The Stanford Grill had their press preview this afternoon. More accurately it should have been called the blogger free food preview. I didn’t meet any main stream media types but I sure did meet a lot of food bloggers.
I shared a large booth with JessieX, Dara Bunjon, and Harriet Griffiths. Dara writes Dara Does It and Harriet writes Food and Wine Blog. Of course everyone knows who Jessie is.
In the booth next to me was Kevin Rhee. Kevin writes Kevin and Ann Eat Everything with his sister Ann who lives in NYC. He’s a local guy, a graduate of Centennial High. His food blog is pretty funny and I’ve been remiss at not listing it with my other local faves. I will remedy that immediately.
Since HowChow has a real job in DC he wasn’t able to attend this afternoon though I was told he got the invite. And speaking of HowChow, he confirmed today that he will be able to do our podcast next Friday. He will be our first blogger guest.
And getting back to bloggers, I think Jessie and I were the only non food bloggers there. I told my fellow tablemates that I would leave the true critique of the food thing to them. For me, the complete sampling of entre’s they placed on the table was a rare lunch time feast. It was all good and you couldn’t beat the price.
We got desert too. In this case I will make a comment and single out the pineapple upside down cake for special recognition, and this is coming from a guy who’s not a big fan of pineapple.
After the feast was cleared away Juancarlo Parkhurst, the General Manager, showed us around the joint. It’s very comfortable feeling with lots of natural woods and stone. There is a gas fired fireplace in the main dining room with a firebox raised to shoulder height so that the view of the fire can be enjoyed throughout the space.
Best of all, they have a grand piano in the bar area. I’ve always felt that you can’t go wrong with a piano in a bar. It opens up all kinds of possibilities.