Monday, October 24, 2011

Philly Food & Drink Writers' Event

This past weekend my friend (and fellow Potluck blogger), Emily, encouraged me to join her at a special event for Philly food and drink writers and I took her up on the offer.  Yes, I'm from Delaware, but my home is a short distance from Philadelphia.  I appreciated the opportunity to connect with food writers, photographers and bloggers from our area.

The event was put together through a collaboration among La Phemme Phoodie, Philly Homegrown and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Coorporation (the geniuses behind the Visit Philly campaign) and held at R2L, an upscale restaurant with an impressive (37th floor) view.  I felt like I was in the pages of one of my favorite cooking magazines.  Our tasting menu included several menu items, all of which were beautifully presented and decadent:

Passed Hors D ‘Oeuvres:
· Steak tartare, potato chip + beef butter
· Lobster mac + cheese
· Truffled Flatbread
· Smoked Salmon, mustard cream cheese, pretzel chips
· Crisp risotto, truffle soy
· Tuna skewers, au poivre

· R2L-EVATION | gin, parfait amour, luxardo, fresh lemon, cherry
· SIDECAR | hennessy vs, pallini limoncello, cointreau, fresh lemon

My favorites?  The Lobster Mac and Cheese and the Crisp Risotto.  I love cheese.  I can't help it.

R2L has a large dining room with beautiful views of Philadelphia...

Interesting and artistic decor like this funky light fixture...

And this awesome work of art made from utensils...

Good food, cool atmosphere and of course, great people!

My friend Emily (check out her blog Cleanliness is Next to Godliness)...

And tons of other food writers/photographers/bloggers who love eating and documenting fabulous food!

We weren't just eating, drinking and socializing.  We also had an informative photography lesson from Eric Mencher.  After the lesson we practiced on some edible props, generously provided by R2L...

Oh yes, and we did attack the dessert cart.  I mean, they gave us permission, so how could I resist?

I'm so glad I broke my normal weekend routine (cooking, baking, blogging, housework) to go out and meet other local food enthusiasts!  Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this a successful event... I'm still dreaming about that Lobster Mac and Cheese...

If you're ever in Philly, I encourage you to visit R2L.  You'll get a great view, great drinks, and a memorable and delicious meal!

What did you do this weekend?


  1. You captured some amazing shots. I love love love the one of the utensil piece! The pic you have of the view overlooking the city is stunning. I'm so glad Emily convinced you to join us. It was great to meet you!

  2. Gorgeous shots. I love that you got R2L's decor. It was really nice to see you (again).

  3. Hey Keeley - it was great meeting you on Saturday! Hope to connect soon!

  4. Great photos!! It was so good to see you, again. Now I can't wait for our next hang out sesh.

  5. This looks like an awesome time, and I want to hear more about this crisp risotto! Your photography looks great, love the new header!

  6. hi
    i am shuvo
    i like this a lot. it is one kinds of great post for me.


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