At 5:30 on Thursday night, I met up with Meghan and Michelle near the Hynes Convention Center, and we headed over to the event together. When we got into the room where Taste was being held, we saw tables set up throughout the entire room and different chefs manning each table. We started at the first table, where we each got a glass of bubbly, and then we wandered around the room with the plan to take pictures and then go back around to sample everything, but sometimes that plan didn't work and we found ourselves juggling Champagne flutes, cameras, and little plates or napkins with some enticing morsel we just couldn't resist!
Here's a glimpse of the event -- the things we saw or tasted and the people we met...
|Gougeres with salami, goat cheese, and fig jam from The Blue Room|
|Raspberry Macarons from Levy Restaurants|
|Mackerel tartare on yucca chips from Whole Foods|
|Cupcakes from Glutenus Minimus|
|Neptune Oyster/Pangea in the VIP lounge|
|Close-up of the oysters|
|Homemade chicken sausage, I think from Sel de la Terre|
|This was sooo incredible, and I completely forgot who made it.|
|Tuna tartare with mangos from Abby Park|
|Mac and cheese from Silvertone|
|Braised short ribs and polenta from Lucca (amazing!)|
|Gorgeous sugar work and desserts from The Cambridge School Of Culinary Arts|
|Salt cod on crisp potato with spring vegetable salad from Rialto|
|Michelle, Meghan, Bianca, and me with Jody Adams|
|Goat cheese panna cotta with rhubarb foam from L'Espalier|
(my favorite dessert of the night)
|Asparagus soup from 606 Congress|
Chef Garcia actually recognized us and we chatted about our experience making the soup.
|Hobnob cookies with PB and homemade plum jam from Craigie on Main|
|A view of the crowd|
|We also ran into Tiffani Faison -- you may recognize her from Top Chef|
Again, I am so grateful I had the opportunity to attend this event and support the work of Share Our Strength. If you're wondering if there's a Taste of the Nation in a city near you, you can find information about upcoming events on Share Our Strength's website. And don't forget to take the pledge to end childhood hunger while you're there or right on the website.