The format was slightly different, with only six restaurants offering food and fewer tables with wines. But the selection of both was well-chosen and plentiful, which pleased the sold-out crowd.
Josh Cross from Oloroso offered a cheese plate with aromatic selections from around the world, while Thierry Burkle of the Grill at Leon Springs served up tender stuffed lamb loin. Jason Dady, representing Restaurant Insignia, served a foie gras terrine on a toasted brioche that patrons were told to eat like a taco. Easy instructions to follow.
Bruce Auden of Biga on the Banks offered crepes with chicken, asparagus and “expensive mushrooms.” Damien Watel was represented with two booths, one from Bistro Vatel served up sturgeon parfaits with a crisp blini and a touch of trout roe while Bistro Bakery plated blood orange profiteroles for dessert.
Wines ranged from the Kim Crawford Pinot Grigio and Simi Russian River Chardonnay for white lovers to the Col Solare, Washington state’s answer to Opus One, and the 2000 Bertrani Amarone della Valpolicella. For those who didn’t want wine, Alamo Beer Company popped the tops of more than a few bottles and Grey Goose poured martinis. Some also sipped on bright Blue Cosmos, perfect for the theme of the evening, A Rhapsody at Blue.
All that food and all those spirits certainly made it easy to support a good cause.
Photos by Nicholas Mistry.