Food and Wine Entertaining Showcase Chicago Recap

November 16 2010 - 11:26 PM

I had the opportunity to attend Food and Wine magazine’s Entertaining Showcase event last night.  It was a pleasure to attend an event that offered a vast food selection with accessible tables and no long lines.

My favorite was Longman and Eagle, which served a pork belly with a chestnut risotto.  Other great dishes was Bill Kim’s Urban Belly with a shrimp, pork, and rice cake “shot”, Vie from Western Springs had a delicious pork terrine, and Sola had a fantastic sweet potato gnocchi with a chicken ragu .   NoMI had a braised leg of lamb with an orzo risotto, and North Pond had an artfully-displayed lamb strussel.  Koren Grieveson’s Avec had an bouncy castle for sale interesting tuna puree, and Table Fifty-Two had a homemade chorizo with marcona almonds along with some delicious cupcakes.

The beverages, however, were out of balance with the food, as the emphasis was more on easily accessible mass producers, but the Wines from Spain was breath of fresh air.  I loved the chalky, shellfishy, citrusy Condes de Albarei Albarino 2009 from Rias Biaxas, as well as the well balanced Legaris Crianza from the Ribera del Duero region, in addition to the Dinastia Vivanco Reserva 2004.  The M5 Monastrell from the Yecla region was good value at $13 per bottle.  Graham had also set up a table, pouring a decent 20-year Port.  Domaine Serene from Oregon was pouring its elegant Evenstad as well as its Jerusalem Hill.

Many people left stuffed, a good sign that the event was a success.