Despite my minor accident at the FITATHLON on Saturday, I sucked it up and made my way to the Greenwich Wine and Food Festival presented by Serendipity magazine. I was invited by CTBites, whom had a special “Bloggers Lounge” upon entering the festival. While I was hoping to get there for the 1pm Q&A with Graham Elliot, I didn’t arrive until close to 1:30. However, I was able to catch the last few minutes and hear Graham tell us about his tattoos and his new restaurant, Primary opening in Greenwich this December! Eeeee!!! Graham was super friendly and took the time for photo ops.
Once I was able to get myself together (and say hi to my blogger friends), Kaitlin and her fiance, Jeff and I made our way to the Culinary village. Immediately, I was a bit overwhelmed, but in the best way possible. While there were a handful of restaurants present that I’m quite familiar with, many of them were very new to me and a lot in which I have been wanting to go to.
Some of my favorites were the seafood dishes. I love seafood. LOVE.
Shrimp Cocktail with cocktail sauce and horseradish cream from Pinch at Empire City Casino.
Salmon Skewers from The Ritz Carlton Westchester
Marinated Octopus salad from Napa & Co
Jumbo Lump Crab Cake with fava bean chimichurri and grilled corn relish from Rowayton Seafood
Shrimp and Grits with pickled jalapeno and smoked ham from NOLA
Cobia Crudo from Bar Sugo
Without a doubt, the crab cakes from Rowayton Seafood really stood out to me. Absolutely delicious and not something I would normally order when I’m out. The salmon skewers from The Ritz Carlton, shrimp and grits from NOLA and the cobia crudo from Bar Sugo were also my favorites!
There were also lot of great non-seafood dishes. Some of my favorites…
Butternut Squash soup from Redding Roadhouse
Pulled Pork sliders from Dinosaur BBQ
Carnita tacos from My Favorite Place
Zeppole with buttercream dip from Zeppoleme
And sadly, one of my least favorites…
Shaved brussels sprout salad with a Parmesan risotto cake, and truffle vinaigrette from Harvest.
I’ve been to Harvest for their regular roasted sprouts, which are delicious! However this salad just didn’t do it for me. It was too overpowered by the Parmesan and flavors from the dressing. It was the favorite for many others that day, just not me.
You can’t eat without drinking, right? I didn’t drink any wine, just the delicious cocktails!
American Harvest Organic Vodka, my favorite from the day!
Todd Richman did a phenomenal job mixing up some delicious cocktails.
My favorite, the grape crush.
I may have gone back for more.
By the late afternoon, my ankle was really starting to hurt, so we took it easy back at the CTBites blogger lounge, just in time to catch Adam Patrick, bartender from Walrus + Carpenter. We learned quite a bit as he took us through a demo. Most valuable piece of information, opaque = shake!
I had a great time attending my first Wine & Food festival and besides the amazing food, I was happy to enjoy the time with my blogger friends and old friends I happened to see along the way!
My friends from Bar Sugo!
Old friends from my days at Cox Radio, Janet and Dallas.
It’s possible my ankle may have been better sooner had I not attended, but I have no regrets!
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary ticket to the festival courtesy of CTBites but all opinions expressed are my own.
Have you ever attended a food/wine festival like this?
What dish would you most like to try?