For my last International Food Bloggers Conference post, I’d like to talk about Chateau Ste. Michelle winery in Woodinville, WA.
There was an optional trip on Thursday, before the conference started, to visit the winery and taste some wines. It was a lot of fun and everyone was treated to a tour, wine samples, and accompanying food pairings. But one of the best surprises of the event, was that each attendee was presented with a complimentary copy of Chateau Ste. Michelle Culinary Director John Sarich’s cookbook, Chef in the Vineyard: Fresh & Simple Recipes from Great Wine Estates to take home. I’ve already made one recipe from it (my adaption posted below).
In addition, John Sarich of Chateau Ste. Michelle also presented a session at the conference: Food & Wine – practical advice for pairing wine and food, from classic pairings to unexpected surprises.
I attended that (part of a wine tasting double-header along with Wine & Writing: Live Blogging – An Exercise in Writing with Bordeaux Wines right before). During this Chateau Ste. Michelle presentation, I learned a couple of interesting things:
1. Old world grapes . . . → Read More: IFBC 2013 in Seattle, Chateau Ste. Michelle + Asian Honey Spiced Salmon
On Saturday, a group of us attending the International Food Bloggers Conference, led by the knowledgeable and very friendly Chef Barry of Our Community Table. And even though 4:45AM is a god-awful time to meet in the lobby of the W Hotel, I ended up having a very interesting and enjoyable early morning!
When I first heard about this fieldtrip, I thought to myself – I just live in Portland, I’m in Seattle a couple of times a year. I do not need to get up at 4AM tomorrow and go walk to the market and take pictures. I can do that some other time. But then the more I thought about it, I came to the conclusion that on my own I would never do this. And I would never be able to drag my husband to the market that early to go with me. So, what the hell. I went and I’m so glad I did!
The market is kind of magical in the dark, early hours and it was great to be able to take pictures without crowds of people everywhere. Aside from some cheese-making activity at Beechers and . . . → Read More: IFBC 2013 in Seattle: Pike Place Market at 5AM
This year, the International Food Blogger’s Conference was held in Seattle, which is only a short $25 (or thereabouts) train ride from Portland. Also, this year Dorie Greenspan was the keynote speaker and since I’m in the French Fridays with Dorie group, this event seemed to good to pass up. Especially since I really enjoyed last year’s IFBC.
I mentioned IFBC and Dorie’s upcoming appearance there to everyone in FFwD and to my delight, a lot of us (Doristas) ended up converging on Seattle to meet up with each other, meet Dorie, eat some food, and drink some wine. It was so much fun!
In addition to all the sessions, food, and excursions, they had a Gift Suite. This is like a crazy black Friday sale where food companies give you tons of their stuff for free (and provide you with cute little canvas bags to lug it all around in). One of my favorite giveaways in the Gift Suite this year were packages of California Endive. Luckily for me, I didn’t have to fly my gifted produce back anywhere, just pack . . . → Read More: IFBC 2013 in Seattle + Endive and Arugula Salad with Walnuts and Grapes
Last August, I attended the International Food Bloggers Conference* in Portland, OR (a short 20 block trip) and had a really wonderful time. Lots of interesting and useful sessions (some with wine!), met some new food people, reconnected with some food bloggers I mainly knew from the online world and….got a free Ninja Cooking System!
The Ninja Cooking System is sort of like a crockpot that also sears, steams and oven roasts food. You can set it for slow cooking or stove top cooking and I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical at first. But, I’ve tried it twice now and both times, it worked really well. The first experiment was for a traditional crock pot-like meal — African Peanut Stew and it performed exactly like a slow cooker would. So, good job, Ninja!
The second experiment was a bit more challenging — I tried a recipe that came in the accompanying recipe booklet for Lemon Chicken with Rosemary, which they categorize as steam-infused roasting. Now, in a traditional slow cooker, I would expect this to come out like a pale, . . . → Read More: Ninja Cooking System: Lemon Chicken with Rosemary
I recently attended (as in “last weekend” recently) the International Food Blogger’s Conference here in Portland and had a great time. There was a lot of food, wine, bloggers, and informational sessions. I took some pictures.
During the first day, there was a Live Blogging (or tweeting) session with Travel Oregon. Some of my favorite tastes of the day were from this event. Happyrock Coffee Roasting, Straw Propeller Oatmeal, Pfriem Artisinal Brewery and Olympic Provisions (duh) were among my absolute favorites. Oh yeah and we got monkey hats from Mail Chimp at the after party Saturday night, so there was that too.
Happyrock Coffee, a great way to start it off.
Next it was salted truffle caramel and apple slices from Temptress Truffles.
Sushi bites from Newmans at 988 in Cannon Beach.
Black Butte Porter Cupcakes from The Well Traveled Fork.
Tasting blue cheese from Rogue Creamery.
Vodka from 9 Rocks Vodka in Spray, Oregon.
Olympic Provisions salami — and yes, it was nice to be sitting somewhere and . . . → Read More: International Food Blogger’s Conference – Portland