Way back when I started this blog, I thought that the only people who would care what I was cooking up was my mom and maybe a friend or two. I quickly realized that this food blogging thing was bigger than I ever imagined. It's a whole community of people willing to cook and share and help whenever possible. I was lucky enough to meet a fellow food blogger, Lori at Fake Food Free, in the infancy of my blog. I was living in France and she in Brazil, but we connected over food and the fact that we were both ex-pats. I returned to Kentucky and a few months later, she moved to the small town bordering mine. Crazy!
Last spring, we started to realize that there were quite a few food bloggers in Kentucky. She knew Melissa at My McDonald Meal, and I knew Sami from A Teenage Gourmet. We started talking about organizing a group of Kentucky food bloggers...because surely, if there were four of us in Central Kentucky, there would be more. Sixty (yes, 60!) food bloggers later, we have a strong and talented group. (Go check us out on Facebook if you haven't already!) And it doesn't stop there! In the spring, Alltech, a Kentucky company, approached Lori to see if we would be interested in hosting a dinner sponsored by them. Of course, we were! And that dinner finally happened last Friday night. At Jonathan's at Gratz Park nonetheless. And there was food. And swag. And raffles. And tickets to the Incredible Food Show. And laughter, always laughter.
|From left to right: Carolyn from Bourbon & Beans, Lori from Fake Food Free, and Jessica from Urban Sacred Garden.|
|Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale Beer Cheese on Fried Cornbread|
|Pearse Lyons Reserve – Molasses Marinated Alltech Angus Flank Steak with Arugula & Crispy Sweet Potatoes|
|Shrimp Corn Dog (Kentucky Ale Beer Battered Fried Shrimp) with Hot Mustard|
|Grilled Alltech Angus Ribeye with Horseradish Creamed Collard Greens|
|Bluegrass Sundown Chocolate Pot Pie with Jonathan’s Vanilla Bean Ice Cream|
Jonathan's Bluegrass Table from Alltech, "swag" from Kentucky companies, and quite a few raffle items. I can't wait to try all of this out in the kitchen! (This picture is minus the beer cheese, which I ate before taking the picture!) :-)
A big thank you to all of the organizations and companies who sponsored and supported this event:
Jonathan's at Gratz Park
Incredible Food Show
Bourbon Barrel Foods
Whole Foods Lexington
Howard's Creek Authentic Beer Cheese
Holly Hill Inn
Whole Foods Lexington
Lexington Chocolate Company
Kentucky Cutting Boards
Disclosure: The foods and products reviewed in this post were given to me free of charge. I was under no obligation to post about them and received no compensation for doing so.
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