On a Culinary Press Trip
The most filling, if not fulfilling job in the world
Posted Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 10:04AM
Top row, from left to right: tuna tartare, an amuse bouche with whipped goat chese, coconut mousse; second row: seafood tower, duck confit potato skins, achiote marinated elk, whiskey-braised pork belly; third row: bone marrow, a ginormous burger, and dessert plate (yes, that's a tower of doughnuts).
I’ve just returned from a culinary press trip to -------- (I’ll tell you the town later if you read the mag). A bunch of journalists, bloggers, and editors were escorted to several dining establishments and fed course after course of rich, buttery, sugary food.
We were in a red meat-centric region of the country and there was one vegetarian in the group. I think she is the only person who did not get sick because she did not eat half the things I did.
We met a lot of chefs and mixologists who told us their philosophies, strategies, and backstories. (It’s always an earful and a stomachful, and I mean that in the nicest way.) Anyway, I’m still digesting everything I learned and ate, but for now, please check out this collage my intern made of just a few of the dishes, and take a gander at the food diary-like list I made during one (1!) meal.
At one meal, I ate and drank…
1 white wine
2 pork rinds
2 slices sourdough bread
tuna tartare with apple slivers
shrimp and grits with pancetta
bone marrow on a crostini
1 red wine
1 pork belly with pineapple
3 duck confit potato skins
1 slice olive bread
1 red wine
halibut with veggies
... On the plane ride home, I checked my calendar and saw that I had been scheduled to do a four-day cleanse starting the very next day. What luck! Another kind of dietary torture (all in the name of research) that I look forward to. :)
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