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Dear Diary,

Having a significant other who works in the entertainment industry, has its perks…I’m not talking swag bags, sweets, has never brought one those home. I’m talking about, weekends he has to work events that I get brought along to.  These are rare occasions, and sometimes, they are more stressful, than fun.  But, this trip was so inspiring, I thought I’d share.

Michael Voltaggio, one of his clients, was asked to partake in hosting and performing cooking demonstrations at, Savor the Coast, in Pismo Beach. Cooking, obviously, a passion of mine; SFG Diary does dwell on food, quite a bit…So, I couldn’t wait to go.

When we arrived at the Santa Margarita Ranch, I was not disappointed. Hundreds of tents were setup, offering wine, beer and delectable food samples. I couldn’t get out of the car fast enough. Double Take Beer, 805 and Insigna wine were my favorites! However, the real inspiration came from watching Michael prep his demos. For all you novice cooks out there, like me, it’s so fun to see a chef in their element. It inspires you to be more daring in the kitchen, but Michael advised not to recreate the wheel, just the presentation.

He likes to use three or four ingredients throughout a dish and weave them together in an intricate way.  He turned chips and guacamole into an art masterpiece. While, I can’t do that, I can copying his idea of grilling avocados for guacamole. He actually used a blow-torch, but that’s neither here or there. Grilling an avocado will give it a rich, smoky flavor and prevent it from browning…pretty cool. He, also, suggested serving a grilled avocado with ice cream for a quick dessert! Yum.

So, this weekend I’m feeling inspired to take the ingredients from staple dishes and try to present them in different ways…I’ll blog about any ideas that really work…or didn’t. Feel free to share tales from your kitchen as well:)

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I wish my kitchen had this much space and came equipped with a lime a drawer.

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Back stage prepping the albacore for his take on chips and guacamole…

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What’s also interesting about being backstage, is seeing how many different tools chefs have available to them, rows of bowls, pots, pans and measuring cups. Maybe I need to up the ante on my kitchen tools?

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  1. Darcy says:

    This sounds like an AWESOME event!! Tell him to start bringing you home goodies ;)

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