Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Foodbuzz recap and mini breakfast pizzas

Mini Margherita pizza with an egg on top.
Yes, I know - the breakfast pizza is beginning to be a habit for me - But they taste sooo delicious in the morning:-)

My sister mentioned that the dog's meal looked huge in the photos yesterday - so I should let you know that their meal was served on a small appetizer plate (the kind you traditionally serve olives on) so the portion was really quite small.

But back to the mini breakfast pizzas.

The eggs I picked up at Whole Foods were incredibly fresh - take a look at how high the yolk stood up before it went into the oven:

I also scarfed down/inhaled a mini pesto pizza.

Now that your virtual tummies are full - here is the Foodbuzz recap:

Saturday morning started off with the panels.

Due to some unfortunate glitch I was not signed up for any panel but Beth from Foodbuzz was wonderful and she assured me that I was more than welcome to attend the panels being held in the larger room.

The talks were incredibly interesting. I now want an iPhone, a big DLSR and a four thirds camera.

The discussion about ways to use social media was also very helpful. *note to self* I need to actually start using my twitter account:-)

The panels were low key and lots of fun - kudos to Foodbuzz for picking great speakers.

They also provided a wonderful spread for breakfast.

I, of course, went straight for the little mini frittatas and consumed huge amounts of coffee.

They also had my favorite yogurt:

Mmm, Brown Cow yogurt...
I skipped the yogurt because I was trying to pace myself.

After the panel discussions everyone hopped onto the shuttles and we arrived at the Metreon for the afternoon tasting.

This unsweetened chai drink was my favorite of the vendors. The drinks had all the wonderful spice and depth of a classic chai but without all the sugar. The owner (who was very fun to talk to) said she wanted people to be able to control the amount of sweetness. You can find these drinks at most Whole Foods.

Yes, I will be picking some up very soon.

I lingered about the creme fraiche table like a creepy stalker.

I was talking to the woman at the Bellwether Farms table and I mentioned that I only buy it occasionally because I end up eating it straight out of the container like ice cream.

She smiled and said that they got that feedback from a lot of people. I breathed a sigh of relief that I was not the only one with that particular obsession.

She told me that they started making a smaller container for that very reason. You can see it off to the right of the larger white container in the picture.

My next favorite thing was a halibut cake from a seafood vendor. I should have noted the name of the vendor but you will have to excuse me - it was my first Foodbuzz conference and it was a bit overwhelming (in a good way).

Halibut cake and crab louis salad.
The halibut cake was amazing. Crispy on the outside and creamy in the middle with a great punch of fresh halibut flavor.

There was a vendor that makes mini cupcakes - everyone was raving about them - I will just have to take their word for it because you can imagine how many I tried...

I did get a chance to meet Jeff Hertzberg who was showcasing his cookbook 'Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day'. He wrote the cookbook with Zoe Francois but, unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to meet her. 

I am definitely planning to try out some of the recipes in that book in the very near future.

And I did actually try something semi sweet:

The  479 Fleur de Sel caramel popcorn was delicious!  I just wish they hadn't run out of bags before I managed to make it to the table. 

The people at Alexia foods were great - all of them were very friendly and welcoming.

I swung by their tables many times waiting for the onion rings and sweet potato tots to come out of the oven.

And the view from the Metreon was astounding - even on an overcast day.

I will give you the recap on the gala dinner tomorrow (hopefully some of the pictures turned out).

Happy Tuesday all!


  1. Looks like such a wonderful event! I hope to make it next year, I've heard great things about it.

  2. Looks so cool! I hope I can go next year. I need to look for those sweet potato tots for sure :)

  3. great tips- so glad you were able to go! I always think about using social media but don't think I have the time!

  4. So sad we missed FoodBuzz -- sounded like an AMAZING time!