Taste Not, Want Not

November 6, 2010

What a fabulous eating extravaganza!!!!

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Ready. Set. Eat!

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The Tasting Pavilion might be my favorite part of #Fbzfest. Picture a few hundred bloggers sampling the most flavorful, fun, gourmet foods. From salt to beer to chocolate to salmon.

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I was lucky to win sponsorship to the Festival for my Figgy Wild Rice and Mushroom Dressing from Electrolux. I had such a fun time with the food demo I was asked to do of the recipe. Yes, I would love to have a cooking show :)

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I had to arrive at the Pavilion an hour early to prepare with my co-blogging recipe winners, Natalie of The Sweets Life and Tina of My Life As A Mrs.

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But before it was showtime, I had to grab something to eat!

I actually found SALAD put on by Fresh Express lettuce. This had quinoa, cranberries and SMOKED PECANS that were so good. I had two little plate’s full!

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And then I feasted :mrgreen:

I tried a few beers, cheese, chocolates, toffee, soups, a wine or two, salts, s’mores, smoothies, and more.

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FBZ Best Of Show

Do you know what I was most excited about?

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Annie the Baker’s Dough Balls!!

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These are SO GOOD and you can order them through Foodzie. I might have to do that for the next holiday! This one is the toffee – my fav. I also tasted the peanut butter –  cookie outside, dough inside!

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I also loved the Tyler Florence Apple + Butternut soup with shortbread

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And Americano Restaurant’s Mushroom Soup was out of this world. I smelled sherry and he was impressed with my nose to detect the flavor so quickly!

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Ohhhhhhh, and the Mission Minis Cupcakes were back!!!

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I tried 3-4 of the flavors (split with Meghann!). My fav was still the pumpkin spice!! I love spice.

Then it was demo time. I wasn’t really nervous at all. I love live audiences (but do not like cameras!)

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The demo went quite well and I thought the sample portions of the stuffing turned out great. The figs are key!

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Very animated!

“Praise the Fig! (And Bread)”

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I ate up my dressing but didn’t gobble gobble the lurk

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More tasting and schmoozing

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Jeff from Frog Hollow Farm is a KERF fan!!! Hope they know how much I absolutely love their pears!! They are just oozing with sweet pear juice all the time. I got 2 for the road!

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Ended on a sweet note (surprise, surprise!) with Tina’s Pumpkin Spice Layer Parfait. It was awesome!!!! Loved the crumble.

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Emily and I have been blogging and logging (which means we’re full like a log laying in our beds) and are debating a walk through Chinatown now. Then we glam for tonight’s dinner. Surprisingly, I think I will be hungry in 2 hours!

Stomach, mentally prepare.

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1 Evan Thomas November 6, 2010 at 7:33 pm

I could DEFINITELY see you doing a TV cooking show! I remember thinking at the HLS that you spoke calm and posed and had a terrific accent.

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2 Kath November 6, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Awww you’re too kind :)

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3 Tab - Just Weighing In November 6, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Wow – how did you not eat everything in site? I would have been tempted to do just that! :)

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4 Kath November 6, 2010 at 7:58 pm

I think I did!

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5 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 6, 2010 at 7:34 pm

You look awesome presenting up there. I so wish I could’ve seen it!

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6 Kath November 6, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Thanks!

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7 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) November 6, 2010 at 7:42 pm

Everything looks absolutely delicious — it’s making me ready for a second dinner and dessert. ;)

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8 Heather November 6, 2010 at 7:45 pm

how fun! You’re like Rachel Ray!

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9 Maren November 6, 2010 at 7:48 pm

The little parfait is so cute, and pumpkin too!

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10 katie November 6, 2010 at 7:49 pm

I’d totally watch your cooking show if you had one!

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11 Claire (Low Impact Fashionista) November 6, 2010 at 7:50 pm

I want you to have a cooking show! And I also want to find figs…I can’t find them anywhere…

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12 Andy November 6, 2010 at 8:00 pm

I can’t find fresh ones either. I asked the produce manager at our local grocery store (yes, only one) and he said they were with the other dried fruit. I explained that I was interested in “fresh” figs and he looked at me like I had antennae growing out of my head. He had never heard of them… seriously, he’s a produce manager?!

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13 Katherine November 6, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Looks like the presentation went great! Congrats!

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14 Dana @ my little celebration November 6, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Wow, that’s awesome that you got to do a demo! How exciting. I always seize up in front of cameras…how did you feel like you did?

That pumpkin spice parfait looked soooo delicious! Pudding partfaits are one of my favorite desserts to make in the fall, especially with pumpkin being so readily available.

Great photos Kath! I’m really enjoying following along on your foodbuzz fest adventures.

Happy Foodbuzzing!

