Blog: Friday, May 16, 2014

Best of the International Food Blogger's Conference

This years International Food Blogger's Conference was amazing. For three straight days we celebrated food, and quite a bit of wine as well!

Here are the winners, also known as the food and beverages that we at 1000 Corks were most impressed with while at the conference.

Best Food

The two best dishes of the conference both came from the Volunteer Park Cafe in Seattle, WA.

The first was a Sweet Potato Coconut Curry Bisque. It was a really delicious fall soup. The Bisque had the traditional fall flavor of the sweet potato, with a nice tropical undertone from the coconut and a bit of a peppery kick.

Making the Buratta

But even better was there was Volunteer Park Cafe's Buratta, an amazing Italian Mozarella with concord grapes, brioche croutons and pancetta. The mozzarella was the creamiest I've ever had, and the texture worked marvelously with the crunchiness of the croutons. This was one of the best things we've ever tasted!

The best dessert goes to Cupcake Royale for their yummy Stumptown coffee and fudge ribbon ice cream.

Best Beverages

The best drink of the conference (non-wine category) was a hot dark carmel mixed with Mezcal, from Hot Cakes. This is the most awesome adult hot chocolate alternative I've ever had! It's just the right sweetness, and the Mezcal provides the perfect kick to bring a smile to my face. Luckily, I'll be able to make this at home this winter.

The best wine was the 2012 Chateau Graville-Lacoste from Graves in the Bordeaux. Here are the tasting notes I took: "Now this is an awesome-sauce wine. Great lemon, grapefruit and lots of minerals."

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