Ideas in Food – In Case You Missed It…

It’s time again for one of my favorite type of blog posts, a special event!  This was a one night only dinner at Niche in Clayton.  It started with a cocktail hour at 6 with the one seating only dinner at 7.  Of course James Beard Nominee Gerard Craft was on hand.  He was joined by fellow James Beard Nominee Kevin Nashan of Sydney Street Cafe as well as H. Alexander Talbot from the popular blog, Ideas in food.

It was a carefully orchestrated seven-course dinner with an optional wine pairing.   As the days lead up to the event, tweets began appearing with hints of what the menu could contain.  However the final menu was kept a surprise until the night of the event.  Chef Gerard Craft and the Niche crew created three of the dishes and chef Kevin Nashan created two.

Overall the night was fantastic.  Anytime you have people who have the passion that these chef’s do, it translates into excellent food. The whole experience was top-notch and I hope they choose to do an encore in the near future.  Below are some pictures of the courses.  Yes it’s a little mean if you didn’t get to make it, but maybe you should watch my Events page so you don’t miss out in the future!

Ice Cream and Caviar

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Dungeness Crab by Chef Nashan

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Escolar and Parsnip by Chef Craft

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Scallop and Carrot

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Monkfish by Chef Nashan

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Surf and Turf

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Elk by Chef Craft

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White Chocolate with Rhubarb by Chef Craft

Missing 🙂  Those cocktails and the wine pairing may have contributed to this…

 

Art of Food, St. Louis, MO – A Slow Food Event That Was Over Way Too Fast

What better way to spend a Saturday night than at a fundraiser that involves sampling some tasty food?  Last night I was lucky enough to attend Slow Food St. Louis‘ sold out annual fundraiser, the Art of Food.

Each of the restaurants prepared small plates using fresh, local ingredients. Some of the participating restaurants were:  Niche, Sidney Street Café, Farmhaus, Local Harvest Café, Home Wine Kitchen, Sanctuaria, Pint Size Bakery, and many more.  This was truly an all-star lineup.

The event took place at the Koken Art Factory.  It’s a unique space and was setup very well for this event.  There was a live band, bar, silent auction, and of course lots of food to enjoy.

First sample courtesy of Cleveland-Heath

There was limited table space but it encouraged everyone to mingle.  Of course most of the conversations revolved around food.  Recommendations were flying for what to try next.  A few of my favorites were:

  • Pint Size Bakery’s apple cider spice cake with sweet chèvre mousse and apple butter caramel.  This was the 2nd item I tried.  Is it wrong to jump right to dessert?  I will definitely be trying their bakery in the near future.
  • Home Wine Kitchen’s savory cornmeal pancake with pork cheek ragu, ricotta and fried rosemary leaves.  Is anyone surprised that I am mentioning a pork dish?  Probably not by now 😀
  • Sanctuaria’s zucchini funnel cake with roasted red pepper and jalapeño coulis.  Yes, that is powdered sugar on top.  This was probably my favorite of the night.  Mainly because of how unique it was.

Even better than it looks.

St. Louis has a great food scene and events like Art of Food just showcase it.  It was a great opportunity to taste food from some of the best restaurants the metro area has to offer.  It was nice to try dishes from some of my favorite restaurants, but even better to try places I have not been to yet.  I’m sure some of them will be the subject of future posts.