10 a.m.-noon. $25. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. smithcenter.org . DIWALI MELA: A celebration with food, vendors, music and dancing. Noon-6 p.m. $21.95; $12.95 children ages 4-10. Indique Heights, 2 Wisconsin Circle , Chevy Chase. 301-656-4822. www.indiqueheights.com . EQUINE WINE FESTIVAL: Featuring the Winery at Olney, with food for sale, wagon rides and other activities. A portion of the proceeds goes the Potomac Valley Dressage Association Ride for Life in support of Johns Hopkins breast cancer activities.
I think I started this whole category of lifestyle.”) Now, we will admit that there are some renegade bloggers out there, but it’s the self-correcting law of the blogosphere that no-nothing bloggers get all the influence they deserve. And we share Martha’s affinity for recipe testing since the L.A. Times Test Kitchen obsessively tests and retests all its recipes before publication. But, seriously, Martha? No caveat for bloggers who are, indeed, experts in food, fashion and lifestyle? No caveat for the legion of food bloggers who take great care in testing and crafting recipes to make sure they’re just as good as a recipe out of Martha Stewart’s kitchen? (One food blog, for example, that has never, ever let us down? Simply Recipes .) We expect more nuance from you, Martha. The remarks are especially surprising given that food and lifestyle bloggers make up one of Martha’s core constituencies. True, food bloggers might not be her core voting bloc — that likely belongs to civilian women and men who try to bring a little bit of Martha’s magic into their everyday lives. But food and lifestyle bloggers help endlessly to promote Martha by using their platforms to make her recipes and crafts — such as Halloween cupcakes accented with shards of broken “glass” or marzipan pumpkin petits fours in the shape of skulls and coffins — and then sharing them with their blog’s readers. The reaction is exactly what you’d expect it to be in the online blogging world. “So Martha Stewart insulted an army of craft, party & food bloggers…not cool Martha…not cool at all,” Tweeted @ MariaLopezDavis Online food personality Vicki Winters took to video to respond to Martha, demanding an apology and calling her a hypocrite for making such comments in the wake of Martha’s 2012 appearance at a BlogHer conference. And here’s an open letter that BlogHer posted in regard to the controversy. What do you think?