Jeff and I had soo much fun at the event this weekend.
She suggested to take it slow, share dishes and have fun. I think we did all of the above.
After checking in we headed over to the CTbites blogger tent. They had set up several Q&A sessions with some chefs that were going to be there and we arrived right at the tail end of Duff Goldman from Charm City Cakes.
After Duff was a personal favorite of mine Graham Elliot better known from his role as a judge on Master Chef. You might not recognize him at first because he has lost about 100 lbs!
Graham Elliot has been banned from yelp several times because he likes to challenge negative reviewers. He also thinks green peppers are a pointless ingredient and I would have to agree, they bring nothing to the table!
After snapping a pic with Graham we made our way into the tent, Jeff, Maria and I were ready to get our feast on.
*I will not be posting everything I ate, because I did not take pictures of everything I was too busy enjoying myself and double fisting food and beverages to keep track. I cannot for the life of me remember some of the booths that the food came from, the ones that I do I will certainly share with you.
We made a be-line for any food we could find. We stumbled upon a shrimp cocktail dish at Fly the Whale. The shrimp sat atop a ricotta cheese and cocktail sauce mixture that was really delicious!
After that drink fail I munched on some other things along the way. I grabbed some tuna that was pretty good, but not as rare as I would have liked.
I found a Mexican booth with some chips and fabulous guac and sangria, the sangria was not that great and before getting a chance to ditch it I found a bloody mary shot I needed to try and then immediately regretted because it was super spicy thanks to a black pepper rim.
The Ritz-Carlton served up some delicious Salmon Skewers, so good in fact I later went back for another one!
Maria and I spotted the Spike Seltzer from a mile away and being the seltzer lover that I am new I would love it.
It was delicious and I could see it being dangerous because it obviously tasted just like seltzer and you have no idea it has alcohol in it.
After the brussels we stumbled upon Todd mixing up 2 delicious beverages using Harvest American Organic Vodka. Todd let me sample the vodka straight and it was soo much smoother then other vodkas. The drinks of the day were Farmers Market Cinnamon Citrus Smash: American harvest, cinnamon syrup, lemon juice, apple cider and leaves (brown drink) and Farmers Market Ginger Grape Smash: American harvest, concord grape juice, ginger syrup, mint leaves (purple drink)
Don’t worry I shared the beverages with Jeff who isn’t a mixed drink guy and enjoyed these.
We tried some Aunt Sassy’s Sauce covered pecans which were sooo good, I ended up buying a bottle of the cracked pepper slightly naughty sauce. We like to make bbq pulled chicken in the crock pot and thought this would be an excellent sauce. I also really want to recreate those pecans.
Also a notable beverage we tried were the Adult S’mores, this drink was delicious and would be tasty in coffee.
Jeff and Maria were in their for the pulled pork from Dinosaur BBQ, they both gave it rave reviews.
At this point I was full and tired and ready to call it a day.
One thing I was really impressed with were the giant coolers filled with water bottles and sodas for people to grab as needed. As a big water drinker I was very impressed by this and was glad I could help myself to several water bottles throughout the day.
One thing that we wished there were more of, garbage cans. More often then not we were wanting to try something else but didn’t have the hands to do so because we couldn’t find a trash can to through our garbage away in.
If you ever get the opportunity to go to a food and wine festival I highly recommend it, they are a ton of fun and I can only hope we get to attend next year.
Of all the things I mentioned what would you most want to try?
What would you least want to try?
What celebrity chef would you life to meet?