Monday, February 28, 2011

SoBe Wine and Food Festival: Best Thing I Ever Ate at the Beach ... ...

Hey there! Well, I got through my third SoBe Wine and Food Festival without a hangover or a tummy ache from all the good drinks and food. I have more pictures to share so let's go backwards ...

That's Dwyane Wade of the Heat visiting my booth at The Best Thing I Ever Ate on the Beach party. I met him briefly last summer at an event in the Hamptons and he and his girlfriend Gabrielle Union said they watch Food Network all the time and like Cooking for Real too! Very nice! I hear athletes can burn up to 10,000 calories a day, so hopefully one of them is not just watching, but cooking, for real :-). I actually found my way in to the 1st game between the Heat and the Knicks since they signed Carmelo Anthony and last night headed out to watch the Knicks win it in the last minutes of the game ... I won two bets on that game, both with food pay offs, so I'm pretty excited! The night before before D. Wade stopped by my booth, I made the rounds myself and chatted with a few other participants ...That's Bethenny Frankel just a couple of booths away from her was the newest addition to The Cooking Channel, Debi Mazar ... She was there with her husband Gabrielle. I interviewed them on Valentine's Day when I was filling in on Martha Stewart's radio station at Sirius/XM so it was nice to meet them in person. It was really neat to see what people chose as the best thing they ever ate on the beach. Mine was a no brainer, If you are around here often, especially at the start of summer, you know how I like to kick off the season with a trip to Nathan's for a bacon cheddar hot dog at Coney Island in Brooklyn. So, I put on my pink "I heart NY" t-shirt and passed out a piece of boardwalk history ... I topped them both with chopped onions on a whim, but most of the night I served them the way I love em, bacon ad cheddar cheese sauce. I also left the option of people getting one plain with all the toppings lined up on the side. So chili, sauerkraut, relish and all the other usual condiments were on hand if people wanted to personalize their dog. I had so much fun meeting everyone that stopped by for a dog and a picture. The Nathan's team was pretty cool too. We all joked about how much 'hard' work it would be to hand out hot dogs on the beach in Miami vs. the current weather in Coney Island. Here we are before things got busy ...They were all so much fun to work with and they've invited me to come hang out on the 4th of July for the annual hot dog eating contest. As you know, I'm totally into the MLE scene and obviously Nathan's, so I can't wait!! During the set up of each station before the night began, Andrew Zimmern dropped by to have a dog then just as he was leaving we caught host of Mexican Made Easy, Marcella Valladolid and took a picture ...Her booth was just a few away from mine, so I had my bestie take a shot of it while I was slinging hot dogs ...The tent was filled with booths offering beach foods from all over the country and there were huge screens playing loops of The Best Thing I Ever Ate episodes. There were also these neat decorations with quotations from the show blown up large enought to read from a distance, but one in particular I had to get close to ...(click to enlarge)I don't remember saying it, but as soon as I read it, it sounded like something silly I'd say. It was pretty cool reading all the quotes, so I took another so you can enjoy as well ... Take a look at the tent before it got crowded ...
It's the same tent from the night before at the BubbleQ event. Stick around, I'll post those pictures up overnight. Until then, if you came to my booth that night, thanks so much for the smiles! Here's a video I found from Plum with some of the action at the event ... Everyone was so nice and people in line helped each other with each other's cameras, very nice crew of food people waiting on a Nathan's hot dog. Thanks for a great night!!

Ok, up next ... the Grand Tasting Village and my cooking demonstration, the BubbleQ and more ...

8 comments:

Holly said...

It looks like you had a blast!! I love the "serving suggestion" comment - you're right, it does sound like something you'd say about one of the best things you ever ate!

Jen @ OneCurlyFry said...

So.much.fun.

Next year I'm definitely taking the time before and after the festival to relax! You've got the right idea!

It was so fun hanging out and I'm glad the weather was so beautiful!!! LOVED the Hot Dog!

Lindsey Christensen said...

Your very own Nathans booth, love it! How very cool to be part of the 4th of July contest too. SoBe sounds like it was an amazing time! Makes me reminise about last falls NYC fest. Such fun! I'm off to hit the treadmill while drooling over whatever food network show I catch. I know you feel me!

Dolphinfanhg said...

Sunny, well it looks like you had a great time. Sorry I didn't get to see you! next year?!

The Food Relationship Coach™ said...

This is fabulous Sunny! It looks like you had a ball, I look forward to enjoying the SoBE FWF next year :)

Toni-OK said...

Thank you for posting the things you do! I love reading them and love that you are so down to earth. You are the business and an inspiration to young African-American women with cooking dreams....like me! I want a hotdog now...
-Toni-Oklahoma

Mitch said...

Sunny,

This weekend my gastronomic partner-in-crime and I were out to brunch at Diner in Brooklyn. As we were enjoying their "Miracle On A Plate" Fried Chicken Sandwich Zoe turned to me and said, "Do you think Sunny Anderson has tried this?"

This is not the first time either one of us have uttered this question. We LOVE DiFarra's (the two of us have ordered TWO whole pies for just the two of us, with ziplock bags at the ready to take our remaining slices home.) And we have spent hours discussing the AMAZINGNESS of Tanoreen. Zoe and I are convinced that we would become fast foodie friends and that you should join us on some of our EATventures... or at least we would LOVE to know if you have tried the Fried Chicken Sandwich at Diner.

We are two major geeks. I'm an elementary school teacher by day, fattie~foodie fanatic by night and weekend...Zoe is a Doctoral student by day and night and a fattie-foodie fanitic when not working on her dissertation.

Sunny Anderson said...

holly, totally had a blast as witnessed by my slow response here ... just now catching up from it. teeheehee

jen, a must!!! we can hang longer on the patio!:-)

lindsey, girl, it was too much fun. by nature, hot dog people are fun, especially if you go out to a beach wine and food event and stand in the free hot dog line, so you can imagine we were all having a pretty good time. ok, i'm on the treadmill with ya!!!

heather, where were you?!?!? :-( ... next time ok? total failure that we missed each other. did your bday pass yet?

the relationship coach, thanks!! i had a pretty darn good time. i didn't get sick from eating too much, i was good about my pacing. can't wait for next year!!

toni-ok, i'm so glad you like the posts. i do my best to share the journey and the behind the scenes. this week i'm working on some recipes so i'll post some pics up to share. thank you so much for your kind words. i'm just a dreamer with an engine that won't stop. welcome to the blog!!!

mitch, SEND ME YOUR EMAIL!!! I love dining buddies!!! i have a few friends like that, all we do is try new places. never see them outside of a restaurant. never a repeat and always an adventure. i only have a few in brooklyn and don't mind another, it's just a matter of schedule. and don't call yourselves geeks, cuz then that means i'm a geek and i don't wanna be a geek lol ...