A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to a Blogger Dinner Party hosted by my friend Marie of Backroad Bluegrass Blog.
Blogging is fantastic — it allows us to connect with like-minded individuals. People that share our same interests, passions, and concerns. People that are equally as quirky, eccentric, and adventurous. While that is great, it’s even better when we get to get together IRL (am I right, y’all?). The Internet is fun, but it never parallels real, face-to-face experiences.
Marie was a gracious host – however, knowing her, I expected no less. She is a true Kentucky Woman!
The theme of the evening was locality in Kentucky — we dined using all local ingredients and dished about life in true blogger fashion! Everyone at the table, in their own way, uses their platform to better local business in Kentucky. It was a very powerful feeling to all come together — the symbiosis was palpable, y’all.
Though this was a March dinner party, it still snowed. If you know anything about Kentucky weather, you know that it is wildly unpredictable. One moment it is 60 degrees and sunny, the next it is sleeting. You get used to it – and a little bit of winter weather wasn’t keeping me from this event (I was the only Louisvillian).
The ambiance of the evening was set by the aroma of Wixology candles, which are local to the Commonwealth; inspired by Kentucky bourbon-based cocktails, the scents are sure to please. From there, the pre-party included cheeses from Boone Creek Creamery, wine from Harkness Edwards Vineyards (out of customized, etched glasses via Forever Lasered Memories, no less!), and dipping oils from Stuarto’s.
The main course? Fabulous pasta from Lexington Pasta, of course! As a group, we prepared the Caprese Gnocchi + the Four-Cheese Ravioli. They were both Write Your MeeMaw good!
The pasta was finished by Triple J Farm; their pasta sauce + Italian sausage were both finger-lickin’ good.
Last, but in no shape, form, or fashion, least — dessert from Martine’s Pastries! Five words: Pistachio Cake, French Buttercream Icing. Need I say more?
A special thank you Karrie of Muse Marketing for the photography. Also, shoutout to all of our sponsors for the fabulous goodies + to Marie and Brooks for being fabulous, gracious hosts.
I am better because I know these people!
As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living.
Y’all come back now, ya hear?
FTC: This is not a commissioned post; all opinions are my own.