The event was an absolute blast. There was a lot of wonderful food, wine, and great people. I had the opportunity to meet and chat with hundreds of folks at the after party and personalize their prints which was a lot of fun. A few other highlights for me were getting to meet this years winner for "Chef/Innovator", Jonathon Sawyer, founder of The Greenhouse Tavern, who prepared a tasty "Duck Zampone", having the odd (but delightful) experience of eating a Taco Bell Doritos Locos Taco paired with a fine wine, and getting to be at the ceremony for the hall of fame induction of world renowned chef José Andrés of Think Food Group. Chef Andrés gave a compelling speech inspiring our food industry to be creative, and urging them to recognize their responsibility to feed people good, healthy, quality food. He summed it all up with a quote from Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin,
"The destiny of nations depends on the manner in which they feed themselves."
A special thanks to Ventura Foods for the opportunity and experience. They did such a great job putting on a very fun, exciting, and elegant event.