What embarrassing thing do you say to your celebrity Chef crush if you are me? More on that later.
I arrived at the HEB Plus thirty minutes early for Fabio's cooking demo. I was surprised there were not more people there. I don't think the event was fully advertised. Hey, better for me to get up close during the demo. Fabio was his easy going, gregarious self. He definitely knows how to work a crowd. His demo lasted 45 minutes and after we were treated to a meet and greet. Meatballs and homemade pasta were on the menu. Fabio's secret to fantastic meatballs...Ricotta cheese and cooking them in pasta sauce. His challenge to the audience... Make pasta in 2 minutes. Really, It takes me more like 2 days!! For the pasta part of the demo, he enlisted two members of the audience. They were wonderful sports and unlike me were not shaking and able to speak in complete sentences.
I have to say, I felt like a twelve year old girl meeting Justin Bieber. The first words I blurt out of my mouth, not approved by my brain of course, I LUUUUUV YOU FABIO!! What?!?!? Did I seriously just tell Fabio I "LUUUUVED HIM"? Now, My brain has to focus and recover. I try to regain my composure and ask him a question. "How was your Shot Ski experience on Jimmy Fallon?". After a mishap with my camera, Fabio snapped this photo of us. If I close my eyes, I think I'm back in Tuscany drinking red wine and eating pasta. Overall, It was a memorable experience. Luckily, I was not hauled off by security.