The Final Blow: A Culinary Adventure with Jeffrey Saad
|Day 3 of the WBC continued my love affair with all things Walla Walla. I mean just the name alone makes me smile so how could it be anything but great fun, right?
I almost blew off the last seminar which I'm sure a great number of people considered doing as well. (Sunday after a 3 day conference is never a good day to be a featured guest speaker.) Thankfully, I stuck around to hear celebrity chef Jeffrey Saad (25 year culinary veteran, cookbook author, and recent runner up of the Next Food Network Star Season 5) share his thoughts on food and wine pairing. Now I've personally heard this talk about 25 times from some of the best people in the industry, so I wasn't really expecting all that much. BOY, was I wrong! Jeffrey is one of those rare charismatic people who exudes enthusiasm and oozes charm along with his straight forward tips on pairing the right wines with the right foods. He's fun to listen to and puts things in simple terms that everyone can understand. I found myself scribbling notes which I got to put to good use at the hands-on food and wine pairing demonstration immediately following his seminar. It was an awesome way to wrap up the 2010 Wine Bloggers' Conference, sending me home with a few extra pounds to add to my already wine stained teeth and fond memories of Walla Walla, Washington.
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