My talented blog friend, Donna at Retirement Reflections, has teamed up with Deb at Widow Badass to invite all of us to a monthly virtual dinner party. The goal is to spread meal inspirations and share dishes that we have recently enjoyed. Breakfast, lunch, appetizers, dinner, dining in, dining out… all ideas are welcome.
I didn’t cook for #whatsonyourplateblogchallange but I did spend a morning at a cooking demonstration. The Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival was underway a few days before Matt and I drove back to New York. My daughter scored me tickets to the Master Classes at the Omni on Ocean Lane. It was a lovely outdoor setting, complete with a light ocean breeze under a shaded patio.
First up was Chef Andrea Reusing, who whipped up a beautiful crab cake. Now, I consider my crab cakes made from fresh blue claw crab I pick myself, as excellent. Andrea’s recipe was like most crab cakes, although her mayo and mustard added a tangy, sharp finish. The best part was watching her technique in mixing and handling the crab meat and shaping into delectable patties. Sommelier Larry O’Brian presented interesting wine insights and history. He paired the crab cakes with a light refreshing, not too citrus-y Kendall Le Creme Sauvignon Blanc—absolutely perfect.
Next was Chef Hugo Ortega, who told a fascinating story of his culinary roots, cooking with his abuela in Mexico and saying “yes” to all opportunities that crossed his path. He grounded corn and mixed, shaped and baked the tortilla. A tasty combination of swiss chard, mushroom and potatoes filled the blue corn tortilla (no one said anything about the missing seafood). The dish was paired with a delightful Margarita, concocted by Maria Tequila herself, the Herradura Tequila representative. OMG! The drink not only looked festive, it was amazingly delightful. I’ll NEVER go back to Margarita mix Margaritas again.
Not only did I have a wonderful morning learning and meeting these talented chefs and wine and spirit experts, a signed copy of the chefs’ latest cookbook came with the event!
Too bad that the Gullah Geechee demonstration with Chef Matthew Raiford was canceled. I do love a spicy soul food shrimpy dish. The chef’s flight was delayed and eventually scrapped because of the big snow that covered the northeast. Next year.
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