Our day started with breakfast after a brisk mile walk over the Federated Media HQ.
I was very impressed with the organic yogurt, which was as thick as greek!
And the breads and pastries – Larbs and I split a scone along with some toast and fruit
Then came the nerve wracking part of my day – public speaking! Still scares me every time. I was honored to be on a panel with some of my very favorite other blogs to read: Peas And Thank You, How Sweet Eats, Joy the Baker and shutterbean. We talked about taking your blog to the next level – what it’s taken for us to become fulltime bloggers or get book deals or move into podcasting. These other ladies are so inspiring : )
The panel ended with a taste of one of MamaPea’s new Pumpkin Molasses Dough Balls – SO DOUGHY!
I went to support Ashley in her photography lesson for Session II.
When the sessions were over, a group of us went for a walk in search of some salad greens to provide a healthy foundation for an afternoon of taste testing.
After a couple of dud restaurants that were closed, we stumbled upon a quaint French bakery that had the perfect menu –
Warm Goat Cheese salad for me!
The tasting pavilion started at 1pm – and what better to kick it off with than a cup of liquid chocolate!?
Go big or go home.
Here’s a snapshot from last year of the types of foods there are to taste. So many gourmet specialty products – including lots of cheese + chocolate!
2011 Best Of Show
Foodzie‘s Fat Toad Farm Vanilla Bean Caramel
Alaska Seafood’s Lettuce Wraps and Terri’s Cod Chips!
Ganache by Ticings
And their beautiful patterns!
And Ball jars!
Frog Hollow Pears (always <3 )
Green Valley Organics
Fentiman’s Dandelion Soda – like a natural root beer!
Ricotta from Bellwether – like ice cream!
Hotti Biscotti – perfectly smooth crumbly
Vignette Wine Country Sodas –
Tasted like real wine without the alcohol!
CORE bars – made with raw oats that were so doughy and an impressive whole food bar
Three Twins Organic Ice cream (even better when it half melted in my hand!)
Of course, of course the CUPCAKES!! Mission St. rules. Especially the pumpkin!
Oh, and Tyler Florence was there! Impress the foodies.
Larbs and I are laying like two bumps on a log in our room while we relax for a bit and digest. The grande finale starts in 2 hours!