A huge thank you and congratulations to Rachel (Boston Food Bloggers) and Christine for putting on a wonderful launch party last night. These photos sum up what I ate for dinner last night, except multiply each of them by about four and add in some unphotographed poutine. The Gallows was the perfect space for the event, cozily accommodating 150 food bloggers. In addition to burgers and crostini, the restaurant served poutine (french fries with cheese curds and gravy) which I was very excited about since I did not get to try it when I visited Montreal last summer. The fries were delicious, served piping hot in paper cups and dotted generously with cheese curds. There was also what seemed to be an endless supply of bacon caramel popcorn, which was dangerously addictive.
It was not long until I made my way to the back of the room where Danny and Derek of SoCo Creamery were dishing out four flavors of their micro-creamery ice cream made in the Berkshires: espresso cookie, vanilla, dirty chocolate, and ginger. Clearly I sampled all four, though sample is probably not the most apt word. My favorites were the ginger and the dirty chocolate. The thing that really struck me about SoCo’s ice cream was how full-bodied the flavors were. It didn’t taste like sweetened and mildly-flavored cream. You put a spoonful of the dirty chocolate on your tongue and there was no doubt that it was full-on chocolate. The ginger was strong with healthy dose of fresh ginger complemented by the sweet richness of the ice cream base. All the flavors were extremely smooth and creamy. Always one to experiment with combining foods, I tossed a few pieces of the caramel popcorn in my vanilla ice cream. Delicious, if not dangerously rich. But it looks like I won’t have to repeat that experiment, as SoCo is working on its own Cracker Jack ice cream flavor that I cannot wait to try.
In between spoonfuls of ice cream, I did get to catch up with some old friends and make new ones. I recognized Sarah of Semi-Sweet immediately from her Twitter avatar and was thrilled to meet Penny and Ed of BostonZest who I have read for years on Serious Eats. It was an absolutely delightful evening and I cannot wait to continue meeting new bloggers at future BFB events.