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August 14, 2009

Six months in the planning and it’s here!!!!!

The cocktail party was a huge success!!!! We promise our color palate was not coordinated at all!

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The event was held at Rustic Kitchen, an Italian-style bistro and wood-fired pizza restaurant next to the Radisson. They have been awesome to work with, and the night was a blast.

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We arrived around 6:45 to get the party started!

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And soon enough we had over 100 blog enthusiasts packed into the atrium!

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Thanks to Hangry Mark for being our bouncer!

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The menu that Tina and I, the Social Committee ,  planned included a selection of wood-fired pizzas, grilled veggies, a mixed greens salad, plus Wild Mushroom + Goat Cheese Bruschetta, Fried Risotto balls, and Beef Tenderloin crostini.

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Rustic went above and beyond pumping out hot pizza after hot pizza, and they all tasted amazing. My favorite was the Fig Preserve Pizza!

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I started the night with a club soda. I wasn’t really in a drinking mood – butterflies!!

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After an hour, I decided to order and drink and realized I hadn’t had anything to eat yet! I attacked the pizzas.

MANHATTAN  = the best sipping drink of all time

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Stack-O-pizza varietals plus some veggies and a risotto ball

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I ate dinner with these new friends!!!! I got to talk to tons of totally awesome, intelligent, kind readers (coming from as far as L.A. and Texas!), but there were so many people I didn’t even get to say hello to. Tomorrow! Come say hi!!

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I had a fun conversation with these middle ladies (also drinking Manhattans!), who hail from the NYC publishing business, about the relationship between blogs and magazines. I told them I would LOVE a column in a women’s magazine – any editors who read, fo’ real!

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My drink was strong, so I went back to club soda for a final drink

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And had a final piece of fig pizza!

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I had SO.MUCH fun tonight my voice is hoarse.

Why am I blogging at 10:24 when I should still be out partying? Because I am determined to get a good night’s rest tonight before today, which is a huge, very long, exciting day!! I’m exhausted from last night’s insomnia. So happy that I my stomach isn’t full and I’m clear-headed going to bed tonight :) Eye mask + ear plugs + blackout curtains + water + no wine = rest.


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1 Runeatrepeat August 14, 2009 at 9:40 pm

Good luck tomorrow :)


2 Cait (Cait's Plate) August 14, 2009 at 9:47 pm

Aw, so fun. Have a blast tomorrow!


3 Food Vigilante August 14, 2009 at 9:48 pm

Fig preserves?! I can wait till my figs are ripe!



4 Leianna August 14, 2009 at 9:56 pm

That pizza looks amazing. Love your dress! Have a great, fun-filled day tomorrow!


5 Lizzy August 14, 2009 at 9:56 pm

aww good luck tomorrow! the spread looks amazing! yummmm


6 kay (eating machine) August 14, 2009 at 10:03 pm

I love the matching-on-accident dresses! so cute!


7 Pam August 14, 2009 at 10:06 pm

Glad you are having a SUPERB time!

Great looking food!



8 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) August 14, 2009 at 10:29 pm

Looks like a grand time!

The food looks amazing!


9 Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) August 14, 2009 at 10:41 pm

Wow, unique pizza combos! Looks awesome.

Good luck tomorrow! 😀



10 [email protected] August 14, 2009 at 10:49 pm

Looks like sooo much fun!

I hope you get some good rest, and good luck tomorrow! :)


11 Shannon The Healthy Beach Bum August 14, 2009 at 10:53 pm

Wish I could be there :) The menu looks OUTSTANDING. The fig pizza sounds so so good. Never heard of anything like that before! Get some nice rest <3


12 Angela (Run, Study, Eat) August 15, 2009 at 12:01 am

neato! neato! everything seems to be going great! Can;t wait to scope out the HLS live stream!


13 Whitney August 15, 2009 at 12:03 am

Great job with the summit? Why am I commenting at 1 am when I should be resting up for tomorrow? I guess I just wanted to let you guys know what a wonderful job you did. fo’ real.


14 Emily August 15, 2009 at 2:16 am

Hope you get your good night’s sleep :) The venue you guys chose looks perfect. I wish I could be there!


15 Madelin @ What is for breakfast? August 15, 2009 at 4:58 am

That food looks so good! Well done for being a restrained drinker, you’ll be thankful in the morning :)


16 Christie @ Quit Your Diet August 15, 2009 at 4:58 am

Looks like a fun night! I can’t wait to see what you guys have in store for the rest of the weekend!


17 Susan August 15, 2009 at 5:34 am

Okay, first, that fig pizza looks awesome. But so do all you ladies 😉 Good call on getting rested up. Can’t wait to hear about today’s events!!


18 KatieF August 15, 2009 at 5:57 am

That looks like such a fun time! Good luck today!


19 Nicole August 15, 2009 at 6:22 am

Kath, it was so nice to see you again and catching up with you. You ladies did a fantastic job last night. I had a blast! Can’t wait for what you have in stored for us today. See you soon.


20 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) August 15, 2009 at 6:58 am

Good idea for catching up on sleep so you can feel good and refreshed tomorrow! 😀 I can’t get over what a fun weekend this must be…keep having FUN! 😀

I’m enjoying all the recaps! 😀


21 Niki August 15, 2009 at 7:04 am

Looks like a great time! Good luck tomorrow!


22 Andee (Runtolive) August 15, 2009 at 7:15 am

The pizzas look amazing! Looked like a fun event!


23 Biz319 August 15, 2009 at 7:33 am

You all look beautiful! What a great night – the pizzas look amazing!


24 Lara August 15, 2009 at 8:30 am

Love figs on pizza. The food looks great. That lunch too. Is there going to be a “detox” theme next week from all the HLS folks? :)


25 nicole Hoskens August 15, 2009 at 9:49 am

wow all that food looks so yummy! that fig pizza sounds amazing!


26 lynn (The Actors Diet) August 15, 2009 at 12:07 pm

that fig pizza looks AMAZING! glad you’re having such a grand time!


27 [email protected] August 15, 2009 at 6:07 pm

Thanks for all of your hard work! It was awesome!


28 Adventures of Alice August 16, 2009 at 1:41 pm

I’m just catching up on blog reading after being in the States for a bit—the summit looks amazing! Way to Go! That fig pizza also looks great–what kind of cheese did it have on it? Glad y’all had such a great time!


29 Amelia August 20, 2009 at 9:46 am

Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog! It was so nice to meet you too. I really enjoyed the whole weekend. :)
That fig pizza was out of this world good. Excellent choice!


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