I guess I have arrived.
The weekend before last, I attended my first FoodBuzz Blogger Festival in San Francisco.
In the photo above you can see some of the spoils, after my husband and I spent an afternoon grazing our way around the Taste Pavilion. Fresh endive, salted caramels, healthy fruit-and-nut mixes, wines, and many other goodies to sample. Wholesome and indulgent all jumbled together, with the focus on local products from Northern California.
We live in nearby Berkeley, so most of this was familiar to us. But to have it all gathered together in one place was quite something. Trick or treat for the adult foodie. Much better than Halloween.
Later, we savored an elegant cocktail hour and then dinner, in the beautiful coral reef exhibit at the San Francisco Academy of Sciences, with a few hundred other attendees.
It was an exotic outing. A treat for the senses. Food as an art form. And everyone snapping photos. Constantly. Including me. (The cameras drove my husband a little crazy!)
But did I really belong there, among the foodies? It seemed far removed from my passion for resurrecting the cooking of an Eastern European immigrant community from the last century.
In some ways, I did feel like the proverbial fish out of water. But I'm glad I went.
To read more about the Festival, you can take a look at my blog on Red Room, here. More thoughts and reactions will follow!
Update: I have posted more thoughts and photos on my December 5 blog entry, here.