Monday, October 29, 2012

Food Buzz Festival Recap

No recipes this time. Just photos and fun. Two weekends ago I fulfilled my promise to Debby from A Feast For The Eyes to attend the Food Buzz Festival in San Francisco. What a fun time?! Not to mention one of the best weekends of weather in SF I've ever witnessed. My plate was never empty!

The weekend began with a cocktail party full of networking and appetizers.

Sarah from Meals Matter and Debby from A Feast For The Eyes
Duck Breast with Li Hing Chutney on Rice Cracker
Sarah, myself, our new friend from Alaska Seafood, Brittany from The Kitchenette and Debby.
Crispy Pork Belly with Grilled Pineapple Salsa on Taro Chip
Afterwards, I dined out on the town at Scala's Bistro with these lovely ladies. I had a fabulous pappardelle with spicy pork.

Myself, Debby and Allie (new local blogger friend) from Eat At Allie's
Saturday morning was a little solo exploration. My wandering eyes and pregnant appetite thoroughly enjoyed the self-guided scavenger hunt through the San Francisco Ferry Building and Farmer's Market.

Then I was off to the Taste Pavilion! Tons of vendors showering you with their fork fulls and goodies.

What was left of my Alaskan Seafood treat: HELLO KING CRAB (best bite of the weekend)
Frosted Cinnamon Bun
Pork Slider
Debby caught on camera 
After an afternoon in Union Square and putting my feet up on the third floor of William Sonoma, we dressed for the grand Gala dinner held at the Academy of Science. The evening's photos pale in comparison to the good time we had there: dining amidst the aquarium, wildlife and albino alligator named Claw! And no, he wasn't on the menu.

Bluenose Sea Bass with Red Tomato Chutney
Roasted Yellow Beat Salad with Honey Vinaigrette
Artichoke Ravioli with Arugala and Shaved Asiago dipped in Carrot Ginger Soup
Chicken Saltimbocca with local Artichoke Chips
Escarole and Autumn Chicories, Fennel and Toasted Marcona Almonds Salad
It was a good night to be a blogger! I met so many wonderful, down to earth people. And while many of my new found friends were full the entire weekend, somehow baby and I seemed to always be ready to eat for the next event. Great timing with this pregnancy!

Can't wait for next year. Thank you Food Buzz for hosting such a lovely weekend. I'm honored to work with you for the greater good of yummy food!


  1. Im hungry now :)
    Great post - I LOVE looking at food!

    1. Thanks Andi, I as well. My secret pleasure... well it's probably not a secret.

  2. This was such a fun weekend - I had a great time chatting with you! :)

    1. Indeed! Happy cooking! Hopefully next year I can get my husband out there. Yours seemed to really enjoy himself.

  3. I'm so glad that I got a chance to spend more time with you. It was a grand weekend, wasn't it? Thanks for sharing such a great recap of a fun annual event. xoxo

    1. awwww... Debby- seriously thank YOU. So wonderful spending time with you and your son in a beautiful city around great food. I'm pretty sure we are kindred spirits.

  4. What a great recap of our weekend! Your photos turned out beautiful! It was so nice to meet you :)

    1. and your wonderful mom and sis too! it made for quite the Gala evening! we definitely had the best table!

  5. thanks Noelle your the best and the pics are great. I've you and Debby on my blog roll also. If they are having the event next year then I will be there.