|Photo courtesy of Becca Birckhead|
I actually got to help a TINY bit in the planning - I wanted to help more - but just started my new job when the planning began and got a little too swamped. That said, I knew about some of the events that were going to be a part of the show.
It's a sensory overload for the eyes and the belly - the candy girls were engaging. I could have just stared at them all night - just to see all the candy and food items that were on their dresses. It was a really fun living piece of art.
Otto's was first up - this was a nice start - it wasn't too crazy with the smoked salmon flavor but was nice and flavorful. Otto's is a nice place that I've been to a couple of times - and this was a good representation of their dishes.
La Poste with the Django Beef Tongue Tacos. I've had tongue before at La Mexicana and decided not to tell Larry what it was before he took a bite. He didn't even ask - just thought it was steak! The meat was tender and the flavor light. Not too bad...
Virgil's - now they have a special place in my heart since they catered my wedding. Matt was serving up bread and it was warm and delicious. With the tornadoes that evening, he opted for a spot INSIDE.
FireSide Pizza opted for something uber-simple - caprese salad on a stick. It wasn't really anything special but with all the heavy options around the room - this was a nice and refreshing break!
And they got their social media on as well - which I always have to respsect!
From Jean Robert's Table I had Duck & Chicken Leg Confit Salad on top of Quinoa w/Lentils, Dried Cherries, Cranberries & Honey Mustard Banyuls Dressing. I have to say - the "chicken salad" was good but I'm not much of a fan of the bottom half of the dish. It's a texture thing - I don't like things popping and crunching. Lots of unique flavors though - and it was refreshing.
...suckling pig! I picture all the vegetarians running + screaming right about now! Sorry - I did feel bad for the little guy!
You could also try their house-made sauces and relishes as well. While this wasn't my favorite food of the night - it was my favorite staff of the night. Jackson and his crew were hilarious and so chatty - that alone made me want to go.
Bouquet I got something I've never had before - a 55 minute egg! FIFTY FIVE MINUTES! It was served with taragon creme fraiche, yucca chip, pickled fennel bulb and brown butter solids. I hate hate hate fennel - but other than that - it was wonderful and the egg - wow - 55 minutes of perfection!
Honey! This was delicious and really light! The shortbread's blueberry flavor was mild, the lemon curd was tart but not overwhelming and the whipped hive was light and creamy - just amazing!
One artist was making candy dots and a girl even wore a candy dot dress!
From Fresh Table, there was a grilled shrimp with chipotle aioli on top of a fresh corn cake. While I don't really remember even eating this beautiful dish - I do remember I liked it! They also gave Larry a couple of shrimp ala carte since he couldn't eat the sandwich.
Another artist created an inedible fish market. They sort of felt like gummy bears.
Washington Platform had a twist on a southern favorite with Crab & Grits. I'm not a big grits fan (although I do like the ones at Hugo). These were along the lines of the ones I'm not a fan of - but the crab was sweet & buttery!
|Photo courtesy of Becca Birckhead|
Europa served up slow cooked roast boar (Larry's first time trying this as well) served over polenta - which he really liked. They also had blueberry bread pudding which was okay but would have been better if it was warm.
Nicholson's and he was serving up something I've never had before! I was a bit worried but decided I had to at least try it. Foie gras parfait with wild greens & nasturtium (it's a flower).
I'm sorry Mark - but this was gross. Maybe it's just the lack of a fancy enough palate but wowza - the pungent flavor was something I did not like.
Something I did like - was this lady's boots - those are awesome!
I hope you'll all go and see the Art of Food at the Carnegie. This is such a wonderful exhibit and while I deluged you with a million photos - it's not even 1/10th of the art on exhibit. Plus it's free! The Carnegie is most definitely a gem and this exhibit is one not to be missed.