Wow. That’s all I can say right now. There’s a really good chance I won’t be eating pork again for awhile (a few days? haha just kidding) but last night was SO amazing! Vegetarians beware; this post might horrify you.
I felt so incredibly honored to go as Kevin’s guest to the annual Pigs & Pinot Gala Dinner. I mean, my life is not normally this cool. I know it might seem like it is but I don’t usually hang out with celebrity chefs and eat my body weight in pork belly. But I’ll say this—all the chefs ( and yes, I met Tyler Florence and he’s such a sweetheart!) are SO nice and down to earth. Really, really, really nice guys. Thank you to everyone for letting me be a part of such a special evening!
And now, on to the food. We started with some bubbly—
And then the fun began. And by fun, I mean a 3 1/2 hour 5 course dinner. Oh yeahhhhhhh
Yes, I ate pig’s feet and they were delicious. SO rich, however. I only had a few bites because I wanted to save room. The lentils were great under the meat and there were huge chunks of lobster (my favorite part!).
Tyler’s scallops! A Charleston boy after my own heart. Love, love, love scallops. 🙂
Two Pinot Noirs were poured with each course. I swear, the only thing that kept me coherent was the fact that I drank about nine glasses of water. Seriously, the servers kept having to come back over and refill my glass because I was chugging. And, I only had a few sips of each wine. You have to play it smart when you taste 15….;)
Third course was Kevin’s!
He made sturgeon with collards and a cornbread puree (the cornbread is his granny’s recipe!). I <3 my collard greens!
Bryan made squab! Squab is pigeon, btw. This tasted like no bird I’ve ever tasted, fo’ sho. 😉 Deliciously rich. I loved getting to hang out with Bryan and his wife, Jennifer, this weekend. They are such fun and down to earth people!
Fifth and final course (the grand finale!):
Charlie Palmer and Dustin, his chef de cuisine at Dry Creek, made a plate of meat heaven. It was absolutely phenomenal but at this point I was a little meated out. That’s a piece of tempura arugula on the side…yum, yum green things!
After dinner was over we moved the party to the Cyrus bar, where the food kept coming. I really couldn’t fit anything more in my stomach but enjoyed this lovely “Blushing Geisha” cocktail. And a little caviar…..
Okay, clearly I close my eyes when I enjoy good things. Bahahahahaahaha
And I also enjoy being the only girl! Somebody’s gotta keep these boys in line.
what is your hand doing??!
I didn’t get home until……1? Good times. Surprisingly the thing that hurts the most this morning are my QUADS from going up and down all those hills yesterday! Oh wait, did I run a race yesterday, too?! What is going on???! I swear, its all the water last night that saved my life. And the fact that I only took a few sips (and bites!) with each course. Living here has really taught me to pace myself.
I was DYING for a green monster this morning and almost cried when I opened my fridge and saw no more spinach. Second best was pb& j and grapefruit.
I’m going to a power yoga this morning to detox a little. I need more veggies to juice, too!