1st annual foodbuzz blogger festival

by Patricia on November 8, 2009 · 12 comments


FoodBuzz put on a great festival this weekend. The food was delicious. The sponsors were generous. The attendees were a lot of fun. My feet and legs are really tired today though because until dinner on Saturday night almost everything we did was standing or walking… which with all the food was a good thing but tiring nonetheless. I wore the wrong shoes that rubbed the back of my ankles raw but that is my own fault. At least they were cute.

Friday night started out a little slow and wallflower-y for me, but things picked up when I got to the Street Food Fair. I was meeting Kristen (of Passion 4 Eating) — Kristen and I met at the International Food Blogger Conference in Seattle this May. Before she got there, I wandered around eating a meat pie from The Pie Truck observing people and surveying the food (I love people watching). It was great to know someone to start with and Kristen and I met several other bloggers that night as we grazed our way through the food carts.

Highlights from Taste of SF Street Food “Fare” (Friday night at the Ferry Building)

  • Chicharrones from 4505 Meats
  • The most amazing vegan and raw cheesecake from Alive
  • Steak and gruyère pie (also zucchini and mushroom that I did not have) from the Pie Truck
  • Greenstring Farms eggplant, dry-cured olives, feta, and parsley from Pizza Politana
  • (not-so-mini) Mini Rotisserie Porchetta on an Acme Roll with curly cress & onion marmalade from Roli Roti

Saturday afternoon, we walked over to the Metron for more food nibbles.

Highlights from Saturday’s Taste Pavillion at the Metreon:

  • Chicharrones from 4505 Meats (I really, really liked these. Nothing like the fried pork rinds that grossed me out as a kid)
  • Chipotle caramel + almonds popcorn from 479 Popcorn
  • Alder Yarrow of Vinography‘s Merlot Tasting seminar
  • Gourmet hot spices from All Spice Cafe
  • Toffee milk chocolate chip from Annie the Baker
  • Single malt scotch candy bar from BonBonBar
  • foodzie
  • Frog Hollow Farm
  • Autumn assortment of marshmallows (including vanilla bean, cranberry, and pumpkin spice… delicious!) from Gateau et Ganache
  • Kerrygold butter and cheeses are amazing!!
  • A couple of lovely Zinfandels out of Lodi from Klinker Brick Winery
  • Lora and Bob La Mar are extremely passionate about their sea salt, and for good reason – It’s amazing. And the seasoning sand is addictive. La Mar’s Mendocino Seasoning Co.
  • Very cute little cupcakes from Mission Minis
  • The almond butter and smoked sea salt truffle from Neo Cocoa
  • Beef jerky and hot dogs from Prather Ranch Meat Co.… I love these guys. (it’s okay though, Dan loves them too. When I told him I’d be at the Ferry Building, all he said was “lamb sausage?” Because there are two things Dan and I get everytime we are at the Ferry Building together: lamb sausage from Prather and a cup of coffee from Blue Bottle)
  • A nice Syrah and un-oaked Chardonnay from Otter Cove Wines
  • The mint patties. Oh.My.God. from Recchiuti Confections
  • Bandit – Tetra Pak cartons of wine from Three Thieves – it was surprisingly good. I like the idea of the Tetra Pak but with wine I still find myself skeptical about the taste. These guys might have me reconsidering… it would be worth another taste at least.

Outstanding in the field dinner at the Greenleaf Produce warehouse

The table was long, and wound its way around walls and stacks of produce. Yes, we were in an actual warehouse.  It was a really cool venue for a dinner.


I shared the family style meal with Kristen, Arnold from inuyaki, Luna from Luna Raven’s Kitchen Magic, Ryan from Nose to Tail at Home, Rose and Lando from Spots for Dates, and Jimmy from The Thirsty Pig. The conversation was great ranging from banana ketchup to possible pot luck dinners and all sorts of other random, mostly food related topics that kept me hungry even as I stuffed myself full of the delicious dinner. It is amazing how food brings people together… it’s an instant connection.

Speaking of food…

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  1. A plate of pickled vegetables
  2. Mushroom dashi, maitake, shimeji, enoki mushrooms
  3. Udon, grilled Monterey calamari in a browned butter ponzu reduction, cucumber, kaiware, frisée & yellow pear tomato with chojang & sesame vinaigrette
  4. The menu says”Sea trout baked with dashikombu, fried garlic and Japanese curry powder” but I could’ve sworn it was salmon…
  5. Roasted brussel sprouts, ponzu fried garlic, guanciale, bonito flakes (this was one of my favorite dishes and I don’t generally like brussel sprouts)
  6. Soy braised beef cheeks and oxtails, baby carrots and fingerling potato

As each coarse arrived at the table, there would be no less than four cameras pointed at it until it had been photographed from every possible angle. Of course, I was doing it to… it is funny to take a step back and think about how weird food bloggers are about these things but I am happy to be one of them :)

(Arnold and Lando photographing the beef cheeks)

A few more of the food bloggers I was fortunate enough to meet this weekend (some for the first time):


1 stephchows November 11, 2009 at 3:47 pm

It was so nice to meet you too! Love all of your pictures :)

2 Natty November 11, 2009 at 10:20 am

It was great to meet you and your recap had me reliving the weekend and remembered all srts of things. Your pictures are fab and I’m so glad to see them because I lost my camera! It was great to meet you. I want more of the BonBonBar pumpkin pie candy bar and the roasted brussell sprouts… but not at the same time.

3 Kristen November 10, 2009 at 9:06 pm

Absolutely lovely photographs!

We did have some interesting conversation at the table that night, all food related of course. I hope you made it safely out of there, getting there was certainly interesting.

It was great to hang out with you, I had a fab time. I hope we meet again before too long. Cheers :)

4 Tom November 9, 2009 at 1:47 pm

Great photos and review! Sounds like it was a great time. Don’t miss the Holiday Chocolate Show next Saturday at Fort Mason.

5 Tracy November 9, 2009 at 8:46 am

soo nice to see you! thank you for taking pictures- I forgot my camera! I didn’t know you were from the south bay too! I’m a Redwood city gal! Hopefully I’ll see you at a bayareafoodie meetup! :)

the brussels sprouts were a fave at my table too! we wanted another bowl of it!

6 Daily Spud November 9, 2009 at 2:37 am

So wish I could have been there – I had such a blast at IFBC but, unfortunately, a second trip to the States this year was not a runner. Maybe next year!

7 Ruth Ann November 8, 2009 at 10:17 pm

Sounds like a great time!

8 1WineDude November 8, 2009 at 10:09 pm

Great shots of the dinner set up. I am so bummed ot have missed this!

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