Now I could tell you how inspiring this conference was or how much it motivated me or indeed how the networking and workshops will help my business in the coming months! If I really wanted to go into detail I could tell you how I earned half price conference then used my pampered chef pounds I received as an incentive payment to pay off the rest of my conference fees, but I won't bore you with all that, this after all is a food blog so I'll tell you about the FOOD!!!
OH WOW it was pretty good!
First exposure to edibles was at coffee time. The speaker on Friday afternoon was Sahar Hashemi. Sahar together with her brother Bobby founded Coffee Republic, and built it into one of the UK’s most recognised high street brands. What can I say, she is such an inspirational speaker, I just wished my girls were there to hear her speak of her 'anyone can do it' philosophy! So at coffee time we were served these amazingly cute cupcake, decorated like they do in a New york coffee house. Well, when I say 'we' I didn't actually have any due to my wheat intolerance but everyone raved about them and they looked much better than a packet of rich tea!
The Gala dinner menu
- Warm forest mushroom tartlet with lemon and chive sauce
- Rump of lamb with minted red wine sauce potato and parsnip rosti with seasonal veg
- Lemon bavarois with meringue topping
- Coffee and mints and a selection of fudge
Lunch on Saturday
This year was organised a little better than last year, no running buffets for us, it was table service and oh so better than the free for all of 2008.
- Sliced melon with seasonal fruits and mango coulis
- Plated poached salmon, vegetarian quiche and mixed leaves, new potatoes, Italian bean salad, cherry tomatoes, cucumber salad & coleslaw
- Cinnamon and spiced apple cheesecake