Amy writes: Chefs, food critics, food writers, food bloggers, wine experts, food trucks, and so much more. That was Foodstock, a fantastic foodie event that took place at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut on May 5th. And we were there! We picked up our friend Lise (who happens to be a chef), grabbed a coffee, brought a few non-perishables for the food pantry collection and prepped ourselves for a day-long celebration of cooks and books.
The first item on the agenda was listening in on as well as watching a foodcentric conversation between Faith Middleton (Peabody- award-winning interviewer, and host of our favorite radio show The Food Schmooze) and Ruth Reichl (former editor-in-chief of Gourmet Magazine, food critic, memoirist and more). What an experience it was to hear these two talk about food. The topics of conversation ranged from molecular gastronomy to food memories to the closing of Gourmet to Ruth's new novel to the politics of food in our culture. Faith's questions were provocative and Ruth was as engaging and funny as she is in her books. It was enlightening to say the least, and gave us both much to think about. And that was only the first hour.
The second hour was Faith interviewing Eric Asimov, the chief wine critic for The New York Times. He offered insight into how wines are tasted at The New York Times, but generally the two talked about wine as a status symbol, the intimidation factor of wine tasting, industrial versus artisanal wines, champagne, and pairing wine with food. Eric was funny and self-deprecating, and, we think, really inspired us to drink what we like and just enjoy and love the wine instead of worrying about the so-called rules. Words to live by! And being fans of Faith Middleton, we imagine that watching these interviews was like being in the radio studio while The Food Schmooze is being broadcasted. So fun!
Amy with Dorie Greenspan!!!
But wait, there's more! While Chris dropped Lise off so she could head to work, I, having lugged my copy of Around My French Table with me all day for this exact purpose, headed to the Dorie Greenspan book signing. I was first in line and Dorie was so welcoming, so approachable, and so supportive to me as a cook and a blogger. I told her how we take part in French Fridays with Dorie, and she encouraged me to keep trying to bake (even offering me a suggestion on how to fix my crumbly-dry shortbreads) and to be inspired by ingredients.
Despite the drizzly weather, it was a day that revived our food-and-wine-loving spirits. So while the past couple of months we have been preoccupied with other (much less fun) things, Foodstock energized us to get back to what we love most. And isn't that what it's all about?