This is one of a three-part series on the International Food Bloggers Conference (IFBC) in Seattle that I attended last Friday, September 19 through Sunday September 21.
As a blogger-attendee, I agreed to write at least three posts about the conference, about anything I choose. I will share a short recap of my experience each day of the conference. And of course, take it from my POV, which is to evaluate how beefy it was.
The first day was not so beefy. Not that I expected it to be. The extent of the conference on the first day is to attend the gift suite and pick up swag from all of the conference sponsors, have some snacks, and meet up with your peeps. And that is what I did. I cruised the large ballroom perimeter, which was a contiguous trail of culinary items straight out of your imagination – like single serving cups of olives to hemp-based cereal and protein powder to two Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans elegantly encased in a glass tube.
One sponsor went so far as to have each blogger’s blog name embroidered on their very own cooking apron. Nice touch. Extra style points go to California Endive, for providing a sample of three fresh hearts of endive. I made it into a salad the next evening when I had to skip the tasting reception to get back to the farm with the kidlets.
I’m also kind of digging this new kitchen tool from Crisp. It reminds me of Rancher’s Leatherman. The combination of super-sharp edges and brightly colored plastic will make this a little too attractive to RB, so I’ll have to make sure I store it somewhere out of his reach.
The night got a bit beefier when I ran into my friend from the national Beef Checkoff. As you’ll read soon, day two is much beefier than day one, thanks to a session all about beef. Before skedaddling, I tried the Bristol Bay Salmon three ways prepared by local caterer Taste, and I tasted a glass of wine the gal who was pouring told me would go nicely with beef. A Bordeaux blend from Geyser Peak, a California winery.
I was actually kind of hungry when I left, so I got take-out Pho (Vietnamese beef noodle soup) on my way home to feed my belly and at last vanquish this annoying late summer sinus thing that finally caught up to me after RB first got it in August. Pho is probably my favorite medicine, and there is no shortage of it in the Seattle area.