Total Swank

November 7, 2009


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What can I say? Foodbuzz knows how to throw a party!

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Upon arriving this afternoon I headed straight to the airport via a fancy town car sent by Bertolli Sauce. My driver was so nice!!

I got to the hotel, met friends with hugs, grabbed my bags and headed back out the door with Sabrina, Brittany, and Meghann for a little sightseeing – and hunted for a snack!!

After a little searching, I found the frozen yogurt I was so very much seeking!

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HELLO TART YOGURT! But um, when there’s PUMPKIN yogurt on the menu, I gotta get that.

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So I settled for 1/4 tart and 3/4 pumpkin topped with some coconut. SO GOOD! And a perfect snack. The tart yogurt was just like frozen greek yogurt and the pumpkin was like Stonyfield’s pumpkin pie!

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We made our way to the Ferry Building for more sightseeing

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And photography

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Came back and washed that airplane right outta my hair

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Got fancied up and headed to the lobby for a special Bertolli Sauce meeting!!

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In case you didn’t hear, I created a menu item – Cowgirl and won Bertolli Sauce sponsorship for this weekend :)

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The bar was total swank.

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Followed by total fizz

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And a meet-n-greet with the Bertolli Sauce team.

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I just had a few sips of the champagne before we headed upstairs for the cocktail party

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The welcome reception was so gorgeous and set on the rooftop terrace of the Vitale

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I tried a little puff pastry filled with Grueyre and mascarpone by Midi in the Galleria Park Hotel

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Jenna and I snuck away to get warm under a heater. Brrr!

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At 7PM we moved on to the big event: The Taste of SF Street Food “Fare.” A section of the Ferry Building was transformed into a row of venders serving niche gourmet food of all kinds.

Starting with……

Thirsty Bear Beer! (I miss my bears!!)

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I had a wheat beer but put it down after a few sips. I wasn’t in a beer mood.

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The first thing to catch my eye was this tower of mini cupcakes by Mission Minis!!!

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Pumpkin Spice anyone?

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Danica, Jasmine and I went a little crazy sampling flavors, but we shared bites of each so we could taste them all. I think the Cinnamon was my favorite!!

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Next up: The Pie Truck!

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These little savory pies were too cute. Very rich though! I had two bites and shared with my friends.

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The Tacolicious folks looked tempting, but there were too many onions for me to venture in.

Would you believe I’ve never had a raw oyster?

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Hog Island Oyster Co. took care of that one!

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It tasted like a cooked oyster!!

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Alive Vegetarian Cuisine had a bunch of raw // vegan // vegetarian bites, and honestly, I think these were my favorite bites of the night!!!

Raw flatbread pizza crisps with cashew cream, tomato and basil and avocado, olives and more!? I had one of each!

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Spencer On The Go had a yummy beet + Point Reyes Blue cheese salad and a Blue & Far West Fungi Vol au Vent – how’s that for a mouthful! I shared both with Tina + Meghann.

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A big hit of the night were these giant sandwiches from Roli Roti. Meghann shared a bite of hers

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Pizza Pizza!! Pizza Politana had a wood-fired pizza. Yum!

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I ate the whole slice of this guy

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On the alcoholic beverages front, I had a few sips of 3 drinks and nothin’ more. Tonight was all about the FOOD and I know that alcohol just makes me feel sick, so I stuck to tastes. Tasting was definitely the theme of the night! I really had a bite of this and that and while it all did add up to a nice filling dinner, I don’t feel stuffed. Sweet.

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A Blood and Sand made by Skyy and Rye on the Road.

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It was good!! Kinda like a Manhattan but sweeter and orangier

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I ate the rest of Meghann‘s coffee ice cream from Straus Family Creamy.

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Cream. Iced. Delish.

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I had to go back to try the vanilla!

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And last but not least….

Lavender + Pomegranate Raw Cashew Coconut Cheesecakes from Alive. Really good!!

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Being all East Coast and all, a handful of us went back to our room to get in our PJs and BLOG!!! After trying everything at the party, we were ready to call it a night because we have to rejuvenate for tomorrow’s agenda!! It’s so fun to blog with others in the room :)


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1 Ashley November 7, 2009 at 12:44 am

I love reading about your adventures!!! =) Everything looked delish!


