Food Network, Here I Come





I just LOVE events like these because they involve all my favorite things: food, friends and wine. What could be better?! I get to hang out with all my best friends and do what we do best….eat. Yes!! And dinner was SO GOOD! I know I say it all the time, but I’m just going to say (for like the 5,000th time) that this meal was totally in the top 5 of the year for me. Thank you, Foodbuzz!!!!!!!!IMG_1336

Dinner tonight was in an awesome produce warehouse and was put on by Outstanding the Field, who specialize putting on dinners straight from the source (aka the field). Everything was organic, sustainable and….delicious!!!!

There these interesting shrimp puff things on all the tables. Surprisingly, they were quite tasty. Think pork rinds…but shrimp.

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And then, food madness began. And it was amazing.




(at this point I shall pause to tell you that I totally quoted myself turning to Kath and saying “dang…I wish I could just take a BATH in these udon noodles with calamari”)





For the record, I had two big plates of these brussels sprouts with oxtail. And, CRAZY conversations that are totally not blog appropriate were going on. More readers need to come to these events so they know the “behind the scenes” dirt on us. We had so much fun!! And loved Bonny Doon wines!

Oh, and you know what else?! I won “Foodblogger to most likely have a food network show!” How crazy is THAT???!


Tina, Kath, Caitlin and I all won awards and were so excited. I won a rice cooker so I’m especially excited!

Naturally, we went out for a round of cocktails to celebrate after dinner. I had a cosmo!—


And then, afterward……….


Night night.

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  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama
    November 8, 2009 at 12:26 am

    Congratulations!!! ALL of you gals rock!

  • Madelin @ What is for breakfast?
    November 8, 2009 at 1:13 am

    Congratulations Jenna! You could so have your own show! Ha ha! All the food you gals are eating looks AMAZING – I have to get to San Fran someday :).

  • Leah @ Simply fabulous
    November 8, 2009 at 3:12 am

    Congrats to all of you! What a fun event!

  • christie, honoring health
    November 8, 2009 at 3:13 am

    Congrats on winning the award. You should try out for “The ENxt Foodnetwork Star” now 🙂

  • Diana
    November 8, 2009 at 3:19 am

    Ahaha love the last photo.
    Congratulations!! It seems so much fun, I really wish I could’ve been there! 🙂

  • eatmovelove
    November 8, 2009 at 4:15 am

    Congrats! Is that something you would like to do one day? Have a cooking show or focus on cooking? OR are you more interested in the writing/promotion aspect with food/companies, etc??

  • Danielle
    November 8, 2009 at 4:15 am

    I TOTALLY think you could have your own Food Network show! How awesome would that be?!

    Glad you are having so much fun 🙂

  • Evan Thomas
    November 8, 2009 at 4:26 am

    Congratulations on the win!

  • Lizzie
    November 8, 2009 at 4:30 am

    Congratulations Jenna!! and a rice cooker to boot! Are you sure you’re not hiding an already on-the-table offer? 🙂 You do have a great personality for a show!! I love Food, wine (well getting there – I still like a good cocktail!), and friends. You guys look like you’re having so much fun – you really have an amazing life!!

  • Susan
    November 8, 2009 at 4:45 am

    Congrats on the award!! I would totally watch your show on the Food Network 😉

  • diana(mymarble rye)
    November 8, 2009 at 4:58 am

    Congrats!!! Your passion for food is infectious!

  • Jessica Daly
    November 8, 2009 at 5:05 am

    Such a GREAT award to win! I am a food network fiend and if you had a show, I might never switch the channel again!

    How do I get so lucky as to sign up for one of these events?

  • Jessica Daly
    November 8, 2009 at 5:06 am

    Such a GREAT award to win! I am a food network fiend and if you had a show, I might never switch the channel again!

    How do I get so lucky as to sign up for one of these events?

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    November 8, 2009 at 5:08 am

    Congrats on the award! Looks like a fun time!!

