Yesterday's first stop was at Chateau Ste Michelle winery in Woodinville, a place I have been several times before and it never gets old. The event started off with a sample of some bubbly wine before heading on a wine tour which was followed by a presentation with a wine and food tasting hosted by John Sarich, the Culinary Director. We had smoked salmon, crab cake, mushroom tart and my favorite was the beef on a cracker and a bed of hummus. We all received a signed copy of John's cookbook, Chef in the Vineyard.
Immediately after this event was the #freshbloggers party at 1927 Events in Seattle. Traffic on 405 was horrendous so I took the side roads through Redmond and Bellevue and I think made better time that way. I ended up spending most of my time in Seattle looking for parking. I so hate looking for parking in Seattle but finally ended up in the parking garage across the street from 1927. This event was hosted by fruit growers, Stemilt, and berry growers, California Giant. Cupcake Royale also made an appearance with a variety of special cupcakes for the event including blackberry créme brule, roasted bosc pear crisp and salted caramel granny smith apple. I couldn't resist trying just one and luckily there were some mini cupcakes so I went for the bosc pear which was delish. Besides some alcohol drinks made with various berries there were also several containers of water filled with berries to give the water a nice natural berry flavor. Guests were given moleskins as they left which is going to come in handy for the IFBC sessions this weekend. Cupcake Royale also had some fun stickers, one of which says "I am a Frostitute". I picked one up and put it on the back of my moleskin.