|Chef Andrew Cowan (Hundred Bar & Kitchen) and I = Matching Chefs Outfits|
|Grilled cheese and tomato soup|
Once we managed to find and get through to the check in desk, an adventure all of it's own with the masses of people, we each received a booklet that listed all the participating restaurants and their dishes for the evening, the local producer and the product they were featuring, as well as the winery they were paired with that listed all the wines available to try. As well we each received a biodegradable fork, and a wine glass holder plate clip, then were sent to the end of the line which at this point was located outside of the hotel and snaking into their driveway.
|Delectable pork with slaw|
Once the doors to the ballroom were flung open, people eagerly moved forward, snagging wine glasses and diving right into the food and wine. Although we had the opportunity to peruse the list of what restaurants were serving what dishes, the program lacked a map of where each station was located. Unable to see through the masses to discern a pattern, we were left wandering from table to table, looking for the sign indicating what they were serving.
|Feeb carpaccio! *moofaint*|
Lux Steakhouse and Bar had a popcorn and duck arancini with Cheesiry Pecorino, confit duck, blackberry, green pea and radish. The arancini had a nice crispy exterior and immensely gooey and melty cheesy interior. The flavor of the duck on the side however wasn't very evident as the blackberry taste was more prominent.
Lastly Urban Diner served up a Sylvan Star Grizzly Gouda grilled cheese served on aged Gouda sourdough with aromatic tomato soup and Italian-style herbed mac & cheese croutons. The grilled cheese had a crispy bread envelope holding in warm flavorful cheese. The tomato soup however was nothing spectacular.
These restaurants did what I thought was the best job of representing the product they had been paired with in a tasty way, even if the other additions to the plate weren't always successful. The rest of the dishes were fairly forgettable and ranged from items that had very little flavor, to ones that you couldn't cut through with the biodegradable fork provided to us.
|Lots of people|
I didn't mind the cost of the ticket since the money was going to a good cause. Even though I know I wouldn't be getting my money's worth since neither me nor the humans drink much wine. However we didn't enjoy the atmosphere as it was too crowded, too rushed, too frantic, and the food was mostly subpar. If it was perhaps held in a larger venue with more room to get around, and allowed for more places to stop and eat, with some seating, it might have been less stressful for us. Although some of the behavior that night wasn't exactly what we were expecting with people actually being physically pushy - whether it was their personality or a result of the alcohol - I don't have a clue. It wasn't as epic as I'd hoped and I am so over Indulgence and likely won't return in future years.
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