Gourmet Fest 2015 Carmel-by-the-Sea March 5th - March 8th
Sarah Wood, editor and publisher of Edible Monterey Bay enjoying the 'Seafood Grill' hosted by La Playa Hotel in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea on Sunday, March 8th, throughout the historic hotel's ballroom and dining facilities on the property. A beautiful day of sunshine, fine wine, great seafood, enticing chefs and luxurious bubbling spirits and fresh oyster, caviar and friends of this well manicured food and wine festival.
Jonathan Cartwright of Muse showcased fresh crab salad with a eclair flair which at first glance we thought was a 'crab hot dog' but tasted sweet and almost a desert quality with the light favoring and showcasing the richness of real crab, real fresh
Colin Bedford of the Fearrington House used a fresh raw shrimp from Hawaii (Kauai farmed?) that was topped with a radish greens and crunchy fried crisp rice cake and light broth to add warm to this dish that had so much going in flavor, texture and presentation (one of my favorites of the Seafood Grill)
Waren Barr of the Pointe Restaurant at Wickaninnish Inn served a smoked Cod with a rich warm flavor of woods and salted perfectly with seasoning and a light emulsion of green spices. A lovely flavor and texture with a slight ocean and wood scent
Olga Poplikova enjoyed the global flavors of the closing event of Gourmet Fest 2015 at the La Playa hotel with her favorite airlines, Lufthansa serving the very best in champagne at their "Seafood Grill" and "Welcome Party". Their airlines serves local gourmet cuisine on their flights now in Business and First Class service as well with great service to European cities from both San Francisco and Los Angeles. Worth the booking for your next trip over the pond.
Thanks to Mirabel Group and David Fink's group of perfectionists who seamlessly kept this festival running like clockwork and with an elegance and flow that is to be envied. A second year of success for this amazing event.