Well, my previous conference post got VERY long, and it was just for Saturday. In case you missed it, you can check out the Long Version of the Food & Wine Conference recap. This one is going to talk about our awesome #SundaySupper dinner on Saturday night and then are our amazing day Sunday!
So let’s talk about after Saturday’s Sessions were over. We had a bit of a break to return to our hotel room, freshen up, change clothes and meet back for dinner at 7pm.
Spuddy and I were on our way.
We high tailed it up to the hotel room, freshened up at a rapid rate and then returned to the lobby to grab some coffee before dinner. I was exhausted from they day (NOT complaining) and I wanted a little motivation to make it through the evening. That came in the form of a wonderful Mocha courtesy of STARBUCKS. Yep, that’s right. You don’t even have to leave the hotel to get starbucks. It’s right there, just around the corner from the main lobby and it’s full service. I was eyeing the pastries until I realized I really needed to just go have dinner. haha
I could tell you the most amazing things about this dinner. It started with a boisterous, energetic and highly entertaining wine tasting with Michael Green. If you’ve never seen this man in action, he is hilarious, educational and snarky all at the same time. I just love everything about him. We tried 5 different types of wine across dinner and my favorite two, of course were the dessert wines. I know I was in the minority, most people enjoy the dryer, less sweet wines. Not me. Those two dessert wines were so delicious I was willing the guy pouring to keep pouring. 😉
Our dinner was FABULOUS! So good! The Rigatoni with the Mushroom Bolognaise and Asiago cream was my favorite thing. I almost asked Irvin Lin (who I had the fortune to enjoy dinner with) to pass me the whole bowl and a fork. haha
Rosen Shingle Creek offered to send me the recipe for this amazing dish. I’m sure hoping they do!
You can see more pictures from the dinner over on the #FWConf13 feed.
After the dinner, a bunch of us got together and carried over into one of Rosen Shingle’s bars and enjoyed some cocktails and good company. It was awesome.
I started the day with a quick brew of coffee from our hotel room coffee maker. I was worried I wouldn’t have enough time to grab a starbucks before we headed next door to the Culinary School in the Hospitality College.
After my coffee, it was time for a quick breakfast…
Then – Fields Auto Group sent over a bunch of luxury cars (including a Rolls Royce, and yes I took that one) to “shuttle” us all over next door. It was fun!
The Rosen College of Hospitality is gorgeous! Walking through the gates, I was just enthralled with how beautiful the campus was.
The day began with a cooking demo.
Cooking Demo with Katie Workman
Sara Moulton had to head home to attend to some personal family issues, so Katie Workman of the Mom 100 Cookbook stepped up. Remember when I said that a bunch of us got together to hang out after the dinner? Katie was one of them and she is just so much fun, spunky, energetic, positive, snarky, hilarious…. and, I’m pretty certain I could keep going with the adjectives.
She was absolutely so much fun to watch demo crepes (filled with scrambled eggs, gruyere, lemon zest & smoked salmon) with my friend Karen Hartzell. After that demo, she showed us how to demo Tempera Shrimp with my friend Amy Kim.
We learned how to give a great cooking demo and follow some advice:
- Get a manicure.
- Bring a ponytail holder
- Smile a lot.
- Smile quite a bit more than seems normal.
- Don’t set yourself on fire.
- Just keep going even when there’s a problem.
- Be like Katie…. highly entertaining!
*warning, lots of photos to follow*
Launching a Successful Kickstarter Campaign
Next up was Michael Green, premiere Wine, Spirit Celebrity and Marketing Professional, Jackie Gordon, International Award Winning Singing Chef and Michael Levine, New York Filmmaker, who taught us everything you could ever want to know about Kickstarter campaigns. And just so you know? They totally apply to you even if you think they don’t. And these three totally made them make sense. Why you should do one, how to do one and what will happen along the way. It was AMAZING!
Oh, and Jackie even sung about Bacon. Beautiful voice, beautiful person! (I rode back with her in the Rolls to the hotel, she’s so fun!)
The World Through Your Lens
I learned so much in this session. I learned all the handy tools I need to have for food styling. I learned how to tell a story with my photos (which I desperately need to practice more of), I learned many functions on my camera that I didn’t fully understand, I learned a few post processing tips and I learned about videography. It was a REALLY good session!
See these two pictures? Yeah. Well, that’s all I took. The entire session. I was so enthralled and jotting down notes left and right and hanging on every single word each of the 4 of them said, that yeah… this is it. That’s how good this session was.
Lunch was sponsored by Duda Fresh Foods, Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Cafe Sapori, Wish Farms, Freund Containers and Harvard Common Press. It consisted of a wonderful Summer Chopped Salad with Dandy Clementine Vinaigrette, Poached Cod Fish with Fried Leeks and Roasted Tomatoes. Absolutely melted in your mouth. Then for dessert we had a wonderful desserts in a jar, Chocolate Mousse, Berries and Whipped Cream. GORGEOUS and delicious!
We also enjoyed a fabulous demo during lunch where we got to see Chef Fabrizio Giorgi, Cafe Sapori, where he taught us how to make our delicious lunch (the cod). The demo was awesome and was done in tandem with Colavita Olive Oil and we got samples to take home which was awesome. We even did an olive oil tasting. Sort of like a wine tasting, except not.
The afternoon consisted of a Writing Workshop with Janet Keeler and plenty of socialization and networking time. It was a great way to end the day.
I stayed an extra day and on Monday, Isabel and I enjoyed a real walk around the grounds of Rosen Shingle Creek to see everything it had to offer. Such a gorgeous property! The golf course, the pools (yes there are multiple pools, the fountains, the palm trees, just all of it. It was hard to say goodbye.
After all that, Isabel and I drove the 2 hour drive back to Tampa from Orlando where she dropped me off at the airport and I headed home. It was bittersweet, I was so incredibly sad to say goodbye to the fabulous weekend I had just had, but I was excited to return home to my family and share everything I had learned!
I cannot WAIT until next year! Come on 2014!