Monday, May 21, 2007

Taste of Carmichael, May 18, 2007

Friday evening I attended the Taste of Carmichael.

"Lots for Sale in Carmichael, California - 10 acre tracts for $1,500 with 10 percent down on terms of $10 a month at 6 percent interest. In the shelter of rolling foothills secure from frosts, the Woods hereabouts are stocked with game birds, quail etc., and the streams are stocked with trout for rod and ducks for gun."

That advertisement appeared in the early 1900's. The man selling the lots was Dan Carmichael, the community's founder and its first developer.

"Big Real Estate Deal" was the headline in the Oct. 1, 1909 Folsom-Telegraph newspaper. The story was about Daniel Carmichael who purchased 2,000 acres of "land composed of hills and dales dotted with noble oaks." It was thought he paid between $150,000 and $200,000 for the land.

Today, Carmichael, having grown to a population of 72,000, is a community immersed in a still expanding unincorporated suburban area of 550,000 people.

This event was special because there were a lot of businesses present that are family owned and operated. Some of the restaurants have been around for more than 40 years. I really admire that. Most of the crowd at the event were over 40, but I had a great time. There was a big band present, "Hal Geist's Little Big Band" and later entertainment was an all female group called "Sister Swing". They were very much in the style of the Andrews Sisters. Really awesome! :)

Here are some pictures from the event... Not a lot of presentation here--especially at an event like this, but a lot of pride and joy goes into making these dishes. And love him or hate him, this is the "food of love thing" that Emeril always talks about on his show.

Story Wine

Story Wine Corks... Yay Jan and Bruce Tichener!!!

Tabbouleh by Yianni Bar and Grill

Basmati Rice by Sher-e-Punjab Indian Restaurant

Samosas by Sher-e-Punjab Indian Restaurant

Deaver Zinfandel.... Pow! Easily the most robust wine of the evening.

Boulevard Coffee Roasting Company did a roasting demo at the event.

Hal Geist's Little Big Band!

Cake by Raley's. High ick factor. The taste? Similar to Kleenex and Shortening. Big disappointment. Why does all grocery store cake have to taste like this? :(

Lasagna by Tavano's Cafe Napoli

Spring Rolls by TM Noodle

Pizza and Polenta Slices by Serritella's

Trader Joe's was also there pouring Santa Barbara Chardonnay-- a Bronco wine.

See's Candies was on hand with their "Awesome Walnut Square Bars". Have you had one of these? Talk about getting stuck in your dental work...

I really enjoyed the evening. I introduced myself to many readers of Senior, and some potential new clients and advertisers. The musical entertainment was perfect for the the crowd, and everyone had a smile on their face. All the restaurant vendors were so friendly and pleasant. Hagen's sweetly ended the evening by serving their freezes--even mint chocolate chip--to the happy guests.


Jennifer said...

I am hungry after looking at all of those pictures. And I agree with you- why do store bakery cakes taste like crap? Yuk.

cakegrrl2007 said...

Cheap ingredients to produce large volumes = cake yuk. Especially during this time of year. Weddings, graduations...