What is it? Shrimp and Grits. I had never tried shrimp and grits before, but have heard a lot about them in the last few years. They are one of Paula Dean's favorites and she even had another chef challenge her in her magazine. At least I think that was what that article was about. I didn't read the entire thing and it was several months ago. I digress. Shrimp and Grits. Last weekend I got the privilege of attending the Culinary Educators Conference hosted by the Texas Restaurant Education Association and the Texas Beef Council. It was awesome!! I learned so much and got to practice a lot of what we were learning. Wonderful conference. One of the best I have ever been to and I hope to go back next year. Enough gushing - on to Shrimp and Grits. Like I said, I had never had theses before, but they have become really popular recently. We had the honour of having the executive chef from Sandra Bullock's restaurant, Bess, in Austin, come and demo for us. She made and served everyone this wonderful dish. Along with her husband who is a chef/teacher at Escoffiet - another culinary school in Austin. We were at Le Cordon Bleu. Even though we ate and cooked most of the weekend, this is the only picture that I took. Period. I didn't take any other pics the entire weekend. Okay, what is in this pic? White cheddar cheese grits topped with spiced grilled shrimp, bacon, chives and a red wine vinegar gastric. Delicious!!