On 3:05 PM by Nikki @ NikSnacks in brownies, conference, contest, Florida, food, orlando, sugar, wine 1 comment
|Picture courtesy of Sunday Supper, LLC|
Friday evening we the conference kicked off with a "Blogger Blend" sponsored by Gallo Family Vineyards. It was essentially a meet & greet that unveiled the NEW Gallo Family Riesling, for the FIRST TIME! Talk about "popping bottles"... I have a great story about that later on.
|Go Riesling, go Riesling, Go!|
One of the reasons for attending conferences, whether they be for work or for pleasure, is to meet people. I met my new blogger friend, Teresa, and I could not have been more thrilled. She emailed me a few months before the conference to let me know that she saw my face on the conference website and that she was excited to meet me and most importantly--start her own food blog!
"People who love to eat are the best people..."
That's right. I second that motion.
Duda Farms, taking my fair share of Cabot cheese, relaxing by one of the Rosen Shingle Creek pools, gathering Gallo Family wine to take back home and recreating a Sunday Supper recipe in my hotel room!
So as much fun as our action-packed weekend was--the one thing I was looking forward to was Sunday Supper with all of my new blogger friends and finding out the winners of the Dixie Crystals Brownie Dessert Contest! And DRINKING ALL THE GALLO FAMILY WINE. There was a full glass of wine with each course.
The winning brownies:
First place: Bittersweet Chocolate Balsamic Strawberry Swirl Brownies from Jenni Field of OnlinePastryChef.com (Jenni is another NC blogger! We're like American Idol winners, hailing from the same state in back-to-back seasons)
Second place: Raspberry Brownies with White Chocolate Icing from Liz Berg of That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Third place: Caramel Macchiato Brownies from Betsy Cohen of Desserts Required
|Left to Right: Betsy Cohen, Jenni Field, Liz Berg|
I have personally been acquainted with all three ladies since last year or before. It was truly an honor to be able to stand up on the stage with them and enjoy their creations. It was also an honor to represent Dixie Crystals in this special way. I hope that these ladies will be able to leverage their wins in fantastic ways, just like I was able to!
- Nikki @ NikSnacks
- I'm an award-winning private chef who writes and talks about my life as a food writer, culinarian, podcast host, and food tour guide, I'm a classical French trained chef with a BA in English from East Carolina University and a Culinary Arts Associate Degree from Le Cordon Bleu-Miami. I've worked as a researcher, an editorial assistant, reporter and guest blogger, catering chef, pastry chef, butcher, baker, and a biscuit-maker.