World Food Championships, More Food and More Wine!

“My theater degree pays off as I pretend to cook,” @SparklyNicole joked as she looked over a few pictures I snapped of her at the World Food ChampionshipsFood Fight Write Blogger Summit.

Nicole

I met up with bloggers ShareOrlando, Orlando Fun & Food, Kim Button, SparklyNicole and about 25 others for lunch following their culinary throw down at the World Food ChampionshipsKenmore Kitchen Arena in Celebration, Florida. Competing for $500, the bloggers went head-to-head preparing their own recipes using Kansas City Steaks, Saucy Mama sauce and produce from My Yard Farm.

This event is only a small, bite-size portion of the ultimate food fight going on just a few minutes from my office.

“The World Food Championships is the largest competition in food sport, where champions of previous events convene in Kissimmee, Florida, for a chance at winning the ultimate food crown and a share of $300,000. The World Food Championships platform ranges from live-event integration and acivations to a robust multimedia platform that serves culinary stars, home cooks, brands and destinations. In three short years, WFC has awarded more than $1 million in prizes and money, spawned a TV series, garnered more than 5 billion media impressions and launched numerous professional careers for successful contestants.” Make sure to check out the consumer events here and may the odds be ever in your favor, contestants!

Spending the day with a ton of bloggers was fun but all day I looked forward to unwinding at Reunion Resort in Kissimmee for their Holidays At Reunion cocktail part, showcasing some of the items that will be featured on their menus in the next few months.

bloggers
My coworker Nori, myself and blogger/Periscope fiend @MoVernie

Peeps, let me tell you that nothing makes a glutton happier than heavy hors d’oeuvres. It is always my Fat American Dream to sample every plate without committing to a full meal.

With the holidays in tow, it might be an overwhelming time to go into stores and see all the Christmas decorations already out (especially when your lazy ass hasn’t thrown away the crooked pumpkin, haphazardly carved at the very last minute…), but I fully embraced the festive menu. I also thought it would be the last meal I would be able to taste because I am fighting a cold so I had to go all in.

The Butternut Squash soup with creme fraiche and fresh chives was the jam since I was feeling under the weather.

butternut

The Tuscan Grilled New York Strip featuring herb roasted potatoes, grilled jumbo asparagus and port wine demi glace was a crowd favorite. So much flavor!

NYstrip

The Pan Seared Salmon with wild mushroom risotto, charred asparagus, cranberry chutney port wine reduction was super tasty and not super overwhelming (I hate fishy fish).

Salmon

I’m currently looking at all the pictures of the food I tasted last night, remembering the great times and crying. I am living out one of my actual nightmares (no, I didn’t press “reply all” on a company email thread again). I’ve lost my sense of taste, thanks to this nasty cold that attacked me on Monday, which is very unfortunate since I’m going to the Winter Garden Wine Walk tonight. Please pray for me because I want to get drunk (I’m kidding mom, relax).

xx

This post originally appeared on HypeOrlando.

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