16 Reasons I Got Fat at the Flavor! Napa Valley Event

Napa Valley Flavor EventIt’s a good day. I was invited to take the night off work to sip 100 different wines (I did NOT try them all), taste bite-size delicacies from more than two dozen well renowned restaurants (I DID try them all) and have a chance to brush elbows with my celebrity chef crush, Tyler Florence. All in the beautiful Napa Valley.

 Yep. I would definitely call that a good day.

We felt like rock stars as soon as we got to Flavor! Napa Valley – The Appellation Trail Event. We got our wine glasses and hit the step and repeat for the pre-buzz photo op. It all went downhill from here. Downhill in an overindulgence of mass amounts of deliciousness sort of way.
Annette White at Napa Valley Flavor Event

I got fat at this Napa Valley event and here’s 16 reasons why:

(1) Burgundy snails in Semolina Gnocchi from Angele Restaurant. Even though I had already checked this strangeEATS off my bucket list by munching on them while at sea, I couldn’t resist giving snails another shot.
escargot at Napa Valley Flavor Event

(2) Cheddar Biscuits with Country Ham and Pepper Jelly from Farmstead and the deep-fried goodness from Neela’s, (3) Vegetable Samosas with Sweet Tomato Chutney.
cheddar biscuits Napa Valley Flavor Eventsamosas at Napa Valley Flavor Event

It felt like a good time to squeeze in a little dessert, so I grabbed St. Helena Olive Oil’s delicate (4) Olive Oil Cake. It was small, light and not too sweet. This couldn’t possibly take up too much room in my belly.
olive oil cake

The (5) Shallot & Pancetta crusted wild salmon in a lettuce leaf cup from Hurleys looked low calorie enough to have just one. It was wrapped in lettuce for goodness sakes.
salmon lettuce cups

Who could pass up the beauty of this (6) Ahi Tuna Taro Taco from the Napa Valley Fish Story or (7) Smoked Chicken Sliders from the famous Gott’s Roadside? This may be the only time I ever eat Gott’s food considering the never ending line the establishment always has.
ahi tuna taro tacochicken sliders at Napa Valley Flavor Event

Iron chef competitor, Christopher Kostow from Meadowood, was serving up a (8) whipped sweet potato cake with curried marshmallow and raisins. It would be rude not to try one.
Christopher Kostowpotato cake

VINelevens (9) Smoked Sirloin was sliced thin enough to barely even count as an ingested food at all and (10) just one itty bitty Yellow Tail Shashimi from La Condesa couldn’t hurt. Could it?
smoked sirloinshashimi

At this point, I decided that I am not even going to try to behave anymore at this elegant Napa Valley event. Bring it on. 

(11) Crostini of Ciccioli and Butternut Squash from Oenotri and (12) Carpaccio Beet Salad from Restaurant Cuvee
carpaccio beet salad

(13) BBQ Sweet Shrimp from Bardessano and (14) a Trio of Ahi, Shorts Ribs and Scallops from Siena at Meritage.

(15) Buttermilk Panna Cotta from Silverado Resort was the star of the show for me, even though I could barely fit it in. And, of course, there was lots and lots of (16) wine.

And just as my belly was protruding like a five month pregnant woman, half from the amount of food I just inhaled and half from the pee baby forming from way too much wine, there he was. My stalkee chef crush, Tyler Florence. Great.

I sucked my stomach in and joined the crowd starting to form around him.

Thankfully, my husband is understanding and waited with me for twenty minutes to snap this photo. Of course, I had to tell Tyler that I was stalking him, but not in a creepy sending-a-million-tweets sort of way. I’m not quite sure he believed me.
Annette White with Tyler Florence

What’s your favorite food and/or wine event? Have you been to Napa Valley?

Disclosure: I received complimentary admission to Flavor! Napa Valley – The Appellation Trail, but all the words I write come straight from my, sometimes distorted, mind. Just as it should be.

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  1. 50+ and on the Run November 21, 2011 at 11:01 am - Reply

    It all sounds perfectly reasonable to me!

  2. Jeanna November 21, 2011 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    The jealousy is seeping out of my veins and through the interwebs.

  3. Roy Marvelous November 21, 2011 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    I'm drooling all over my keyboard……nom nom nom

  4. Carola November 22, 2011 at 11:37 am - Reply

    Tacos and Sliders and Snails, oh my! 🙂

    • Annette White November 22, 2011 at 10:59 pm - Reply

      Tacos…really good. Sliders…yum. Snails…not for me!

  5. Stefanie November 25, 2011 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    Everything looked delicious! I've been seeing olive oil cakes around a lot lately and I always wonder what they taste like…does it taste olive-y?

  6. Nessie November 26, 2011 at 11:08 pm - Reply


  7. Caitlin November 26, 2011 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    Just came across your website- love it already! I read your "ABOUT" and it was amazing. You have such humor & your adventures sound magnificent. Glad I found your blog. 🙂

    • Annette White November 27, 2011 at 9:28 am - Reply

      Thanks so much for your kind words.
      I am so fortunate to have had some amazing adventures & I hope they never end 🙂

  8. Simply Paul November 27, 2011 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    What do I have to do to get invited to an event like this? The food looks amazing and makes me think that what ever I chose to have for supper right now just wont cut it.

    • Annette White November 27, 2011 at 3:07 pm - Reply

      Ha Ha! I am so lucky to have really good friends and connections in the food/wine industry. It also doesn’t hurt that I blog about a lot of foodie things 😉

  9. Jen November 29, 2011 at 3:46 am - Reply

    omg wine and food and hot chefs… sounds like my PERFECT day xx

  10. LikeList Lynn December 1, 2011 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    oy…i'm FROM Napa (now transplanted in Kenwood) and i swear, i must make a TryList out of these 16 so i can start checking it off with every trip to hang with my friends and family…..salivating!!  

    • Annette White December 1, 2011 at 5:58 pm - Reply

      Napa has some of the yummiest restaurants! I live in Petaluma and try to make it out there whenever I can.

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