If you read my last post, or follow me on twitter, you know I was in Louisville, Kentucky last week visiting the GE Monogram Experience Center with a great group of food bloggers from around the country. Some of those bloggers were people I felt like I already knew from all of our interactions through social media and had been dying to meet IRL…
And then there were some of those bloggers I did not know at all before this trip and now feel like we’ve been friends forever…
My new partner in crime, Sarah of 20SomethingCupcakes.
I have to say, I was familiar with the slogan “GE We bring good things to life”, but I had no idea they were involved in manufacturing so many things; from light bulbs to airplane components and everything in between! We were brought in to learn specifically about the Monogram line of appliances GE has to offer in their high end category.
Our time was broken into segments of classroom time, where we learned about the specs and features of each appliance, and then we got to head into the kitchen and gets some hands on experience.
The fully integrated refrigerators are pretty unique in that they offer a full sized drawer that can go from refrigeration to freeze and back again, giving you the option to use either feature when you need it. How cool is that?
The under cabinet Ice Maker (aka the bourbon ice maker) makes a continuous cycle of fresh ice, in perfect little squares; just right for cocktails, and perfect for people like me who love to entertain (and drink cocktails).
Well, and of course we had some fun during our time outside of the Monogram Experience Center… our visit to the 21C Hotel which hosts an art gallery and trendy bar, was the perfect spot for us to hang together on our first night.
As I mentioned earlier, we got to put on our aprons and break into teams (I’m pictured above with my teammates Isabel of Family Foodie & Coryanne of Housewife Bliss) to test out the appliances and participate in an Iron Chef competition (right up our ally!). For the chive potato cakes that I made, I took advantage of the speed cooking opportunities that the Advantium oven offers. I needed to cook 2 pounds of red potatoes before I could mash them and shape them into cakes, so I popped them into the Advantium and 5 minutes later they were ready! The Advantium offers multi-level cooking: Speedcook, True European Convection, sensor microwave, and warming. My team rallied together in this 50 minute challenge and ended up in a tie for 1st place!
GE knew what a group of foodies would want to do in our down time, so they took us on a visit to Bourbon Barrel Foods where we got to sample some of their amazing bourbon smoked sugar and other goodies (yes, that is bourbon lemonade in my cup). While there, we also had a tour of a micro brew soy sauce company. A lot of love goes into brewing soy sauce in small batches, and it sure pays off; it was fantastic!
A trip to Louisville would not be complete without a trip to Churchill Downs. So on our last day, that’s exactly what we did. Attending the Kentucky Derby in a pretty dress and fancy hat is still on my bucket list, so I will have to go back!
Thank you to GE for such an informative look at your kitchen appliances, and for sharing your charming city with all of us.
Here is a list of my food blogging friends that attended this event with me. Be sure to check them out—I miss them already!
Brenda from A Farm Girl’s Dabbles
Molly and Caitlin from Cooking with Caitlin
Coryanne from Housewife Bliss
Heather from Farm Girl Gourmet
Lisa of With Style and Grace
Brian of A Thought for Food
Maggy from Three Many Cooks
Irvin of Eat the Love
Teri and Jenny from Spoon Fork Bacon
Isabel at Family Foodie
Jenn at Foodess
Cynthia from The Daily Basics
Sarah from 20 Something Cupcakes
Kris from Young Married Chic