Thursday, May 6, 2010

Sipping The Taste of the Nation Toledo

The April 25th Taste of the Nation event held at Levis Commons brought together top chefs and top wines in an elegant and fun evening. Our tasting team member, Spiderman, attended to provided this report.

"It was a very rainy and windy Sunday evening for the event. The tent company definitely had their hands full but did a nice job in keeping the event dry and warm inside the tents which were located in the back parking lot of Fat Fish Blue.

Upon arrival, there was free valet parking a nice and necessary service with the weather being so uncooperative. I checked in at the door with Marla Schecht one of the event chairs who was very nice and was excited to have a representative from TWAV attend the event. (Who wouldn't be?)

The food was outstanding as so many restaurants were able to be represented from the Toledo area. Each restaurant had a featured dish that was very unique to their respective chef. For instance Matt Lawrence the chef from Mancy's Italian served a dish call "Sheep's Milk Ricotta" which he described as ravioli without the dough. Matt was right and it was an excellent dish that you would not normally get to eat. The list went on and on with great chef's presenting their signature specialty dishes for this very upscale event.

Overall... Amazing food with an amazing representation of restaurants.

Now lets get to the wine...

There were two major distributors represented at this event: Glazer's Distributors of NW Ohio and Heidelberg Distributing Company. Some of the wines sampled...

Port... I tried a Penfolds Club Tawny that I would recommend in place of a traditional dessert wine because it was not as sweet as a normal dessert wine but would complement most desserts.

Pinot Noir..... My favorite Pino of the night was La Crema --- This was very crisp wine with bursting with plum and cherry. Cost is about $29. This wine would go fantastic with Mediterranean food.

Amarone... My favorite of the whole evening. It's a blend of Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara grapes. Amarone is considered one of Italy's wine treasures and features ripe fruit, power, and roundness. It's an adventurous wine which has become very popular. This wine logically would be great with Italian food. Cost is $45 or so."

As if the great wine and food were not enough, the charity aspect of the event also is in good taste. The event's goal is to help ensure no kid in America goes hungry. One hundred percent of ticket sales go to charity with local beneficiaries being Toledo GROWS, Toledo Day Nursery, Aurora House and Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank.

Flickr photo by Amy
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