Palate to Palette – Culinary Inspirations with #ExperienceBuick

Experience Buick Project

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This sponsored post is part of my ongoing project #ExperienceBuick. Throughout 2015, I will be experiencing Buick through a series of events and initiatives that reinforce what this American car manufacturer brand is all about.

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Inspiration comes from everywhere.

When it comes to travel food is what inspires me to choose one destination over another. One city over the next. I definitely explore the world through my stomach. Turns out the designers at Buick get their inspiration from the culinary world around them…I knew I liked them for a reason!

Take this artichoke.

Artichoke
Photo credit: Young Sok Yun 윤영석

I am lucky enough to get them all the time in California. I’ve seen fields and fields of them on my trips to Brittany in France. I love them. Hot, cold, you name it. That’s kind of expected, I am a foodie.

But who knew they could inspire the Crystalline exterior color of the Buick Avenir concept car?! (I got to see that baby announced in Detroit in January.)

Well it did. True story.

The designers took the green tones inspired by the beautiful artichoke, desaturated them, added metallic flakes (hey, doesn’t this sound like a recipe…) the result being a gorgeous silvery green. In a world where eating is a 24-hour obsession, the fact that food becomes muse in the Buick studio really appeals to me!

After artichokes, for dessert you can always snack on toasted coconut.

Toasted-Coconut
Photo credit: Mattie Hagedorn

That’s one of the colors that the new Buick Cascada convertible is going to be available in when it launches early 2016.

Here is a great visualization of how food inspires the designers at Buick.

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So how does Buick reinforce the importance of food to its #ExperienceBuick bloggers? They take them to New York for the New York City Wine & Food Festival! Buick knows that food is a vehicle [pun intended] for celebrating the people, places and experiences that make life just that more delicious. I’ve always said food is the great uniter, that it connects people, and Buick believes the same.

And the Buick bloggers? Ditto.

We’ve been together in Detroit, in Indianapolis, in Los Angeles and now in New York and 90% of our conversation is around food!

I have been to a few food festivals, but New York is one of the majors and I spent 36 hours just eating!

I flew in Friday late afternoon, hopped into my Buick and headed to the Blue Moon Burger Bash on the Pier 92 rooftop. It was a charity event (Buick is one of the sponsors) featuring about 30 chefs or restaurants and it is hosted by Rachel Ray. We were let loose to sample as many of the burgers as we could sink our teeth into! Most of the servings were a quarter or a half of a burger, so once I tried bites that equated to about two burgers I had to stop!

My favorite of the night? Hometown favorite (San Francisco that is) Marlowe’s. They are one of the best hamburgers in San Francisco and they shined against the NY competition! (If you are ever in San Francisco, do get over there, they have amazing brussel sprout chips!)

Marlowes-Burger
I also got to meet legendary French chocolatier Jacques Torres, a francophile’s dream! He has such a fun sense of humor and when I asked to take a photo with him, he wanted to do one of him pouring chocolate sauce down my throat!

Jacques-Torres

After a few more burger bites, I ended the evening with an ice cream burger from the folks at The Big Gay Ice Cream truck, something that has been on my New York bucket list for awhile. The chocolate sauce they served on the side was unbelievably good, I wish they sold it in a jar!

I crawled into bed that night and I swear i dreamed about hamburgers!

Buick

The next day we hopped into these stylish babies and headed to the Grand Tasting event held at Pier 94. They call it a 130,000-square-foot culinary wonderland, I call it heaven.

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We started off by visiting the Buick display. As a sponsor of the festival, it is a great opportunity for them to get out into the public and share their passions as well as educating people about the Buick brand. Of course they had fun interactive displays and were giving away cookbooks and edible flowers.

I couldn’t resist taking my photo next to this sexy black number! [Also notice the display to my left. I was there for the 24 Hours of Happiness event where Buick announced that you can take one of their cars home for 24-hours to do a test drive!]

