July 29, 2012

Top Chef Party: Nuts for Nuts

My friends (including Milan and Domineau) host Top Chef parties every so often, and Emily and I were excited to be able to make it to this one.

Each Top Chef party has a theme ingredient, which you're supposed to have in the food you bring.
This time the ingredient was pretty general: nuts.

Since I'm not a great chef, and I'm crazy about pistachio pudding, I whipped up a quick batch of instant Jello pistachio pudding. No way I was going to win the competition, but at least I knew I'd like our dish.

The event doubled as a farewell to Melissa, who is heading back west in early August (like me).
Will be good to hopefully see you out there, too!

We got to eat a little of each dish while chatting with and catching up with friends.

I was very torn between 3 dishes for my favorite:
  1. Hazelnut chocolate cake
  2. Bacon, caramel, and cashew popcorn
  3. Nut-covered sweet potatoes (or were they yams? I always get confused on that)
Beyond the food, spending time with friends is an awesome part of the Top Chef parties.
I especially like spending time with this little lady
Emily and I had to leave before they determined who the winner was, but maybe Milan can let us know in the comments. Pretty please, Milan...

4 comments:

  1. All you need to know is that I was ROBBED. #2ndplace

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    1. Aw, sorry to hear that :( So did Wendy's popcorn win it? Or Rachel's sweet potatoes/yams?

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  2. fine. my hazelnut chocolate cake was beat out by my roommate rachel's sweet potato mush. i'm winning next time though!!!

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    1. If you'll mail me some of your dish ahead of time, I will happily return an absentee ballot :D

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