Foodie Chats: Philly Edition
FoodieChats came to Philly and held their event at Moonshine Philly! I was invited by one of my foodie friends and chef by the name of Cherryl Gutierrez to be one of the many attendees at this exciting event. Prior to FoodieChats, I didn’t know much about them besides knowing that it was a huge online foodie community that started on Twitter. I didn’t even have a Twitter account prior to that day, but I had to jump straight in, make a Twitter account and join the FoodieChats bunch! When I arrived, I ordered an Orange Moonsicle. This consisted of Old Smokey orange moonshine, Pinnacle Vanilla Vodka, a little soft serve liqueur and fresh squeezed orange juice. Yum! It tasted just like a creamsicle with a little adult fun mixed into it! My type of drink! After a couple minutes, the guests moved towards the rear of the restaurant were we had reserved seating. Shortly after that, Steve Green made his introduction. He’s the founder and CEO of FoodieChats. It was created 5 years ago and it all started on Twitter. It’s a constantly growing foodie community with many sponsors and there are followers from all over the world. We all introduced ourselves, broke the ice and bang! FoodChats Philly was in full effect!
Our first appetizer was served to all the tables. This was Moonshine’s short rib croquette dish. O….M…G….the tenderness of the meat was out of this world! The croquettes were perfectly fried and soooo juicy. They were served with a delicious creamy horseradish sauce. I absolutely LOVE horseradish! I recommend this appetizer for anyone who visits Moonshine Philly. If you love short rib, this one’s a winner. Next, fried calamari came out. Who doesn’t love fried calamari!?!? This is also a favorite of mine to eat. This was served with a spicy aioli dipping sauce. I really enjoyed it. I wish I could’ve eaten more! The next entree was a favorite of the evening. It was the Blackened Chicken Pesto Gnocchi. This dish was a triple threat. It contained three of the most yummiest things you could eat, chicken, gnocchi and creamy pesto sauce! The chicken was really tender and very flavorful. The gnocchi went great with the pesto sauce. The chef did an excellent job on preparing this dish! We also were served Teriyaki Salmon over a delicious risotto. Everyone cannot cook salmon well, but Moonshine did a superb job on executing this dish. It was perfect just like everything else we were served! This also had great flavor and the risotto was cooked beautifully. I also recommend this dish, it’s a must try if you’re a salmon lover. Lastly, we were served another short rib dish. It was the Red Wine Braised short rib dish. It was served over pasta with bits of asparagus. I know I keep saying that everything was perfect…But I’m about to say it again. This was also a top favorite of the night! And yes…It was perfect :-) The short rib was SO tender, just like the short rib croquettes that were served as appetizers. Another great dish by Moonshine! They really impressed all of us that night!
I had a blast that evening. A huge thanks to Moonshine Philly for hosting everyone from the FoodieChats event. And here’s a super huge thanks to Steve Green for allowing me to be apart of an awesome event. I’m proud to be apart of the FoodieChats community! For more information about FoodieChats, please visit www.foodiechats.com and you can also find them on Twitter @FoodieChats