Well, what a fabulous day we had at the Banbury Food Fair yesterday! I always enjoyed the food fair – the samples, the smells, the samples and the new products to discover. Did I mention samples?
I always learn a lot when I go to the food fair – and I’ve gone on in more depth about that over on Fabulous Foodie – but yesterday was also particularly interesting since Modern Parlance Photos got some behind the scenes time at the demos as well. This led to not only having quite a good view of the demos but having a chance in between to chat with the chefs.
Anita Chipalkatty of Hobby Cooks is a delight and chatting with her about food (the role of red peppers vs green peppers in a dish, why music in the kitchen is a must and so on) was a highlight of our day. Despite some technical difficulties with microphones, schedule overruns and the other usual things that plague these types of venues, she remained unruffled and charming.
Also, her food looked and smelled delish.I’d have tried it myself but as soon as the words, “come up and taste” are uttered in a room like that – LOOK OUT! I sidestepped the incoming wave but could see everyone was enjoying it.
Don’t for a second worry that I went hungry however – had a smashing beef brisket sandwich from Smoke and Spice BBQ and some stupendous salted caramel ice cream from Just Rachel. I may have gone to get ice cream a second time …
We also spent some time with Jean-Christophe Novelli – and the ladies of Banbury have done a wonderful job keeping their seething jealousy under control. Even when I pointed out that he really is that engaging and nice. Once learns, when shepherd someone like this around in public that the public is gonna notice and want pictures. And the ladies of Siam House were no exception. Go on ladies, get in there!
A note: in this age of personal technology, the greatest ability one can have at those moments is the skill of taking pictures with ALL types of mobile phones. My picture taking skills are not brand or platform specific. if I was handed a device, I snapped away. And Jean-Christophe? Never missed a beat or hit a wrong note.
But enough about what I was doing – what was our fave photog up to while I was schmoozing? Well, pretty much this: