This past weekend from Oct. 16 - 19, this culinary happening took place here in the Big Apple and featured a diverse variety of intimate dinners, walk around tastings with Food Network celebrity chefs and personalities as well as some of the most respected names in food and wine.
I have attended in the past and love the high energy and upbeat tone of both the attendees and hosts participating. As a Food Network junkie for more than 9 years, I decided to attend the Down-Home Country Brunch hosted by Trisha Yearwood. Now, I have to admit, I was never a big country music fan, though my husband is, but I totally fell in love with Ms. Yearwood and her endearing and fun-loving personality on her Food Network show Trisha's Country Kitchen.
Let me begin by saying, it was nothing I was expecting and so much more than I had imagined!!
Presented at the New York Hilton, the "brunch" was set up in the elegant Trianon ballroom. Beautifully decorated round tables were pre-set with attractive floral arrangements and individual place settings of Ruby Red Grapefruit bowls with Candied Ginger and Tahai Basil and Yuzu, along with assorted pastries.
I didn't care! There were things from which to pick and choose and quite frankly, the atmosphere, the caliber of friendly and happy people, and the fact that I got my chance to talk to Trisha (and see her perform!) was well worth every penny of the $150 ticket.
If the food wasn't enough - there was the up- close and personal meet and greet with Ms. Yearwood! It amazed me just how down to earth and witty she is in person.
With such a successful career as a singer, author and TV-personality, she talked to each and every guest who waited their turn patiently to say hi and have a picture taken.
It was a pure delight and a fabulous way to spend my birthday weekend in New York City!! Thank you Food Network and Trisha Yearwood!!