Believe it or not, after eating our way through the Street Fair and the Tasting Pavilion, we actually were hungry and ready for more deliciousness!
The Husband chauffeured us right up to the front of the building where we made our way to the Cocktail Party.
Since I knew dinner was going to involve A LOT of wine, I opted for something a little healthier ~ an Orange Juice Mocktail!
They managed to stuff us all in the downstairs cage area where there wasn’t really any place to mingle or move 🙁
We did manage to snag a few appetizers when we spotted them.
These Hoisin Beef Rolls were stuffed with scallions and were pretty delicious.
I wasn’t really a big fan of these since they didn’t have much flavor and had a funky texture.
Zucchini and parmesan madeleines. They were filled with lemon pepper creme and crimson cured salmon.
Herb Polenta Cups stuffed with chevre and Provencal vegetables ~ LOVE!
I finally managed to run into two of my favorite bloggers that I was looking for ALL WEEKEND! I am pretty sure I LOVE them even more now – they are way more awesome in person than on their blogs and we had a blast chatting it up.
The main dinner was hosted upstairs inside the Grand Hall ~ the lighting and building were absolutely beautiful.
The table decorations sorta freaked me out. We all touched “it” to see if “it” was real, but, that Styrofoam moss like ball made us all jump when it moved 😉
Each dish was paired with lots and lots of wine…..check out all all the glasses 😀
We had such a fun table & I honestly LOVED chatting it up with each & everyone of them.
My absolute FAVORITE thing on the menu was the Roasted Golden Beet Tart.
The flavor combination was just outstanding with you had a bite with a little creamy “pesto”, golden beet tart, sweet currants & beets, creamy feta and tart arugula. I totally want THE RECIPE! 😀
Can you all believe I’ve never had a scallop before in my life until Saturday night? I dunno, they sorta freak me out being all slimy and ball like and really, like what IS a scallop – you don’t ever see it’s head or fins or eyes 😀
But, I have to admit, I thought these Champagne Beurre Blanc Fennel Braised Scallops were delicious and I ate everything except for the funky fried fennel grass 🙂
THIS is one reason I LOVE eating with other food bloggers ~ you NEVER feel like you are the only one taking pictures of what you eat 😉
There were 3 options for dinner ~ A Lamb options, A Fish Option (Pescatarian) and a Vegan Option. Since I have moral issues with lamb 😀 (I seem so opinionated today, huh?! LOL), I opted for the Vegan dish.
The shiitake mushrooms were garlicky and delicious. The stuffed portabello mushrooms had a leek balsamic filling and pesto on top. The butternut squash puree should’ve been roasted or seasoned, I think….it was sorta bland like baby food.
There were two desserts that were deserved.
Melissa ordered the Vegan Sorbet & Fruit
And I got the Tarta De Almendras with oranges. I LOVED the cake part, but, have to admit that the parmesan cheese crisp on top didn’t really mix with anything else.
The other part I LOVE about bloggers…..we ALWAYS share our food with each other too 😀 (hehehe….XOXO ~ E & H ~ I couldn’t resist 1 pic of you all eating ;))
After dinner we headed out with the group to the Clock Tower Bar before heading back to get some sleep before SUSAN kicked our booties with her Boot Camp Workout in the morning.
I have to admit the fact that she gave us such a great workout made me feel justified in piling on the brunch (you know, since I’ve shown such restraint all weekend and all LOL :D)
Brunch was completely delicious especially since it involved applewood smoked bacon, spinach frittatas, yogurt parfaits and LOTS of Nature’s Pride Bread!
I totally LOVED that they served up salads for the people like me who LOVE fitting in at least a 1/2 cup of veggies for breakfast every morning 😀
I actually didn’t eat the French Toast or the grilled cheese muffin gravy thing, but, I did devour everything else you see here 🙂
After breakfast, we chatted it up one last time and snapped our parting shots. I really do LOVE all these girls and I had such a blast meeting everyone this weekend. I think the BEST thing about blogging is that each time you get to meet up with everyone, it’s like catching up with an old friend…..I can’t wait to see everyone again!
The 2nd Annual Foodbuzz Festival Crew ~ The Husband and all my roomies <3!!!!
Even as we parted ways, I had some great things to take home to remember all the fun people I met.
Janetha was one of the first people to read my blog and we have since become great friends. She is so freakin’ amazing, sweet and nice ~ check out the awesome gift she brought all of us to take home.
Complete with her favorite coffee mug!
Homemade Trail Mix that she whipped up complete with apples dried with LOVE by Momma B! Thanks you two ~ I LOVE you both ~ xoxo!
Susan brought us all bags of Simply Protein Oatmeal!
I LOVE it when I get to try things from other places (Like Canada!) that we do not have in California.
Sabrina (Rhodey Girl Tests) has these super cute re-usable bags made up that she gave all of us.
We also got fun gifts to take home from the Tasting Pavilion
Super Cool Apron!
T-Shirts! By the way, the Foodiacs are hosting the 12 days of Christmas Giveaway where they are giving away some awesome prizes!
Frog Hollow Farms kept their tradition of sending us home with their fantastic treats!
Then, there is the Foodbuzz Fest Swag Bag! I have to say I LOVE that they went “green” this year and used a re-usable bag!
Since I know everyone always wonders what is inside, I decided to include pictures to show you what’s in the bag!
The Husband is all too excited about the Saags meats and lunch bag.
The funkiest salad chopper scissors I’ve ever seen.
The Devil Knife that cuts mainly anything….Holly wants to know what it “doesn’t cut”? LOL
Tyler Florence’s Brown Sugar Rub by Made In Napa Valley!!!
My personal fav….a Chef’s Catalog Gift Card!
Can’t wait for next year!!!
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Gahhhh ~ It’s Biggest Loser Night ~ Can’t wait to just relax!