-Dana

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15 Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 6, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Ohh those cookies do sound incredible. I had a friend that made ones a lot like those before. :)

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16 Caitlyn (A Spoonful of Life) November 6, 2010 at 8:12 pm

FOOD HEAVEN!! How I wish I had been there! Everything looked so tasteful!

I hope your presentation went well. That was just prep for when you actually do get your own cooking show!

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17 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations November 6, 2010 at 8:13 pm

I’m sure the demo was SO much fun!

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18 Christin L. November 6, 2010 at 8:13 pm

You look very confident in your presentation! Congratulations!

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19 Lindsay November 6, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Kath,

Just when I was convinced that I could handle no more food, the Electrolux apron-wearing folks hunted me down with a generous portion of your stuffing (and turkey!). I ate the entire plate!

Great job this afternoon :-)

Lindsay

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20 Kath November 6, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Yay!

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21 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) November 6, 2010 at 8:24 pm

That is so much fun being able to do your own cooking demonstration! I think you should most definitely do more of that, even if it’s in a local school system with kids. Or adults looking for quick, easy, nutritious meals! Or people looking for gourmet and health. Seriously, you have so many options. :D

Looks like such a fun weekend!

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22 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write November 6, 2010 at 8:24 pm

How fun that you got to do a demo! I think I would have been nervous. For me, cooking infront of someone is like driving. I’m fine on my own, but as soon as I have attention, i forget how to breath!

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23 FoodFitnessFreshAir November 6, 2010 at 8:48 pm

This looks like such a fun time! Love your photos.

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24 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun November 6, 2010 at 8:48 pm

I think getting the chance to taste so many fabulous things would make me one happy girl. It all looks delicious and I’m sure you did an awesome job. I could see you having a cooking show.

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25 stacey-healthylife November 6, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Looks like amazing food. Your demo looks great.

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26 Charlene November 6, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Been lurking on your site for awhile, so just wanted to pop by and actually delurk myself! Your stuff looks great – foodbuzz seems like so much fun! Also, have linked you in my food blog (which a total of 3 people read I think) but thought I would let you know out of courtesy. :) Keep up the good work!

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27 Dee November 6, 2010 at 9:24 pm

Oh my goodness! I must try those dough balls. WOW! And those cupcakes!

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28 hemp jogger November 6, 2010 at 9:32 pm

work it girl- youre a natural!

have fun :)

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29 Kiran November 6, 2010 at 9:47 pm

You look so natural while demo-ing ;) Obviously you are suited for your own cooking show.. Go Kath!

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30 Kristen @ Kristen, Sweetly November 6, 2010 at 10:04 pm

Um, dough covered in cookie?! Too exciting for words. We need to work this out. Or just go buy copious amounts. Good job with Electrolux!!!

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31 Krystina November 6, 2010 at 10:06 pm

You look like a pro! So pretty. :)

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32 Sana November 6, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Hahahah I love how animated you got mid demo!

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33 holly @ couchpotatoathlete November 6, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Kath how exciting about your demo! Way to go!

Have a fun night!

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34 Hannah November 6, 2010 at 11:42 pm

Hahaha, I totally zoned in on the Medacasse chocolate in your collage! That’s whata chocolate blogger is capable of, I guess ;)

That parfait looks fantastic!

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35 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) November 6, 2010 at 11:44 pm

You’re very photogenic, Kath!

I wish I had access to those cupcakes. YUMMMMMM

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36 Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks November 7, 2010 at 2:11 am

Thanks for putting up so many wonderful photos from the tasting pavillion, Kath! I had to miss it, since I had tickets for Placido Domingo at the SF Opera. Glad to be able to vicariously enjoy all those goodies! Looks like you had a fabulous demo too, congrats!

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37 Heidi - apples under my bed November 7, 2010 at 7:44 am

Well done with the presentation. Looks like it went really well! How fun :)
Heidi xo

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38 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 7, 2010 at 8:20 am

If you had your own cooking show, I would definitely watch it! :D

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39 Caitlin November 7, 2010 at 10:35 am

Hi Kath. I have actually been in San Fran since Thursday. It is my first time here so I am taking in all of the great sights! I did want to let you know that there is a Biscoff Coffee Corner at Fisherman’s Wharf..on Pier 39. They have Biscoff flavored lattes and you get a free Biscoff cookie with every purchase!! I totally thought of you when I ordered a coffee! :)

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40 Kath November 7, 2010 at 10:38 am

OMG!!! I knew about the cafe, but not about those lattes!!!!

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41 Caitlin November 7, 2010 at 1:23 pm

yes! You must go. I am going back this evening just to get another one. I need something to warm me up after all of this yucky, cold rain that we are getting today :(

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42 The Wife of a Dairyman November 7, 2010 at 10:50 am

You did a great job presenting. You were very calm and comfortable up there on the platform!
Great stuffing too:)

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