I’d been pretty convinced of New York’s status as the finest food city in the States, but a few experiences last weekend have shaken that conviction a bit.
Out in San Francisco, I spent a fast-paced, food-focused weekend hosted by Foodbuzz, an online community of bloggers and food lovers.
Most of the activity was based around the Ferry Building, which is like a gastronomic Disneyland, especially on Saturdays when the farmers' market takes place there.
So… what exactly does one do at a food blogging fest? I’d asked myself the same thing.
Apparently, you eat. A lot.
Foodbuzz set up a number of truly tasty events, from a gathering of top street food vendors (even now my mouth waters at the thought of the divine porchetta sandwich from Roli Roti) to talks and tastings by food producers (such as Sue Conley, a founder of Cowgirl Creamery) to a delicious closing-night dinner set up in the Greenleaf produce warehouse and set up by the talented folks at Outstanding in the Field.
In between the scheduled events, I met a lot of terrific people and discovered the culinary delights of the Bay Area. Some highlights:
Tacolicious tacos. Nom.
Raw oysters from Hog Island Oyster Company
Pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting from Mission Minis
Hell or High Watermelon beer from Magnolia Brewery (Surprisingly refreshing!)
The “meat cone” sample pack from Boccalone
Freshly roasted coffee from Blue Bottle Coffee Company
Superb fruit from Frog Hollow Farm
My deepest thanks to Foodbuzz for putting together the a well-organized event!