Sixteen foodies came together tonight for the third Edmonton Foodie Meetup at Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria downtown. It was our largest gathering yet (read about our first and second meetups), which I think is a testament to the growing foodie community in the city.
When I called Famoso last week to make the reservation, and mentioned that the group was largely made up of food bloggers, the manager responded that he thought we were still at the stage of selecting a venue. I was surprised to find out that he knew about our upcoming gathering, but it turns out he is an avid reader of local blogs as well!
At any rate, I figured we would be treated like royalty, and we were. However, our special treatment, including two free platters of their dessert Nutella pizza, wasn’t out of the ordinary for large groups, though our timing helped. “Vino Wednesdays” sees complimentary bruschetta go out with all orders made after 5pm, and free wine samples offered to all patrons between 6 and 8:30pm. Our server did say that they pulled out the “reserve” red wine for our group though.
Complimentary Bruschetta and Wine
The pizzas (as always) were great as well, with that addictively-chewy crust that isn’t duplicated anywhere else in the city (well, besides other Famoso outposts).
Siciliana Pizza with Basil, Prosciutto, Italian Ham and Italian Sausage
Valerie was thoughtful enough to bring homemade truffles for everyone as well, made with decadent Valrhona Manjari and cocoa powder.
It was great to put faces to names, and to meet and chat with other local food lovers. Because there have been quite a few recent additions to Edmonton’s blogging repertoire, I thought it might be useful to list those present at this meetup who do have food blogs:
- Carol – A Seat At My Table
- Cathy & Michael – Walsh Cooks
- Chris (the meetup co-organizer) – Eating is the Hard Part
- Kelley – Cookbook Cooks
- Lea – XOX
- Dr. CaSo – C’est pas moi je l’jure
- Maki – In My Element
- Valerie – A Canadian Foodie
For those who couldn’t make it, we hope to organize another meetup this summer, which will preferably be an outdoor potluck.
Thanks again to Chris for helping me pull this dinner together, and to Famoso for hosting a great evening!