Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Don't miss the Spirit of the Festival Tonight!

 On Tuesday, November 30th, the Washington D.C. International Wine and Food Festival will present Spirit of the Festival from 7:00-9:00PM
Atrium Ballroom at the Ronald Reagan Building
Each team will provide a food and cocktail pairing for guests to sample. A select panel of judges will be on hand to assess the five submissions and award a prize to the winning team.  Fun times!
Get some tickets now!  Tickets are priced at $55 per person, and can be purchased online awww.missiontix.com/events/product/9947/spirit-of-the-festival or by calling 410.752.8950. 

For more information, please visit www.spiritfestival.wordpress.com/2010/11/02/event-highlights
Equinox Restaurant:
Sponsored by: Woodford Reserve
Pastry Chef: Tom Wellings
Mixologist: Simo Ahmadi
Dish: Caramel Custard with Woodford Compressed Apples, Maple Bourbon Froth
Beverage: Woodford Manhattan Latte

Chef Wellings' dessert tasted just like a caramel apple.  So good!  My husband would have loved Simo's cocktail with Woodford Reserve, Cynar Artichoke Liqueur, chamomile infused sweet vermouth, cream and garnished with toasted almonds.  It was a little too strong for my taste, but I'm not a huge whiskey drinker.
Equinox on Urbanspoon

PS 7
Sponsored by: Hendricks Gin
Chef: Peter Smith
Mixologist: Gina Chersevani
Dish: “Tea Sandwich” ~ Cucumber, Orange, Coriander and Hendricks Gin Cured Lemon Snapper served with Ocal Olive Oil Brushed Toast Points
Beverage: Hendricks “High Noon”

Gina served up some of her amazing punch and super creative cereal milk cocktail.  Awesome!  The dish and pairing were on the lighter side with a good use of the gin.

Ici Urban Bistro: (My Favorite)
Sponsored by: Remy Martin VO Cognac
Chef: Olivier Perriet
Mixologist: Vincent Gernigon
Dish: Seasonal Mushrooms and Cognac Remy VS Crème Brulee. Foie Gras Toast
Beverage: "Santa Martini": Featuring holiday flavors such as coco and ginger mixed with Remy Martin VO Cognac

Chef Olivier's mushroom creme brulee was spot on.  I only got one small bite, but I was ready for more.  Also, Vincent made a perfect cocktail with cognac, chocolate mint infused simple syrup, ginger liqueur and soda.  It was my favorite of the evening.
Founding Farmers:
Sponsored by: Patron XO Cafe
Chef: Al Nappo
Mixologist: Jon Arroyo
Beverage: Dolores Dulces
Dish: Herb-crusted Rotisserie Chicken with Maryland Kale, Cabbage and Patron XO Sautéed Pears

We started off our tasting with some crunchy popcorn.  Chef Nappo's chicken was simple, moist and delicious.  I really liked Jon's Dolores Dulces with Patron XO, cognac, cherry brandy, egg white and garnished with fresh nutmeg.  

Aria/Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center:
Sponsored by Herradura Blanco Tequila
Dish Mississippi Farm Raised Shrimp and Citrus Ceviche with Tequila Granita
Beverage Tequlia Mockingbird
Chef Xavier Deshayes
Mixologist: Denis Burns

Denis did a good job with his Tequila Mockingbird (love the name)!  Very similar to a cranberry margarita that I make.  I'm a huge fan of Herradura Blanco.
 Aria Trattoria on Urbanspoon

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