Monday, March 17, 2008

Celeb Chefs Made My Day!

Today was a special day that I shared with my friend Elly, of Elly Says Opa! I invited Elly to attend the Home & Housewares Show here in Chicago with me since I knew she would appreciate the food, products and celebrity chef sightings.

The International Home + Housewares Show is the world's largest homegoods & housewares marketplace, showcasing thousands of new products and designs in four related product expos. It featured home cleaning products, small electrical kitchen & home appliances, international pavillions and (my fave) dining & design. The Dining & Design expo includes GoHo - the Gourmet Home. This is where Elly & I spent a majority of our day.

We started the show by walking through some of the booths to learn more about some new and interesting food products. There were countless vendors specializing in gourmet food gifts, sauces, marinades, dips, jams & jellies, cookies, biscotti, cakes, packaged desserts, nuts, etc. If it could be consumed, it was probably there at the event. Related to food were booths geared towards cooking & baking: cookware, bakeware, serving ware, microwaveable gadgets, flavored skewers, popcorn kits, wine kits, etc. It was all a sensory overload of things to see, taste, hear, touch, smell.

However the highlight of the day for me were all the food celebrities we were able to meet. Part of the GoHo expo included cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs. Some of these chefs even had free cookbooks to give away that they autographed. Here are the great things I walked away with from the food celebs we got to meet:

Rocco DiSpirito
restaurateur & guest judge for "Top Chef"

Cat Cora
Food Network's "Iron Chef America"

Todd English

restaurateur & host of "Food Trip with Todd English"

Alton Brown

Food Network's "Good Eats"

Curtis Stone
TLC's "Take Home Chef"

Pam Anderson
cookbook author