Here we are! The first evening at the International Food Blogging Conference. Like I mentioned in my first post, this is my third year attending the conference and it was and is always a good time. Traditionally, the first night always has kind of a mingle and nibble atmosphere and a lovely and very generous gift suite full of food, utensils, bags, bites, coupons, more bags, and other food related goodies. This year, the gift suite was paired with "The Taste of Sacramento," which in years past has been on the last evening, so this was a big ol' treat!
So basically, you walked into this huge room, grab a super cute tote bag (I really like the corn on this year's) and load em up.
I mean, there is just so much stuff. Over the years I've leaned I don't need everything. Plus in the years past, I've had to fly back home, so logistically I couldn't take it all back. But this year I just drove to Sacramento, so I may have over done it. Maybe not. I'll figure that out a year from now when I'm still looking at the tin of siracha almonds I grabbed.
After we grabbed the goods it was off to eat all the things. It's a little overwhelmingly because there is just so much and you want it ALL. So, duh, we started with the Lindsay Olive martini bar. Those olives come pre-skewed from the jar by the way. They make it easy for ya. We had one to start the night and one to cap it off. Nice.
Onto the food. So much food. Next are just a few of my favorites. First up is Hot Italian. I mean, I'm about to be in Italy, so I haf to get on that. And it was gooooood. Super fresh, you could taste each ingredient. Thin crust. Really yummy. They have a location in Emeryville too I'm going to have to check out.
My next favorite two things were from the restaurant Mother. It's a vegetarian restaurant that we actually tried to go to Saturday for lunch because this was so delish. Unfortunately it was closed for lunch, but the small taste was that good we wanted more.
They prepared a cold tomato soup with a lavender oil drizzle. You could tell the tomatoes were peak freshness. They paired it with a farro salad with feta and sour plums. Don't those sound right up my alley or what.
I enjoyed the California Almond Bar that was set up for us. They have us little baggies to mix and match flavors. And they had chocolate covered almonds I ate for a breakfast appetizer Saturday morning. Thank you for that!
Then there was these mini tacos stuffed with roasted charred cauliflower and a walnut something or other. Again, vegetarian, but in no way did I miss the meat. So lovely and surprising.
There were so many other bits and bites, but these were the best! In my own humble opinion. Still thinking about those martinis though...