Seattle is blessed with a lot of good foods (fresh seafood, fresh coffee, great local wines, fantastic chocolate, and so much more) and plenty of good food events. Seattle is also very lucky to have fantastic food writers.
Last night I have attended one of Kim Ricketts‘ Cooks & Books event as a Foodbuzz (an online community of food bloggers) correspondent. The topic of the evening was “What We Talk About When We Talk About Food: An Evening with Seattle Writers”.
The stars of the night:
Matthew Amster-Burton, author of the book Hungry Monkey: A Food-Loving Father’s Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater and Roots and Grubs blog
Shauna Ahern, author of the book Gluten Free Girl: How I Learned to Love the Food That Loves Me Back and Gluten Free Girl blog
Molly Wizenberg, author of A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes From My Kitchen Table and Orangette blog
Kathleen Flinn, author of The Sharper the Knife, the Less You Cry: Love Laughter and Tears in Paris at the World’s Most Famous Cooking School and Eat. Write. Now blog
Erica Bauermeister, author of The School of Essential Ingredients (web site)
And here are the covers of their books. Very impressive, isn’t it?!
The event took place at Tom Douglas’ Palace Ballroom in Downtown Seattle. If you haven’t heard about Tom Douglas before then you should know that this man has a culinary empire in Seattle with 5 restaurants, 1 bakery, 3 cookbooks, a radio show…. and he challenged Iron Chef Morimoto and won in a salmon battle.
There were lots of fabulous dishes and drinks, of course. Tom and his wife, Jackie ,were there working hard with their staff to serve the 200+ guests.
There were many well-known local food people in the audience. I spotted a few that I follow on Twitter like food columnists, photographers, bloggers, and PR people, like Kim Ricketts (second from left) and Kathleen Flinn (first from right).
Here is the very charming Molly Wizenberg.
Sheri Wetherell and Barnaby Dorfman founders of Foodista. They want Foodista to be the world’s largest and highest quality cooking encyclopedia. If you are a food blogger, check out their food bloggers conference which is going to take place here in Seattle in May 2009.
Sheri and Keren Brown, a.k.a the Frantic Foodie. Keren organizes many wonderful Seattle food events as well as food bloggers’ events every month!
After almost an hour of eating, chatting, munching, mingling, chatting, drinking, and taking photos, everyone sat down to listen, and quite often laugh, to our local authors who read from their books or current work-in-progress. Followed by questions & answers, and then books signing.
Wow! What a night.