The Cherry Bombe Jubilee

This past weekend I took a trip with my wonderful friend Becca to New York City to attend the first annual Cherry Bombe Jubilee and of course, do some serious eating. While the awful weather wasn’t the most convenient to walk around in, it didn’t stop us from enjoying some great meals and of course, The Jubilee! This room was packed with major players across the food industry; some of the most respected chefs, writers, publishers, PR professionals and everyone in between were in attendance. There were panels addressing everything from the relationship between the media and chefs, being a mother and a working food professional and last but most definitely not least, a chat with Ruth Reichl. The conference was inspiring and as predicted, absolutely delicious. Cheers to the First Annual Cherry Bombe Jubilee!

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2014

The first two months of 2014 have absolutely flown by in a haze of brunch, oysters and Bloody Mary’s. This year I have been primarily focusing on freelancing for my friends over at Thrillist while very, very slowly stepping back into the kitchen. Over the past year I have done a lot of thinking about creation vs. consumption and how to straddle this line. The truth is I’ve never had a job that was so satisfying (if not stressful) than pastry production; there’s nothing better than wrapping up and walking away from a speed rack filled with sheet trays full of hard work. While I’m fascinated with chefs and their restaurants and traveling to get to them, it’s hard not to feel a little empty at the end of the day (even if my stomach is absolutely stuffed, as it usually is). So I’ve teamed up with some old friends as well as some new ones and I’m really, really excited for what the future holds. Cheers everyone!

Hotel Vermont

Nestled between Lake Champlain and downtown Burlington, Hotel Vermont opened earlier this year. The first independent hotel to open in the state for the last forty years, Hotel Vermont’s lobby is lined with warm wood paneling, a roaring fireplace and an actually stellar hotel bar. The rooms are filled with little touches that make it completely charming; handmade coffee mugs, blankets from nearby Johnson Woolen Mills and toiletries from local favorite Ursa Major. The second location of Hen of the Woods located within the hotel ensures you don’t have to go very far for the best dinner in the city.

25th Annual SCAA

This year the SCAA was hosted in Boston and as a pretty serious caffeine addict, I couldn’t pass up the chance to cover it. Apart from pillaging every delicious sample I could get my hands on, I also tasted my share of phenomenal espresso and saw some pretty neat things from some great companies.

Tasters Cup