So I did a thing

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So I did a thing

So I got to do something really cool last night and because I know there are a few fellow foodies in the forum, I thought I would share. A few months back in December, Food Network aired an Iron Chef Showdown featuring a battle between David Bancroft of Acre restaurant in Auburn against Jose Garces. Acre is a local restaurant for us and easily one of our favorites in the area (in fact one of our favorites anywhere) and David won the battle. We'd met David and his wife a few times at the restaurant and were acquaintances through a few private dinners and events that they had hosted and had jokingly mentioned the next private event they should have should feature all the dishes from the Iron Chef competition. Now I'm sure we weren't the ones to give them the idea (because I'm sure he had it the instant he was announced the winner during the taping of the show), but regardless, they ended up putting the dinner together and last night I got to eat the same dishes that had gotten served to the Iron Chef judges (with some slight modifications to pair better with the wine being served with each dish at the diner).

So here was the menu for "Battle Ribs & Racks":

Short Rib Tartare, Oyster Mayonnaise, Lima, Radish Greens
Sauvignon Blanc, Honig, Napa Valley 2017

Alabama Tamales, Chorizo Sweet Potato Masa, Melon Vinaigrette
Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, Honig, Rutherford 2016

St. Louis Style Ribs, Chicken Skin Streusel, Blueberry Jam
Cabernet Sauvignon, Honig, Napa Valley 2015

Slow Smoked Beef Rib, Roasted Beet Gravy, Morel Jam, Celery, Peas
Cabernet Sauvignon, Honig 'Bartolucci Vineyard', St. Helena 2014

Bone Marrow Pots de Creme, Toasted Hazelnut, Lemon Curd, Red Ribbon Sorrel
Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc, Honig, Napa Valley 2016

deadDMwalking's picture

That is awesome. The hardest part about those shows is wondering how it ACTUALLY tastes. I'd like to do my own judging! I'm glad you got to.

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deadDMwalking wrote:

That is awesome. The hardest part about those shows is wondering how it ACTUALLY tastes. I'd like to do my own judging! I'm glad you got to.

Very very good (mostly). The most striking were some of the dishes which had combinations of flavors I had never had before but seemed to work very well. For example, the short rib tartare and oyster mayonnaise was amazing and though the components were odd by themselves, were amazing when eaten together in a single bite. Whole new flavor invention.

I can see how some judges argue over the food. For example, the Bone Marrow Pots de Creme was the dessert dish and was a sweet, bone marrow pudding. I couldn't get over the "beefy" flavor in what was an otherwise, rich vanilla creamy pudding. But others declared it the best thing they had eaten that night. I guess everyone has slightly different tastes, even at that level.

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Yeah, totally envious.

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