I love it when I have the opportunity to meet with other Seattle Mom Bloggers. This will be my 3rd Seattle Blogger Event and it was just as much fun as the other two! Before attending the QFC V.I.B.E. (Very Important Blogger Event) today (October 17th) in Seattle, I was a loyal Safeway shopper. I can honestly say that I was VERY impressed with the store and the quality of the food they sold. Their employees were extremely helpful and friendly and I am excited to begin shopping at their store (with a brand new one near my home)!
I learned a lot of new things from the QFC Very Important Blogger Event. For example, I had no idea that they had to open up the packages of bananas to prevent them from becoming overripe. Apparently, bananas trap a lot of heat and if the boxes aren’t opened to let the heat escape, they’ll ripen more quickly. Wow! I had no idea! I also had no idea that QFC was a division of Kroger and is associated with Ralphs (California), Smith’s (Utah), Food 4 Less, fry’s, King Soopers, City Market, Fred Meyer, Dillons, Baker’s, and Scott’s! I was also excited to learn that QFC carries one of my favorite brands of hot chocolate – Stephen’s Hot Cocoa.
When we arrived, I grabbed a hot chocolate from Starbucks and met up my fellow mom bloggers and QFC representatives Nancy Moon-Eilers (QFC VP Merchandising and Marketing), Tammy Bottcher (QFC Sr. Director Advertising and Loyalty), and Kristin Maas (QFC Director Public Affairs). We talked for a few minutes and then took a tour of the store. I loved the floral department and the way it was decorated for Halloween. We then proceeded to the bakery, where I saw the most adorable Frankenstein cake, followed by the candy section (woo hoo!), meat department, and health department. I was extremely impressed with the meat department and the selection of meats they had. I had never seen so many pre-marinated meats (aka Chef’s Express Selections) in a store before – it was amazing! If you’re looking for a yummy and quick way to get a healthy meal, you definitely want to check out the meat department at QFC!
We then headed upstairs, where we had food awaiting us. We were served the following items: Pesto Pasta and Pea Salad, Caesar Salad, Chicken Dijon with Dijon Cream Sauce, Chicken Parmesan with Marinara Sauce, Chicken Florentine, Kalbi Flank Steak with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Valencia Green Beans, and Double Layer Chocolate Cake (with Raspberry Filling, Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting, Chocolate Truffle Topping, and Chocolate Roses).
Chicken Dijon with Dijon Cream Sauce
Lew talking about meats and cutting flank steak! He was awesome! Thanks Lew
Lew (meat department) demonstrated how to cut flank steak and talked about the Kalbi Flank Steak being like “candy meat.” Let me tell you – it was GOOD!!! The Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Valencia Green Beans went well with the flank steak. We also had the opportunity to ask some questions to Donna Giordano – QFC President!
After eating and dessert, we were each given a bag of goodies from QFC! We were given a QFC reusable tote, Kroger Mayonnaise, Kroger Peanut Butter, Kroger Cereal, Kroger Paper Towels, Taste-bud-icious Seasoning Packets, Active Lifestyle Oatmeal, Brittania Crisps, Kroger Coupon Book, and a $25 gift card for us and one to give away!
Plus, they had a giveaway for 3 bloggers to take home a centerpiece with them. I was just saying earlier that I never won anything until I was introduced to blogging. I figured I wouldn’t be one of the winners, but I was actually the first winner. I got to take home a beautiful Fall centerpiece! Thanks QFC!!!
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I attended the Very Important Bloggers Event and received a bag full of goodies including mayonnaise, peanut butter, paper towels, seasoning, oatmeal, crackers, a $25 gift card for myself and a $25 gift card to give away. Thank you for this wonderful event QFC! As always, this post is a reflection of my personal opinions of QFC and their products.