My GEMomsperience Experience

I’ll ask you to forgive me but I’m about to tell this story out of sequence.  See, my trip to Louisville started with a whole separate adventure involving a bloggy friend, cucumber spread, and rain.  But in the interest of being somewhat timely, I need to talk about the second part of the trip first.

Actually, I need to preface all of this by saying that when it comes to winning things, my track record sucks.  Giveaways, raffle tickets, lottery scratch offs….I never win.  But like the Maryland Lottery once said, you gotta play to win.  So from time to time I take a chance and hope that Lady Luck smiles upon me.

Most recently this took the form of me entering a contest on the LoveFeast Table blog.   {Tangent}  Do you know the LoveFeast ladies?  Maybe not in real life, but online?  You should.  Kristin and Chris Ann personify what it means to let your passions guide your life and being open to going where that journey takes you.  Take a moment and click on the link over in that there sidebar under B’more Bloggers.  {End Tangent} Anyhow, Love Feast had been invited to participate in GEMomsperience and the folks at GE were letting them bring one of their readers along.  So despite not really understanding what GEMomsperience was, I entered the competition to be their guest at the event.  And guess what?  I freaking won.

Color me giddy.

So what exactly was GEMomsperience?  Unlike that timeshare sales pitch you have to sit through in order to get the free vacation, this was not GE trying to give us a hard sell on their products.  Sure, we got to oooh and aahh over washers, dryers, refrigerators, and induction cook tops.  And maybe we even got to see for ourselves that the Advantium oven will go from zero to well done fillets in 13 minutes flat.  {Tangent}  You really should ask the Googley about Advantium.  It’s the oven equivalent of the swiss army knife…regular oven, convection oven, microwave, and proofing oven.  Unfreaking believable.  {End Tangent} But GE wanted to understand more about our relationship with appliances in real life.

What goes into our decision making when we buy appliances?  What functions are important to us?  What functions would we like to see?  {Tangent}  If a self cleaning microwave ever becomes a commercial reality, you can thank GEMomsperiece.  {End Tangent}.  How do we use the products in our own homes as opposed to how the designers and testers speculate that we will?

It was an opportunity to have a conversation.  To talk with, not to be talked to.

It was also an opportunity to cook with GE’s chefs in their kitchen center.  Chef Brian and Chef Joe made us all feel like pros as they walked us through preparing pan friend chicken breasts, red eye gravy, and micro greens salad.  I have started to stalk their blog waiting for that chicken recipe to go up.  I’m tempted to try and wing it from memory because the results were spectacular.  The red eye gravy recipe came home with me and is demanding that I make it promptly.  Maybe I’ll see if Lady Luck won’t look my way again so soon because BAH needs this dish.  {Tangent} Perhaps if I would have checked this post on the Chefs’ blog BEFORE I arrived in Louisville I might not have had that unfortunate cucumber spread experience. {End Tangent}

I can’t say enough about how well we were treated by GE.  Not just in the tangible things like travel and accommodations.  Yes, it’s nice to be treated like a VIP.  But it’s  nothing compared to the experience of having every person you encounter from the organization genuinely wanting to hear your opinion.  Talk about feeling important.  Big thanks to GE for bringing a diverse group of bloggers together and for giving us an amazing experience.

Now for the disclaimery stuff.  GE covered all of my travel expenses and hotel accommodations.  They provided transportation while in Louisville and basically made me feel like a rock star.  They did not once suggest that I write about my experience.  But I own GE appliances.  I use GE appliances.  So I can speak objectively about my real life experiences with their products. Such as….could someone at GE please tell me why detergent packs refuse to dissolve in my GE dishwasher?  That thing is a godsend to me but it really burns my biscuits to have to run it twice because there’s some kind of fail going on after I close the door.

Next to lastly, a side note to anyone who may at some point have the opportunity to be the guest of a company at an event.  Please do not go around asking for free stuff.  Besides the less than springlike weather during our visit, that was the thing that really gave me chills.  When you’re a guest at someone’s home, you wouldn’t ask them if you can have the silver.   Would you?

Lastly, the folks who made all this happen deserve to be personally thanked.  In a perfect world I would have used that 2.5 hour delay at the airport to write thank you notes to all these people.  But my world in imperfect.  So without further ado, thank you to:

Eddie Martin – Chief Marketing Officer

Range:

Ben Cecil – Merchandising Specialist

Susan Gregory – Product Manager, Global Products

Julie Muennich – Senior Marketing Merchandising Specialist

Shawn Stover – Product Manager, Built –in Cooking Products

Refrigeration:

Casie Banquer – Senior Marketing Merchandising Specialist

Rebecca LaRocque – Training Manager

Monogram Experience Center:

Chef Joe Castro

Chef Brian Logsdon

Entertaining made simple:

Wendy Sommers – Team Leader

Industrial Design:

Marc Hottenroth – Industrial Design Manager

Dishwashers:

John Nichols – Senior Marketing Merchandising Specialist

Paul Riley – Marketing Manager

Laundry:

Peter Pepe – Product General Manager, Clothes Care

Jennifer Schoenegge – Product Manager, Clothes Care

Raegen VanBogaert – Product Manager

Lighting:

Dawn Riedel – Brand Manager

And special sparkly jazz hands to Megan Robison and Nancy Wolff for all of their time and attention to make this a fantastic trip that I will never forget.

