Get Cooking Giveaway and Recap of Chef Tom Douglas Dinner

by Robyn Wright on August 4, 2013

in Food,Reviews & Giveaways

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.

Robyn Wright at the Palace Ballroom Bar

Tomato Soup Shooters from Chef Tom Douglas at Palace Ballroom in Seattle

Appetizers from Chef Tom Douglas at Palace Ballroom in SeattleBloggers at the Palace Ballroom in Seattle Washington

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.

Carrot Handpie and Shaved Washington Asparagus SaladApplewood Smoked Pork Loin with Shrimp Fried Barley  and Green Onion Confit Maple Eclair and Rhubarb Green Apple Sorbet

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!

Chef Tom Douglas shares his food experiences with us at dinner

Rub with Love Steak Rub from Chef Tom Douglas Chef Tom Douglas' amazing coconut creme pie

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!

Win this prize package of items from AllRecipes and Chef Tom Douglas

Win The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook autographed by author Tom Douglas

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1 AnnaZed August 5, 2013 at 10:09 am

The best meal that I ever had was a fresh trout pulled from a lake in Tennessee then rolled on cornmeal and cooked immediately in a pan in butter right there. The only other thing we had was black coffee and blue berries. They tell you that a fresh fish is vastly different from one that is even 30 minutes killed and it is true; though a hard thing to describe.

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That is so true! We have eaten fish super fresh like that also and it is amazing!

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9 Ravzie August 5, 2013 at 1:43 pm

I actually have made baklava a couple of times. I thought it would be really hard, but it wasn’t really that tough to make. Not eating it all up quickly was the hard part… This has always been a wonderful, expensive treat when we’d go out to a Med restaurant, but now I can make it at home. Except for that whole eating it all thing….

10 Robyn Wright August 5, 2013 at 1:49 pm

OMG – baklava is one of my all time favorite foods. It is so awesome! There is no way I could make it at home because I would do the same, eat it all. Especially because Hubby doesn’t like it – I don’t know what is wrong with him!

11 Ravzie August 5, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Wassup with that??? My hubs does like it and is more than happy to help me eat it. But he doesn’t need to grow the belly either. I’ve been working on losing weight too, Robyn, so there’s no way I can make it now LOL.

12 Robyn Wright August 5, 2013 at 2:23 pm

We have a couple of great Mediterranean restaurants around here where I can have some if I get the urge and one of the guys Hubby works with – his wife makes awesome homemade baklava and sends me some at christmas each year

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22 Anna Galanos August 5, 2013 at 11:05 pm

I’m half Greek from my Dad’s side. I was baptized in Greece when I was a baby. Since he died when I was 4, I never was able to visit my family in Greece. My Mom would cook Greek food and we would go to the Greek Food Festival almost every year until it got too expensive. When I was 17, I was finally able to meet the family when they flew me out to Greece. I’ve had gyros here, but nothing compares to Greek food actually in Greece. I loved the gyros. My Godmother was having a really hard time finding something for me to eat since I’m a picky eater. One night she made pastitsio (Greek lasagna pretty much) and she was so relieved. I hadn’t had it in so long I had forgotten that was one of my favorite dishes. It’s my favorite and when my mom makes it, she makes huge portions so she can freeze and then take to my Uncle in Houston. Everyone comes for Mom’s Greek food! It’s the best! It’s special for me because I was able to bond with my family over meals that I don’t get to do when I am at home.

23 Robyn Wright August 6, 2013 at 5:09 am

Great food memories! I love Greek food too but I am sure it is so much better in Greece! I’ve never had pastitsio, I will have to look for it!

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OMG – just went to the link you shared and drooled over those food pics! I have never been to New Orleans, but hopefully I will and I will add this place to my list of things to do!

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35 Robyn Wright August 12, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Some of the shacks have the best food. My favorite BBQ place growing up – Phil’s BBQ in St. Louis and it is a shack looking kind of place.

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Ohhhh, I love a good risotto! I have never had any with lobster, I’m sure it was awesome!

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One of the best things I ever had was Shrimp and Artichoke Linguini. The taste of the butter and garlic with the shrimp was delicious.

59 Robyn Wright August 12, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Yum! I don’t eat pasta much these days and I really miss it!

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78 Robyn Wright August 12, 2013 at 2:33 pm

That is cool that your daughter made the cake for your son’s wedding!

79 Carol Yemola August 12, 2013 at 3:37 pm

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