The Future is Very Tasty, Indeed

3 09 2009

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This week, I had the honor of attending the media preview party for Taste the Future, which is a fundraiser for Columbus State Community College students. The event is a culinary showcase, featuring gourmet masterpieces from more than 50 of central Ohio’s best establishments. This year’s event will be held on Tuesday, September 15th from 5:30 – 9:00PM at the Columbus State main campus. Click here to order your tickets and here to preview the menu.

So, back to the party…we were hosted by Elevator in beautiful downtown Columbus. Natives will remember that Elevator was once known as the Clock, hence the ginormous clock in front of the building. Also, pay special attention to the ornate glasswork throughout the building – it’s absolutely stunning!

Kudos to the Elevator crew – they laid out an amazing spread for us, starting with the hummus.

Hummus

Ordinarily, I’m not a hummus fan. It’s usually too mushy, too bland, or too lemony for my taste, but this was amazing. It had a wonderful, peppery bite and served with teeny little pita points. We were also treated to glorious fruit and cheese and cracker plates.

But the stars of the show were the crab cake stuffed scallops, which are a signature dish at Elevator and definitely on the Taste the Future menu.

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The scallops are stuffed with a mixture of two types of crab meat, sirimi, mayonnaise, and bread crumbs. The scallops are then stuffed, seared until caramelized, and then baked. Finally, serve with dijon beurre blanc and top with microgreens and cherry tomatoes.

Elevator chef Nate Crockett attempted to demonstrate how to make the scallops, but Mother Nature (ie: the wind) had other plans, which required the use of a “stunt scallop.” However, Nate assured us that they’re so easy to make, there’s no reason why you couldn’t pull it off at home. Why, oh why, did I marry a seafood hater?

Seafood hater or not, click here to order your tickets and here to preview the menu. Watch this space for coverage of this year’s event. I will also be live tweeting the event and will post many more photos on my facebook page.

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2 responses

3 09 2009
Robb Landon

Great post. You have captured the essence of this wonderful event. Thank you

4 09 2009
Elissa Schenider

It was great having you there! Tastecasters made the party; Thanks! See you on September 15th!

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