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26 Responses to My GEMomsperience Experience

  1. LoveFeast says:

    Great recap lovely lady! It really was a great weekend, wasn’t it? And it was so great getting to know you better.
    Happy Thursday to you!
    ~Kristin

  2. Jennifer A (Bread and Putter) says:

    Wow, that sounded like a very cool experience. I’m happy for you that you won something so cool!

    Here’s my tip on the dishwasher thingies – try the Finish/Electrosol ones with the little Jet Dry ball in the middle. There’s no plastic wrap to breakdown in the machine – you just put the hard dry cube into the machine. You may have better luck with that and holy crap I can’t ever go back to those liquids and the horrifying death squeeze squirts for the last third of the bottle.

    • Wendi says:

      Jennifer, I think that I’m destined to bust out the kung fu grip on the liquid detergent bottle for as long as we’re in this house. One trick we use is to sit the bottle upside down when it starts to protest with the death squeeze squirt. So if you’re ever at my house and see an upside down bottle of detergent on the floor, you’ll know why.

  3. Brooke says:

    I’m so glad you had an awesome time!! I’ve stalked a few other blogs to see what they’ve said too and the verdict’s the same. Again, I feel it’s necessary for me to apologize that I didn’t tell you about the Benedictine – I have this thing where I think everyone knows what I know and am known to do an ill job at informing.
    As for the dishwasher, are you using the plastic-filled tabs? If so, my mom would say your water’s not getting hot enough to melt it and it could possibly hurt your machine. I use the powder-packed tabs and they work like a charm. But I also have a Bosch.

    • Wendi says:

      Brooke, please know that I don’t hold you responsible for the Benedictine incident. It’s not that I didn’t like it. It’s just that it really didn’t work with waffle and bacon.

      I’ve considered that the water in my dishwasher might not be hot enough to fully melt to packs. But another important detail is that my dishwasher isn’t full sized. We only had 18 inches available to squeeze a dw in the kitchen. So it also might not be using the same volume of water that a full size machine uses. Which may result in the packs not completely dissolving.

      I am going to pretend that I have no jealousy over your Bosch.

      • Brooke says:

        “I am going to pretend that I have no jealousy over your Bosch.”
        You should totally be jealous. I paid a pretty penny for it but it’s beyondo wonderful. And it makes no noise when it’s running. Oh Bosch dishwasher, how I love thee.

  4. Nice recap! Good for you sounds like you had an amazing time!! I own a few GE products and have had great experience with them – to me it’s a brand to be trusted :) Hope you get that chicken recipe!!

  5. Lan says:

    i was wondering if you had a good time! dw kept asking me if i had talked to you, if you liked Louiseville or not… i had to sit him down and explain that you would eventually blog about it and if something major happened that couldn’t wait, you’d either text or email me. he’s such a food blog virgin. :)

    • Wendi says:

      Lan, let DW know that I waved to his folks on the way in and out of town. The weather didn’t cooperate one bit during the visit but that in no way lessened my enjoyment. I wish there had been time to see more. Although I did get a private tour of the city from @shutterboo the day I got in. She’s one heck of a tour guide.

      Should you ever venture down to L’ville with DW for a visit, you need to promise me that you will absolutely go to Proof for dinner. I highly recommend the seared scallops and grits.

  6. omawarisan says:

    Chicken with red eye gravy? Yeah, I’m in.

    • Wendi says:

      Oma, let’s just say that chicken and red eye gravy has just put another check mark in the list of reasons why I need to move south of the Mason-Dixon.

  7. Jenna says:

    This sounds like an incredible and fun experience!!

  8. Wendi, sounds like it was fantastic. Color me jealous!

    • Wendi says:

      Beth, I can’t lie – it was a fantastic trip. But believe me when I say that things like this really don’t happen to me. It must have been a cosmic fluke.

  9. Shell says:

    It really was a fabulous trip, wasn’t it? They definitely listened to us and everyone of their employees who was involved was so nice to all of us. Amazing.

    What gave you chills was what made me cringe. Would I love something from them? Um, abso-freaking-lutely. But, you are totally right about the timing and appropriateness.

    • Wendi says:

      Shell, I went back and forth about whether to include anything about some of the attendees looking for free stuff. But it was part of my experience and think that it wouldn’t be right to pretend that it didn’t happen. I just hope that those individuals didn’t leave GE with the impression that we were all like that.

  10. Ashley says:

    Oh this is an awesome recap, and you hit everything right on the head. Very well-said! I hope they get the recipe up for you soon :)

    • Wendi says:

      Ashley, I may have to start calling down to GE and pestering them to send out that chicken and salad recipe. I’m so glad we both got to experience this. And how freaking incredible was the diet coke fridge? Heaven.

  11. What a great read – I’m so jealous, that would have been a great experience – & you won something too. Awesome :)

    • Wendi says:

      Anna, the optimist in me would like to think this could be the start of a winning streak. Even if it was just a fluke it was a great experience.

  12. liz2024 says:

    What fun!!! Yes we have both had luck in the blog contest department (Beth gave me a $50 amazon card for donating to her half marathon fund!) WAHOOO!!!!

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