Thought I would post a review of the f&w fest so far in case anyone cares.
We splurged for the VIP pass. Not so thrilled with that decision at this point, but the jury is still out. We had to schlep downtown to the driskill to pick up our tickets. Absolutely no reasonable excuse for this. No gift bag provided, no celebrity chef to meet, just picking up our tickets the same as everyone else who got their's mailed to them.
Last night's event was underwhelming. It was pretty crowded, and there were few food providers there. The wine situation was so much worse. 6 choices of wine at a few bars, yet they are pouring tasting portions requiring you to get back in the long line to get more of the same. They only had two white wine choices and they ran out of white wine when the event was only half way through!
VIP reserved parking was just prepaid parking open to the general public. One parking pass for two tickets purchased, retail value of parking is $7. Not a bargain.
The events today were good. We heard some complaints from folks saying the av was screwed up at some of the events. Jonathon Waxman was awesome! Andrew Zimmern was also great. Tony mantuano seemed to not know where he was when he introduced his employee Sarah (loser on Top Chef) and said she was robbed. He evidently didn't watch the show this season either.