Note: This post is my submission for FoodBuzz.com's Project Food Blog, a 12-week blogslam to find "The Next Food Blog Star" among over 1800 participants. I'd appreciate your help: vote for this entry here. We now return you to your regularly scheduled blog.
I'm aboard the Amtrak Cardinal, homeward bound from an enlightening week at the 20th annual Symposium for Professional Food Writers (SPFW) at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, WV. Even though Calvin Trillin once famously quipped that "writing about food is like dancing about architecture," there is no denying that what I learned there will have enormous impact on what I do on this blog and in all my other literary pursuits. Rather than change what I do though, it has served to deepen my fascination with the kitchen and the table as centers of our everyday lives.
Many of you already know this because you followed the liveblog that I posted on the HuffingtonPost.com/Food page. That was my first attempt at the liveblog genre, and I must admit it was more challenging than I thought. Our speakers were all very engaging, so listening closely to them and trying to take diligent notes while simultaneously Googling references and adding hyperlinks was a full time job. What follows is a Reader's Digest version of day one.
How to vote
Vote-by-mail ballot request deadline: Varies by state
For the Nov 3 election: States are making it easier for citizens to vote absentee by mail this year due to the coronavirus. Each state has its own rules for mail-in absentee voting. Visit your state election office website to find out if you can vote by mail.Get more information
In-person early voting dates: Varies by state
Sometimes circumstances make it hard or impossible for you to vote on Election Day. But your state may let you vote during a designated early voting period. You don't need an excuse to vote early. Visit your state election office website to find out whether they offer early voting.My Election Office
General Election: Nov 3, 2020
Polling hours on Election Day: Varies by state/localityMy Polling Place