This past weekend was the annual ‘Eat Vancouver’ trade show, put on by the Food Network – I hadn’t been to it before, but we were all of course highly encouraged to go. Plus, two of my favorite Food Network personalities were appearing on the live stage – Anna Olson (pastry chef extraordinaire, her shows include Fresh and Sugar) and Bob Blumer (Surreal Gourmet and Glutton for Punishment). Now I’m not sure if you guys have both of these people on your Food Network…ours has some US shows and some Canadian ones.
In my culinary school, most people are in culinary, but a good number of us are in pastry….and our one Chef calls all of us the Pastry Queens, because every time we have guest speakers we make sure to ask lots of pastry related questions. We started off the day yesterday with 4 of us ‘pastry queens’ (but we call ourselves the ‘pastry divas’) going for brunch. We went to this chi-chi spot called ‘Nu’ that, when it first opened, was rated the best new restaurant in Canada. It sits right out over the ocean, and since brunch prices are always good, we tried it out. (I forgot my camera so didn’t take any shots). We received an amuse bouche of a mini sipping hot chocolate, with a lemon scented pastry of some kind. A round of mimosas were enjoyed, and I had a brie and truffle omelette with toasted brioche.
Post-brunch, we headed down to the show. The whole thing was ok but as expected, the food network part was fabulous. My friends enjoyed making fun of me though, since I kept moving us up (there was some BBQ guy named Naz on before, we didn’t watch it though) until we ended up front centre. I was very excited but kept my cool enough since they were already giving me a hard time, they thought I’d run up to the front for autographs and pictures…kind of wished now I did 😉
Anna Olson made an orange scented granola of some sort (meh – I made granola the day before and I liked mine better…they did hand out samples). She also made a strawberry rhubarb pie using phyllo…also super easy but good for a weeknight dessert. I was just excited to see her because I watch her every day!
Bob Blumer was up next. He has a new cookbook out about cooking pizza on the BBQ, so he demo’d two from that book. One was a wild mushroom and fiddlehead pizza, topped with brie, on a roasted garlic ‘sauce’, and the other was a dessert pizza with a walnut ‘sauce’, topped with brandy-sauteed pears and blue cheese. Bob had actually bought his mushrooms and fiddleheads at the show, and so we tracked down the booth and I bought them too!
I’ll let ya know how they turn out, but I’m thinking they’ll be yummy!