I came out of my bloggy shell a little this past weekend.
Thanks to Foodbuzz , I met with over 350 other food bloggers in San Francisco for the Second Annual Foodbuzz Blogger Festival. Foodbuzz prepared a seamless weekend jam-packed with exciting events. Such events included a Street Food Fare, Taste Pavilion, Grand Gala, and Farewell Brunch. Educational seminars were also available which touched on topics like food photography, videoblogging, blog success, and blog writing.
The events featured some really cool sponsors including Nature’s Pride, Alaska Seafood, Buick, Ghiradelli, Electrolux, Buitoni, Fresh Express, Jarlsberg, Cooking Channel, and more.
Featured guests chefs included Chef Mary Sue Milliken of Alaska Seafood, Chef Todd Fisher of Fresh Express, and Chef Joey Altman of Electrolux. Jeffrey Saad, host of “United Tastes of America” on Cooking Channel, was also there.
Although I wasn’t able to make it to the Street Food Fare fellow bloggers informed me the event was a lot of fun and the food was spectacular and filling. I met up with everyone on Saturday morning at the Sir Francis Drake hotel for the breakout sessions and seminars. Then, we headed to the Taste Pavilion.
The Taste Pavilion was located in the City View Space at the Metreon. The location alone was fabulous, staring out into the blue sky and down upon San Francisco.
More than 50 producers, brands, wineries, breweries and chefs were featured. I got a chance to invite some non-blogging friends to this event. Thanks for coming Katherine, Hana, Tracy, and Courtney. We especially enjoyed the flipbook photo booth. I wish I remembered the name of the company. Anyone know? They were fabulous. Here’s a silly snapshop from the flipbook:
Here were some of my favorite tastes:
Chanterelle Mushroom Soup, Americano Restaurant & Bar.
Poached Gulf Prawns and Chile-Gazpacho, Miss Pearl’s Restaurant
Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup with Savory Parmesan Shortbread, Tyler Florence.
Halibut and King Salmon Tacos, presented by Alaska Seafood.
Mini red velvet cupcakes by Ticings (left), assorted mini cupcakes by Mission Minis (right).
Fellow blogger, Lisa , presenting her recipe for Nature’s Pride.
Later that evening, we all met up again for a fabulous Saturday Night Gala Dinner. I apologize but the following pictures are not so great. They’re really out of focus. Perhaps it was the wine
Both the venue and the menu were fabulous. Presented by the Cooking Channel, the gala was held in the Grand Hall of San Francisco’s Ferry Building.
Each course was carefully paired with a delicious wine by Bonny Doon Vineyard.
The first course was a roasted golden beet tart served with crimson beets, feta, currants, arugula and a basil puree. The dish was paired with a light Albarino white wine. This course was definitely my favorite. The tart melted in my mouth and just had such creamy, earthy flavors.
Next up, well Trish drinks more wine and forgets to take a picture of this course. Oops. But I can describe it. This dish was seared scallops in a beurre blanc served with braised fennel and topped with fried fennel fonds. It was accompanied by a white Rhone analogue wine known as Le Cigare Blanc. The scallops were great and they were my second favorite dish of the evening.
For the main course, I requested the vegetarian option (in lieu of the rack of lamb), which was a grilled portabella served with butternut squash puree and topped with fried fennel fonds. Served with red wine (Le Cigare Volant). The mushroom was mediocre but I especially enjoyed the butternut squash puree.
For dessert, we had a tarta de almendras (buttery almond cake) with oranges. This was paired with a sweet dessert wine (Vin de Paille).
The next day, a Farewell Brunch was served at Sir Francis Drake hotel. Here, we continued feasting but were also given the opportunity to reconnect with our fellow bloggers one last time and say our goodbyes.
Roasted Vegetable Frittatas, Pear & Arugula Salad
Country White Bread and Pork Sausage with Gravy, Yogurt Parfaits with Granola
There was also a panzanella salad with roasted wild mushrooms and red onions, applewood smoked bacon, cinnamon nutty oat French toast with whipped strawberry butter, and a seasonal fruit display.
I had such an amazing fun-filled (and tummy-filled) weekend. Special shout out to bloggers Gina and Lisa , my two partners-in-crime. These two ladies took me under their wing when I first arrived and didn’t know anybody. They were loads of fun and kept me smiling all weekend. I also enjoyed spending time with Chef Dennis , Sara , Emme , Jeanne , Demaris , Mariko , and Lisa . Such warm people. I was also thrilled to see a few familiar faces: Liren , Jean , and Chandara .
I am humbled by the work of so many talented food bloggers and I feel so lucky being a part of the food blogging community. Thank you bloggers and thank you Foodbuzz !