Happy Valley Chow

gour-mand (noun): one who is excessively fond of eating and drinking

Grapefruit Mint Sorbet

It has been a CRAZY 4 days. I went to Chicago for a few days to attend the National Restaurant Association Conference as a Penn State Representative. The trip involved a full 24 hours of driving, attending the actual show, tour of the Grand Lux Cafe, tour of Ritz Carlton Four Seasons (Don't ask me why Ritz Carlton is in the name), tour of Hyatt Regency, Dinner at Fed 451, Penn State Alumni Cocktail Hour, and trying to somewhat see the city of Chicago. All of these events I should say was done in mostly a suit and tie. I should also mention that even in the midst of the hectic schedule, I managed to watch the second overtime of the Pens/Sens game in some Mexican dive bar, dressed to the nine's in my suit and tie (That's a real fan!). Even though I am completely dead, it was an absolutely amazing weekend where I got to meet a lot of great people and build my ever growing network of amazing contacts. I should also mention that the City of Chicago has jumped way up on my list of favorite cities and I cannot wait to go back!

Some pictures from the weekend

So since it has been a crazy busy weekend and I didn't have a chance to cook anything. I dug through my pictures and realized I still haven't posted the sorbet from my 8-course menu. Really I probably shouldn't call it a sorbet, because it is more of a granita, but whatever! This will work great as a palate cleanser for a dinner or as a lite icy treat to help you cool down during a barbecue. Give it a try and let me know what you think!


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