PDX Food Bloggers Tapas Competition & Wine Tasting Event

PDX Tapas Event

Complimentary admission, refreshments & goodie bags were provided!

Yesterday, I attended a local food blogger event at the Pearl District Whole Foods Market in Portland. This fun gathering included a wine tasting and tapas competition. Each blogger brought their own unique tapas dish to share, and the dishes that received the most votes from attendees would take home some fun foodie prizes. I had already planned to be in Portland this weekend because I was throwing my sister-in-law’s bachelorette party on Friday night, so when I heard that this event was taking place on Saturday afternoon, I just had to go since I am crazy like to make the most of my trips. Marlynn of Urban Bliss Life said, “You look way too rested for having been at a bachelorette party last night!” I told her that I just wear good makeup. ;)

Going to a foodie event should have been intimidating, especially since I’ve never made a true tapas dish before. But my goal was merely to make a nice dish and enjoy myself, so I wasn’t worried about it being perfect or winning a blue ribbon as long as it tasted good. After some Googling, I decided to make Aceitunas a la Sevillana, since it was a fairly traditional tapas dish that is meant to be served at room temperature. This was important, because I knew that if I had to travel with something that had to be served hot or cold it would be a mess. I paired the olives with a loaf of my homemade bread:

My olives and bread
Since I was staying with my in-laws for the party, I brought my breadmaker along and baked a loaf the morning of the tapas event so that it would be fresh. I also made a second batch of the olives and had a conveyor belt of bread going all weekend for the bachelorette party, so it all tied together nicely! I was satisfied with how my simple dish turned out, although I was face-palming afterwards when I realized that I forgot to bring the giant slab of butter I bought specifically for this event. Duh! I suppose people could put the olives on top of the bread, but it would have tasted about 10x better if I had actually brought the butter. I suppose this wouldn’t be Cooking Catastrophe without something silly happening, right? ;) Still, everyone was really nice, and Pechluck from Pechluck’s Food Adventures even gave my bread a sweet shout-out on her blog. Aww!

Pouring wine
The event started off with a lovely wine tasting. Whole Foods wine expert Justin spoke with us about different types of wine, including facts about “Sherry law” that I found interesting. Did you know that “Sherry” is a protected name meant to only be used for wine produced in a specific region of Spain, and the only reason that you’ll see American-made bottles called “Sherry” is because “Sherry lawyers don’t have as much money as the Champagne lawyers”, as we joked at the event. This might explain why they Sherry I tasted at the event was so different than what I’m used to – it wasn’t extremely sweet, like the bottles my family and I traditionally pick up around Christmastime.

Whole Foods wine tasting
The Spicy Bee gives a tapas talk
After the wine tasting, Bee of The Spicy Bee talked about the history of tapas. Bee and I sat next to each other, which was fitting and also caused some funny miscommunication when people said our names since “Bee” and “Beeb” are so close phonetically!

Top Tapas!
As I expected, the event was full of amazing food. There were so many delicious and unique tastes, from spicy stuffed peppers to berry crisps to a cronut stuffed with meat. A “Cronut” is the newest food craze that people are lining up to taste – a combination croissant and donut. I can’t think of anything more Portland than a meaty cronut! Every single thing I ate was absolutely divine – and all the appetizers were so big that it was like eating a full dinner! I took so long eating that I accidentally missed the voting period, but I was actually glad because I don’t know how I could have chosen a favorite.

It was so fun meeting new bloggers, connecting with some “Face-to-face” for the first time, and even discovering some unexpected connections. I was chatting with Rachel of Tossing The Script, who said, “So you’re from Seaside – do you know (Name of one of my dear friends)?” I said, oh my gosh, I do! It turns out that Rachel knows my friend because she went to school in France with her. (This is the same friend who was waiting for her flight when I made my sugar-free fail!) I visited this friend twice while she was living in Poitiers, so Rachel and I realized that we must have met briefly all those years ago. Is this a small world, or what?!

Gift bag
As we were leaving, we were provided with fun gift bags as a thank-you for attending. They included decorative toothpicks from the organizer of the tapas event, Jenni at A Well Crafted Party; a free coupon for Black Rock coffee; a box of Pukka Licorice & Cinnamon tea (I brewed a cup of this today and it was nice!), and some yummy Goodness Knows Snack Squares. The bag was topped off by a cute card from Tiny Prints, who provided all kinds of cute napkins and placecards for the party. Appropriate, since the business cards which I brought to the event are also by Tiny Prints!

Goodness Knows Snack Squares
If you’d like to make your own simple tapas spread, here’s how I made mine:

Aceitunas a la Sevillana

Aceitunas a la Sevillana

Ingredients

  • 16 oz jar of green olives
  • 2-4 anchovy fillets
  • 4 TBSP. white balsamic vinegar
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp. rosemary leaves
  • 1 1/2 tsp. oregano leaves
  • 1 1/2 thyme leaves
  • 2 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin

Instructions

  • Adapted from this Spanish Marinated Olive Tapas recipe on GumboPages.com
  • Strain the olives over a bowl, reserving the water; place the olives back into the jar. Peel the garlic and add to the jar along with the anchovies, seasonings, and vinegar. Pour reserved water back into the jar until filled, screw on the lid, and shake the jar. Place on a counter to marinate for about 4 days, then store in the fridge for at least 3 days. Serve at room temperature.
http://www.cookingcatastrophe.com/pdx-food-bloggers-tapas/

Super Fast & Tasty Homemade Bread

Super Fast & Tasty Homemade Bread

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 TBSP. butter
  • 10 1/2 fluid ounces water
  • 2 tsp. yeast

Instructions

http://www.cookingcatastrophe.com/pdx-food-bloggers-tapas/

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As a food blogger, I love to make delicious recipes - but real life doesn't always look like Pinterest! From the triumphs to the tragedies, this blog is dedicated to the funny side of cooking.

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19 thoughts on “PDX Food Bloggers Tapas Competition & Wine Tasting Event

  1. It was so lovely meeting you! I loved the olives so much and am super happy you posted the recipe- they will be at my next party for sure!

  2. Aww thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed them! SO awesome to meet you in “Real” life!

  3. It was great meeting you Beebs! Your dish was awesome and I cannot wait to throw a batch of those olives together! They had a lovely level of spice:) Thanks so much for coming out!

  4. Aw, Beeb! That looks like so much fun! I would have loved to attend that event with you. And I loved the comment about good makeup! :)

  5. Lol, I’m sure I would have done something like forgetting the butter also! You’re bread looks awesome, though!!

  6. I think I am really digging your homemade bread. I haven’t had tapas before but I would love to make a loaf of bread like yours!

  7. This is a great recap! Thank you for sharing the recipe for the olives- I really enjoyed them! Also it was great to meet you and realize the small world connection. :)

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