Sunday night, I had one of the best meals I have had in a long time. What made it even better was the cause. This dinner was put on by local women in our community, that are chefs and restaurant owners, to send a beautiful girl (Karla Salgado) to college. She is the first in her family to go to college and already has a partial scholarship to Meredith College. Here is an article written by Andrea Weigl for the N&O blog. The event was held at the Flanders Gallery.
When I read about this event and saw this line up of chefs I knew I had to go! My foodie friend, Jessica (her blog: The Miller Lite), was the perfect person to go with to this event.
The food was fantastic. These chefs really poured their heart and soul in to this meal. There were six chefs from Fiction Kitchen, Poole's Diner, Centro Mexican Restaurant, Green Planet Catering, Garland and Escazu Artisan Chocolates. If you have not been to downtown Raleigh to check out these places- go this weekend!
I can not say this enough... the food was incredible! The first course was an amazing watermelon gazpacho. It was sweet and acidy with a sweet corn mousse on top. The consistency of the mousse was like sour cream. The micro greens were a perfect addition because they were grassy and bitter.
The second course was Jessica's favorite. It was a seafood salad with shrimp, clams and crab meat. Along with the seafood there was peas, crispy okra, lemon curd and a cherry tomato vinaigrette.
The third course was probably my favorite. The servers started by bringing out a small spoon that had caramel and hot sauce on it. Sweet and spicy! Braised pork butt with pickled onions,served family style, along with charred green tomatoes and spicy corn relish. It was also served with homemade beet and corn tortillas. When we first got to the event we actually saw them grilling these outside. They were incredible. I never want to eat a corn tortilla from anywhere else again.
The forth course was braised flank steak. This was not just any flank steak. It was like the texture of roast beef and was finished on the grill. It was so incredible. Along side was a tomato and onion salad with a spicy avocado- cliantro dressing.
Time for dessert! I was unsure of this when I first sat down and saw the menu. This dessert was incredible and unlike anything I have eaten. There was a layer of dulche de leche sauce that unbelievable! I contemplated licking the plate. On top of that was fresh berries with sauce, columbian queso fresco and a stewed apricot. I have never had anything like the queso fresco. It was cold and creamy. The only thing I could compare it to was maybe cottage cheese but it was much creamier than that. If you ever get a chance to try it- go for it!
The surprise final course was spicy dark chocolate truffles. Everyone was cheering because they saw the name Ezcasu on the menu but didn't see any chocolate on the menu.