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Oct 7, 2001 01:06 AM

Chowin' with the Hounds 2001

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AWESOME, fantastic picnic. A wonderful day
with the Chowhounds. Thanks to everyone
who was there and if you missed it well you
missed one heck of a great event with superb
food contributions from everyone.

This is not a long post, just a thank you and
we'll DEFINITELY be there next time too.

Gary Burke

-Burke & Wells

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  1. What a day in the park with the Hounds! I can't believe I ate the whole thing! What a marvelous assortment of tastes, textures, visuals, smells, etc....very nice to meet the people behind the posts, although there just didn't seem to be enough time to really make the rounds-the afternoon just flew by. Thanks to the "committee" for all their hard work in making this thing happen!

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    1. re: gordon wing

      To concur: Tim, Eli and I had a fabulous time (topped off by our most undeserved receipt of the "master du fromage" gift certificate to Mollie Stones -- we're already arguing over how to spend the money :) It was a pleasure to meet so many hounds (although unlike Melanie I cannot make claims to having spoken with all 79 of you), and more importantly to eat their food! It is a true tribute to the chow-cooking that despite being stuffed to the gills the food sparked my appetite and I have been imagining future meals since we left. Thank you to all our intrepid organizers.

    2. What a successful picnic! Plenty of good food and good company and good wine. It was a pleasure to meet all the new faces (even if it was just briefly at the registration table!) and to see old friends as well.

      Thank you to everyone who came, who volunteered their time and skills and brought such delicious food to share! I can't even begin to list all the food we had (Spanish, Russian, Korean, Indonesian, Chinese, Italian, Vietnamese, you name it someone brought it) -
      three picnic tables covered with food (including the benches at least for the dessert table!) - plus a fourth one covered with the cheese for the cheese contest.

      We had lots of folks with digital cameras, so there will be pictures at some point. And more details on the food as well - including our cheese "tasting"

      Hope to see you all soon at future functions!

      Caitlin - thanks for shipping out the cookies! They traveled well and were delicious - I printed out the recipe today so I can add them to my holiday cookie list.

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      1. re: Celery
        Caitlin McGrath

        Well, a thank you to Melanie for taking good care of the cookies for us. It was no simple feat--she said she was forced to eat a lot of ice cream so she'd have room to put them in the freezer promptly!

        1. re: Caitlin McGrath

          Caitlin, what a nice thing to do! Enjoyed your cookies and knowing that you were there in spirit.
          It's touching to know that all these folks from near and abroad made the effort to contribute to our day in the park. Gracias.

        2. re: Celery

          Caitlin: Your cookies were wonderful. We even posted your letter next to them. (I wanted to go home and rent "Chocolat".) Cheryl: where did you find the recipe? Next SF Bay Area Chowhound event: Holiday Cookie Exchange. Just don't tell Melanie or she'll have us running a Christmas Tree Lot or selling Chanukah candles to raise money for Chowhound.

          1. re: jenniferfishwilson

            More cookie info from Caitlin (including a link to her cookie recipe) and tons of other hounds at link below


            1. re: Jim Leff
              Caitlin McGrath

              Ibarra cookie addendum: you must chop the Ibarra by hand into chunks; in a food processor, it will separate and turn to Ibarra dust, which works for hot chocolate but not cookies!

            2. re: jenniferfishwilson
              Melanie Wong


              My suggestion that we publish the picnic recipes in a cookbook to be sold via the Chowmarket was already shouted down. (vbg)

              1. re: Melanie Wong


                I had suggested the same thing (inspired by the fact the dish I brought was from a cookbook we put together as a fundraiser at my previous employer), and was also ... politely discouraged.

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  Shouted down by who? I think it's an awesome idea! We could have different cookbooks for each of the site's regions!

                  I just REALLY don't have time to take on another task...but I could certainly help make it happen if I had some help.

                  1. re: Jim Leff

                    Talking about regions Jim..I was wondering whether you may be considering adding an Asia/Pacific Board to the site? Several people have been commenting to me that they would love to see that. The International Board is great but really has begun to be dominated by talk of Europe which many of those hailing from Asia feel unable to participate in.It indeed would be truly wonderful if the diversity of the rest of the world was encouraged to the degree that regional America is represented.

                    1. re: Panpan

                      Please post site-related issues to our Site Talk board so we can leave this SF board regionally chowcentric.


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              Brandon Nelson

              What a pleasure...

              During the course of a single afternoon I was able put faces to so many names and handles. I don't know the last time I was at an event of this size that felt this close and personal.

              Over 70 smiling faces and generous spirits filled a portion of G.G. park. People who have taken such wonderous pleasure in sharing ideas, sources, finds and friendships through their writings on the internet got to share each others warmth and spirit in person.

              I want to thank all of the hounds I had the priviledge of meeting yesterday for making my life even richer. Few things bring people together like breaking bread. Fewer still are so special as a day when you can share the fruits of your own labors with others. Perhaps recent current events make me appreciate Americanna a little more than I used too. Norman Rockwell couldn't have captured todays America better than we did yesterday. Languages and cultures may often be barriers, but food and smiles are universal.

              Much love to all of you!

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              1. re: Brandon Nelson
                Zach Georgopoulos

                Well said, Brandon!

              2. Thanks so much for a wonderful picnic. I was very glad to meet and chat with so many of you in person. Looking forward to chowhound outings in December, when I get back.