Last night we had the tremendous pleasure of hosting a party to celebrate the winners and finalists of our 2012 Best Food Blog Awards. Nearly 100 writers, photographers, and general lovers of food gathered in the SAVEUR test kitchen to eat, drink, and toast the art of food blogging. After admiring their recipes, stories, photography, and intelligence from behind our computer screens for so long, it was a treat to meet so many of our favorite bloggers in person — we played host to, among others, Cara Eisenpress of Big Girls Small Kitchen, Kimberly Hasselbrink of The Year in Food, Alaina Sullivan of Palate/Palette/Plate, Kathryne Taylor of [Cookie and Kate](/Cookie and Kate), Nicholas Gill of the New World Review, Erik Trinidad of Fancy Fast Food, Karen Mordechai of Sunday Suppers, Tara O’Brady of Sevenspoons, Karen Waddell of Kitchen In Surgency, Ana Sofia of Hungry Sofia, Eric Isaac of Snap Food, Ji Kim of Luxiare, Lillian Auld of Butter Me Up Brooklyn, Tim Mazurek of Lottie & Doof, Kristen Butler of Gastrofotonomia, Jennifer Che of Tiny Urban Kitchen, and Aube Giroux of Kitchen Vignettes.
We nibbled on small plates prepared by chef Roy Ellamar of restaurant Sensi at Bellagio Las Vegas, and enjoyed an array of drinks — including our favorite of the evening, a cocktail created specially for the event by BFBA Best Cocktail Blog winner Jordan Catapano of This Girl Walks Into a Bar. The Citrus SAVEUR is a sophisticated cousin to the classic whiskey sour, pairing white corn whiskey with fresh grapefruit, lemon, and lime juices, and a hint of mint. Garnished with a sprig of fresh mint, the cocktail is as pretty as it is lively, and perfect for summer sipping.**