Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Tastemakers at Mizner Park

Last night I attended a preview evening of the “Tastemakers” event which returns to Mizner Park with two nights of progressive pairings from 11 eclectic restaurants on Tuesday, September 24 & Wednesday, September 25.

The tastes span the globe and the four corners of Mizner Park, from Mexican to Italian, Sushi to Formaggio, there is something for everyone!

I arrived a bit late and unfortunately missed the first stop at  JAZZIZ Nightlife – where the other tasters were lucky enough to sample, Butter Poached Main Lobster served on Kobocha squash 
risotto with Newton’s Cure (barrel-aged gin, honeycrisp shrub, local honey and sparkling wine). I was seriously bummed to miss the lobster risotto, but heard it was delectable! 

I met up with the group at The Cheese Course, which is tucked in near Z Gallerie and iPic. I've had the pleasure of enjoying the deliciousness at The Cheese Course before, so I was very pleased to see it on the agenda. It was great! 


 Italian Artisanal cheese course


Tasting: Italian Artisanal cheese course
Pairing: Award-Winning Italian wines
Promotion: Free glass of house wine with purchase of a cheese course, bistro sandwich or salad



I think this is what part of heaven must look like, divine! 


From The Cheese Course, we moved on to Tanzy which is inside the iPic building. It was such a cool atmosphere, I really liked the lounge area and decor. The food was just as captivating. 


It doesn't get better than freshly shaved prosciutto! It was perfectly thin, smooth and lean. I wish I could have this stuff everyday, but it's good I can't. Tanzy served the prosciutto on a crostini with Cabernet marinated pears and a goat cheese herb spread. Yowza! I could have stayed there and nibbled on these all night. It won't be offered on the Tastemakers menu, but if you ever dine there, order it! 





Pineapple Mint Illegalito Mojito Italiano - housemade passionfruit purée, fresh mint and 
basil, housemade coriander syrup, hand-crafted Boca Loca
 Wow, was this good! It was refreshing and smooth and not too sweet. I'd love to have one beachside on holiday, ahhhh.






Tanzy
Tasting: Housemade meatball and garlic crostini’s- a tender combination of pork, beef, and veal
slow roasted in our signature passata di pomodoro sauce, topped with whipped ricotta
Pairing: Pineapple Mint Illegalito Mojito Italiano - housemade passionfruit purée, fresh mint and
basil, housemade coriander syrup, hand-crafted Boca Loca
Promotion: Complimentary dessert with purchase of an entrée

Tasting: Housemade meatball and garlic crostini’s- a tender combination of pork, beef, and veal 
slow roasted in our signature passata di pomodoro sauce, topped with whipped ricotta




Spicy Lover - Partida Reposado Tequila, cucumber, lime juice, Tabasco Green Sauce, 
cilantro, organic agave nectar
Kapow!
Tasting: Báhn Mí Vietnamese Baguette - slow-cooked pulled pork, buttery spicy aioli, cilantro,
pickled carrots, daikon and jalapeño
Pairing: Spicy Lover - Partida Reposado Tequila, cucumber, lime juice, Tabasco Green Sauce,
cilantro, organic agave nectar
Promotion: 15% off entire check with purchase of entrée


Once I took the cilantro off the Báhn Mí, I dug right in. (If you know me, you know my issues with cilantro.) It was perfectly seasoned and had incredible texture with the crunch from the pickled carrots, and a little kick with the jalapeno. 


Dubliner
Tasting: Traditional Irish Favorites - Shepherd’s Pie, Guinness mac and cheese served with Irish
soda bread and butter
Pairing: Special Black Velvet - delicious combination of Guinness and cider
Promotion: 20% off entire check with purchase of entrée, not to be combined with any other
discounts or offers

 I didn't try the Shepards pie, but everyone said it was delicious. The soda bread was a nice compliment to the Black Velvet. I wish I could have some now!
Black Velvet - delicious combination of Guinness and cider


 We then moved on to Max's Grille, a Mizner Park landmark. I've been going there for as long as I can remember for everything from brunch to happy hour and was looking forward to trying something new there. The Blood Orange and Jalapeno Maragarita wasn't like any drink I've tried before. A little sweet and a little savory. Worth a try!


Tasting: Shrimp Ceviche - baby marinated shrimp with lime juice, chillies, onions, tomatoes, and 
avocado topped with crisp plantain chips
Pairing: Sanguigno Jalapeño Margarita - Tanteo Tequila, Bacardi Limon, Gran Marnier, fresh 
limes and blood oranges
Promotion: 10% off entire check, cannot be combined with any other promotions




Ahi Tuna Tacos - Jalapeño, radish, apple, whipped avocado

Next door to Max's is Racks, which was my last stop on the tour. The tuna tacos were wonderful! Light and crispy with a bit of crunch.  I had to restrain myself and have just one.

Tasting: Ahi Tuna Tacos - Jalapeño, radish, apple, whipped avocado
Pairing: Retail Therapy - Rain Honey Mango Melon Vodka, Triple Sec, splash of lime juice, 
Tang Rim
Promotion: Complimentary bottle of wine with purchase of 2 entrees, 4pm - 6pm, Monday - 
Friday

Rain Honey Mango Melon Vodka, Triple Sec, splash of lime juice, 
Tang Rim

The drink at Racks was tasty, and I got a kick out the Tang rim. I would definitely go back there to try some more bevvies and bites.

The selections I didn't taste are listed below. Although I didn't get to enjoy them, they sure look fantastic! I hope you'll get to try them and enjoy all the Tastemakers event has to offer!

Truluck’s – Fresh Pacific Stone Crab with Poema Cava wine with crisp, clean and
elegant citrus notes and lovely dry minerality.
Uncle Julio’s – Shrimp and Mango Guacamole made with diced mango, jalapeno
and red bell peppers and topped with chili dusted jumbo shrimp. Served with a
Spiced Mango Passion Margarita (1800 Reposado Tequila, mango passion puree,
lime juice with fresh cilantro, jalapeno silver & chili lime spice rum).
Karma-- Chicken Pot Stickers - pan-fried, garlic chili dipping sauce, spicy mustard
Pairing: Sasyr - Super Tuscan, Tuscany, Italy
Promotion: Complimentary dessert with purchase of entrée
Villagio – Beef Carpaccio (thin slices of cured filet mignon topped with mixed
greens and parmesan cheese drizzled with lemon vinaigrette) paired with Birra
Dolce Vita, a very smooth golden pale Italian brew.


Tickets, available at Mizner Park, and are $30 per person and include one
tasting and select beverage at each participating restaurant on either evening with
presentation of the VIP Ticket Book. In addition, each restaurant will provide an
exclusive offering valid from August 1 – October 31, 2013.



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