November 13, 2011

Foodbuzz Fest - Round 2

In my last post I shared some pictures from my first day in San Francisco for the third annual Foodbuzz Food Blogger Festival. I had already spent my Friday sight seeing and then attending the Sabra hummus tasting and blogger awards. Saturday started bright and early for a totally exciting day. It started with classes on improving your blog presented by successful food bloggers. This was our fabulous lineup! Not a bad start to a day.

Then I got to meet one of my favorites!! This is Chuck Lai from Foodgawker. If you've never been to Foodgawker then PLEASE do! I was so excited and he was so nice to take a picture with me. I could tell it was going to be an awesome day.

Sessions continued with giant pictures of food in every class. What a hard day huh?

After the featured panel and the two classes, it was 12 and time to head over to The Metreon for the Taste Pavillion. The Taste Pavillion is an awesome set-up for food and drink vendors to get their products out there and network with us.

A line of hungry food bloggers were greeted by an amazing view of the city and more than 70 vendors standing at booths just waiting for us to try their products. It was a beautiful sight.

After all the sampling I decided to circle back one more time to makes sure I didn't miss anyone then I saw him; Tyler Florence was just sitting there! How did I miss the line to meet him that I'm sure formed as soon as he stepped in the room?? I begged to get in line but the worker told me it was already cut off so three girls let me cut in front of them as long as I took their pictures. Umm, hell yes! So that's literally the story of how I got to meet the tallest, cutest, sweetest, chef in the world.
Look at him eying that free drink. Yes he took it. Yes it was awesome.
This man is seriously tall.
After this and not being sure if I wanted to cry or scream and restraining both urges, Mike and I went back to the hotel. I was free until later that night when we would be able to see Tyler Florence do a live cooking demo presented by Alexia Foods. Everyone showed up looking cute, ready to see him cook. While waiting, we were presented with the new Alexia fries that our bloggers had come up with. Delish!
I was able to meet some really amazing food bloggers. This me, Ally from A Girl and Her Fork, Debbie from A Feast for the Eyes, and Josh from Just Eat.

Here is Dorothy from Crazy for Crust, Allie from Eat at Allie's, me, and Ally. Can you believe we're all from the Sacramento area and I had never met any of them before?

Our table (that I may or may not have ran to) was in the front and right next to the stage where the demo would be. There were samosas and butternut squash risotto bites and wine - lot's of wine. The waiters never let our glasses empty, so I technically only had one glass :)

Then the demo started. He cooked pan seared pork chops with spaetzle and red cabbage. Oh my goodness it smelled so good. He talked about food, his kids, and The Great Food Truck Race, of which I am an avid watcher. Then he wrapped up with a Q and A.
There are so many beautiful things about this picture.

Tyler stopped his Q&A to let us eat (personally I would have eaten a bowl of cereal just to hear him talk longer but....) For dinner we were served a deconstructed salad, Filet Mignon with prawns and veggies, and a dessert trio.

The night didn't quite wrap at 10 for some of us. A few of us (Just Eat, My Veggie Table, cough cough) offered to take the wine the staff was going to toss out and drink it. We're such good foodies. LUCKILY for us, Saturday night was when we turned our clocks back so we got an extra hour of drinking sleep. To make it better, the next morning was our farewell brunch at Perry's right on Embarcadero.

There were lot's of breakfast basics and the view of the Bay Bridge was completely amazing. I was told it was going to be raining all weekend but you would never have know if you looked at our view.
The (old) Bay Bridge and Embarcadero St.
I had an absolutely amazing time in San Francisco. This was unlike anything I had ever done and I'll definitely be doing it again. I met amazing people, tried amazing food, and got lot's of cool gifts that I'm still in the process of trying. This was extraordinary food experience

Until next time my fellow foodies... Cheers!


  1. Monica, such a great recap of a fabulous weekend! You did an awesome job capturing the weekend with your photos. So nice to meet you, I can't wait for next year!

  2. Great photos! You even made me look better on film, than I usually am. :) I'm so glad that you met Tyler. I saw on Twitter that he'd be making a surprise entrance. But, Tyler and I are tight, you see. I've already met him, and so I let you have first shot at meeting him. Really, I'm happy for you. How funny that you Sacramento gals had never met before, yet found one another! Kismet!

  3. Thanks ladies! I'm glad I got to meet the both of you :D Debby, I owe my awesome view of Tyler's demo to you haha! It was an unforgettable weekend and I can't wait to do it again next year!

  4. Such a great post! I miss San Fran/Cali so much right now! Also, how dare you tattle on us for taking the wine. :p Thank you so much for an amazing weekend, and I shall see you again soon!

  5. Haha thank Josh. Just remember we were helping them out by taking the wine :D I can't wait to see you when you come back!! (Come back soon)

  6. I am so envious right now--it sounds like a great event. Thanks for sharing your memories and photos!

  7. Monica I have a serious green streak going...envious but in a good way. What a fantastic time and thanks for sharing all of the wonderful food and people with us.

  8. Haha you all are making me laugh. Thanks to all of you for stopping by. I'm glad you like it! :D

  9. amazing food blog! i absolutely enjoyed all the DELISH photos... and am your new follower!

  10. Thanks so much!! And thanks for the follow, I hope you enjoy yourself here :D