It was a crazy, whirlwind weekend at the Foodbuzz Blogger Festival but I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way! Being a guest of Bertolli Sauces, as The Duo Dishes put it, all I had to do was show up and have fun!
After the star treatment (town cars!) both to and from the airport, on Friday we met with the good folks from Bertolli and Ogilvy PR just before the happy hour to finalise details of the “On the Menu” live demonstrations. This is where I met the aforementioned Duo Dishes – Chrystal and Amir – and the lovely Lauren from Healthy Delicious, my co-chefs in the Bertolli Sauces kitchen. We all hit it off instantly and, along with Christine, Sarah and Craig (Unilever) and Lauren, Nyla and Kai (Ogilvy), made an awesome team if I do say so myself!
The next day, Lauren and I hit the Bertolli Sauces kitchen to prep for our demos.
The awesome Nyla (Jill of all trades!) and Chef Scott helping me with the station setup.
And we’re on!
OMG – a crowd!!!
Now time for some Healthy Delicious cioppino:
All in all, a truly amazing experience. If you had told me 6 months ago that I would win a trip to San Francisco for a recipe I invented to attend a blogging conference, I would not have believed you. It just goes to show you what you can do when you put your mind to it!
Thanks Bertolli and Foodbuzz for this (hopefully not) once in a lifetime experience. Let me know if you want to launch those sauces in Canada…
PS: Thanks Kai for saving the day re: the “pine nut” incident – you rock!