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Posted on Dec 17, 2007 | 75 comments

Lunch in a Box wins Food Blog Award

Lunch in a Box wins Food Blog Award

FBA 2007 Winner Badge big

The results of the 2007 Food Blog Awards voting are in, and I’m floored to announce that Lunch in a Box has won in the Family/Kids category! It was an honor to be among such distinguished family/kids food blog finalists as Dine and Dish, Food on the Food, The Great Big Vegetable Challenge, and The Daily Tiffin (where I’m also a contributor). Fat-Free Vegan won the Best Theme category, where Lunch in a Box was also a finalist along with Candy Blog, Eat Local Challenge, and Meathenge. Congratulations to SusanV over at Fat-Free Vegan on a job well done!

A tremendous thanks go to all my readers, friends and voters, the judges who selected Lunch in a Box as a finalist, the award organizers at the Well Fed Network, and everyone in the lunch-packing community who’s supported me over the past year (that’s all of you in the LiveJournal Bentolunch community and Flickr groups for bento boxes, Laptop lunchboxes, and Mr. Bento thermal lunch jars). It seems like just yesterday that my little blog on LiveJournal was just a repository for my posts to the LiveJournal Bentolunch community, until I started focusing on speed bento tips in February 2007 and moved to a standalone site in June. What a year it’s been!

Here’s a full list of winners of the respected award (bask in the link love!):

Food Blog of the Year – 101 Cookbooks

Best Food Blog (Chef) – Michael Ruhlman

Best Blog Covering Drinks – Married with Dinner

Best Food Blog (City) – Becks ‘n Posh

Best Food Blog (Family/Kids) – Lunch In a Box

Best Food Blog (Group) – Serious Eats

Best Food Blog (Humor) – French Laundry at Home

Best Food Blog (Industry) – Michael Ruhlman

Best Food Blog (New) – French Laundry at Home

Best Food Blog (Photography) – La Tartine Gourmande

Best Food Blog (Post) – Gluten-Free Girl

Best Food Blog (Rural) – Farmgirl Fare

Best Food Blog (Theme) – Fat-Free Vegan

Best Food Blog (Writing) – Bittersweet Blog

I haven’t forgotten my promise (threat?) of posting a photo of myself if I won either the Best Family/Kids or Theme category! I’ve taken a baby step out of anonymity and posted a headshot here on my About page, so you can satisfy your curiosity about the face of Biggie if you’re interested. Surprised?

P.S. I’m out of town this week and mostly off Internet, so please accept my apologies in advance for not responding to each comment as quickly as I usually do.


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  1. @16 from oh_mom: Wow, thanks for voting in the Food Blog Awards for the first time, oh_mom! I really appreciate you making the effort, and have been on an “award high” all week!

  2. @17 from anita: A get-together with the San Francisco award winners sounds like a lot of fun, Anita! I’m all in, and will e-mail you privately to see if we can work out the details. We just got back from our family vacation, so are around and available — January is totally doable. You’re on! :-)

  3. @18 from niceties: Thanks a lot! I’ve been on the private side about photos/name/etc. (previous experience with stalkers), but not divulging anything is becoming more difficult as the blog grows and attracts attention…

  4. @19 from Lauren: Hey, thanks Lauren! That’s very sweet of you to say.

  5. @20 from Jody: Well, no pressure to use any of my tips or anything — whatever works for you is cool. I’m the last person to tell people how to run their lives (or their kitchens)!

  6. @21 from juliani: Thank you so much, juliani! Getting the award has tickled me no end!

  7. @22 from Hannah: Congratulations go to you too, on you win for Best Writing! I love your photography too, BTW — count me as a new fan. :-)

  8. @23 from Yvo: It’s really time for me to get off my rear and work on some related projects I’ve been meaning to get going. I hope to have more good news soon! Thanks for your support, Yvo, as always — it means a lot to me.

  9. @24 from Chief Family Officer: Thanks, CFO!

  10. @25 from Amber: I’d love to hear more about your experiences working in a school cafeteria! Dish, girl!

  11. @26 from natalie: Thank you, natalie! I appreciate the support!

  12. @27 from DragonScholar: Wow, happy to inspire (hope I don’t mess it up!).

  13. @28 from Jeanne: It’s certainly been an interesting ride from LJ to this — I’ve learned a lot about blogging this year (I have to confess that I didn’t even read blogs until this year!).

    Holidays were safe, although there was snow and airplane delays yesterday. We even drove around Tulsa right after their severe ice storm — terrible tree wreckage and power outages. I’m really thankful to be home with my family, power, phone service, Internet service, and warmth…

  14. @29 from VeggieGirl: Thank you so much for the kind words and voting (and reading!), VeggieGirl! Hmm, what should I write about next week?

  15. @30 from Melissa: Yay, thanks for stopping by and commenting, Melissa! (Note to others: I know Melissa in real life.) Thanks also to you and Cenk for introducing me to Turkish food years back — San Francisco really is a fun food place, isn’t it?

  16. @31 from suneeta: Thank you for the kind wishes, suneeta! Uh, now I have to be inspirational, right? :-)

  17. @32 from babesmom: Thank you, babesmom! Well, I’m glad that you were confident; I wasn’t at all sure that I’d get it…

  18. @33 from abby: Thank you, abby! I think it’s still sinking in…

  19. @34 from sarahsouth: Thank you for the congrats, Sarah! I just took a peek at your blog — love the “ugly sweater karaoke party!” Har har!

  20. @35 from Charlotte: Right back at you, Charlotte! I really enjoy your site as well — I like your fun approach to getting your son to be adventurous with vegetables. I used to do this thing where each week I’d buy one totally new veggie, fruit or protein that I’d never worked with before, and just dive right in — figure out what to do with it. It was a manageable (bite-sized?) way to expand both my repertoire and palate.

  21. @36 from Mer: Thank you for the congrats, Mer!

  22. @37 from Rasa Malaysia: Thank you, Bee! I hope the Menu for Hope event went well — I just checked the donation page and saw that donations have topped US$86,500!!! Wow!

  23. @48, Biggie, I can asure yoou that the pleasure is mutual :)

  24. Just wanted to say that this is one of the best sites for kids of all ages. Keep up the good work!

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