Chicago Foodbloggers Unite…

September 16th, 2009

Having dinner with some food blogging ladies last night, I realized that 1) I haven’t posted in over a week! (bad busy Ginny!) and 2) I never posted about the original dinner that led to the outing last night. As a Foodbuzz Featured Publisher, sometimes I have the opportunity to go to special events. A couple weeks ago, they sponsored a dinner at Tru. It was a wonderful experience. The food was delicious, the service great, the art fascinating and the company excellent!

I had a wonderful time. Spent four hours talking about food and food blogging… out of that, we decided to begin a group that would meet month to continue this conversation… So last night, I met Tammy, Bridget, Jackie, Joelen, Cynthia and Chris for dinner to begin our “Alliance.”   Another fun evening… can’t wait for next month…if are a Chicago food blogger and want to join, check us out

A little about our dinner at Tru…

We started off with a series of canapes. Above is the cauliflower sphere with sea trout roe and orange zest, which was my favorite. I like a little molecular gastronomy every once and a while… We were also served a basil collins, which was delicious…

The first course was an Amuse Bouche with sea curred salmon with cucumber skin. This was very delicious. I loved the hint of lime.  Very refreshing!

Then there was peeky toe crab with prosciutto and pequillo and cantaloupe-cava consomme… I’m not a big cantaloupe person but it was quite good… just a little too sweet…

Next we had frog leg with roasted garlic, carrot, and waterchess.  It was my first experience with frog leg- it tasted like chicken.

The fourth course was olive oil poached salmon with granny smith apple, coconut, thai long peppercorn.  Poaching the salmon this way creates a really different texture that was very close to a piece of smoked salmon.  I loved the salmon itself but the stuff with it was a bit difficult to eat gracefully and did not seem that cohesive.

This was my favorite dish!  The short ribs cut easily with my fork… the eel worked perfectly with the short ribs… topped with miso foam… it all that fit together perfectly…

This beautiful dessert ended our dinner… gorgeously plated… I wasn’t quite sure how to eat it but it tasted good, especially the milk chocolate with the plums…
As if we had not eaten enough, they brought out a tray of different candies.  I love this photo because it is so fitting for the evening… it was so entertaining to watch everyone taking photos of their food before eating…

After dinner they took us on a tour of the kitchen… complete with a liquid chocolate raspberry truffle which was like nothing that I’ve ever eaten before. Then, as i was walking out the door, I was given a little madeline type roll filled with jam… finding that in my bag the next day was a wonderful surprise…

Check out other reviews and my dining companions…

Marathon Val

Eating Bender

What’s Cooking, Chicago?

Eat a Duck I must!

What’s for Dinner?

Homemaker’s Habitat

Feasting on… Gluten Free Pixels

Gourmet with me

Chik n’ pastry

Better with Butter

Lindsey’s Kitchen

6 Responses to “Chicago Foodbloggers Unite…”

  1. Jenn (eating bender) on September 16, 2009 8:38 pm

    Woohoo! It truly was a fantastic evening. I still can’t get over the fact that I felt like royalty for a night – the food was plated so nicely and of course tasted perfect. It was so nice to meet Chicago foodies, too! I hope to be able to attend some of the future dinners, too!

  2. Chris on September 17, 2009 7:40 pm

    Great shots from your dinner at Tru! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it. I got overwhelmed with all the intricacy of the courses when I was there. :)

  3. Tammy on September 17, 2009 8:40 pm

    That was an awesome dinner! Partly for the food, but mostly for the wonderful people I met around the table. :)

  4. gattina on September 21, 2009 2:50 am

    gorgeous dinner!!! wish I could join you guys…

  5. noble pig on September 22, 2009 9:28 pm

    What a meal!

  6. Cynthia on September 27, 2009 3:18 pm

    I know it’s a bit late but I had a great time meeting everyone. The food and conversation were great and I look forward to next month’s meetup.

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