So I had the chance to attend a wine pairing dinner at the Explorer's Club at the Royal Sonesta in barricade-ville, I mean the Inner Harbor, an area of the city I generally avoid. But this was freaking great! I have to confess that our tickets were comped because my wife is a food writer, but we didn't get anything extra over the paying guests. And at under $80 a ticket it would have been a steal considering we had a lot of really beautiful wine and five courses of absolutely fantastic food -- creative, innovative, smartly paired up to the wines, etc... For once I wasn't like "that was pretty great... FOR BALTIMORE!" It was genuinely world class, I thought.
The wines were from AA Badenhorst in South Africa and were all really special. The courses ranged from rockfish crudo with cotton candy (sounds totally gimmicky but actually worked really well, especially with the wine), to sweetbreads on a fried green tomato to Gunpowder bison tartare. You can see that it was both interested in featuring local produce AND doing unusual things with it. They have other events coming up, like a beer dinner with Flying Dog beers in October and who knows what else. We got to chat with the chef quite a bit and he's a smart guy looking to do cool things.
Anyway, there are a ton of pics here: http://tastytrix.blogspot.com/2012/08...
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