Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Food & Wine Bloggers Potluck

One of the things I love about blogs is that they can be such a personal form of expression. Reading them you really get a feel for the blogger, who they are, their sense of humor, what they care passionately about, etc. It isn't long before they feel like old friends.

So it seemed perfectly logical to have an event where a bunch of Bay Area based food bloggers could actually meet in person. A series of emails were traded, and the call went out for a potluck to be hosted at the home of Heidi of 101 Cookbooks fame and coincidently the only other blogger I had actually met in person.

Other bloggers who attended along with charming significant others included (in no particular order), Derrick of Obsession with Food, Alaina of NYC Eats (who just recently moved to SF) Anne of Cheese Diaries, Alder of Vinography and Pim of Chez Pim. Jen and Heather rounded out the party and we ate and drank and chatted the evening away. No surprise the food was fabulous and the wines flowed freely. With a California theme and emphasis on local produce there was fondue and tapenade, gazpacho and roasted nuts, crostini and stuffed tomatoes and a big gorgeous spinach salad. Not to mention some lovely lemon scones as a party favor. Fresh figs showed up in a tapenade, salad and dessert so you know this was a summer affair.

If I could have fit everyones contributions into one photo I would have, but you'll have to settle for dessert. This luscious raspberry fig crostata served with creme fraiche ice cream was brought courtesy of Pim and since she blogged about it you can read the full story of how it came into being on her site. I'm sure it won't be long until everyone else gets around to blogging about the evening so do check everyones sites this week.

A big thank you to everyone who came for a brilliant and positively delicious evening. Special kudos to Heidi for hosting. I can't wait to do it again.