I went to my second Foodportunity networking event (read about my first experience here) last night at Tom Douglas’ Palace Ballroom, and had an absolute blast. I mean, how could I not — tons of amazing food from some of Seattle’s top restaurants, Q&A session with local chefs/restaurateurs, speed networking session (which looked more like speed DATING for foodies ), the list goes on.
The true highlight of the night was meeting and hanging out with some of my favorite foodie “tweeps” including @kristinpotpie, @allrecipenews, @ericriveracooks, @saltyseattle, @wasabiprime @savorysweetlife and @flavorofseattle (yes, go follow them on Twitter…now!), who all just happen to be even more fabulous in person! I also had the pleasure of chatting with Chef Sabrina Tinsley of La Spiga…and telling her over and over how much I heart(ed?) her pork tenderloin dish I tried last month.
With all the mingling, I barely had time to eat n’ tweet (tragic, I know!) or even take any photos — so you folks will have to just deal with a drab and wordy recap this time around. Of the nibbles I did get a chance to try, here are my favorites (in no particular order):
- Short-rib and kimchi sliders from Mistral Kitchen
- Deconstructed beef stroganoff from Fresh Bistro
- Spicy tuna empanadas from Olivar
- Garlic smoked oysters from Hama Hama (their pickled oysters were pretty bomb, too)
If you haven’t been to a Foodportunity event, ummm get on it. For an affordable price (tickets are usually under $30), you get to experience everything I highlighted above and then some. Here, I’ll make it easy for you — follow Keren (event organizer) on Twitter for details on upcoming events.
Now back to packing for my big trip to Korea — only T-minus 3 days left!