2 amber November 7, 2009 at 1:10 am

WOW GORGEOUS PICTURES!!! I LOVE alive That would have been a fun place for the meetup as well.Looked like a blast! Have fun in the CIty and see you Monday!


3 amber November 7, 2009 at 1:11 am

Oh and I LOVE the wash this airplane out of my hair pic, I think we could have some fun watching musicals together! LOL


4 maria November 7, 2009 at 1:13 am

That homemade ice cream the vendor served looked unbelievably amazing. So lucky, girl!


5 candice November 7, 2009 at 1:17 am

Gorgeous photography. I’ve never had tart yogurt! :( But it sounds delicious, especially with all the cool toppings… and flavors 😉


6 Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) November 7, 2009 at 2:17 am

Yum, lots of good looking stuff there! I’m in the city too- pray for no more rain!! :-) Enjoy the rest of Food Buzz!


7 Diana November 7, 2009 at 3:15 am

My god, so many good eats! :)
Glad you’re all having a blast!


8 Nicole November 7, 2009 at 6:12 am

It’s so much fun seeing the festival from everyone’s point of view! I saw the photo of you taking a photo of the froyo on Sabrina’s blog and it was cool to see how it came out on yours! 😀


9 christie @ honoring health November 7, 2009 at 6:40 am

Looks like an awesome time so far, can’t wait to read about the rest of the weekend!


10 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 7, 2009 at 6:49 am

So jealous! looks like a blast!


11 Simply Life November 7, 2009 at 6:54 am

Wow, looks like an amazing time! Enjoy the trip!


12 Diana(mymarblerye) November 7, 2009 at 8:00 am

ZOMG. Can I at least have your crumbs?!


13 Marisa (Trim The Fat) November 7, 2009 at 8:30 am

Looks like such a fun time with yummy food and fun friends!


14 Lizzy November 7, 2009 at 8:46 am

this is amazing! all your bites look amazing! :)


15 Abby (Abby's VeGaN Eats) November 7, 2009 at 8:49 am

What a fun time.. that pizza looks amazing!! Enjoy your trip :)


16 Madeline @ Greens and Jeans November 7, 2009 at 8:55 am

Jealous doesn’t even begin to describe what I feel when looking at all of the amazing food you had! Also, I love your sweater!


17 Sami November 7, 2009 at 9:23 am

Hi Kath!
I’ve spent the past hour cathcing up on this week’s posts.
It took me a while to figure out the new format, but it looks really nice!
I’m planning on making the pumpkin risotto; it looks great. =]
And the brie & pumpkin butter sandwhich.
Thank you for the recipes & have a great weekend.


18 Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) November 7, 2009 at 9:37 am

There are so many great things about food in this post that I want to ramble endlessly about, but I’m pressed for time at the moment and just need to tell you one thing:

YOUR SAN FRANCISCO AND PARTY PICTURES ARE AMAZING!!! Seriously, Kath, you have a keen eye for photography. Just, gorgeous. Keep it up, girl!


19 Clare November 7, 2009 at 9:50 am

Aww-you are just 60 miles away from me now-I’m in Santa Rosa-but am an SF native. Anyway, I just had to tell you that should the chance present itself-Thirsty Bear makes a Vanilla Beer that is so scrumptious and perfect-you’ll leave your heart in SF. Just had to tell you that! Have fun!


20 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope November 7, 2009 at 10:03 am

Wow, sounds like you’re having an amazing time! Such delicious eats! That frozen yogurt sounds so good too. :)


21 Krissy (Single Serving) November 7, 2009 at 10:06 am

I am so sad I didn’t go to this conference. It looks amazing!


22 katherine (blissful-body) November 7, 2009 at 10:13 am

looks incredible. your pics are amazing! i wish i had that kind of an eye with the camera! looking forward to seeing what awaits you on saturday!


23 Wynne November 7, 2009 at 10:13 am

Kath – this looks like a well organized and really fun event…
Question: what kind of camera do you use to get such crisp/focused shots?


24 Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) November 7, 2009 at 10:18 am

Your eats and photos look amazing! So jealous of all the mini cupcakes and the pumpkin frozen yogurt. You’re such a seasoned (foodie) traveler, now you just need to come visit NYC! I think this city has the best food :-)


25 Stacey November 7, 2009 at 10:32 am

Wow! Everything does look so swanky!! I love how the Golden Gate bridge is lit up :) Those eats look a-mazing, can’t wait to read about the rest of the trip! Continue having taste-bud fun 😀


26 amber November 7, 2009 at 10:51 am

I came back to look at the pictures again because they are so pretty lol.


