There, we were greeted with a sweet little breakfast including assorted delicious baked goods, fresh berries while we waited for the day to start. Clearly, I opted for a diet plate, chock full of a variety of breads. My favorite was a little loaf-sized bread that was delightfully crusty and floured on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside and full of cinnamon flavor and dried fruits.
Once the breakfast was finished up, it was time for the panels. I'll admit it, I totally geeked out. I was so engrossed with all of the excitement of the event and I'm now wicked inspired to get back in my kitchen and get to what I love the most, creating recipes and writing all about it. Right before we broke for lunch, we had an activity. Describe a lemon, using your 5 senses. We were challenged with really thinking about the lemon and how to "think outside the box" when describing it.
Once we were done playing around with some lemons, we had a special lunch created by some wonderful local chefs and paired with some Walla Walla wines (PS, Walla Walla might be my favorite new location ever. I mean how fun is that to say? Try it. Say it out loud. I'm serious. It's really fun!). Getting back to food, my favorite lunch item was the steak tartar. It was deliciously seasoned with capers and served with crusty bread and lemony arugula. Outstanding.
Okay, back to the conference! But before I shut down, here's a glimpse of my makeshift desk:
Not bad, huh? Okay for real, back to learning!