first of all, sorry if you were there and i couldn't find you. i'd made the mistake of thinking there was only one entrance to the south part of the convention centre. we milled around a bit right outside the show, asking random people if they were chowhounds. no dice. sorry if we missed you.
second... the show was rather annoying. good food and good wine, for sure (especially the 12yo cognac i tasted... god that was delicious... and the duck prosciutto with melon confit. and, well.. okay everything was delicious).
that bit that really got my goat, though, was the tasting tickets. i'd assumed (logically, i thought) that the tickets were sold one a 1 ticket = 1 taste of whatever basis, with perhaps 2 tickets for the really premium items. sadly, this was not the case. i was shocked with my first taste: smoked salmon (lovely buttery pacific salmon) and creme fraiche on a small round of baguette. 6 tickets. 6. $3 for a mouthful! wtf? it got worse after that.
i think we (as food lovers, i mean) should pressure the organizers of this event to change the way things are done. i've been to similar events before, and only ever had to pay an entrance fee at the door--everything else was free. i would gladly pay $25-$30 at the door if it meant that i could taste what i liked, and not have to worry about budgeting. silly me, i thought that was somewhat the point of the endeavour.
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