Tex here, just off the plane from Indianapolis, the site of the 2013 ACFW Conference. And, oh my stars...what a wonderful conference it was.
Of course, the highlight of any conference is the gala. Everyone is decked out in their finest and the food is to-die-for. And since I haven't cooked in days, I'm going to make you all drool over our fare.
The ballroom was filled to capacity and everyone look GORGEOUS.
Brandilyn Collins welcomed us and blessed our meal.
Then dinner was served.
Mushroom ravioli with summer vegetables, leeks, and charred tomatoes was our first course.
My, oh my, was it delicious. Especially if you love mushrooms like I do.
Then, with conversation swirling about the room, we moved on the salad course. Mixed baby greens with apples, marcona almonds, goat cheese fritters and herb dressing. (who comes up with these names?)
Sorry, no pic for this one. By the time I remembered to take one, my plate was clean. But, boy, was it ever yummy. Especially that goat cheese fritter.
Finally, with beautiful piano music playing in the background, it was time for the main course.
Filet mignon with caramelized shallot mashed potatoes and Syrah sauce.
This had to be the most perfectly cooked, most tender steak I've ever had the pleasure of putting in my mouth. It was amazing.
But the pièce de résistance was dessert. Chocolate swirl cheesecake with caramel sauce and raspberries. Ooo, I get tingly all over just thinking about it.
You guessed it, I cleaned that plate too. Matter of fact, it took a good bit of self control not to lick my plate. But considering I was all dressed up, I restrained myself.
Yes, ACFW 2013 was a smashing success. I went with no expectations, no plans, except to enjoy old friends and meet new. What I discovered, though, was that I needed to be fed. Not physically, but spiritually. And between our keynote speaker, Robin Jones Gunn, and an amazing workshop by Jim Rubart and Allen Arnold called Live Free, Write Free, the parched soil of my spirit was quenched.
I love it when God shows up in unexpected ways.
Next year we're off to St. Louis. Hope to see you there!