Taste of Carmel – Recap (Special Event)

6 Mar

I hope some of you were able to make it out to the Taste of Carmel event this past Thursday evening at the Ritz Charles. For those who weren’t able to join us, you missed out on a tasty, and completely reasonably priced, evening. Even without the deal that was promoted, $25 allowed a guest to enjoy over 40 restaurants, caterers, wineries and breweries. I meandered my way through the crowd with hubs and two friends as we filled our stomachs with some great food and drink.

We didn’t get to try everything. A few things I easily passed because I knew what exactly what I would get, like Jet’s pizza. Not that it was necessarily bad, but I just knew what I would be getting from the bite (or in that case, the whole slice of pepperoni pizza). The portions weren’t small either: full sliders, half an enchilada, half glasses of wine. Even if you wanted to go back and get more, there was plenty for you to nibble on.

Here is a recap of a few of the things we ate:

The best thing of the evening was from a new found favorite, The Local. A crisp beet chip with the sharpness of bleu cheese finishing the bite; a tortilla chip with tender, rare sirloin and spicy serrano pepper bringing the bite all together; and a bite of salmon with creme fraiche (though this was a bit lackluster). That beet chip was so fantastic: crisp and creamy, earthy yet sharp. It was a great bite that the whole crew agreed upon.

My second favorite of the night was from Pizzology. One of the reasons I loved it so much was that they featured something other than their pizza: polenta. The polenta had a creamy bite to it, working perfectly with the rich pulled pork that was on top. A sprinkle of Parmesan on top brought a perfect saltiness to the dish.

Though Happy Everything Catering didn’t have the chicken salad I love, they did have other simple foods on hand. A great hummus and tabouli combination (though a few more chips would have been helpful to finish eating the dips), a tortilla Mexican wrap contained cream cheese with basic Mexican flavors, and then a really great meatball. Not dense in texture, it had a rich sauce that was so subtly sweet. Sunny Chinese Kitchen was also there, showcasing her cooking talents with demonstrations, leaving us to have all the great bites that were produced, including this great potsticker. Pan fried on the outside left a crisp crust that was stuffed with a great mix of veggies and meat – not to mention, made to order as it was steamed and fried on-site.

A few other items we tried included Bub’s Cafe & Season’s 52 desserts, Eddie Merlot’s rich and creamy pasta, Cooking Greek’s Mediterranean collection (mmm, cinnamon rice pudding – see above), Taste of Sensu’s sushi, Sullivan’s lobster bisque and cheese steak egg roll (shown above, bottom right), Woody’s Homestyle BBQ pulled pork and brisket, and Daddy Jack’s Asian coleslaw with shrimp (top right). We also sampled wines from The People’s Winery, Cooper’s Hawk Winery, Harmony Winery (sparkling wine shown with Kincaid’s dish), Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co., and Sun King Brewing.

Among all the food, there was also entertainment from Shane Rodimel, chair massages by Rangeline Chiropractic, and of course, the silent auction that included a variety of packages. It was a tasty evening with good friends and a fun environment. Kudos to all the men and women who made this event possible; I hope Orchard Park benefits greatly from the event (I’m sure they will!) I’ll definitely be heading back next year, and maybe you can join me! If you were there, what did you like best?

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8 Responses to “Taste of Carmel – Recap (Special Event)”

  1. DMC March 6, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

    Orchard Park Elementary. And it’s a shame the raffle was so poorly organized.

    But your favorite was mine, too…the beet chip was amazing and the toppings only served to make it better. And from Happy Everything, I had a bit of filet with a mushroom topping that was to die for!

    • City Nom Noms March 6, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

      Thanks for catching that, I have no idea how I missed that one. I’ve updated and appreciate you letting me know. For the auction, how would you have liked to see it done? What would you have changed? I thought the layout was decent, and I enjoyed the variety of both products and price points provided. But, to be honest, I was there for the food! And glad to hear that you too enjoyed the beet – quite delicious!

  2. cheeseandicecream March 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

    Nice post and thanks for shareing. That Hummus from Happy Everything is killer

    • City Nom Noms March 6, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

      Agreed, Happy Everything has always been great at the events I’ve attended. Thanks for reading!

  3. Jillian @ DNA and Dessert March 6, 2012 at 9:45 pm #

    I was so sad I didn’t get to go. Stupid midterms. Maybe next year!

    • City Nom Noms March 7, 2012 at 7:40 am #

      I’m sure it will be just as tasty next year! Thanks for reading Jillian.

  4. Sunny March 18, 2012 at 12:29 am #

    Hello! Just learn that today from Happy Everything that you posted something about my potstickers. Thank you for the kind words and sharing your experience with one of my demo products! Wonder you would like to experience my cooking classes or private party? 🙂

    • City Nom Noms March 18, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

      I absolutely am planning on joining you for a cooking class. Just need the date to work out on my calendar. Thanks Sunny!

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