Sober and not-so-sober observations from the Taste of the Nation
|Staff from Vesta Dipping Grill and Steuben's|
1. It should be a lot easier to get a bottle of beer, rather an ounce of beer, at the Taste, but because of that limitation, I remained relatively sober until some nice gentleman handed me a tall tumbler of fresh prickly pear juice liquored up with god knows what.
2) Noticeably missing from the cooking action was Frank Bonanno (Bones, Luca D'Italia, Osteria Marco and Mizuna), probably because he was building another restaurant somewhere to add to his empire.
3) Also missing in action was Top Chef winner Hosea Rosenberg, who I definitely expected to see roaming around the room with a cardboard cutout of himself, just like they have on display at the SouthGlenn Whole Foods Market.
4) Most of the food was really, really good, save for a few dishes, but the best of the bunch, at least in my mouth, was the braised lamb shank mini tostadas with whipped goat cheese and tomatillo syrup from Vesta Dipping Grill. Damn, those were good.
6. The tacos from the Mezcal taco truck, parked outside, were insanely good, as was the Mexican ice cream from the super nice guy who passed out Popsicles from Paleteria Cuauhtemo, which has a standard location at 1550 South Federal Boulevard.
9. People were generous last night with their donations, but if you feel like being even more charitable, there are several ways to get involved with Share Our Strength, including purchasing an SOS T-shirt designed by Josh Ford, one of Denver's top tattoo experts, and the guy responsible for stamping "foie gras" across Matt Selby's knuckles.