Chowin' with the Hounds 2001
- Burke & Wells
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.
-Burke & Wells
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.