|One stop on the Omnomnomicon - lovely rillette from Copperleaf Restaurant - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
Since 2009, the Seattle Wine and Food Experience has been dazzling tastebuds and oddly, this was my first time going. I tend to be a noncommittal ticket-buyer and like most popular events, tickets sell out, but I wasn't going to miss out on this one. I was getting tantalized by Tweets and Facebook posts, listing all the different restaurants, wineries and bakeries that would be in attendance this year and I gave into the social media peer pressure and a rumbling tummy, whimpering for a special day of indulgence. I picked up two tickets, one for myself and the Mister, and we partook of this edible/drinkable Magical Mystery Tour together. I told Brock this was my Valentine's Day present to him because in a way, it was like going to several great restaurants all at once, with wine and cocktails. I won't say this is the most Smoove-B of sweetheart gifts, but at least I didn't get him a bowling ball that said: HOMER.
|Not just your typical wine and cheese tasting -- just hints of what was to come - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Fresh starts - creamy chowder from Allium, roasted beet salad from Purple and mood music - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
In a perfect world, this blog post would have been the order I had all my samples -- I would have leisurely strolled over to Allium Restaurant's table, to partake of Chef Lisa Nakamura's lovely Oregon shrimp and wild mushroom chowder, with a zest of citrus for a refreshing finish. It was like a kiss of spring at the ebb of winter's frost. And then a saunter over to Purple Cafe and Wine Bar's roasted Chioggia beet salad tossed in an orange vinaigrette, topped with a minted yogurt mousse and crumbles of pistachio -- vegetal roasted sweetness with the creamy yogurt to balance out the sharpness of the citrus. I also had some of the creamy walnut soup topped with duck confit and cherries from The Hunt Club - lovely balance of savory, sweet and a bit of sharp tartness from the cherries. The soups and salad were beautifully prepared and felt very Northwest, with caramelized root vegetables and velvety, delicate soups.
|Seafood course - nibbles from Ray's Boathouse and Ivar's, and a fish soup from Coho Cafe - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Rich salumi from Olli Salumeria Americana - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
|Where's the Beef? At Capital Grille. Where's the Lamb? At Serafina and Cicchetti - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Eat Local (360) - their lamb sausage is like a punch of flavor IN YOUR FACE - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Burgers, beer/cider and hash - Dude Food! - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Stop the world, I need a doughnut - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Time for dessert... I'll just have a bite. Well, maybe another bite. OK one...more...bite.. - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Pass Hot Cakes' smoked chocolate chips on the left hand side - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
|Chocolate, more chocolate, and even more chocolate! - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Caffeinated finish from Fonte and goodies to take home - Photos by Wasabi Prime|