This weekend I attended the International Food Bloggers Conference held this year, right here in Portland. It was three days of work (I volunteered), networking, and learning.
This post is from a crazy attempt at “live food blogging” during a speed tasting event we did on day 1. By the end, I was too hopped up on sugar and coffee to make any sense of anything. Though there were 21 vendors present, each table only made it through about 10 vendors each in the time allotted.
Here is my valiant attempt to blog live, as I tasted and conferred (with the lovely Janelle over at Talk of Tomatoes), listened and was brochured, typed and procured (goodies for my temporarily absent table mate, the irascible, Vicki Winters over @mybigmouth on Twitter, who was checking into the hotel downstairs.) In the end, I got a little too loud and silly (after 2 extremely small cups of coffee and about 5 pieces of chocolate — I am such a lightweight!) with the wonderful ladies at Table 22!! Cheers to Janelle, Miss Vicki, Megan, Jacquelyn and the gorgeous gals of Maxwell PR — had a blast with you all.
First up: Oregon Blackberry-Ginger Dressing over Salmon and Summer Vegetable Salad
Served: by the Chef from Adalu Stew (uses food as the foundation for cancer care to optimize health) on a small bamboo app spoon
IMPRESSION:Delish, fresh, light, clean and with a clear asian influence
Second: Silverspot IPA (Pelican Pub and Brewery)
IMPRESSION: This beer is 6%ABV English style IPA, not hoppy, the IBU is 55 (not gluten-free)
BONUS: Portion of the proceeds goes to collaborative habitat restoration for the threatened species of Oregon silverspot butterfly
3rd: Nicky USA Purveyors of specialty game and high quality meat (local PacNW)
Dish: Tartar Water Buffalo on a cracker, Jacobson’s sea salt, lemon, capers
IMPRESSION: So delicious, fresh and savory, yet light with the lemon
FOURTH: Rockfish Bakery Cafe, Lincoln City, Oregon
DISH: Sourdough Bread
IMPRESSION: I didn’t taste it (not gluten-free) but tablemates say it’s very good bread, great chew, good crackle,and a mild sour flavor. “It’s worth the carbs to eat bread this good!”
Cool Stuff: Naturally risen bread, takes 2 days to make, simple ingredient recipes
5th: Wild Caught Oregon Albacore (OregonCoast.org, Lincoln, City, Oregon)
DISH: Classic Tuna Salad sandwich
IMPRESSION:Yum! Looking at the fresh canned/jarred tuna and finding out how to get from my local Oregon fisherman (will fill you all in later on a future blog!)
DISH: small bites, sourdough bread with butter, honey and sea salt
IMPRESSION:Lovely seas salt, knowledgeable purveyor
7th: Happyrock Coffee Roastery
DISH: Coffee (just a taste in a dixie type cup)
IMPRESSION: nicely roasted flavor, not too acrid and it packed a caffeinated whollop!
8th: Coastal Mist Chocolates
Dish: Box of chocolates for the table to share! Yay!
IMPRESSION: Gorgeous looking chocolates, not sure if they’re fair trade or not. Some flavors were really interesting like the yuzku, others (like the marshmallow filled) left something to be desired. All were beautiful looking though and it was awesome of them to give each table a box.
9th: Temptress Truffles
Dish: sliced apple with truffle salted caramel sauce
IMPRESSION: Divine — this was the BIGGEST hit at our table. Not only was her truffle sauce out of this world BUT she was just too sweet and adorable to not fall in love with her! You MUST support this micro-business — she’s the real deal!
10th & Final: Fishes Sushi and Japanese Cuisine
Dish: 1 slice of a crab roll with Oregon wasabi
IMPRESSION: Yum! But I needed more and some saki.
Bonus: Blackberries are high in antioxidants and fiber