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The first weekend of November proved to be a fun-filled non-stop party - I'm still recuperating but it was SO worth it!
|photo from West Side Market|
We somehow timed our visit perfectly and missed the huge lines. We started off with some spiked Crop punch and made our way into the Vault.
Cleveland Pickle started my night off right. Every morsel was delicious! The pickle topped with goat cheese and roasted tomato pesto and an apricot balsamic spread was my favorite bite on this plate.
Ran into the awesome Chef Jeff Jarrett of Amp 150 in time to snag one of the quickly disappearing fancified PB+J (fois gras with almond butter and jam on toasted brioche) and his perfect squash soup with pumpkin seeds.
Loved the sake cocktail from Noodlecat. (And they were nice enough not to point out that I had several - thanks guys!) Chef Brian Doyle of Sowfood made a deliciously different Thai version of squash soup topped with cilantro foam.
Bac had a tasty little pork rangoon to go with their amazing green papaya salad (always one of my favorites!)
The best dessert award goes to Campbells Sweet Factory thanks to their dizzying array of flavored popcorn, cupcakes and chocolate covered everything. Fellow blogger Tom Noe of Exploring Food My Way has a great picture of their spread here.
Some other favorites:
|The goat cheese filled cones were topped with the most amazing cherry - yum!|
|loved the addition of apple and blue cheese in this butternut squash|
|not your average pierogies|
|New food truck Slanegwiches' fun marion berry short ribs with pickled veggies|
|Our host Crop offered a delicious brisket/polenta combo|
Chef Kimberly McCune Gibson's honey brew hit the shelves at Heinen's yesterday. You can also taste the beer at the Aurora store on Friday (11/9) from 4-8 and the Bainbridge store on Saturday(11/10) from 12-4. $10.99 and a six-pack could be yours. You won't be disappointed!
|photo swiped from Wearing Mascara|
Julie, me, Michelle and Katrina
|@MorganJPerez and her lovely sister|
|photo swiped from my friend Angela|
|@WearingMascara and @davidjustice|
Sometimes it was too crowded. And loud. (do I sound old or what?!)
And thanks to a last minute VIP party before the doors opened, many guests missed out on some great food. But I wouldn't have missed it for the world. Seriously, look how much fun we had:
We had a little TOO much fun and still had a big weekend ahead after staying out a little too late on Friday. Stay tuned for part 2!
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