Andi-Buick

After meeting with my friends at Buick (and a surprise visit from my new friends at Sahale Snacks!) we headed off to eat, drink and be very merry! Rinse and repeat.

My favorite bite was an out of this world chicharrón from Chef Mario Hernandez with a scallop ceviche on top, I wanted a dozen!

Chicharron

My favorite sip was actually not wine but rather a crisp Jim Beam Apple and soda water drink.

Jim-Beam-Apple

Drinking three of these doesn’t make me a lush, right? Look how little they were!

Way too quickly it was time to get back on a plane and head home. My 36-hours with the Buick team, the #ExperienceBuick bloggers and a whole lot of food was one for the books. I continue to have a deep appreciation for the Buick brand. I have learned so much about them over the past 10 months! Seeing the inspiration they take for culinary world makes me love them even more!

 

Experience Buick ProjectThank you Buick for inviting me to the New York City Wine & Food Festival and for sponsoring my trip to New York. Despite the compensation, all opinions – as always, are my own.

How about you? Does food inspire your life? Does product inspiration from food make you like a brand more? Do tell!

44 Comments

  1. Amber Ludwig
    October 28, 2015

    How fun!! Looks like a great event!! I am a total foodie and enjoy trying new and unusual cuisines!! Very smart of Buick to lock into that and bring in car buyers!!

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  2. Shannon
    October 28, 2015

    Oh wow I want to try the Jim Bean Apple drink! Thank you for sharing.

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  3. Jennie Goutet
    October 29, 2015

    I can’t wait to tell my husband about where Buick gets its inspiration for the car colors! 🙂

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  4. Mai T.
    October 29, 2015

    Working at the sushi restaurant makes me more into details. I now know that good food can be beautiful, too. A nice-looking meal is more likely to taste better.

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  5. Pauline Gorczycki
    October 29, 2015

    OMG!!!! IT LOOKS LIKE YOU HAD A LOT OF FUN. THANKS FOR SHARING THIS GREATLY APPRECIATED. YOU HAD CAR’S FOOD AND DRINK TOTALLY AWESOME.

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  6. Starla
    October 31, 2015

    So awesome where Buick gets there inspiration for colors. That is such a beautiful car. Also, that scallop ceviche looks divine!

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  7. Jenn @ EngineerMommy
    November 1, 2015

    This looks like it was such a fun event! It’s fascinating to see where brands get their inspiration for something like the color of a car! I’ve been thinking that Buick cars are really looking more luxurious these days!

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  8. Jaime Nicole
    November 1, 2015

    This looks like a wonderful event to attend – so fun! I know that Buick is putting out some incredible products out onto the market right now – such fun styles!

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  9. JanetGoingCrazy
    November 1, 2015

    This looks like a great experience with a generous company. I hope you have a great year!

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  10. Leelo R
    November 1, 2015

    wow! I had no idea thatthe designers at Buick get their inspiration from the culinary world! Seems you had great time!

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  11. Bonnie @wemake7
    November 1, 2015

    What a great post and fun time! I really am liking these new colors for Buick.

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  12. Alli Smith
    November 1, 2015

    It’s so interesting that Buick gets some of their car colors from food. As a foodie myself, that’s amazing. All the food you described sounds so good. I would love to try out all that food.

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  13. Vera Sweeney
    November 1, 2015

    What a fun event to get to attend. I love the changes that Buick has been making to their cars.

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  14. Camile
    November 1, 2015

    The event looks and sounds amazing. The cars are beautiful. I love the colors!

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  15. krystel
    November 1, 2015

    the food looks so delcicious

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  16. Reichel
    November 1, 2015

    What a cool event! Who knew that the artichoke could be inspiration for a car! So cool 🙂

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  17. tiaras andtantrums
    November 1, 2015

    look how much fun you had with food and with some vehicles! I have been to car shows before – but never anything like this – glad you had a great time – hope you didn’t dream about burgers too much!

