I just got back from the most amazing two night trip of my life. This past Monday to Wednesday I was incredibly fortunate enough to have an amazing friend who just so happens to be a chef and took me to Fort Lauderdale for a food convention. We went to the Cheney Bros Inc. Food Service Buying Show and let me tell y'all. This was the best day of my life.
There are over 400 vendors there who work with Cheney Bros, which is the distribution company for them, and their goal for the day is to get you to buy their tortillas, chicken, steak, desserts, etc. in your restaurant. This means one thing: free food and free alcohol. All day. And did I mention its in Fort Lauderdale, aka the nicer part of Miami. And everything was paid for (hotel, alcohol, and food) by Cheney Brothers and my friends restaurant?
If you don't know this by now, you should know that I am the BIGGEST foodie. I love all kinds of food, fast food, fancy food, healthy food, junk food, you name it and I will probably eat it. So, that means all bets, and diets, were off these two days.
I am also p i s s e d because I forgot to save all of the snapchats I was sending to my family because I was that excited about what was happening. I have tons of pictures of me before and after the convention, but nothing from inside the convention center and I'm really upset about this. So, Cheney Bros, if you're reading this: I think I have to go to the Orlando convention as well to make up for lost content. It's only fair. I mean, I am an up and coming blogger after all. Duh. All 20 of my readers need to know about the wonderful world of the Food Service Buying Show. Also, thank you for feeding and housing me for two nights even though I am no where near a chef or restaurateur.
Also, a huge thank you to Jason for being so kind as to waste his plus one ticket on me, even though we NEVER get to hang out anymore.
BACKSTORY: Jason was my head chef when I was serving at my last job. We worked together about two years ago and have been friends ever since. He's an incredible chef and an even better human bean so if you want to follow him on IG and keep up with his plates and dishes, click here (@jasrev1127). He's going to be a Michelin Star chef one day so keep your eye out.
So, heres how things went. We arrived on Monday around 1 p.m. We settled into our hotel room and found our way down to the pool bar, which was on the water, of course. Eventually we meet up with some of Jasons friends for margaritas and wrecking havoc running around the W hotel, where they were staying. Did we get in trouble? It is a possibility. Did we have a blast? Definitely.
From there we went to the Cheney Bros party at the Boatyard restaurant next to the convention center. A beautiful space right on the docks of the canals that go out to the ocean. The party was filled with finger foods and an open bar, but ended around 9. Since Cheney doesn't know how to party (JK love you), we found it fit to get sushi after the party since I get really hungry after I drink. After sushi, we went back to the hotel and drank by the bar until about 1am.
We woke up at a brisk 10:30 the next day and made our way to the convention center, slowly but surely. Since there were approximately 13,000 people attending the event over the course of seven hours, traffic was.... how do you say.... a f*cking night mare. We finally made it in the building around noon, which is where the magic began. Any food brand that you could possibly think of was in this building giving away free food. From Nathan's hotdogs to Tabasco, to Dr. Praeger's veggie burgers, to Lays, to all different kinds of steak and meats, and pastas, and guacs, and cheeses. I was in heaven, to say the least. Within the first ten minutes we had eaten a beignet, a hot dog, some sort of fried coconut dessert, an entire thing of Dibs, and a sample of a smoothie. Just to give you an idea.
After two and a half hours of wandering, eating, drinking, and general merriment, it was time to head back to the hotel. From here we went shopping, had some more pool time, drank some more, and then went to dinner. The physical exhaustion levels are unreal. I am ready to spend the next week and a half detoxing, recalibrating, and maybe even doing a quick work out or two... That's how you know it was bad. I'm considering working out.
Anyway, I want to thank Jason again for being the most amazing friend and letting me out-eat him at the convention (and everywhere else), for driving us down there, and putting me to bed after I fell asleep with my phone in my hand that night.
Shoutout to Cheney Bros Inc. for being cool and throwing a damn good party. I hope someday to be able to attend again and I REALLY wish I had pictures to share with you guys. It was the most insane, incredibly well put together event I've ever seen in my life.
So, anyway. That was just an update for y'all as to what I've been doing with my life and where I've been. It's been a crazy couple of weeks working so much and I've been doing a lot of "traveling" and trying to enjoy life more, but theres a whole post coming out on that soon, so be on the lookout.
I'd love to hear from you all and what your dream vacation would be, because this was definitely mine. The only downside was that I gained a couple pounds Tuesday, but other than that, I am so grateful I was able to experience such a cool community and a side of restaurants that I am interested in, but rarely get to see.
Make sure you're following me on Instagram to see all the "Instagram Boyfriend™" pictures Jason took of me over the past couple days. He did really, really well.