One of the benefits of being a food geek is that your friends are keenly aware of your acute geekiness, and they know if any food happenings come about, you’re a willing participant, no questions asked.
Take for example an event in the city with author and Food Network host, Dave Lieberman.
Dave’s got a new cookbook, The 10 Things You Need to Eat: And More Than 100 Easy and Delicious Ways to Prepare Them, and he was at a culinary loft in Soho to do a cooking demonstration and show off a few of his recipes. Danielle received an invite as part of her job, so she brought along her little food blogger friend — me.
The crowd included media types, photographers, a camera crew and several other bloggers.
Here’s the cover of his new cookbook. It’s got some good info and nice recipes, focusing on healthy ingredients and easy preparation.
Dave had the guests do a bit of hands-on cooking.
Danielle put on her apron and went to work on the chipotle, corn and squash chowder, under the watchful eye of one of the food stylists. Food stylist — how do I get that job??
Unfortunately, Danielle’s masterpiece was whisked away before we had a chance to try it (Did they not trust her cooking prowess?). But we did receive samples from the kitchen. The chowder was great — sweet from the squash with a smoky and spicy kick from the chipotles.
Really liked the chicken cacciatore too, cooked to a perfect fork-tender.
Then it was on to the desserts, which included interestingly, beets as an ingredient. Like this beet chocolate cake.
And chocolate beet cupcakes.
Sounds strange, but it worked. The beets lent the cake and cupcakes a natural sweetness and beetiness. I imagine this would be a useful recipe for parents trying to slip veggies past their picky kids.
Someone on Twitter requested that I ask Dave if he’s single, but I completely forgot. Whoops. Anyway, thanks to Danielle for inviting me to tag along. This food geek had a good time.