Sherman's Food Adventures: Foodbuzz Tasting Pavillion

Foodbuzz Tasting Pavillion

After trying out different cheeses at the Cowgirl Creamery tasting seminar, we headed over to the Metreon for more tasting. This time, we were treated to little bites combined with wine and beer. Little cattle herded off to pasture, we were set loose to sample the many different offerings from an array of vendors. Trying to outwit, outlast and outplay, I went directly to the end to avoid the crowds. It would've been a masterful plan if it wasn't merely wine tasting at the back. Don't get me wrong, I like wine; but I wasn't really in the mood for wine at noon. I did get to sample a 2008 Sauvignon Blanc and 2005 Merlot from Black Stallion which were paired with a savory tart. Why 2 wines you ask? Well, the white was intended to go with the pastry and the red with the filling. Interesting! I actually liked both wines since they were not extremely strong. I'm not a big fan of bold wines and much prefer subtle flavours.

Before I talk about anything else, I must rant and rave over the "Seafood Ceviche" I sampled from Fuego. I put ceviche in quotations because it was not prepared in the traditional sense. Rather, Executive Chef Jesse Perez quickly blanched the seafood and marinated it in lime, lemon and orange juice. Think of it as more of a seafood salad with a citrus vinaigrette. It consisted of Mexican shrimp, bay scallops, octopus, sweet potato and yellow teardrop tomatoes. I don't care what you call this dish, it was plain delicious. The seafood was fresh, the textures were pleasing and the flavours were refreshing. I went back for more this. Another little treat were the meatballs from Americano. Not sure what was really in these; however, they were soft, juicy and the sauce was a nice compliment which didn't detract from the meat flavour.

At the Aquarius Restaurant table, they had some Savory Tarts which consisted of goat cheese, beat tartar, fennel oil and Meyer lemon meringue. It was nice bite with a bit savory, a bit sweet and aromatics provided by the oil. Mezzetta, normally known for its glass-packed peppers and olives, were featuring their sauces. One particular dish was the braised short rib served on polenta. That was a tasty treat; but then again, I'm a bit biased when it comes to short rib. Mission Minis made another appearance at the tasting pavilion. They look so much nicer in natural light! Better pictures too...

I'm a huge popcorn fan, in fact, I always get it when at the movie theatre even though it is a complete ripoff. Thus, I was pleased to see the 479° Popcorn table. My favourites were Black Truffle & White Cheddar and Madras Coconut Curry & Cashews. I liked how the flavours were present without being salty and overpowering. While perusing the tables, something that resembled a takoyaki caught my eye. It wasn't takoyaki, rather, it was Aunt Else's Æbleskivers. They're actually Danish spherical pastries made in a stove top mold much like takoyakis. They're fluffy and filled with pieces of apple.

As I was making my way out of the pavilion, I stopped in my tracks because there was a table of meat. C'mon, I can't pass up meat! It was the Prather Ranch Meat Company and there was Beef Hot Dog, Sweet 'n Spicy Beef Jerky and Bockwurst. Naturally, I tried them all and I think my favourite was the Bockwurst. Another overwhelming amount of food, snacks and spirits from Foodbuzz. Only another 3 hours until we eat again at the Foodbuzz Awards dinner!