Since it's almost time to vote and I am so excited to do so... I am going to warm up by casting my "best of" from the party.
Melody: Award for Most Huggable, Loveable, and Enthusiastic. She's got a great thing brewing at the food forums and I hope it grows.
Dave: Award for the Dish Most Worth Waiting For (Buccaneer Chicken) (your labor was appreciated!)
Garrett: Award for Most Inventive on a Consistent Basis: The cupcakes. (I mean, don't we all read to see what he has come up with next and to see the pic?)
Mr Appetizers: The "We're so not Worthy" award. Like I said at the gathering, it was great to meet someone who is PAID for their opinion about food & wine. ;)
Mrs. Appetizers: Award for Best Accomplice by Association. You must really hate being invited to all the food events... (Also, I loved the pretty glassware in hich your dish was presented!)
Jennifer: Award for Best Magazine & Job I Would be Doing if I Only I Had the Capital to do So!
Ann: Award for Best Use of Spice. Cardamom. Underused and underappreciated! Thanks for the great pie.
Kim: Award for Most Friendly and Most Welcoming. (I was a nervous wreck when I arrived and I cannot describe what it meant to me when the first thing I heard you say was, "Oh you're cakegrrl (the person)? I love cakegrrl (the blog)." I was fine after that. And I am a social idiot.
Michael: Award for Catering to My Love for Polenta
Fethiye: Award for Best Dish (tie with Fernanda) and Person I wish I would have talked to more.
Madeline: Award for Best Defense of the Subject of Her Blog, & Best Proof with the R.R. Torta.
Fernanda: Award for Best Dish (tie with Fethiye). Also Award for Blog I am Now Going to Read Even Though I Can't Really Read It
Elise: Award for Best Presents and Most Illegal Food (even though it's not quite yet.) Also, award for Outing me as a Food Blogger & "The Kitchen" Envy Award (tie with Brendon)
Brendon: Award for Great Use of Jicama. Runner-up Award for Outing me as a Food Blogger (Food Blogger Intervention discussion we had). OK, I AM. I am one of you. I admit it. Sigh. (Also co-awarded with Elise for "The Kitchen Envy")
There. My appreciation expressed because I felt so honored to meet all of you. :)
All my love...