The lights of The Strip from the window of my limo, a mesmerizing fountain that moved to the music of Andrea Bocelli, sipping bubbly Veuve Clicquot while touring a private collection of Picasso’s work – last week was just a little out of the ordinary for this urban homesteader.
Just over a month ago, I shared a story and a virtual award with you when Simple Bites won a Saveur Best Food Blog Award and you were kind enough to tolerate my sentiments and celebrate with me. I guess you could say this post is Part 2 of the story, as I’ve just returned from Las Vegas, where Saveur and the Bellagio hosted a group of food bloggers for the BFBA’s awards.
I’ve only iPhone images to share, as I left both laptop and DSLR camera at home in an attempt at a true mini-vacation, but they capture that full day of celebrating well enough for me to remember it for a very long time.
I invited Tsh to join me, as this was every bit as much her honor as mine, and we caught up over Cosmos and burgers, shopped for gifts for the kids, and stayed up way too late simultaneously watching Ocean’s Eleven and the Bellagio fountains out our window.
Fact: Girl talk is good for business, too. Fact 2: Tsh and I probably won’t ever bring our families to Vegas.
This photo perfectly conveys our welcoming and gracious hosts, the Saveur editors, Betsy Andrews, Helen Rosner (standing, left) Kristin Cohen, (standing, right), Cory Baldwin and Kristin Magnani. They truly went all out for the event and no detail was lacking from dawn to dusk.
Photo courtesy of Nom Nom Paleo
Yes, a beautiful setting and an endless supply of fine food and drink were memorable, but what truly made the event remarkable were the absolutely amazing bloggers that attended. Tsh and I caught up with friends (like Joy! above) and I met many new people that I have admired for years.
The awesome duo Kim and Phil from Behind the Food Carts documenting the fountains on our personalized behind-the scenes look at the Bellagio’s famous waterworks. That tour? One of my favorite parts of the day.
Many meals, drinks, and conversations were enjoyed throughout the day and we ended up here, at the Hyde nightclub in the Bellagio for, well, more of the same. Talk about a stunning venue!
With a totally gorgeous Tsh and ever-classy Joy the Baker; posing with the lovely Vanessa, a supremely talented and ever-so-humble New York food photographer.
The 2013 Saveur BFBA winners! Well, most of them, as a few could not make the event. Aaaaaand, posing with our personalized Zwiling JA Henckels chef knives. Danger!
Meredith, I hope we can continue our conversation sometime soon, preferably over another Basil Gimlet.
Brian, thanks for being pescatarian and letting me finish the life-changing coconut ribs at lunch. And for being a good friend.
David and Luise, I enjoyed our conversations and I’ll forever read GKS with an accent now. PS. I’m sorry I told you I harvested my chickens.
Lillie, baking makes friends, but your sunny smile and easy conversation certainly keeps them. I hope you do visit Montreal soon.
A heartfelt thank you to the editorial team at Saveur magazine who put this event together to honor us. I’m sure I’ll be telling stories from this occasion for a long time.