Over 70 chefs were present last evening cooking a variety of delicious snacks for the attendees to sample. They ranged from the classically delicious, to the outrageous, to the strange and interesting. There were a wide array of cupcakes, and pastries, a fair amount of sandwiches (many of the barbecue variety), a fair share of small bites, and some simply amazing creations. My hall of famers for the year?
- Mela's Indian sampling - Paneer, Chicken Marsala- all of the wonderful accompaniments- I could have stood there all night!
- Trina's Starlight Lounge for their sloppy Joe's topped with fried onion strings
- L'Espalier for their goat cheese panna cotta, enhanced with a rhubarb foam and pistachio crumble. This was perfection in a bite- the silky smooth nature of the panna cotta, paired with the sweet tart foam and the beautiful textural contrast of the pistachios. While it was agreed that a large portion may be too much, the serving size presented was perfect, and this was a home run.
- Sileni Estates Pinot Noir from Hawkes Bay, 2010 presented by Cafe Europa, LLC. The sweet berry flavors were strong without being overpoweringly sweet, and yet it exemplified the flavors of each food I had with it. I actually went back for a few servings of this wine. I'll be looking for it at my area wine purveyors.
If you're interested in attending Taste of the Nation in another city, please head on over to the Taste of the Nation website for a full list of cities and dates!