Monday, November 9, 2009

1st Annual Foodbuzz Festival


I'm on the plane, somewhere over Nebraska, recounting a fabulous weekend in San Francisco. Foodbuzz did an amazing job with the Festival, I can't thank them enough!! There are quite a few thorough recaps of the event (just check out the list of attendees), so I thought I would highlight my favorite eats of the weekend.

I started Friday night off right--with dessert! A pumpkin spice cupcake from Mission Minis


A buttery, rich Zucchini Mushroom hand pie from The Pie Truck (Sabrina and I, "Cheers!")


A lavender-pomegranate cheesecake from Alive, with a coconut base (I love this coconut milk trend!). I loved the subtle, light flavors of this raw, vegan cheesecake!


Excellent thin crust pizza from Pizza Politana


A gluten-free bread from Blue Bottle Coffee that married Arborio Rice, Brandy, and Wine! Thanks for sharing Tina :)


Fresh, local honey yogurt from Saint Benoit in it's own awesome crock!


An appetizer from aquarius that I *think* involved a goat cheese mousse underneath some sort of meat (maybe like a carpaccio?) and topped with a lemon meringue. Best in one bite, this was very unique and tasty! Anyone else remember what this was exactly??


A meatball from Chef Paul of Americano, made with Hearst beef


Some delicious cheese...


And so much incredible chocolate I couldn't pick favorites (or pictures) :)


Pumpkin Pie Caramallows from BonBonBar


Amazingly dough-y cookies from Annie the baker


Brussels sprouts that made me a lover!! From our Outsanding in the Field dinner Saturday night at Greenleef Produce, these roasted brussels sprouts were topped with ponzu fried garlic, guanciale and bonito flakes. Definitely recreating!!


Another good bite from dinner was the tuna appetizer. "Ahi tunnato on paine de mie with gochukaru and parsley," I seem to recall it was described as tuna poached in oil that was then reduced to form a foam that topped the tuna. Or something like that ;)


Pistachio Macarons from Miette (thanks for the tip Esi). I really need to try making these gems at home!


I also owe a huge thank you to Nature's Pride, who not only sponsored my trip, but gave me the opportunity to prepare my Savory Pumpkin Bread Pudding during the Tasting Pavilion! It seemed to be a hit, but I don't know if it was because I was standing right there ;)


All I have to say is holy food!! It's a good thing we don't do this every weekend :)

26 comments:

Megan said...

It was great chatting with you at the brunch! I don't remember what those little tart bites were either - going over my stuff I definitely wish I had taken the time to take more notes.

See you next year!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

How aaaaamazing!!!!!!! I only wish I could have gone. NExt year :)

Erica said...

Looks like SO much fun. I have really enjoyed reading all of the recaps! The food and the company= amazing!!!!! Totally wish I could have gone

Elina said...

Sounds like an amazing foodie weekend. Can't wait to hear more about it this weekend :)

5 Star Foodie said...

The food sounds amazing and what a fun experience! I wish I could have been there!

lesley living life said...

That looks like so much fun!!! :) That's really neat that you got to make your own recipe for sampling, I would have loved to try it!

Meghann said...

Your Savory Pumpkin Break Pudding was a BIG hit!! I saved the recipe and plan to attempt it in the near future. :)

It was great seeing you again this weekend!

Joanne said...

It seems like you guys had such a great time and ate so much good food. I wish I could have been there! AAAHHH. Next year. Or next foodie conference. Whenever that shall be.

balancejoyanddelicias said...

nice meeting you!!! It was such a fun weekend for foodies like us! and I agree, i'm glad it's not every weekend! hahhaa......

Lauren said...

That looks like so much fun! The food looks delicious & I'm sure the people were amazing =D.

Kelly said...

Love hte recap. It was great getting to hang out with you. We'll definitely have to do more Boston blogger get togethers sometime soon

Rose-Anne said...

How cute are you, standing at your station, charming the cameras?!? I'm so glad to hear you had a great time at Foodbuzz. I'm sad that I didn't go because it means I didn't get the chance to meet you! Maybe next year :-)

I have one more thing to tell you, but I have to run and catch my bus! I'll be back later!

oldwaystable said...

So glad you got a picture of the Zucchini and Mushroom pies from The Pie Truck, I was way too busy stuffing them down my throat to remember my camera! Nice meeting you :) - Alison

Kerstin said...

Awesome pictures!! Everything looks fabulous! I'm glad you had fun and can't wait to hear more about your demo :)

eatingtolivelovelaughtri said...

Looks like you were eating good! I am so glad that you had a great time!

Esi said...

You are awesome! I am so glad I got to meet you this weekend and spend time chatting with you. Glad you made it back safely and let's do it again next year!!

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

What delicious eats! It must of been fun preparing your recipe!

Rosiecat said...

Whew! OK, I'm back. Speaking of macarons, I too think you should try to create them in your kitchen. Have you seen that new cookbook that's all about macarons? Its title is just perfect:
I Love Macarons.
It was mentioned in the NY Times recently. You could do a cookbook review and bake us some cookies!

Emily said...

Congrats again on getting to make your bread pudding at the Foodbuzz event! So neat, and I really want to try your recipe!

Mari @ Secrets of a Kitchen Wizard said...

Great meeting you at the festival, and congratulations again on winning the recipe contest! I loved your savory bread pudding, and I'll be linking your recipe to my post (probably go out tomorrow or Thurs.)

brandi said...

it was so much fun to meet you! I think we all did a pretty good job cooking :)
and i'm missing all that food already!

Ricki said...

Such spectacular food! And it sounds as if it was a pretty spectacular weekend, too. Glad you had so much fun!

Lainie said...

Loving your blog - I just found it and your pictures are phenomenal! Love the foodbuzz pics...wish I could've gone...looks like so much fun!

Sophia said...

YES it most certainly was a hit! So many people were still talking about how good your bread pudding was!

I'm so sad I missed the local honey yogurt from Saint Benoit...the pot is so adorable!

p.s. The word verification for this comment is: SPERM! HHAHAHAH!

Nicole Chow - HealthyChow.com said...

Oh Shannon! You looked so awesome standing behind your 'kitchen area'. I just wish I was there to watch you in person and to taste your masterpiece. Great pics of SF BTW! I think it's safe to say that the FoodBuzz Festival was a hit! Everyone loves your savory bread pudding; I knew they would!

Tina said...

Annie the Baker!!! Awesome pic! :)

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