Philadelphia Food & Drink Writers’ Conference: A Recap
Everyone with a laptop and a camera can dub themselves a journalist and, for the most part, that’s a beautiful thing. There’s a staggering number of blogs floating around on the internet, but none is more ubiquitous than the food blog. Dining in a restaurant these days feels like throwing oneself into a pool of paparazzi–the sound of flashes popping and the click, click of shutters are as familiar as the tinkling of forks and knives. Food, food news, and the culinary world in general is enjoying a much-deserved revival thanks to people who realize that food is our most precious resource and it deserves to be much more than an afterthought in our collective minds.
Today, a group of serious food writers/bloggers/photographers gathered at Chef Daniel Stern’s lauded R2L Restaurant for a food fellowship of sorts that included a meet-and-greet, tasting and an informative lesson in food photography by former Philadelpia Inquirer photographer Eric Mencher. The event was the brainchild of local food blogger Wendy Kirby (of the blog ‘La Phemme Phoodie’) with the help of the Greater Philadelphia Marketing Tourism Corporation (better known as Visit Philly) and Philly Homegrown–a GPMTC-created initiative that promotes local eating.
There turnout was great and judging from the animated conversations and the almost palpable passion for their craft, it was evident that this group of food lovers not only love what they do, but are also knowledgeable about it too.
Want to know more about the food? Take a look at the menu below and see if you can spot the dishes in the slideshow.
Sushi sampler – Tuna sashimi, shiitake fries, truffle and soy; Philly salmon sashimi; oyster with hamache ceviche, jalapeño gel and sesame mousse
Steak tartare – Filet mignon, crudités, garlic and beef butter toasts
Lobster macaroni and cheese – Maine lobster and pasta in a cheese sauce with fresh herbs
Smoked salmon brunch pizza – Salmon, caviar, horseradish crème fraîche, pumpernickel crumb
Treat cart – A variety of decadent pastries and desserts