  • Nicole
    November 8, 2009 at 5:12 am

    Congrats on the win! Not surprised, I could totally see you having something in the works with them right now 🙂

  • Angela
    November 8, 2009 at 5:18 am

    Congrats!!!!!! I knew you`d win 🙂 So glad you had such a great trip…wish I could have been there! xoxoxo

  • Katrina (gluten free gidget)
    November 8, 2009 at 5:19 am

    Congrats, you crazy blogger, you!

  • candice
    November 8, 2009 at 5:19 am

    You won a rice cooker?! Awesome. I look forward to seeing you on TV soon 😉

  • Sarah R
    November 8, 2009 at 5:50 am

    Ah! Jenna, how cool. Sounds like with was a wonderful evening! Congratulations! Your last photo cracks me up 🙂

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    November 8, 2009 at 5:55 am

    congats!!! 🙂

  • Katie
    November 8, 2009 at 5:56 am

    LOL Couldn’t even make it home? Your passion for food is just amazing. I want to go to a conference with you guys soon because you guys have away too much fun! Um now get Foodbuzz to contact food network. It’s lacking in healthy eating shows and you would be an amazing addition.

  • Matt
    November 8, 2009 at 6:02 am

    That food looks amazing! Congrats on the award!

  • Madeline @ Greens and Jeans
    November 8, 2009 at 6:23 am

    I would DEFINITELY watch your show Jenna! Congrats!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    November 8, 2009 at 6:29 am

    Good food and good friends are always a nice combo. Looks like you had a blast.

    That rice cooker will be used for amazing meals. You can even use it to make steel cut oats.

  • Jenna
    November 8, 2009 at 6:34 am

    congrats on the award!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    November 8, 2009 at 6:43 am

    Congrats Jenna!!! I can definitely see you on Food Network… you have the perfect personality for a TV show! 🙂

    Everything looks so healthy and yummy! Glad you had such a great evening.

  • Stephanie
    November 8, 2009 at 6:46 am

    Congrats on the award! That would be a dream to have your own show (been a far fetched one for me since I was very young!) — you just never know what may happen 😉 !!!

  • Kristin (Kristin's Nibbles)
    November 8, 2009 at 6:47 am

    Congrats!!! You deserve it!

    Looks like sooo much fun!!


  • Katy @ These Beautiful Feet
    November 8, 2009 at 6:53 am

    Congratulations! I loved that category. I think it would be SO FUN to have a cooking show hosted by a food blogger. I think it just may happen in the next few years! Food blogging is becoming super popular and so talented! So who knows?? Would you be up for that?

  • BethT
    November 8, 2009 at 7:03 am

    the way you roll, I would not be surprised if you booted Rachael Ray off 30 Minute Meals.

  • laura dishes
    November 8, 2009 at 7:09 am

    Congrats Jenna! I can see it now– “Cooking in Wine Country” on the Food Network. 🙂

  • Kris
    November 8, 2009 at 7:54 am

    Congratulations! You definitely have the personality and energy for a food network show. Who knows, right!? Love the pictures from your new camera. Have fun!

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    November 8, 2009 at 8:00 am

    Oh man, those brussels sprouts look amazing! do you think you could get us the recipe (or something close to it)??

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    November 8, 2009 at 8:11 am

    What a great night! You’re happiness is effusive in each photo! Awesome. Also, that food looks outrageous.

    I love the last pic, says a 1,000 words.

  • Kailey (SnackFace)
    November 8, 2009 at 8:44 am

    Congrats, Jenna!! I’d totally watch your Food Network show. I suppose that’s why I voted for ya.

    Can you please frame that last pic of you and Kath? Amazing.

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl))
    November 8, 2009 at 8:55 am

    I could totally picture you on the food network! Haha glad you had fun!

  • Allie
    November 8, 2009 at 9:12 am

    congrats on the very fitting award! you and kath are hilarously photogenic. great pics.

  • Bree
    November 8, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Congrats on the award! Hopefully Food Network is listening!

  • Christina
    November 8, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Congratulations!! Looks like an awesome night 🙂 I’d totally watch if you had a cooking show!

