Dinner with Chobani at EVOO

While in Cambridge last weekend I had the opportunity to attend an event at EVOO hosted by Chobani. Ashley, Kristin and I met up in our room for a glass of wine and then caught a cab to Kendall Square for dinner.

photo credit: caitlin

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Chef Peter McCarthy put together a special menu for us, incorporating Chobani into every course.

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While chatting excitedly over the menu, we ordered a round of cocktails and snacked on spiced nuts & cheeses. After much deliberation I strayed from my usual wine order and went with the Lemon Basil Mojito.

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I liked this combination much better than the traditional lime and mint mojito.

First Course was Heirloom Tomatoes, Yogurt Gelee, Spearmint, Basil, EVOO, and Coarse Salt. Caprese Salad is one of my favorites so once this dish was set down in front of me I knew I’d love it. Although I was skeptical at first, the texture of the yogurt gelee was very similar to fresh mozzarella. The salt also brought out the sweetness of the heirloom tomatoes. This one was a winner.

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Second Course was Lobster-Vanilla Yogurt Succotash. I loved the presentation of this dish. The subtle hint of vanilla paired perfectly with the lobster, complementing the fresh crisp vegetables.

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The Main Course was Seared Yogurt & Spice Sous Vide Lamb Loin with Crisp Eggplant and Raita. A little back story: I went vegetarian for a year in 2009. I started eating meat again in 2010 but lamb was one thing (along with veal) which I just couldn’t imagine eating again. I figured if anything, I would at least try it.

The lamb loin was very tender and the raita flavorful. The two components worked really well together, rather than the raita simply being a condiment for the lamb. The fried eggplant was a nice touch – I definitely wouldn’t have minded an extra piece. Or two!

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Dessert was a Nectarine-Basil Crisp with Frozen Berry Yogurt. This was hands-down my favorite of the night. The contrast of the cold strawberry yogurt and warm crisp was incredible. You could have heard a pin drop during this course – everyone was too busy enjoying their food to talk!

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Overall the dinner was absolutely phenomenal. The flavor in each course was spot on and Chobani never overpowered the dish. Chef Peter McCarthy came out afterwards to discuss his menu a little and it was interesting to hear the thought process for each dish.

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We snapped a few photos after dinner and then hopped in a cab to drag our full, happy selves back to the Hyatt.

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Emily of Chobani, me, Ashley, and Kristin

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Awesome meal, amazing bloggers, great company!

Huge thanks to Emily, Amy, and Ashley of Chobani for giving me the opportunity to attend this wonderful dinner and EVOO for hosting. I felt truly honored to be a part of it. If I had to describe dinner in only three words…

Nothing but good.

Healthy Living Summit 2012

After a bit of a delay, my flight touched down at Logan just after 2pm. Ashley scooped me up from the airport and we made our way to Cambridge.

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This year’s Healthy Living Summit was held at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge.

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After checking out the jam-packed swag bags and trying on our new Reebok RealFlex Fusion TRs, our first roommate Jamie arrived! Our honorary 5th roommate Kristin also came over and we all enjoyed a glass of wine before heading out to Harvard Square for dinner.

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After dinner was the cocktail party, held in the Riverside Pavilion and sponsored by Rebootizer. We hit the bar to redeem our drink tickets for a few cocktails and then started mingling.

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Me, Ashley, Kristin

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Caroline, me, Kristin, Ashley, Allie, and Jamie

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HLS Roommates

My Fabulous Roommates
Shannon, Ashley, Jamie, me


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Saturday morning was the group long runs but Shannon and I opted to move our run to Sunday morning. We were both exhausted after a long day on Friday so the best option was to rest instead.

The day kicked off with breakfast at 8am provided by the event’s gold sponsor, Wild Harvest, followed immediately by opening remarks and an ice breaker session. I really enjoyed the ice breakers since it was a great way to chat with a few new people before heading into sessions for the day.

When it came to sessions, it was tough to decide which ones to attend! After reviewing the agenda, these are the ones I ended up sitting in on:

I’m not going to recap the sessions because many other bloggers have done so already, but I will say that the content was awesome. I took a ton of notes and tweeted out great quotes & tips from the awesome panelists.

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Check out this post to find the hashtags associated with each and view tweets from the sessions. If you’re interested in hearing about any of the ones I attended, feel free to leave a note in the comments below or shoot me an email! I’d be happy to do a separate post.

Saturday evening I attended a Chobani dinner hosted by EVOO in Cambridge. I’ll recap this meal in a separate post because it deserves your undivided attention! Absolutely amazing.

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Sunday morning Shannon and I popped out of bed at 6am to get in a few miles before the group 5K.

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It was a beautiful morning and we were so happy to be running in 61 degree weather rather than the standard summer heat & humidity. We wrapped up our run just under 4.5 miles and then met up with the group back in the lobby.

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Photo Credit: HLS Facebook Page

We made a wrong turn somewhere and ended up taking a different route than everyone else. I didn’t mind though – it was still scenic! We picked up Emily along the way and the three of us chatted away as we ran through both Cambridge and Boston.

Post-run we made our way back to the Riverside Pavilion one last time! Our breakfast crew was pretty awesome:
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Hannah, Jamie, Shannon, Jamie, Caroline, me, Moe
Melanie, Kristin, and Ashley

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The Four Five Roommates 🙂
Photo Credit: Studio Eats

Overall I had a pretty kickass weekend. I connected with quite a few new blog friends and left Cambridge feeling incredibly inspired. Hopefully I’ll be able to attend HLS in 2013 – maybe it’ll be in Austin? That would be sweet!

Huge thanks to Meghann, Julie, and Heather for putting on such an awesome event!

Did you attend the Healthy Living Summit? What did you think? Have you ever attended a blog conference?