Here it is Thursday already and I am only just now sitting back and savouring every moment of this adventure through attendee write ups, amazing videos, taste flash backs, new friendships forged and old renewed. This past weekend 350 food bloggers descended on controversially the best foodie town in the United States...San Fransisco. With world-class wineries, artisanal cheese makers and small farms just a short drive away, San Francisco is awash in culinary riches. The quality and quantity of the restaurants and food carts here make San Francisco an unparalleled food city. The quality of the food did not stop on the streets of San Francisco but rose to the occasion for the biggest foodie "Lovefest" San Francisco has ever seen!!!! A big thanks to Foodbuzz who worked till they were "dog tired" to create an event that captured the heart and soul of the food industry and the blogging world in one elliptical event.
Joan of FOODalogue and Norma of Platanos, Mangoes and MeIn true MTBT style I wandered the streets of San Francisco for 2 days prior to the big event. I have experienced Chinatown in San Francisco on a number of occasions but this time I wanted to actually see it, touch it, and taste it on some level. The reality of Chinatown is that there are two Chinatowns...one belongs to the locals, the other charms the tourists. They overlap and dance with each other. The old adage "be careful what you wish for" occasionally came to mind.
The next time you watch the movie "In Pursuit of Happiness"
you may spy Erhu
After a brief respite it was on to the welcome reception at our host hotel the Sir Francis Drake where a brightly attired Beefeater doorman ushers you into a magnificently restored lobby straight out of the Italian Renaissance – with antique crystal chandeliers, gilded ceilings, and a sweeping staircase.
Lobby at the Sir Francis Drake
From there we were bussed in to Fort Mason and the Herbst Pavilion for the Street Food Fare. We caught glimpses of the Golden Gate Bridge before entering "foodie heaven". From the food cart street scene we found French takeaway from Spencer on the Go, Tacolicious, porschetta from Roli Roti, Curry Up Now, Mission Minis Cupcakes, Namu (who hosted last years Outstanding in the Field dinner), woodfire baked pizza from you guessed it Pizza Politana, seafood and vegetarian paella from Daimond Lil, Chicarrones and sandwiches from 4505 Meats all served with overflowing glasses of wine and beer from the San Francisco Brewers Guild.
After a good nights sleep our morning was spent soaking up knowledge in sessions from photography to writing with food demonstrations from Alaska Seafood or Fresh Express. From here we headed off to the Metreon for a taste testing.
Enjoy a few sights....
The finale was a cooked to perfection Gala at the Ferry Building presented by The Cooking Channel. Insert picture of twinkling lights and sparkling chrystal here. Wetarted with appetizers from Paula Leduc followed by an amazing meal of Roasted Golden Beet Tart; Seared Scallops with Braised Fennel and Bonny Doon Vineyard Verjus Beurre Blanc; Rosemary and Garlic Infused Rack of Lamb with Local Wild Mushrooms, Pinot Noir Sqauce and Butternut Squash Puree; all accompanied with wines from Bonny Doon Vineyard. It was all followed by a Tarta de Almedras with Oranges with a Spanish Sherry Sabayon.
But what really makes the event.....the people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
...and the padrons.....
Photo courtesy of Joan of FOODalogue
What others are saying....
Spinach Tiger - Angela
OC2 Seattle - Sarah
FOODalogue - Joan
Sippity Sup - Greg
Confessions of a Young Woman - Gillian (thanks for making the plane ride so enjoyable)
A Feast for the Eyes - Debby
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