You may be wondering why I didn’t post yesterday. Or maybe you weren’t. Either way, the reason is that my Saturday was a full day of activity, at an incredible event called Foodstock at my alma mater, Wesleyan University.
Foodstock was a food writing conference put together by Wesleyan’s writer in residence Amy Bloom, and a team of hard workers, including my dear friend KA (who scored me a free t-shirt). I was truly amazed with the all-star cast of food people they assembled, notably Ruth Reichl, Eric Asimov, and Dorie Greenspan.
Here is Faith Middleton, an award-winning interviewer for NPR talking with Reichl and Asmiov.
The interviews were very candid and quite entertaining. I never thought I’d be able to listen to a simple dialogue between two people, but both these interviews had me captivated.
After the interviews was lunch time. Wesleyan arranged for various food trucks to be parked on campus to placate the hungry foodie hordes.
There was a falafel truck, a taco truck, a pizza truck, an ice cream truck, and where we (my mom and I) got lunch, the grilled cheese truck.
Aptly named the Whey Station. My mom got the “Nola” which had muenster cheese, sausage, peppers and onions. I ordered the “French Onion,” which featured swiss and a truckmade caramelized onion confit.
The French Onion
I really need to make more grilled cheese at home cuz this baby hit the spot. Sooo good. Also, I snapped some paparazzi pics of Dorie Greenspan.
For the first afternoon panel, we went to a discussion with Dorie Greenspan about her writing and how to be a better food writer. She has such a warm personailty, with a very sweet demeanor. She encouraged the audience to sit closer to her so we could all “snuggle.” Adorable.
The next panel was called “Beautiful Blogs” which featured the ladies behind The Kitchn, The Parsley Thief, and Not Without Salt. It was so neat to see these women in person and put a face to their blogs. Maybe someday Bashful Bao will be as beautiful as them.
To end the day, we went to what became a Q&A session with Jane Stern, author of Road Food and long time food writer. Her answers and stories were hilarious, and a great way to end the day. Especially when Dorie sat next to me for like 5 minutes, until she needed to be somewhere else. I am so glad I got to be a part of this event! I’ll be back tomorrow with a regular post.