WIAW #7: BBBos Food Summit

Thanks to everyone who has already joined my Healthy Holiday Challenge! We will officially begin on Halloween (October 31st) so there is still time to join.

*************************************************************************

Happy Wednesday! Despite the fact that I disappointingly thought Monday was Wednesday, it is finally here. This week is a long one for me, so even seeing mid-week is a special kind of excitement. Wednesday also means What I Ate Wednesday. Thanks to Jenn for hosting WIAW each week!

Instead of sharing what I ate on Tuesday (which is what I tend to do), I want to share with you the amazing food I had on Sunday at the Blog Better Boston Food Summit. I promise to share a full recap soon, including more information about BBBos, but the food was just too amazing not to share.

BBBos breakfast-001

After the drive to the Stonewall Kitchen headquarters in York, ME early Sunday morning, I was starving. Luckily Au Bon Pain was one of the event sponsors and had provided pastries, bagels, fruit, and coffee. I can’t pass up a bagel to save my life.

Despite the larger than normal breakfast, I was very excited when lunch time rolled around and we had the opportunity to attend a cooking class and multi-course lunch led by Patty Roche.

BBBos lunch first course-001

The first course was a delicious squash soup with ginger and roasted pepitas. The Stonewall Kitchen cooking school members were very accommodating with my request to have a vegetarian meal, but the soup was the one dish for which I did not get a vegetarian option and I was completely okay with that. The recipe used chicken stock and I was literally the only vegetarian in attendance, so it would have been incredibly inconvenient for the chefs to prepare just one serving of the soup with vegetable stock, particularly because I am a new vegetarian and have no problem with meat in theory. That said, for the first time in my life I could actually taste the chicken stock in the soup. I was very surprised to taste it through the other strong flavors, but I imagine this is because I don’t eat it anymore and have become so accustomed to making my own soups with vegetable stock. It’s amazing the things you don’t notice on a regular basis.

BBBos Lunch entree-001

While everyone else enjoyed a main course of prosciutto-wrapped and ricotta-stuffed chicken, I enjoyed a specially made stuffed portobello mushroom. It was fantastic! The chef who prepared it checked in on me more than once to see how I liked it and it honestly couldn’t have been better. He was also responsible for my creamy polenta, which unlike everyone else’s did not include butter, cream, or cheese (because I had also indicated my lactose intolerance). I honestly couldn’t even tell anything was missing because it was also fantastic.

BBBos dessert-001

The pear and fig cobbler for dessert was addictive. I adore figs and have come to really appreciate pears (despite the fact that I didn’t eat them for over 20 years) and couldn’t get enough of this dessert. The cobbler used dried figs while caramelized figs were used on top. I didn’t get any of the vanilla ice cream so I was given an extra caramelized fig slice on top. I’d call that a win!

After lunch we were all positively stuffed. Still, when Stonewall Kitchen samples were put out for a break just an hour later, I couldn’t help myself.

BBBos samples-001

Everything I tried was amazing, but my favorite was probably the Smoky Barbecue Aioli. Needless to say, I did not have the appetite for a proper dinner on Sunday evening because there was just no way I could fit much more into my stomach. Frankly I would give up dinner every evening if it meant food like I had for lunch on Sunday. If you’ve never tried Stonewall Kitchen products, I highly recommend them. They have everything from jams and spreads to baking mixes and kitchen ware. I also highly recommend attending one of the Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School classes if you’re ever in the area. You won’t be disappointed!

Similar Posts:

5 Comments

  1. onehealthymunchkin October 24, 2012 6:17 pm Reply

    Wow they definitely didn’t slack on the meals. Everything looks amazing – especially that pear and fig cobbler!

    I have a maple mustard from Stonewall Kitchens and I love it! It tastes so good on cheesy turkey paninis!

    http://onehealthymunchkin.blogspot.ca

  2. Amy October 29, 2012 4:41 pm Reply

    I think I am STILL in a food coma from all the food that day. Glad you enjoy the Food Summit!

    http://www.imgonnafly.com

  3. Grace October 29, 2012 6:38 pm Reply

    YUM! All that food looks amazing! I’m excited about your Holiday Challenge I’ve been struggling to keep myself accountable but this sounds like the perfect way to!

    http://www.yourdailygrace.com

  4. maeghan October 30, 2012 8:58 pm Reply

    That portabella looks amazing! I wish I had had that rather than the chicken.

Leave a Reply

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

CommentLuv badge