Today I went to the Washington DC food show, the main pull was getting to see Paula Dean the Butter Queen Live…bastards wouldn’t let me take pictures, and secondly the fact that I absolutely love food and get to try a million and one different new sauces, desserts, watch people cook and teach how to cook as well.
I not only got to see new things like this one company which was cooking meats on slabs of salt in rock form, but I also got to try the meats that they were cooking. I had heard of using stones to make pizza and firing rocks to heat bread or even cook bacon on. I had heard of people using giant slabs of rock salt to grill and cook meat on before but I had never actually gotten to see it in person. When I was walking by their booth at the show the smells of the meats and the salts were above and beyond incredible. Just looking at the meats cook and smelling them then tasting how great they were was enough to almost get me to buy the slabs of rock salt for grilling and cooking. The thing that stopped me though was the fact that I would have had to carry them through the rest of the show and then carry them home which I was definitely not up for. I did however take a short video of them and asked them for the url at the end of it. These slabs of rock salt are absolutely perfect for wedding gifts.
After eating that man’s salty meat,,,ok I couldn’t resist, I needed something sweet as well which is when I came across the most amazing idea and incredible woman on earth. Gia Michaels.
Gia Michaels is probably one of my new heroes…and yes she did give me a free sample to take home (sticks tounge out at you). Not only did she combine a ton of types of mini chocolate chips with crushed heath bars and crunchy things, but she also threw in peanut butter, chocolate covered pretzels and everything else that is sweet, salty and good into a small jar and named it Gourmet Garbage. Gourmet Garbage is not only perfect on its own but you can also combine Gia Michaels Gourmet Garbage with ice cream, on top of brownies or pies, into smores and rice crispy treats as well as marshmallows and a ton of other fabulous desserts. Not only is Gourmet Garbage perfect to add to your favorite home made treats and bridal shower treats, but you can buy a jar for each of the kids at a wedding and let them eat it or put it on their desserts or set up a treat station for them to add it to rice crispy treats to keep them out of your hair while you enjoy your wedding. Gourmet Garbage is a seriously dangerous anti diet food that I cannot resist. Gia Michaels I love you and my skinny jeans hate you for creating this amazing treat. I highly recommend that each of you click on the link and go to her site to buy Gourmet Garbage right now. It is seriously worth it and lets face it, Summer is over so let your diet slip for a change.
Another booth that I wanted to share with you all was this fantastic guy who had a great story. He used to have a sales job I think but ended up quitting because that company just wasn’t for him. Instead he discovered that he could create a series of BBQ Sauces that are not only delicious but can sell extremely well. Within 2 and a half years of quitting his real job, he now has a BBQ sauce empire and over 2,000 grocery stores carry his sauces. The sauce is called FunniBonz BBQ Sauce and it is amazing. I tried the original, the spicy and he also has a Chipotle. Now they weren’t the best in the show but they were pretty damn good and I ended up coming home with a bottle of the spicy. The FunniBonz BBQ is not only perfect for every day use but it is also more than worth what you would have to pay for it. The price cannot be beat on FunniBonz BBQ Sauce and if you are doing a bbq at your bachelor party or evben bachelorette party and need a sauce to serve, FunnyBonz BBQ sauces are the perfect bbq sauces to use. I know I am going to be using it instead of the others that I got tonight as FunnyBonz BBQ Sauce is a new personal favorite. You can find this fabulous BBQ Sauce by clicking here.
This next lady didn’t need anything like a giant tradeshow booth or fancy corporate clothing. Instead she actually prefers not to use those as she doesn’t need it. No fancy packaging no anything but good old fashion love in her food. She made probably the best Vanilla Bean and Vanilla Buttercream cake I have ever eaten. It wasn’t fancy, there was no gimmic, just her and her friend slicing the most amazing vanilla bean and vanilla buttercream cake I have ever eaten. When you have love for food and it shows you don’t need anything else. When I get married, if she is around to make that vanilla cake, guess what she is who I am going to for my wedding cake. It was seriously that good. Listen to the end of the video for her website url so that you can order probably the best vanilla bean and vanilla buttercream cake in the world.
There were a ton of other highlights at the Washington DC Food show but I need to go get dinner ready. Thank you to all of the vendors who took time to talk to me and for a few of them who even gave me samples to take home. The Washington DC Food Show was amazing and I highly recommend it. It is a bit pricey at $25 a person but when you get to taste all of the amazing foods and also get to watch and learn how to cook from some of the most famous and friendly Food Network Star Chefs, the $25 admission is completely worth it.