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This past weekend was Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show where locally-owned food companies and restaurants put their best dish forward for a hungry Lexington crowd. I missed the event last year due to work, but like a foodie should, I count down to this year's. Jake was kindly enough to agree to come with me, after a promise of purchasing his ticket and a gourmet lunch. I like to tell people, "I live to eat, not eat to live".
The man of the hour, Tyler Florence.
Due to a prolonged car maintenance earlier Saturday morning, I missed Tyler Florence's talk. Not going to lie, I am not a celebrity chef fan. I attended a cooking demonstration with Chef Rick Bayless in Madison, Wisconsin, I can't say that much of his talk "inspired" me to be a better cook. I guess part of listening to a celebrity chef talk is to.....to what? How un-foodie-like of me to say.
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Here's my favorite Kentucky Proud product, Sadistic Mistress Sauces. I don't know how she does it all, make these savory-but-too-hot-for-me hot sauces yet still come up with the best sauce names.
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I knew I was in Kentucky when I couldn't remember how many samples of beer cheese on crackers and bourbon-flavored-of-some-sauce on bread/cracker/pretzel that I tried.
Does every condiment/food have to be bourbon barrel-something?
Hmmm...Kentucky Silk Pie. It was silky and heavenly.
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The line Glier's Goetta was hard to miss. It was the first time I had goetta, which has my favorite breakfast food oatmeal in it. It was love at first bite. Interesting texture yet deliciously enough for grill-out.
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I love that all food items at the show were all Kentucky-related. The chefs and food products makers were so proud to display and share their success with everyone. Even though Lexington is not what most people considered as foodie city (think foodie-snob cities like Aspen, San Francisco, New York), I was so happy to learn how proud the Kentuckians are with food. Incredibly, food is something that bring people together.
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