Oh my goodness I don’t even know how to begin. Taste of the Nation Hartford was an absolute blast.
The event had so many great restaurant and beverage participants! I was very over whelmed upon arrival and I explained the event to Cait’s mom as walking into Forever21 when you aren’t prepared for the chaos. Luckily this wasn’t Cait’s first rodeo so she knew how to navigate the place. We tried to hit up the drinks first and then eat. I got the pleasure of meeting Kelly and her husband and the 3 of us just followed Cait’s lead most of the event and enjoyed our time there.
After sampling some beverages it was on to food! The portions for the most part were small but in an effort to try everything and not get too full, we did a lot of sharing.
Costa Del Sol had an amazing truffle dessert between two dehydrated orange peels. This dessert stole the show and kicked off the food of the evening for me. Nothing wrong with eating dessert first right!?
Barcelona was there and Cait is good friends with the chef and some of the bartenders that were present so I had a good time chatting with Chef Alex. He did not dissapoint with his dish either. You can’t go wrong with bread, whipped cheese and some tuna on the side!
Millwrights is another one of Cait’s favorite places. She is friendly with Chef Tyler there as well and I really enjoyed talking with the chef at this restaurant. Cait also later told me that he was on and won Chopped! They had a delicious smoked salmon in a cold pea soup. The soup really wasn’t my thing but I could have eaten the salmon with a spoon!
Backstage served up an amazing scallop!
Black Bamboo Chinese Restaurant had some vegan spare ribs and a spring roll. Both of which were delicious. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the spare ribs.
Tisane Euro Asain Cafe had a delicious beef lo mien. I just loved their presentation so I had to get a pic with it!
Cavey’s was another restaurant present that did not disappoint with its food! Smoked trout.
Whipped ricotta with a delicious ratatouille
All and all the event was a blast. It was nice to get a taste of Hartford cuisine since I rarely get the opportunity to go out to eat up there.
I cannot thank Taste of the Nation Hartford enough for giving me the opportunity to
How was your weekend?
Would you like any of the things I sampled?
Have you been to any of the restaurants?