Saturday, March 1, 2014

The 21st Annual Taste of Stamford - Stamford CT

The 21st Annual Taste of Stamford, sponsored by the Stamford Chamber of Commerce, was held on Thursday, February 27th at the Stamford Marriott Hotel and Spa in Stamford CT. In attendance were wine, spirit, and fine cuisine purveyors from some of the city's premier establishments.

The 21st Annual Taste of Stamford
held at the Marriott Stamford Hotel and Spa
Sponsored by the Stamford Chamber of Commerce

Fairway Market's table featured a delicious Party Bagel with Gaspe Smoked Salmon as well as Dumplings with Fairway Sauces.

Fairway Market of Stamford
Gaspe Smoked Salmon Party Bagel
Dumplings with Fairway Sauces

Moving on, we continued our sampling with some deliciously cheesey homemade ravioli from the fun people at Columbus Park Trattoria.

Columbus Park Trattoria
Homemade Ravioli

Perhaps one of the most colorful displays was at the Little Gourmet Shop with Curry Chicken Salad and pan roasted brussel sprouts with golden raisins and bacon. I'm so glad that brussel sprouts are making a comeback! So deserved!

The Little Gourmet Shop
Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Curry Chicken Salad

Sliced Filet Mignon and Chocolate Mousse was available at Morton's The Steakhouse. I need to take a knife skills class to have the same carving skills as this chef!

Morton's The Steakhouse
Sliced Filet Mignon
Cup of Chocolate Mousse

Villa Italia Ristorante's delicacies included Mozzarella Caprese Sliders and Chicken Scarpariello with Hot Sausage.

Villa Italia Ristorante
Mozzarella Caprese Sliders
Chicken Scarpariello with Hot Sausaage

Our sweet tooth received a boost at DiMare's Pastry who not only had some wonderful desserts, but also displayed them magnificently.

DiMare's Pastry Shop
An array of Mini Cakes and Assorted Parfaits
Cookies and Dessert Pastries

We then ambled over to to the Cappricio Cafe to sample their scrumptious offerings of Seafood Salad and Crab Cakes.

Capriccio Cafe
Seafood Salad
Crab Cakes

Grade A Shop-Rite offered some Salads and Chicken Scarpariello and the Sushi Village Caterers were, of course, preparing fresh sushi on site.

Grade A Shop-Rite and Sushi Village Caterer
Cold Salads and Chicken Scarpariello
Sushi Table

Water's Edge at Giovannis offered a beautiful Seared Filet Mignon with a side Gorgonzola Salad.

The Water's Edge at Giovanni's
Seared Angus Filet Mignon
Gorgonzola Salad

David's Soundview Catering prepared a terrific Taco Bar, offering Corn Tacos filled with your choice of grilled chicken or spicy shrimp. 

David's Soundview Catering
Taco Bar: Corn Tacos
Grilled Chicken or Spicy Sauteed Shrimp

The Capital Grille prepared their version of Surf and Turf with a beautiful Kono Crusted Filet Mignon and a side of Lobster Mac-N-Cheese.

The Capital Grille
Kona Crusted Filet Mignon
Lobster Mac-n-Cheese

Then we sampled Cask Republic's Eggplant Caponata and their Pork Confit Sliders. Cask never disapoints and always has a unique and delicious sampling.

Cask Republic
Eggplant Caponata (pictured)
Pork Confit Sliders

Tabouli Grill's offerings included Turkey Meatball Tagine with Cous Cous and Assorted Middle Eastern Salads.

Tabouli Grill
Turkey Meatball Tangine with Cous Cous
Assorted Middle Eastern Salads

Rizzuto's Italian Kitchen was offering Meatball Sliders and Hot Cherry Pepper Wings. WOW - the wings were lip-tingling hot - and incredibly good!

Rizzuto's Italian Kitchen
Meatball Sliders
Hot Cherry Pepper Wings

Oh, and I haven't even mentioned the wine yet! There was no Riesling to be found...but the nice people at World Wide Wines thought that I might like the Cavit Moscato, and they were on point with their recommendation. A great Italian wine that is aromatic and delicately sweet.

World Wide Wines
Cavit Moscato

Next stop was the barbecue carving station at Dinosaur BBQ. Who else is always looking for good barbecue in CT? Well, look no more, Dinosaur's beef brisket is just the BBQ fix that you need!

Dinosaur BBQ
Beef Brisket Slider on a Potato Roll
Parfaits and Cookeis

Then we sampled some delicious Peruvian offerings from Fiesta Atlantic, the Chauta de Pollo and Picante de Carne.

Fiesta Atlantic
Chaufa de Pollo
Picante de Carne

For a sweet ending there were some offerings of Gelato and Crepes from Volta Gelateria Creperia.  Guess what I had?

Volta Gelateria Creperia
Gelato and Crepes

The Stamford Marriott Hotel and Spa offered some delicacies from their catering menu. I adore the sleek and modern artistic display shelf they used - can't you just imagine that at a beautiful wedding ceremony or dinner event filled with luscious hors d'oeuvres?

Stamford Marriott Hotel and Spa

Of course, capping the night off for the ride home to the shoreline was a bit of coffee from the Shearwater Organic Coffee Roasters.

Shearwater Organic Coffee Roasters
Toasty Hearth and Colombia Quinchia
Fresh Roasted Certified Organic Coffees

Put this event on your calendar next year!

There was an incredible array of establishments offering some of their very best menu selections.  Tickets for 2014 were $50.00 in advance and $60.00 at the door. Free parking was offered that evening for event attendees by the event host, Stamford Marriott Hotel and Spa, at 243 Tresser Boulevard, Stamford.

The Stamford Chamber certainly outdid themselves  - and a wonderful time with great food and drink was enjoyed by all.

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Stamford Chamber of Commerce
773 Summer Street
Stamford, CT 06901
Phone: 203.359.4761

1 comment:

  1. Great shots! I'm craving The Capital Grille's lobster mac n cheese. It was nice seeing you at the event. Until next time =)


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