  • Kasey (Fit For Wellness)
    November 8, 2009 at 9:25 am

    Congrats Jenna!!! Looks like y’all are having a blast

  • Janna (Just Flourishing)
    November 8, 2009 at 9:28 am

    CONGRATS!!!! Maybe we’ll see you on the food network with your own food and wine show!

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    November 8, 2009 at 9:38 am

    Congrats, that is a cool award!

  • Tay
    November 8, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Congrats on your award!! I could totally see your cooking away on a food network show 🙂 Your so friendly and upbeat in all your videos. You rock girl!

  • Erica
    November 8, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Congratulations, Darlin! I’m so excited for you and SO proud of you!!! Of course, I can’t imagine anyone else receiving this award…you TOTALLY need a FoodNetwork show! Awesome!!

  • marisa (vinyasa mama)
    November 8, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Congratulations! We’d LOVE to see you on the food network!!

  • Rika
    November 8, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    congrats jenna!! you’re so adorable that i’d totally watch your show for sure! 😀

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)
    November 8, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Congrats on the award! I would love to watch your show on the Food Network … I hope it happens someday for you!!!!

  • Paige@ RunningAroundNormal
    November 8, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Congrats! You would be an awesome chef if you got your own show! How cool would that be. Dream big, girl 😉

    Looks like you had a blast!

  • Julie @savvyeats
    November 8, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Congratulations on your award! That’s awesome!

  • Marissa
    November 8, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Woohoo!! Go you!!!

  • Niki (Running In Pink)
    November 8, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Congratulations on your award! I would definitely TiVo a show that you hosted! Foodbuzz looks like an awesome time. I’m pretty jealous of all the wonderful food and wine you were able to sample!

  • Mindy
    November 8, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Those are shrimp chips!! So yummy–I love them 🙂 Congrats on the award!

  • Cait (Cait's Plate)
    November 8, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Oh my gosh – all the food looks so delicious. And I’m totally with you with table-sleeping after a long day! Haha. I’m glad you had such a fun time and CONGRATS ON THE WIN!! Well deserved 😀

  • Christine
    November 8, 2009 at 5:37 pm


    You definitely do have the pizazz to be a TV show host, and Food Network would be perfect!

    I just had to say that your picture of you and Kath at the end of the evening is priceless. I think you should have a contest to have a blog reader join at one of these events so we can eat, drink, and be very merry with you.

  • Christine
    November 8, 2009 at 5:38 pm


    You definitely do have the pizazz to be a TV show host, and Food Network would be perfect!

    I just had to say that your picture of you and Kath at the end of the evening is priceless. I think you should have a contest to have a blog reader join at one of these events so we can eat, drink, and be very merry with you.

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    November 8, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Congrats on your win. 🙂

    Glad you guys had such a good time. I really wanted to be there. Food, fun, and friends – sounds like a perfect weekend.

  • Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl
    November 8, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Yay for Jenna!!! Congratulations!!! I”m sooooooooooo excited for you!!! 😀

    I think it’s super cool that you’re getting to experience all this, and it’s such an honor that you’re sharing your journey with us. Eeeek!!


  • Danica
    November 8, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Congrats on winning ~ Yeah for a rice cooker! 😀

  • Whit
    November 9, 2009 at 6:06 am

    I would so watch you on the food network! You totally deserved that award.

  • Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats
    November 9, 2009 at 7:41 am

    Congratulations Jenna!! You girls look like you had so much fun, and what an exciting award to win!! 😉

  • Jil
    November 9, 2009 at 8:42 am

    The last picture made me laugh! haha Congratulations!! Looks like so much fun (and so much amazing food/drink!)!

  • Angela @ A Healthy Fit
    November 9, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Looks like you were in foodie heaven!! Congrats on your award!

  • Dan
    November 9, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Hey Jenna – Great to meet you on Friday with Annie. Awesome blog – congrats on the award. Those Shrimp Puffs from the dinner are actually a very common snack in Asia – you can buy them at asian markets in the US. Those ones, however, probably aren’t organic/sustainable 🙁

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