Atlanta Food Bloggers Society Meetup at Princi Italia, Midtown Atlanta
We joined the Atlanta Food Bloggers Society last fall and since then have attended a number of events and participated in several offerings. Each time, it just seems to get better and better. This time Linda Carmical, Do.Food.Better blogger and President of the Atlanta Food Bloggers Society, really hit it out of the park with our meeting at Princi Italia.
In Atlanta, there are several pockets where great restaurants seem to mingle together to entice diners. One of the most epic is Crescent Avenue in Midtown Atlanta, where some of Atlanta’s best dining can be found. At the epicenter of this Crescent Avenue crew, is Princi Italia. Under the guidance and direction of Executive Chef Brandon Early, Princi Italia serves up a delightful fare of Italian with fresh made daily bread and pastas.
One of the great things about these little get-togethers, is the free exchange of thoughts and ideas. As bloggers, we tend to be somewhat isolated. We work, we dine, we write, and we tend to do all of this in a vacuum; other than some online interactions, of course. During this type of event; we get to engage with one another and discuss food, technical website topics, photography, and a host of other foodie related topics. Thanks to my dinner companions, I really feel like I walked away being a better blogger after listening to some of the advice and tips from other members of the Atlanta Food Bloggers Society.
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Throughout the evening, we were served so graciously by the team at Princi Italia, especially by our wonderful host, Tara Johnston, who serves as their event coordinator. We got started with a traditional Margherita Pizza. Then came appetizers of Tortellini Fonduta and Caprese Salad. The Tortellini Fonduta is a thick pasta covered in parmsean and a black truffle butter. The Caprese Salad has stacks of fresh vine ripened tomatoes with buffalo mozarella with basil and a light olive oil. Next, we were served Shrimp Amalfi that is a shrimp scampi with a parmesean basil polenta. The kicker, in honor of National Meatball Day, was the Meatball al Forno boasting beef and chicken meatballs accompanied with a spicy tomato pesto sauce. Absolutely delicious!
We moved onto a Grilled Chicken Pizza with caramelized onions, goat cheese, pears, and thyme. Next we were served Fettuccine di Mare, a fantastic pasta dish featuring lump crab meat, shrimp, and asparagus served with a basil cream sauce. We carnivores dined on Chianti Braised Short Ribs, which we served with Fingerling Potatoes and a Chive Gremolata (a bacon with chives, parsley, and of course, garlic and salt). This was a tremendously tender piece of meat and it just fell apart once cutlery was placed upon it. That, mi amici, is perfectly prepared meat!
Getting tired yet? We weren’t! The food just kept coming! Next we were served Grilled Scottish Salmon that was covered with this wonderful Blood Orange Fennel Basil Sauce and served with a Cauliflower Gratin. The sauce propelled this dish from bland to the-top! I am normally not a big salmon fan, but I would order this anytime! The Cauliflower Gratin totally has me fooled, because I couldn’t figure out if it was a White Cheddar Mac n Cheese or Potatoes au Gratin, and then I found out its cauliflower?!? I was shocked, because it was delicious. That’s not what I expected from cauliflower. I would have never guessed in a million years that it was cauliflower. Finally, we had the Black Pepper Fettuccine that is Italian sausage served on a bed of pasta with mushrooms and roasted garlic demi. The sausage was spicy, making it the perfect dish for me!
No meal at any Italian restaurant would be complete without a serving of Teramisu and Princi Italia does theirs with layers of chocolate cake, mascarpone cream, a drizzle of leghorn sauce, and a dusting of chocolate shavings. Not to be outdone, the Chocolate Praline Bars were like big delicious KitKats bar for grown-ups. It had a crunchy, graham-cracker-like bottom, then rich dark chocolate mousse covered with a thick chocolate ganache and raspberries. I was ready to back the truck up for more! Load it on, guys!
A meal is just food if not shared and I wanted to give props to my fellow members of the Atlanta Food Bloggers Society for being such wonderful and gracious dining companions. Until we meet again, guten appetit!
I was honored to have dined with these other food bloggers (listed in alphabetical order) :