Sunday, September 27, 2009

Foodie Fairy Tale Comes True-- More Harvest Festival with Tyler Florence




Dear Fellow Foodies,

Would you say that this picture is worth a thousand words? Not only did I get a second chance for a photo with Tyler Florence...ladies and gentlemen...


I did not do a lipstick check too soon! In walked Tyler Florence, who spotted me and he remembered me!  Not only did he say hello to me, and "nice to see you again", but he told me that he visited my food blog!  Me!  What an honor!  I had a flood of reactions to that-- flattered, nervous, insecure and just amazed. He said that he found me in his Google Feed. Hmmmm, how many of his other Tyler Florence Fan Blogs does he visit? You never know!


Talk about a few minutes of one-on-one with Tyler... I asked him how his golf game went at Pebble Beach and he enthusiastically shared his experiece with me.


He also autographed my copy of Tyler's Cookbook "Tyler's Ultimate".


 Tyler cooked  pan roasted rabbit with a chestnut polenta, roasted pumpkin with a beautiful sage infused oil and fried sage as a garnish.



Craig had a wonderful day with me, and I think he's becoming a "Foodie".  We had an opportunity to explore all of the food booths, before the crowds arrived-- tasting to much fantastic food, wine and beer.  Five hours flew by fast.





Truly, I can tell you that Tyler Florence is not only a professional chef-- he's also entertaining. Most importantly, Tyler treats his fan as though we are all one big family.  He took the time to, articulately,  explain every step of what he's doing (just like on his Ultimate Show on Food Network). He allowed the audience to ask questions about food, and he patiently and thoroughly answered questions.   He graciously posed with lines of his fans, signed autographs and never did I seem him snub a single person.


...he also photographs his own dishes, and he posted this on his TWITTER. I didn't get to taste this one, but it looked and smelled amazing. I cannot wait to try chestnut flour, which I learned is gluten-free.



Tyler Florence is a star. I cannot wait to compose both meals that he cooked into a recipe format, so that I can share it with you.


I have over 200 photos to edit and compile into a story line.




Next year, come to the Second Annual Food & Wine Harvest Festival.  It was good times!



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18 comments:

Velva said...

You lucky, lucky, lucky foodie! What a great opportunity. I love it!! Can't wait to see your next post on this great experience.

P.S. Tyler Florence is such eye candy too ;-)

Donna-FFW said...

How lucky are you.. super jealous am I!! You looked fabulous, and he looked hot as always! What fun!!!

Kate said...

It sounds as though you had a wonderful weekend. The Kitchen Gnome and I have watched him since he did the show "How to Boil Water"! Time flies....someday I would love the opportunity to attend an event such as this!

Kim said...

I'm so happy for you- what a great time! It really sounds like a foodie fairy tale :D I'm glad Tyler was so gracious. It is a terrific photo of you and Tyler!!

Monica H said...

He's touching you, he's touching you! Don't wash your shoudler. ha ha!

How cool is that. I'm glad you had such a great experience- you deserve it. I'm putting htis on the calendar for next year. Me and you! How much fun would we have?

Debinhawaii said...

Awesome Debby! That must have been so exciting and fun too. Sounds like you had a great weekend. Wonderful photo of you and Tyler too! ;-)

Phoo-D said...

That is totally cool! It is so great to hear that he is a nice guy and not wrapped up in his 'stardom' as so many people can be when they are famous. How exciting for you! Love the photos and can't wait to see more. Hooray!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

You've have been blessed with the foodie experience of a lifetime! What a great day, and great opportunity. How wonderful that Tyler proved to be so gracious and gentlemanly.
Terrific photos, Debby!

Cheryl said...

Wow wow wow, I am ready to faint just reading your blog! He is one cool dude, I am glad he is as nice in real life as I imagined he would be!

Muneeba said...

Well now .. Day 2 is even better than Day 1 .. that photo should be up on your mantle somewhere .. or bedside table even ;)
I'm SO GLAD Tyler turned out to be a great guy ... not snooty or anything ... my fantasies can live on!

Valerina said...
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Valerina said...

What an honor!! Congratulations! We never really know who is looking at our blogs and it is always encouraging to hear that some famous names are actually peeking in. Then again, your blog deserves the notice. :) I have a distant hope that Curtis Stone will someday leave a comment. :P

Danielle said...

You are just having way too much fun!!

bella said...

Oh my goodness, what a post! I read it out loud to my husband!!!! WOW, WOW, WOW! I just cannot EVEN imagine any of your time with Tyler Florence. I am SO HAPPY for you that you got to have such an AWESOME experience. ANd I'm also glad that he was so nice to you (a true South Carolinian) and that he visited your blog! Just over the top through your whole post, girl!!!!!! Roz

Simple Simon said...

Thank you so much for your excellent blog about your Tyler Florence experiences as well as the Harvest Festival. I certainly had fun living vicariously through you!

Dorothy said...

Deb,
Your blog about the events this past weekend are what doing these types of functions more memorable. I am too tired to make much sense right now, but watch my column in the next PG Bulletin. I'm having an inspriational moment....zzzzzzzzzz Dorothy

My Carolina Kitchen said...

So much fun. I enjoyed reading each and every word and drooled at the pictures. You are one lucky lady.
Sam

benbes said...

very lucky I will foloow you nex experiences.
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