As many of you know, I’m an Allstar Brand Ambassador for Allrecipes.com. What that means is… I volunteer for a program of AR members along with other members around the US. In a monthly newsletter we are given assignments, preparing, photographing and reviewing recipes. We also get to test products of site sponsors. I’m enjoying the program as I’m surrounded with like minded people who love to cook, bake and talk about food.
A few months ago I received an email inviting me to attend AR 15th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday July 26th- Saturday 28th! I could hardly believe it, as I have always wanted to visit Seattle and here was my chance. Also to get the chance to visit AR in person was so exciting. Boy, was I in for a treat!
|GRILLED BRISTOL BAY SOCKEYE SALMON|
with Port Soaked Cherries, Smoky Almond ~ Rosemary Brown Butter, & Creamy Hominy Polenta
|JUMBO LUMP DUNGENESS CRAB CAKE|
with Crispy Parsley & Sauce Louis
|Matt's in the Market |
Kevin's said this was his favorite meal EVER! Beef tenderloin, yukon gold potato puree, kale, wild mushrooms, demi glaze and marrow butter. Kevin let me have a small bite and it was crazy good!
I had halibut with a corn broth. It was delicious, the fish was so fresh.
Serious Pie We had no idea what to order as all the pizza's sounded good. So we asked the waiter to order us his favorite. It was clams, house pancetta, chilies, lemon thyme and it was seriously yummy!
Crème Caramel French Toast - pear, caramel, fresh strawberries and pecan butter
‘Eggs Charcutieres’ with Rustic Duck Terrine \and Veal Shallot Pan Sauce
Salumi - This was a tiny little place that you will miss if you didn't know where to find it. Also there is a line outside the door, be prepared to have a 30 minute wait. We had heard about Salumi and that it was run by the Batali family (Mario's Dad and Sister). We ordered two sandwiches, the salumi and the Porchetta. The Porchetta was tender, juicy pork, and very yummy. We ate it so fast we forgot to take a picture. This is a picture of the salami sandwich, also very good but if you had to pick one order the Porchetta it was amazing.
When you order pancakes or french toast here you get to go to the fruit bar. YUM!
Both the Happy Hour and the Anniversary Party was catered by a personal chef Karen Binkhorst. She and her staff did a fantastic job in the AR Kitchen. The appetizers were all delicious!
Friday, we arrived at AR at 8 AM and had breakfast before starting our day. After getting our fill we were given an introduction to AllRecipes by William. His entire job is devoted to making AR the happy place to work. How cool is his job! The AllRecipes culture is is about acceptance, inclusiveness, caring, to be humble and allowing each employee and member the right to be an individual. What a great place to work!
Next to come was a presentation showing an in depth look at AR. We then broke off into workshops and focus groups such as social media info (talked about how they use twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, apps, ect.), video tips on filming and photography (they even talked about where to get some photography equiptment at a good price), business Intelligence (talked about the performance stats that they check everyday to keep them the #1 food site). At 3:30 we all headed back to the hotel to get freshened up for the big celebration party along with all the (happy) employees. Here's a few pictures of the party. It was a good time had by all!
THANK YOU AR for giving me this opportunity to celebrate 15 years with you and the Allstar Ambassadors.