27 Kath November 7, 2009 at 10:56 am

Check the FAQs!

Can’t WAIT to come to NYC sometime! We’re actually coming in January for a wedding! The 16th-17th :)

Haha – you’re cute :)



28 linda November 7, 2009 at 11:03 am

Cool pic of you and Jenna! Love how the camera caught some ambiance light.


29 lynn (The Actors Diet) November 7, 2009 at 11:21 am

so much fun! wish i could be there – i was ALLLLMOST supposed to.


30 Food Makes Fun Fuel November 7, 2009 at 11:55 am

That yogurt sounds awesome


31 Susan November 7, 2009 at 12:03 pm

As always, your pics are gorgeous!! Totally agree with your decision on the booze – it is a FOOD festival after all! 😛 Hope today shapes up to be just as fun!


32 Kate November 7, 2009 at 12:08 pm

Great photos! I haven’t checked out your blog in a while, but I love the new layout. Looks really nice =]


33 Megan November 7, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Hands down, best food blog out there. The photos are incredible and you put so much time and effort into the format, I can definitely tell.
Also, I like that you actually eat food, and all kinds of food, with very few repeats. Mind you, I eat the same thing practically every day, because I lack imagination and time, but I wish I could eat more like you!
Anyways, keep up the great work, I look forward to reading your blog everyday :)


34 Mom November 7, 2009 at 1:05 pm

Megan, I eat the same food a lot too, so the child didn’t get it from me. Her grandmas are both great cooks though! (And I’m not horrible; just lack the food creativity of the others.)



35 Charky November 7, 2009 at 1:30 pm



36 Joelle (The Pancake Girl) November 7, 2009 at 1:53 pm

You were right about swank! How fun! That bar def looked luxurious.. and pumpkin fro yo? Perfect!


37 BroccoliHut November 7, 2009 at 2:08 pm

You said it–Foodbuzz knows how to throw a party! Love the table settings and the coconut cheesecakes:)


38 Sara November 7, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Looks like a fabulous time. That lit-up view is absolutely stunning! But, as I once mentioned to Tina — and actually urge everyone — I’m all for not wasting food and spreading the wealth, but, as a health student, it’s my duty to warn you: everyone really must be careful about all the sharing! It’s so tempting to take a taste, but that saliva-to-saliva contact (yuck) is all that the gross viruses/bacteria (mono, flu, meningitis, cold sores…) need to be on their merry way! :X Really sorry for my joykill-ness, but it’s unfortunately true. Just break off pieces, instead of biting, all. That said, you look like you’re having a fantastic time and the photos are stunning. :)


39 Chelsea November 7, 2009 at 3:20 pm

It’s so fun to see you on my turf :) And eating things that I eat! Strauss Creamery is what we use for Lucy’s yogurt and milk. Their milk comes in glass jugs and is so good!


40 Paige (Running Around Normal) November 7, 2009 at 5:17 pm

That frozen yogurt looks SO good! Looks like you are all having a blast!!


41 nicole November 7, 2009 at 6:04 pm

Oh gosh! Everything looked delish. I don’t think I’d have your will power to just sample everything- I’d have to full on taste it all!

I can’t wait to hear more about the event.


42 Jenna November 7, 2009 at 6:11 pm

wow! all that food looks soo good. wicked jealous :)


43 Katie November 7, 2009 at 7:05 pm

Look so good! I want to try Alive. I wanted Fro Yo in San Fran, but never could figure out where the best one was so chickened out! Pumpkin Fro Yo sounds amazing though.


44 C November 7, 2009 at 9:37 pm

Hi there,

Just thought I’d let you know that the link for The Pie Truck is . The one you linked to was which will get people to the right place eventually, but you might want to fix your link to avoid confusion.



45 Mel @ this girl and that guy November 8, 2009 at 1:12 pm

YAY!!! Congrats!


46 Becky McCord November 8, 2009 at 9:02 pm

omg! I’ve never seen so much food! How did you fit it all in your little tummy! Too much pressure!


47 Danica November 8, 2009 at 11:15 pm

MMM ~ Those little mini cupcakes. I think I could go back just for those ALONE! Oh and the street tacos. Thanks for sharing – it was an awesome way to try them ALL – yeah!


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