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IFBC Eve

The International Food Blogger Conference in Seattle is upon us. Yesterday there were a few pre-IFBC events and I even had to skip one because there was just too much going on. It was a lovely sunny day in Seattle and I'm sure those visiting appreciated it but it looks like Seattle will be back to its rainy dreary self before the weekend is over. Here's a peak at some of the swag I took home last night from the two events I made it to.
Moleskin and Cookbook
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.
Bloggers at Chateau Ste Michelle Wine Pouring Wine Drinking
Winery Wine Case
Wine and Food Sampling Chef Vineyard Cookbooks

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 GiantCupcake 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.
Flatbread Canape Grilled Margarita Chicken Skewers Cheeses
Blackberry Cocktail Berry Water Roasted Bosc Pear Crisp Babycake
Today IFBC officially starts with lunch provided by Chipotle Mexican Grill and a keynote by Dorie Greenspan.

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