On October 5, we're kicking off a live chat double feature at 10 am (central) with CookieCon 2020 keynote speaker @LilaLoa (aka Georganne Bell) marking the start of this year's CookieCon Speakers Series! Shortly after Georganne's chat finishes at 11 am, we'll pick up with @LeslieM (aka Leslie Marchio), owner of Four Peas and a Dog and second-place winner in Julia's recent 3-D Cookie Art Competition™. (Leslie's chat, which can be found here, concludes our recent Cookie Competitor Chat Series.) Two awesome cookie decorators all in one day - how thrilling is that?!
Since we're in Georganne's chat room, let's stay focused on her! You all know and love Georganne for her wildly popular blog, LilaLoa, and cookie book. So we'll, of course, want to hear how she's planning to grow and change (or not grow or change) her publishing platforms in 2020. Maybe, if we're lucky, she'll even give us a glimpse into what she's hoping to convey as CookieCon 2020 keynote speaker?! But, Georganne is obviously both multi-faceted and multi-talented, so prepare your questions to run the gamut!
To help you formulate questions for the chat, please read Georganne's bio below, and also the following chat guidelines. We look forward to "seeing" you on October 5!
(1) Feel free to enter advance questions now by following the instructions at the top of this chat page. (As always, it's super helpful for questions to be logged early, so our guests are able to prepare answers beforehand and to field more questions during live chat time.)
(2) Please note that any advance questions will reveal one at a time, in the order received, only after the chat goes live. Do not expect questions or answers to appear immediately.
(3) Last but not least, as with all of these chats, you have a special opportunity to see inside the minds of some extremely talented decorators, so I encourage you to do your homework before jumping on the chat. Again, please review Georganne's bio and other information below.
Georganne Bell is the sugar artist behind the popular cookie decorating blog LilaLoa and author of The Cookie Companion: A Decorator’s Guide. She began her journey into sugar through cakes, but quickly switched to cookies when she moved to South Korea and discovered that her oven was the size of a bread box. Georganne has been teaching the basics of sugar cookie art all over the world, including on television, and her cookies have appeared in magazines such as Cake Masters and American Cake Decorating Magazine.
A mix of innovation, science, and sugar, she continues to create cookies, design cutters, and teach local cookie decorating classes while raising her four young children and river-rafting on the weekends. She also gives plenty of unsolicited advice and occasionally does laundry before it becomes strictly necessary. You can visit her at www.lilaloa.com where she will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about decorating cookies. (Please also check her out on Facebook and Instagram.)