Saturday, February 26, 2011
Finally went to my first actual Baltimore Blogger event. This event, a cookbook publicity event for Bake! by Nick Malgieri was hosted in Julie's wonderful kitchen which is always a treat and put together by Dara of Dining Dish. She had quite the load to organize as she made sure everyone provided a delicious dish and there were wines donated from a few of the area vineyards.
Nick was great. He spent the evening in small private chats with people, talking about his experiences in the baking world, then did a talk on what it was like to be a pastry chef. Questions were asked on different things within the food world including the world of cookbook publishing and how he comes up with recipes. Nick made a fantastic bourbon chocolate cake (though he cheated and used rye instead) that is in the cookbook and gave us a sneak peek at some new biscotti. Looking forward to making that one.
The book BAKE! is a pretty book with a diverse set of baking recipes from breads to simple recipes for cookies to tips on making a perfect buttercream. I'm especially looking forward to trying out the puff pastry recipe.
Thanks Dara, Julie and Nick for a memorable evening.