First Annual Blizzard Bash

If you’re like me, you love food, but especially love a good food festival. What about booze? I love that too. What do you get when you combine a food festival and booze?

Blizzard Bash!

We’re putting on this event to benefit the Barbara Lynch Foundation and we have chefs and bartenders flying in from all over North America to participate. I’ll be there working the silent auction. Andrew will be there in the VIP. Get your ticket now!

Friday, February 8th
First Annual Blizzard Bash at Boston Children’s Museum
308 Congress Street | Fort Point
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. VIP Reception
7:30 – 10:30 p.m. General Admission

$375 VIP | $225 General Admission
VIP tickets include VIP Reception with chef Barbara Lynch and guest chefs Daniel Boulud, Mark Ladner, & Joseph Lenn  and admission to the late night The Industry Thing 

All proceeds benefit The Barbara Lynch Foundation and its first initiative, Meet the Worms!

To purchase tickets, please click here.

Participating Chefs
Daniel Boulud, Daniel, NYC
Mark Ladner, Del Posto, NYC
Joseph Lenn, Blackberry Farm, Tennessee
Jeff Michaud, Osteria, Amis, Alla Spina, Philadelphia
Nancy Silverton, Pizzeria Mozza, Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles
Susan Spicer, Bayona, New Orleans
Missy Robbins, A Voce, NYC
Ariane Daguin, D’Artagnan
Nancy Oakes, Boulevard, San Francisco
Matt Jennings, Farmstead, La Laiterie, Providence
Chris Cosentino, Incanto, Boccalone, San Francisco
Will Gilson, Puritan & Co., Cambridge
Jamie Bissonnette, Toro, Toro NYC, Coppa, Boston
Rachel Klein, Asana, Boston
Guillaume Sparks-Beaulé, Pullman, Montreal
Ed Brown, Restaurant Associates and Ed’s Chowder House, NYC
Gabriel Frasca, Nantucket
David Bazirgan, Fifth Floor, San Francisco
Tim & Nancy Cushman, O Ya, Boston
Melissa Hamilton & Christopher Hirsheimer, Canal House
Michael Serpa, Neptune Oyster, Boston
Louis DiBiccari, Tavern Road, Boston

Participating Bartenders
Ivy Mix, Clover Club, Brooklyn
Joaquin Simo, Pouring Ribbons, NYC
Misty Kalkofen, Brick & Mortar, Boston
Jackson Cannon, Eastern Standard, Island Creek Oyster Bar, The Hawthorne, Boston
John Lermayer, NYC
Josh Harris & Scott Baird, Bon VivantsTrick Dog, San Francisco
Scott Marshall, Savannah
Jeffrey Morgenthaler, Clyde Common, Portland
John Gertsen, Drink, Boston
Erik Ellestad, Slanted Door Restaurants and Alembic Bar, San Francisco
Giuseppe Gonzalez, NYC
Dave Wondrich, NYC
Jon Santer, Prizefighter, San Francisco
Mike Ryan, Sable Kitchen & Bar, Chicago
Bob Lindquist, Qupé Wines, Santa Barbara
Joy Richard, The Franklin Cafe and Citizen Public House, Boston
Veronique Dalle, Pullman, Montreal
Brother Cleve, Boston

With Special Guests
Follow the Honey
Best Bees
Formaggio Kitchen
Brian Gordon Vintage Collage
Pretty Things
Harpoon Brewery

Music & Entertainment Provided by
TJ Connelly
The official DJ of the Boston Red Sox

Wow, right?

I know.

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Gastronomes, Unite

Every day I feel myself falling a little farther into the world of food. I’m constantly milling around the restaurants, learning from the chefs, talking about recipes in the office. Seriously, is this real life? Living this (maybe) real life of mine has made me want to connect over food even more than I already do, so I can’t resist partaking in two really fun, social food activities: The Food Blogger Cookie Swap and Foodie Pen Pals.

Last year I participated in the Food Blogger Cookie Swap and had a blast. I made cookies and sent them to three other bloggers, and in turn received cookies from three other bloggers. Such a fun holiday experience! I wanted this experience to happen more often than just around the holidays, so luckily today I stumbled upon Foodie Pen Pals, where every month you send a box of goodies and receive a box of goodies from a pen pal. It sounds like it’ll be so much fun and it’ll really get my creative juices flowing when trying to think up what to send my pen pal.

If you’re thinking about signing up, DO IT! It’s a great way to meet new people in the blogging community, and meet other people who just love food.

Weight Watchers

Through the holidays and football Sundays and Superbowl Sunday, I’ve really let myself do whatever I want. I ate and ate and ate, and drank and drank and drank, and you know what? I feel like crap.

As a result, I’ve decided to take control and to really invest in myself and my body. I also invested in Weight Watchers, the program that I hope will help me regain control. I’ve tried WW before only to drop out of it because I wasn’t mentally ready for the journey. I feel that now is as good a time as any to work on both my mental health and physical health. This journey is going to be long, and at times painful, but anything that’s worth having is worth sacrificing for. I’m looking to lose around 40 lbs, and I’m going to check in about once a week to let you know if the scale is moving, how my eating and exercise have been going, and overall just how I feel.

In case any of you are interested in Weight Watchers, it’s a little under 20 bucks a month. It’s based on a points system that factors in carbs, protein, fiber, and fat. No restricting. No strict calorie counting. It’s about putting good food into your body, and being rewarded for it, but also letting yourself have those times where you eat what you want (which is good for people like me who love to go out). They have all sorts of cheat sheets for the best drinks to have, best pizza to have, best burger to have, etc, when you do have one of those days where you want to eat whatever.

Wish me luck, and hopefully next Monday I’ll have seen a loss on the scale.