Monday, November 12, 2012

Kentucky Food Blogger Dinner Party

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You know when you are at a food blogger event when they...
A) Talk about their favorite foods and best restaurants in town.
B) Must take several pictures before, during, and after a dish is served (with one or more form of digital equipment)
C) Talk about their recently discovery on the best recipe of___________
D) All of the above.

I attended my first Kentucky Food Bloggers get-together this past Saturday. The dinner party was hosted by Kate Horning of Simply Nutritious by Kate and Chef Bryan at Kitchen Concept. Throughout the night, Kate and Bryan made dishes inspired by their worldly travels and love for ethnic cuisine. Wildside Winery from Versailles, Kentucky was also at the event to do wine pairing.

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The evening started off with Seared Tofu with Kale. All fresh ingredients were locally grown and/or made. At one point in the evening, Kate asked us what is our favorite vegetable. A question in which I have not thought of, but somehow I knew I dislike raw celery.

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The second dish was Shrimp and Grits, a dish that is hardly heard of up north in Wisconsin. The only grits experience I had before moving to Kentucky was the "grits" served in college dorm cafeteria. After first bite of cheesy and garlic-ful grits at Billy's BBQ, I am in love. Although I was a bit embarrassed to admitted that I never made grits before when the discussion on how to make grits was going on. Using traditional Southern style of making shrimp and grits, and combining with Japanese seasoning, this dish was my favorite of all.

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Then using a fall classic ingredient, butternut squash, along with some Jamaican curry, came this Curry Squash Soup Shooters. The soup was thick and spicy with a hint of sweetness from the butternut squash, while the sour cream "cools" off the heat.

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The night finished off with Creole Veggie Burger made from red kidney beans, rosemary, chipotle perppers, and Creole spice. The patties were served over whole wheat baguette and drizzled with honey-based sauce to balance the flavorful spice. Then Hot Banana over Vanilla Ice Cream, a simple banana foster-like dessert with ginger and red pepper flakes.

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I had an awesome time at the dinner party. Besides the delicious food, it was great finally meeting some Kentucky food bloggers in person, and learning what made them become interested in food and blogging. I got to share my passion for food and restaurant anecdotes. It was the one place I did not felt awkward having my camera and taking pictures before every bite because that was expected.

This is how food bloggers roll.

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  1. Great write up Jenn! It was so nice meeting you in person!

    1. Hey, Candy! It was great meeting you as well! Hope to see you soon!

  2. It was a fun night! I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to talk to you, or even introduce myself, but hopefully there will be a next time. You'r right, the one opportunity to sport your camera without feeling weird and I forgot mine! I'm so programmed to leave it at home that the thought never entered my mind. Again, maybe next time (: Great write-up.

    1. Thanks, Danielle. Hopefully there will be another blogger event in the future to meet again!

  3. Thanks for coming- I had a great time and enjoyed meeting everyone! Can't wait for the next one.

  4. I'm so sad I had to miss it! I hope we can get together again soon!


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