Someone as food obsessed as I am really shouldn’t be selling at a food festival. Conflict of interest. Let me explain.
The festival was set to open to the public at noon. At 11:30 am I was fretting about missing out on Sensi’s offering of butter-poached lobster over lemon risotto rather than when to take out the macarons and cupcakes for display. I had the “Hungry” hubby go back twice to check since the first time he went the dish was not yet ready. Well, he was first in line and once Sensi started serving at NOON, he bought three of the pasta and 1 zabaione. When he got back to our booth, he already consumed one plate and I proceeded to stuff my mouth with the other. Nice big claw too…and then customers started to show up. Luckily, HH let me finish eating…but I wasn’t sure if I had a piece of tarragon stuck in my teeth as I smiled widely at the next customer.
Oh, and he managed to snap a picture of the Sensi booth while all we remembered to take of the Petites Bouchees tent was when it was devoid of any of our macarons and cupcakes.
See what I mean…priorities were messed up.
But the good news is, I sold out of my macarons halfway through the festival and had one cupcake box left by closing time! The key time period was between 1-2pm just when everyone was looking for something sweet to follow the unbelievable onslaught of $3.00 plates. My thanks to all bloggers, blog readers and all the Richmond folks that made a sweet stop at our tent, I truly appreciate the support! And to those who stopped by when I already ran out of macarons, I will make sure to have more next time. Maybe device a way to reserve macarons via twitter eh?
Other notables: I thought Café Rustica was going to be a no-show until I saw Chef Andy cruising down Broad Street at 11:00 am in his pickup truck (suppose to clear out cars and trucks by 11:30 am), stopping by Kuba Kuba’s tent asking “ Where’s my booth?” – rebel . Anyway, he managed to set up quickly in time to turn out his signature mediterranean short-stack (shrimp, scallop and crabmeat cakes). We also traded desserts, some of my macarons for his griddled pound cake with strawberries .
How I wish I was able to try Acacia's fried sugar toads – I totally forgot! And the heat kind of put a damper on my appetite…but oh well maybe next year I can strategize better J.
I seriously had so much fun, I keep on dreaming of opening a storefront…but I know what is like having grown up in the restaurant business. By the way, in a previous post where I asked about flavor combinations, that poll worked out pretty well. For macarons, I paired the chocolate -espresso buttercream with Hazelnut and salted caramel (big crowd favorite). And for the cupcakes I mixed more of the chocolate and carrot together and that seemed like a winner too. So thanks to all that participated!