When I went on my trip to Seattle (Disclosure: the trip was paid for by Microsoft; opinions are my own) two of the fun things we did included cooking. One was visiting and cooking at the AllRecipes.com headquarters which I blogged about already. The other was having a private dinner with Chef Tom Douglas who you may remember as one of the few chefs who has beat Chef Masaharu Morimoto on Iron Chef America. He has also appeared on other shows like Top Chef, Emeril Live, Martha Stewart and more and he owns several restaurants in the Seattle area, has published multiple cookbooks, and even has a weekly food radio show. This man is busy!
We went to the Palace Ballroom in Seattle for our dinner. First stop was the bar where we had a choice of wines and spirits as well as two signature drinks – the Pinkterest or the Instagin (get it Pinterest and Instagram plays). Plus some amazing appetizers like this tomato soup shooter. We all sat around happily enjoying our cocktails and appetizers before the dinner began.
Our dinner this night was fabulous! We had some amazing Dahlia Bakery Breads with Fleur de Sel – to be honest I did not eat the bread because I knew more goodies were coming but the rest of the ladies at my table assured me the bread was wonderful. The first course has a carrot handpie. Sounds odd I know, but think of any sort of handheld enclosed pie – it was that kind of thing but with a carrot filling – savory, not sweet. This was served atop an amazing Shaved Washington Asparagus Salad. The asparagus they shaved like with a vegetable peeler to make very thing long slices – it was so wonderfully refreshing! The main course came out and I swear you could have been filled by just the aroma in the room as they brought out our plates. This was Apple Wood Grilled Pork Loin with Shrimp Fried Barley, and Green Onion Confit Sauce. I kid you not that this was the best pork loin I have ever had. There was that delicate ring of smoke that was just the right flavor with the sweet apple wood and it was so incredibly moist. It just melted in your mouth! Dessert was a maple éclair with Rhubarb Green Apple Sorbet. Now the Maple Éclair even sounds amazing and it was – but do not let the ingredients of the sorbet fool you! This sorbet was light and refreshing, but the flavors more intense, but not overly tangy, like most sorbets. It was a perfect accompaniment to the sweetness and richness of the éclair.
Throughout dinner Chef Tom Douglas talked with us about food and being a restaurateur and so much more. He seems to be a very “real” person and definitely says what is on his mind. He demonstrated a few of the things as he talked and we ate and was very interactive with us. We even had some giveaways. I won some of his steak rub. The funny thing was that he told us about the line of rubs he has and my hearing is not always so great so I thought the name was “Rubber Glove” and so I asked him why it was called that. Everyone laughed because it actually is called “Rub With Love”. DOH!
Then, as if we could eat more (okay, we did) Chef Douglas was talking about his amazing coconut crème pies and I believe it was Maggie Sellers who said that was her most favorite pie ever and she would love to try it. Well Chef Douglas yelled out for an assistant and said call over to the other place and have them bring over two coconut crème pies and about 20 spoons! They did so and it was the most amazing pie I have ever tasted. You could tell the coconut was fresh and that it was real super fresh cream – none of those canned and boxed stuff. If you are ever in Seattle that pie is a must!
After dinner Chef Douglas took the time to personally autograph copies of The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook for all of us. So nice of him! Plus, he had pre-signed an extra copy for us all too to give away on our blogs. How cool is that?
Both events were wonderful and now I’m sharing the cookbook and some of the goodies from AllRecipes with you!
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