Thursday, April 16, 2009

Top Tidbits in Charlotte?

Wednesday night's Taste of the Nation event uptown -- raising funds for hunger-relief group Share Our Strength -- featured Dining blog correspondent (and Observer food editor) Kathleen Purvis as one of the judges. Her report:

Tough duty: Judges were impressed with the lobster bisque from LaVecchia's, the spring rolls from Basil Thai, and the lamb ribs, golden tomato and fried grits (plus a bite-size version of its ever-popular Krispy Kreme bread pudding) from Savannah Red. After consuming serious calories in an attempt to be fair, here were the winners.

Hot food:
1. Upstream, togarashi-marinated Key West shrimp with pickled watermelon.
2. Mez, lobster and shrimp cake on red pepper sauce.

Cold food:
1. Firebirds, shrimp martini on strawberry salad.
2. Gallery at Ballantyne Resort, cold appetizers including plum tomatoes stuffed with local fresh goat cheese and topped with pine nut/peppercorn brittle.

Table display:
1. Central Piedmont Community College, for the Aztec chocolate fountain (assembled on-site that afternoon by pastry instructor Geoff Blount and his students) and a student-made chocolate/sugar sculpture.
2. Gallery at Ballantyne Resort, for the cold appetizer presentations.


Anonymous said...

The photograph of the table setting is interesting. Are the forks "turned over"? Are the forks in the correct position - salad fork on inside? Intersting.