Food and Wine Conference.
The sights, sounds, and oh the tastes.
As I sit here in my favorite spot in the Mid-Atlantic overlooking the Chesapeake Bay,
I can’t help but to smile and fondly remember all the memories made, all of the amazing insights, and all of the lessons learned that amazing weekend in the middle of my home state of Florida.
But first I have to shout out
The Rosen Shingle Creek!
This is the property where the FWCon was held and also
where I stayed and this is also where I did not want to leave…
Mr. MAF may or may not have had to bribe me with kitchen gadgets to get me to leave.
(Very close proximity to the outlets. Ha!)
From the moment, I arrived I felt like a star. The views, the pools, the accommodations, and most importantly the FOOD all wonderful. The entire staff and team at the Shingle Rosen Creek were amazing, top notch and went above and beyond to make you feel welcomed.
It’s an amazing property and I cannot, CANNOT sing its praises enough.
If you are heading to Orlando definitely check this one out for sure.
Florida Dairy Farmers
Florida Dairy Farmers not only provided an amazing ice cream sundae bar on
National Ice Cream Day (How cool right?), but some wonderful gifts for everyone to include these darling
cow USBs that EVERYONE loved that came preloaded full of recipes
and lots of information about Florida Milk!
We are big dairy farm fans in the MAF house, so I was thrilled that Florida Milk was my brand
to represent at the Food & Wine Conference, and I hope you check out their website,
if you can, please get to a farm and visit, but if not,
check out a virtual tour (which is great too!)
Stay tuned for a delicious recipe to be featured here on the blog soon!
So this is one of the easiest and hardest posts to write…
Easy because it’s easy to tell you that the food and wine conference
was informative, had great food and wine, and that a great time was had by all the end…
Yet so hard, because, it’s so hard to convey the emotion behind the way Monica Bhide spoke to us about finding our voice and staying the course, or how Andrew Wilder encouraged us to seek out new faces and make new friends because who knows who were going to meet that week.
It’s not easy to explain how it feels to sit down with someone over the best guacamole ever and discover how much you have in common, like I did with Candace of the Dessert Geek. There were several, “You Too’s! and lots of laughter out of us!
She is my foodie bestie for sure and who doesn’t love dessert! 😉
It’s virtually impossible to even begin to explain how amazing the company was that shared this meal with me at this table or even begin to describe how delectable this Certified Angus Beef tasted… It should be a sin for meat to taste this good. Y’all.
I can’t even begin to tell you just how immensely blessed I felt at very moment to be sitting there with so many amazing people, and how at this very moment I’m tearing up at missing them and their impossibly brilliant minds and positive radiating joyful energy.
Here’s looking at you Chicory.co and Datz I see you too!!
I was in heels, so my pal Droolius helped me out with an assist, thanks man, you’re the best! I miss you, now come up and visit!
One common theme from this whole weekend though was be authentic…
Authentic is one of my 2015 words, I pick 5 words at the beginning of the year and for the past 5 years,
authentic has been a constant one on there, because I have always believed in being your authentic and true self. Always. Another word on that list is empower. I believe that in order to be the best you, you have to be able to help others, you have to give. Give to receive, I believe that, and I saw that during the FWCon and the biggest giver there was none other than the person behind it all…
FWCon was my first time meeting her, and I didn’t’ know what to expect, but wow. She is pretty darn amazing. I mean, for a person that has a full plate and life the way she does I am in complete awe. She is hands down one of the most wonderful people I have ever met in my life. I instantly loved her. She does that to you, even if you don’t want to, Ha! The reason I mention her is because she epitomizes both authenticity and empowerment, not to mention beauty and grace.
The Food and Wine Conference helps all of us in this industry grow and my hope is that every one us that attended took some good tools away, and that if you didn’t attend, my hope is that I’ll see you there next year.
Until Next Yum,
The Mid-Atlantic Foodie