Foodbuzz Festival Gala Dinner with Tyler Florence and Farewell Brunch

The Foodbuzz Festival came and went in a flash. I was fortunate enough to meet some fantastic food bloggers, eat delicious food and enjoy wine in plenty. :)

Before we left for the Gala Dinner last night, we enjoyed some complimentary wine in the lobby of our hotel, Galleria Park.

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Mellissa and I:

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The Gala Dinner was held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, a few short, very rainy blocks from our hotel.

The dinner was sponsored by Alexia Foods. When we arrived there were Alexia fries everywhere. My favorite were the sweet potato fries.

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I enjoyed a glass of champagne with my fries.

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I can’t say I was all that impressed with the fries. I’ve actually never tried Alexia fries before. Last night they tasted old and stale. :( Maybe they aren’t meant to be sitting out at a buffet station.

Eventually it was time to move into the ballroom for dinner.

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The appetizer course was served Family Style. Vegetable sushi:

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Vegetable Samosas with Tamarind Dipping Sauce and Butternut Squash Risotto Bites with Roasted Wild Mushrooms:

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Then it was time for Tyler Florence to come out and do a cooking demo.

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Tyler whipped up some beautiful pork chops with a mustard crème fraiche sauce, braised cabbages and spaetzle.

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It was definitely fun to watch. Tyler was very engaging with the audience and had a great on stage presence!

After the presentation, our salad course arrived: Bibb Lettuce Salad with Honey Roasted Pears, Glazed Pecans and Bleu Cheese Vinaigrette.

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Our entree was Brandt Beef Farms Filet Mignon and Meyer Lemon Roasted Prawns with Heirloom Carrots, Celery Root Puree and Peppercorn Demi.

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I hate to criticize but the meal really wasn’t all that outstanding. Seeing as this was a Foobuzz event, I was expecting the food to be fabulous. This reminding me of a mass-produced hotel wedding dinner.

Dessert was a San Francisco Trio: Cowgirl Creamery Cheesecake, Sourdough Bread Pudding and Scharffen Berger Chocolate Mousse.

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Dessert wasn’t the best either. The cheesecake was pretty good though….can’t say the same about the rest. :(

My tablemates:

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KaraElise, Julia, Mellissa and myself.

This morning we decided to walk to the Farewell Brunch at Perry’s on the Embarcadero. It was about a mile walk….we needed it after all the food this weekend!

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The brunch was sponsored by Godiva Coffee so I had a feeling good things were in order. I was right!

There was a cold & hot buffet. Of course I had a bit of everything!

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My plate:

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My second plate:

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The scrambled eggs were to die for. I haven’t had scrambled eggs that good in a long time.

They also had a few specialty beverages. I enjoyed a couple of their Mimosas:

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And a Cafe Godiva featuring Godiva coffee and chocolate liqueur:

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The top was sprinkled with peppermint.

Breakfast definitely made up for the lackluster meal last night! I enjoyed each and every bite. We walked back to the hotel and I said goodbye to all my new friends. I walked to the BART station and hopped on my plane bound for home.

I finally made it home and was so happy to see my husband and kiddos!!! Have a great night all!


  1. It's too bad the food served for dinner wasn't any good, I guess they were just yummy to look at. But hey, at least you had an amazing breakfast. =)

  2. At least dinner was photogenic. ;-)

    Your breakfast (especially the mimosas) look fantastic!

  3. Okay I am so jealous you got to attend this! IT sounds like a seriously amazing time. One day I hope!

  4. This weekend was so much fun. I can't wait to do it again and soon!


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