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Food Blogger Pop-Up Event @ The Durham Penthouse

  • The Durham Hotel 315 East Chapel Hill Street Durham, NC, 27701 United States (map)

The Culinary Clicks Experience: we’ve rented out the Penthouse Suite at The Durham Hotel for our first pop-up in Durham. You’ll be treated to wonderful food, beverages, and local goods of Durham throughout the entire evening. This must-attend food blogger’s event is limited to 15 attendees.

You’ll walk-away with:

Food Blogger Pop-Up Event with Culinary Clicks
  • Actionable steps to working with local brands in a speaker session led by Kristen Baughmen, founder of the Triangle’s renowned Tabletop Media Group.

  • A take-home worksheet to help you get started with these tips.

  • Mentorship-style answers to the toughest challenges of blogging, photography, and social media through an Interactive Roundtable AMA (Ask Me Anything) with a few of the area’s established local food blog and social media influencers.

  • Discussion points include: how to build a brand that stands-out, the tipping point of monetizing your blog, how to make a splash on social media, and more!

  • Direct connections with local food bloggers.

Other perks:

  • A (free!) professional headshot for your next profile or blog photo by the talented Stacey Price Sprenz!

  • A sweet swag bag perfect for the foodie pro.

  • Door prizes!

Giving back:

Feel even better about purchasing a ticket to this pop-up, as a percentage of all ticket sales are being pledged to Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.


About the Speakers

Kristen Baughman

Kristen Baughman is the founder of Tabletop Media Group. Native to the Carolinas, she received a degree in Extension Education with a focus in Nutrition from North Carolina State University. She also received a Master of Science degree in Extension Education with a focus in Agricultural Leadership.

Working for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services coordinating events for the Sustainable Local Food Advisory Council and serving as a Food Safety Outreach Coordinator led her to become even more passionate about the food industry. During her time at the NCDA&CS she created a popular 43 Day Local Food Challenge Blog, which led to a food blogging opportunity with the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitor's Bureau.

Her varied career after university led to a social media marketing and public relations opportunity with the Got To Be NC Competition Dining Series. This new role spurred a career shift to focus on media as it relates to the hospitality, food, agriculture and beverage industries. 

She later started a popular food blog and consulting company, Gadabout Food. After working in Raleigh, North Carolina for three years, she spent two years in New York City consulting for Shutterstock, Taste Talks, Northside Festival, Swig and other clients. Kristen decided to return to Raleigh, North Carolina in July 2016 to launch Tabletop Media Group.

Adventurous and passionate, Kristen has traveled over 26 countries to explore the different cultures and food options around the world. In her free time, you can find her relaxing outside with her dog Cheerwine or at one of the many Triangle breweries sipping on a North Carolina beer.

Stacey Price Sprenz

Photographer at Tabletop Media Group

Stacey Price Sprenz strives to build community through her photography. Stacey's specialties include culinary photography, product photos, events, headshots and architecture. She works with local businesses, restaurants and artisans as they seek to engage their audiences with high-quality digital photography.

With a background in teaching, Stacey has also found a way to share her passion with others through food photography classes for groups and individuals.

Meghan Grant 

Meghan is a North Carolina native and passionate about sharing the best of her home state.  She blogs about what to do, what to see, and what to wear, and what to order at restaurants.  Her interests include new manicure colors, talking about her adopted dogs Winston & Gizmo, and her love for Sonic cheese tots.

Linda Nguyen

Linda Nguyen is a food and lifestyle blogger and portrait photographer. She has obnoxious Texas pride and an insatiable appetite for noodles, matcha, and coffee. She is enjoying getting to know her new state of North Carolina through her taste buds.


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The Durham Hotel | Restaurant + Roof
315 E. Chapel Hill Street, Durham NC 27701

  • Located in the heart of Downtown
  • Rooftop Lounge and Restaurant by Chef Andrea Reusing
  • Coffee Shop serving locally roasted Counter Culture Coffee
  • Classic continental breakfast included
  • Evening turndown service included
  • In-room bottled water & Burt’s Bees welcome gift included
  • Fiber connectivity & wireless internet access included

RESERVATIONS for Out-of-Town Guests

Preferred rates have been provided at The Durham Hotel exclusively for Culinary Clicks attendees until Monday, July 16th, 2018. Go to: , enter your stay dates between July 25-27, 2018, select your preferred room type and a confirmation will be sent to you upon completion of your reservation, or contact the hotel directly at 919-768-8830 and request a reservation under the Culinary Clicks room block. 



Tabletop Media Group is a boutique agency serving clients in the food, beverage, agriculture and lifestyle industries. From designing a new website to managing your social media - we offer a variety of packages to meet our clients' needs. By equipping our clients with the proper media tools, we deliver the results necessary for our clients to achieve their business goals.


Sponsorships and in-kind donations are available for this event. Contact to learn more.