is Sunday, November 27th–you can post your entry any time before then. I will post the roundup on my blog’s birthday, November 30.

Looking forward to seeing everyone’s creations!

Eat to the Beat Rules

1. Make and blog* about a food or drink that somehow relates to a song, an album, a band, etc. 

Maybe you’ll create a dish based on a song’s literal lyrics about food. Perhaps you’ll allude to a band’s name in your creation (Smashing Pumpkin bread, anyone?). Maybe your favorite band is from Poland or your favorite song is about Chicago, and you want to blog about popular cuisine in those locations. Were you listening to a particular song as you were cooking or eating a specific dish? As long as you explain why the food/drink you have chosen to make reminds you of something musical, it works for this event. From “On Top of Spaghetti” to “The Spaghetti Incident;” from Pearl[‘s] Jam to “She Don’t Use Jelly,” the possibilities are endless.

2. In your entry, please mention this event and also include a link back to this URL.

3. Email me at ellysaysopa [at] gmail [dot] com, and include your:

-first name
-blog name and URL*
-permanent link to your entry for this event
-picture of your food or drink (preferably as a URL, Flickr link, etc. but I will take attachments)
-brief description of the music connection 

4. The deadline is Sunday, November 27th. You can post your entry any time between now and then (the sooner the better, actually, to get the word out!), but just make sure to send me the email by the 27th.

I will send you a response email within 3 days of your submission. If you don’t get it, that means I didn’t get your submission. Send me another email or comment on this post so we can figure it out. 


*If you don’t have a blog, no worries! Just send me an email with a picture of your food/drink and the story behind why you chose to make it.

The return of Eat to the Beat on the heels of my 5-year blogging anniversary!