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  18. Jess Benoit
    November 1, 2015

    WOW! Sounds like some amazing events…especially since food was involved! I would definitely love to try the Jim Beam Apple drink. I love the part in here about how food inspired the designers at Buick. Thanks for sharing that.

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  19. Ave
    November 2, 2015

    Wow! Looks like you had an amazing time! I had no idea Buick used food as an inspiration – I really love the toasted coconut colour! I’d love to try that chicharrón with a scallop ceviche on top!

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  20. Michele D
    November 2, 2015

    Looks like you had so much fun. Being a Buick Blogger must be pretty amazing! Would love to be apart of it myself.

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  21. Christine - The Choosy Mommy
    November 2, 2015

    I had no clue that is how Buick gets their car colors. How fun! I really love the color green but it is so hard to find a green vehicle (I had a green Kia but upgraded to the newest model and they discontinued the green color – how dare they!) If Buick has a green like the artichoke, I may look into their vehicles next!

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  22. Rebecca Swenor
    November 2, 2015

    This sounds like an amazing time you had indeed. I love Buicks and I one of my favorite cars because they are built to last. Anyway the apple Jim Beam drink is one I would so love to try. Thanks for sharing the great experiences.

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  23. CourtneyLynne
    November 2, 2015

    Omg what a fun event!!!! I wasn’t at this event but I am a Buick mom! Just love there vehicles 🙂

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  24. Tiany - Social Savvy Mom
    November 2, 2015

    What a fun event, looks like you had a fabulous time. What a great ambassadorship!

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  25. Jeremy
    November 2, 2015

    Looks like you guys enjoyed yourselves! Jim Beam Apple looks interesting 🙂

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  26. Amanda || Growing Up Madison
    November 2, 2015

    With all the delicious food in this post it’s very hard to pay attention to the Buick. I think my next car is going to be a Buick. Saw the commercials and I’m in love.

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  27. bunny butt
    November 3, 2015

    cool event, looks like fun, and yummy

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  28. JoAnna
    November 4, 2015

    cool

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  29. clarissa
    November 4, 2015

    This looks like such a fun event!

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  30. Anita Duvall
    November 6, 2015

    I love the comparison between certain foods and Buick’s Colors. Buick is making beautiful cars once again.

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  31. Richard Hicks
    November 13, 2015

    I wish I could have been there…great food and beautiful cars

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  32. tanya taylor
    December 5, 2015

    What a great experience – this is fantastic!

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  33. Wanda Tracey
    January 3, 2016

    That looks like a really fun event and an awesome experience you had.Buick is making some very nice products now!
    Thanks for sharing all the delicious food with us.I enjoyed the review and color comparisons very much!

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  34. Cristy Ridey
    February 23, 2016

    Wow it looks like you had a great time. A great mix of food and fun.

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  35. clojo9372
    February 24, 2016

    I’m so jealous! I’m a bit of a foodie and it looked so delicious. Looks like a really fun event! 🙂

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    1. Andi Fisher
      March 2, 2016

      @Chloe, it was, all we did was eat!

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  36. Rachel
    March 8, 2016

    Looks like it’s so much fun there. Love the foods!!

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  37. Anthony
    March 17, 2016

    I love the way you shoot these pictures, especially the food. Love them so much !

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  38. R. Willson
    April 14, 2016

    What an amazing event! It looks like you had so much fun there. I love the foods. And also stunning photos!

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  39. Linda Manns Linneman
    May 30, 2016

    Buick makes beautiful cars. I love the colors that you shared and how they came up with these colorseat . It sounds like you had a great time. Thank you for sharing

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  40. Stephanie
    August 15, 2016

    The food looks great. My father in law was worked for GM since 1978 and my husband for 14 years. Needs less to say we have an abundance of Buicks and Chevys in our family.

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  41. tiffany dayton
    August 17, 2016

    What a great time you had.

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  42. Tiffany Dayton
    April 19, 2017

    So much to see and eat. Looks like you had a fun time.

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