Foodbuzz Festival Day 1

Now Coco and Sophia are both here!

Tonight we drove up to San Francisco for the first Foodbuzz Festival event. The welcome reception was from 5-7pm at the Hotel Vitale. This wasn’t the main food event of the day, but they did have two cool appetizers: gruyere gougeres with bacon and mascarpone and pork rillettes. They were provided by midi.

 Foodbuzz Festival Day 1

I tried the rilletes. Pretty good, but kind of salty. I didn’t try the puff things, but they looked cool.

 Foodbuzz Festival Day 1

 Foodbuzz Festival Day 1

After the reception we headed over to the Ferry Building for an amazing dinner event. Foodbuzz rented out a portion of the building and had restaurants serving food all the way down the alley.

As soon as we entered I saw mini cupcakes, and I couldn’t resist. Dessert first! I tried the pumpkin cupcake, but they also had red velvet, chocolate cinnamon, and an almond flavored one. I had an almond one on my way out for my real dessert. These were provided by Mission Minis.

 Foodbuzz Festival Day 1

 Foodbuzz Festival Day 1

 Foodbuzz Festival Day 1

 Foodbuzz Festival Day 1

I also tried this delicious vanilla bean ice cream by Straus Family Creamery. Awesome.

 Foodbuzz Festival Day 1

Then it was time for some real food. I had a bean burrito from Tacolicious. It wasn’t that good. I wanted chicken, but they were out. They had cool shirts though.

 Foodbuzz Festival Day 1

I also tried these savory vegetarian and meat pies from Pie Truck. Pretty yummy!

 Foodbuzz Festival Day 1

 Foodbuzz Festival Day 1

And a raw oyster from Hog Island Oyster Co…. awesome.

 Foodbuzz Festival Day 1

I passed on these chicharrones (fried pork chips) but they were cool looking. From 4505 Meats.

 Foodbuzz Festival Day 1

Alive had a selection of raw foods – 2 raw pizzas and raw cheesecake. These were okay. Not my favorite, to be honest.

 Foodbuzz Festival Day 1

 Foodbuzz Festival Day 1

 Foodbuzz Festival Day 1

 Foodbuzz Festival Day 1

The best items of the night: Spencer on the Go‘s Beet Salad with blue cheese and "far west fungi vol au vent" (creamy mushrooms on top of a puff thing). I went back for seconds on both of these.

 Foodbuzz Festival Day 1

 Foodbuzz Festival Day 1

Then there was some incredible thin crust pizza from Pizza Politana. This was the best pizza I’ve had outside of Italy and New York. And I didn’t think I was a pizza person.

 Foodbuzz Festival Day 1

 Foodbuzz Festival Day 1

Lastly, there was a cool pork sandwich and potatoes from Roli Roti. This seemed to be really popular with other bloggers, but I thought it was just okay.

 Foodbuzz Festival Day 1

They had this funny shirt: "I heart Crispy Skin". (TWSS? Not.)

 Foodbuzz Festival Day 1

My favorite of the night was absolutely the mushroom dish from Spencer on the Go (second favorite was their beet salad). Holy amazing yum. On the way out I snagged some more ice cream and the almond cupcake.

Don’t worry, I didn’t finish everything pictured. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for tomorrow… Happy Saturday!

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11 Comments on Foodbuzz Festival Day 1

  1. Amber
    7 November, 2009 at 12:58 am (5 years ago)

    Sounded like a great night from what i have seen so far! And i LOVE ALive!!

  2. Lara (Thinspired)
    7 November, 2009 at 1:45 am (5 years ago)

    Just looks like so much fun! Everyone’s recaps are fun to read. I’m pretending I’m there ;) Can’t wait to hear more!

  3. candice
    7 November, 2009 at 4:36 am (5 years ago)

    Yummy. I LOVE savory pies–I’m glad you got to enjoy some! Pizza + ice cream looks delicious as well!

  4. Melissa S.
    7 November, 2009 at 6:19 am (5 years ago)

    wow! what a great bunch of eats and samplers!!! def jealous! all your recaps make me want to be there!

  5. Andrea@WellnessNotes
    7 November, 2009 at 8:05 am (5 years ago)

    Looks like soooooooo much fun!!! Have a wonderful day today! :)

  6. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    7 November, 2009 at 4:28 pm (5 years ago)

    Just to add insult to injury, I see all this glorious food. Wow, enjoy for me Maggie!!!!

  7. Jess
    7 November, 2009 at 9:35 pm (5 years ago)

    Oh my, what fun!! Great looking food too :D

    <3 jess
    xoxo

  8. clare
    7 November, 2009 at 9:48 pm (5 years ago)

    girl and what would be terrible if you DID finish everything?

    have fun tomorrow!

  9. Haylee
    8 November, 2009 at 10:58 pm (5 years ago)

    Aw those cupcakes are so cute! (and delicious looking I may add:)
    Gosh i’m jealous, I wish I could have gone to this!