After five gorgeous platefuls of brazenly rich and ridiculously delicious food, I began to break a sweat, suck wind and go weak at the knees. Then I began thinking about Apolo Ohno, Lindsey Vonn, Shaun White and Evan Lysacek and the sacrifice, stamina and focus necessary to achieve greatness. By the time I polished off plate number 15 with a triumphant slurp of Champagne (the real stuff!), I was humming The Star Spangled Banner and looking for a podium where I could claim my gold.
No, it wasnít the Food Olympics, but it was close. Actually it was Dining With The Stars, a fantastic charity event held last Monday evening to benefit the hospice and palliative care program at Nationwide Childrenís Hospital. As usual, the 13th-annual Dining With the Stars was held at Spagio and it was sold out.
Read the full story here, complete with bios of the famous, award winning chefs who came into town to work their magic (which meant lots of decadent proteins with intense broths or sauce smears--many on the sweet side-- balanced out by brisk, tart and crisp salad-y greens). Photos below.
Pistacia Vera's Pistachio Strawberry Dacquoise
Tom Fleming's Black Pepper Seared Maple Leaf Duck Breast
Hartmut Handke's Sauteed Hudson Valley Foie Gras on Toasted Brioche
Richard Hebben's Moroccan-style Roasted Monkfish
Brian Hinshaw's Braised Beef Cheeks with Wild Mushrooms
William Kovalís Marinated Ahi Tuna and Char-Sui Pork Shoulder
Gonzalo Martinez Cardenas' Suckling Pig Carnitas Ravioli and Avocado and Tomatillo Soup
Ghyslain Maurais' chocolate desserts
Hubert Siefert's Tuna Tartar and Sevruga Caviar Savory Brulee
Allen Sternweiler's Sauteed Sea Scallops
Dean Zanella's Porchetta with Pickled Fennel (and the piggy it came from)
Angelika Zossmayer's Bacon Dumplings with Porcini Mushroom Sauce
(not pictured--oops: Mike Sheerin's Duck Prosciutto and Razor Clam Country Pate, Shawn McClain's Peeky-toe Crab with Pickled Pepper and Sweet Potato Broth, and John Hogan's Duck Dumplings in Consumme with Asian Spices)
Your gracious hosts, Chef Hubert Siefert and the ever-delightful Angela Pace