I was provided with the opportunity to attend this event at no cost. I do not accept monetary compensation for writing about my experiences. All opinions expressed are my own.
|Food Network Kitchen|
|Food Network Kitchen|
I admit it. I was a little intimidated. I was there alone and didn't recognize anyone and spent the first few minutes wandering around like a lost little lamb. Until Stephane from Zen Can Cook spotted me. At last! A friend!
|Zen Can Cook at the Food2 Launch Party|
We spent the evening being sufficiently overfed by the insistent servers who gave us practically no time to enjoy the food they were passing around.
|Country Ham and Biscuit Appetizer at the Food2 Launch Party|
The Country Ham and Biscuit appetizers looked innocent enough, but when I took a bite, I discovered that the biscuit had been spread with a combination of mayonnaise and mustard, two of my least favorite condiments in the world. Needless to say, I only had the one bite and avoided that tray for the rest of the night. Only the bartender knows what happened to the uneaten portion of my Country Ham and Biscuit appetizer.
|Mutton Sliders | Taste As You Go|
|Preparing the Mutton Sliders|
The Mutton Sliders were a nice surprise and were served on grilled buns and topped with caramelized onions. Though, every time I was asked whether I wanted another Mutton Slider, I kept thinking about that scene in The Princess Bride when Miracle Max is talking about MLTs (Mutton, Lettuce, and Tomato sandwiches). After the decadence of the Mutton Sliders, I was impressed by the simplicity of the Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. Man, they were buttery and delicious.
|Grilled Cheese Sandwiches at the Food Network Kitchen|
There were other appetizers floating around, of course, but I was too busy eating and chatting it up with new friends, including Dave from Eating in Translation, to take pictures of them. I also met Mike from GreasyGuide.com and Claire from Colloquial Cookin'. And, yes, despite the fact that I was running the Revlon Run the following morning, I allowed myself a glass of wine. Okay, okay. Two glasses of wine. But I was drinking plenty of water, too!
|Mike, Claire, Stephane, Michelle at the Food2 Launch Party at the Food Network Kitchen|
One of the highlights of the evening for me was getting the chance to meet Kelsey Nixon (from Season 4 of The Next Food Network Star) and Spike Mendelsohn (from Season 4 of Top Chef)!
|With Kelsey Nixon from The Next Food Network Star at the Food2 Launch Party|
|With Spike from Top Chef at Food2 Launch Party|
I had the opportunity to speak with Kelsey for a bit, and she's absolutely adorable. We bonded right away because we're both on the short side (*wink*). Kelsey and Spike were at the Launch Party to promote their Food2 series, Kelsey & Spike Cook, which was playing on the televisions in the kitchen so all of the attendees could get a sneak peek. If you haven't had the chance to see the show yet, here's Episode 1 - Grilled Steak:
I would have been content to go home right then and there but right after I took that picture with Spike, there was an announcement about dessert. How could I go home before eating dessert?
Light and fluffy Whoopie Pies! I tried to be good and only eat one, but I swear, they must have trained the servers in skills of master persuasion because I was "convinced" to eat at least four. I figured it would be okay since I could run away those extra calories over the course of the next day's 5K.
|With Adam (The Amateur Gourmet), Michelle, and Zach (Midtown Lunch)|
As I was picking up my coat and getting ready to leave, I snagged Adam from The Amateur Gourmet, who also has a series on Food2, appropriately called The Amateur Gourmet, and Zach from Midtown Lunch for one more picture. As you can see, we were very happy by the end of the night. While I can't speak for them, I definitely enjoyed the event and am grateful that I had the opportunity to attend.
So, have you checked out Food2 yet?
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