IFBC 2015 Seattle: Friday
A few weeks ago I attended the International Food Bloggers Conference in Seattle. This was my second year attending and I am already signed up for next year in Sacramento! I look forward to this conference every year, I love meeting new people, the food, the workshops and getting to hang out with professional chefs, bloggers, photographers and food stylists. Every year I think this site gets better because of the information I have learned at this conference. So here is my recount of my amazing whirlwind trip to IFBC 2015 Seattle: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Saturday and Sunday posts coming soon.
The great thing about this conference is they offer up a discount to us bloggers in exchange for 3 blog posts about the conference and/or our experiences during the conference time. This is my first blog post. I am not getting paid or sponsored to write these articles. It is just part of my agreement for the discounted blogger rate.
So for my blog posts I decided to blog about each day I spent during the conference showing off the amazing food and experiences I had during my 2.5 days in Seattle. Starting with Friday. On Friday, I left my home pretty early in the am to get to the Seattle Sheraton by 1pm so I could go on my amazing Sansaire excursion. But of course my flight was delayed and I didn’t actually arrive at SeaTac until 12:15pm! I made it to the 1pm meeting spot in the hotel lobby just in time. Like I checked in and put my baggage in my room, changed shoes and ran back downstairs and was in the lobby at 1:01pm. Phew!
Also the San Jose airport truly gets me.
The first stop for me was the Sansaire Sous Vide Excursion. I signed up for this excursion since I have never ever cooked sous vide before and I figured this was the best place to learn and experience. We had a hands on experience which was amazing and we got to try the new Sansaire Sear kits.
They greeted with us amazing wine, beer, cheese, the biggest grapes I have ever seen and prosciutto.
The sous vide area:
Sansaire product line: sous vide immersion circulator, sear kit and steak aging sauce:
Our first tasting, scrambled egg with tomato marmalade. OMG this was good the scrambled egg tasted just like custard.
Scott Heimendinger (one of the co-founder’s of Sansaire) showing off the new Sansaire Sear kit for our chicken tacos.
Yep, then it was our turn!
We also seared corn and jalapenos for our tacos. Yummmmmmm
Seared chicken and jalapenos:
Searing our steaks:
Sous vide seared steak with a butter caper sauce:
We then finished our excursion with berries in a sous vide crème anglaise sauce:
After that we hoped back on our party bus to the hotel. We were headed over to the Taste of Seattle welcome reception and gift suite. Yep gifts!
Then the amazing food and wine. I am still dreaming about the corn chowder.
Corn Chowder with Dungeness Crab from SkyCity at the Space Needle:
Rockfish with Kale Caesar Salad from Skillet:
Armandino Batali from Salumi Cured Meats – you know….Mario’s dad. Yep that Mario. Try the mole salame, it is to die for!:
Fresh Oysters from Hama Hama Oyster company:
I think our table drank 5 bottles of this wine from Maryhill Winery…. And I usually don’t like white wine but THIS was amazing!
The #ifbcafterdark crew. Yes we were still hanging out while the cleaning crew cleaned up.
Then Kathleen Flinn who was part of the after dark crew invited to one of her favorite restaurants, Poppy to hang out since we were the last ones standing. She is a speaker at #ifbc and on Sunday she gave a crash course on Journalism 101. It was so amazing to sit and talk with her about cookbooks, writing and photography. So now I give you food porn courtesy of Poppy.
The naan was to die for!
After dinner it was back to the hotel. Then the next day and the classes began…