What happened in Seattle?

The wine dinner at Chateau Ste. Michelle. Photo by Cara Strickland.

The wine dinner at Chateau Ste. Michelle. Photo by Cara Strickland.

The Seattle conference was a blast, from the start to the finish — the epic wine dinner at Chateau Ste. Michelle (photographed above by member Cara Strickland). Do you have a favorite photo or three? Share them with me at bbatz@post-gazette.com — as original/large-sized .jpg attachments, with caption information and photographer credit — and we’ll share the best here to give others a taste of how we rolled at #AFJ2016.

It was, thanks to chair Nancy Leson, an awesome conference. We had about 100 attendees, including our awesome speakers, exhibitors and sponsors.

We also had awesome venues.

The Space Needle seen from Chihuly Garden and Glass. Photo by Jessica Vaughn.

The Space Needle seen from Chihuly Garden and Glass. Photo by Jessica Vaughn.

Member Jessica Vaugh later wrote, “I am constantly wishing I were back there in the midst of all that delicious food.”

The food included a massive breakfast of biscuit sandwiches, pastries and fruit — served by celebrity chef Tom Douglas — and all the coffee you could drink at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room, a sort of Disney for coffee lovers.

Breakfast at Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room. Photo by Jessica Vaughn.

Breakfast at Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room. Photo by Jessica Vaughn.

Of course, a big part of the conference was being able to see old friends, such as Barry Estabrook and The Washington Post’s Bonnie Benwick, and to meet new ones, such as Brandon Fox, from Richmond, Va., who shot their photo.

Barry Estabrook and Bonnie Benwick at Chihuly Garden and Glass. Photo by Brandon Fox.

Barry Estabrook and Bonnie Benwick at Chihuly Garden and Glass. Photo by Brandon Fox.