Thursday, April 16, 2009

Taste of the Nation: A food mecca

Posted By on Thu, Apr 16, 2009 at 11:15 AM

The Wachoiva Atrium was transformed into a food mecca for the Taste of the Nation event April 15. The benefit which included silent and live auctions (including puppies up for bid), food, and music, helped raise money to end childhood hunger. Charlotte restaurants and universities provided exquisite small plates of crab cakes, lamb kabobs, tuna sashimi salad, cream puffs, handmade chocolates and more.

Walking into the event, we were greeted with a DIY martini bar. The instructor walked us through making our own cucumber martinis at the individual martini making stations set up for us.

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After my pre-dinner drink, I headed off to stuff my face with the culinary wonders provided. I started with the mini croissants and chicken salad from the Johnson and Wales students, followed by the homemade chips, cream puffs with lemon and cream, Asian-type spring rolls, crab cakes, prawns from Upstream (which triggered an allergic reaction because they weren't cooked all the way through and were raw. But never mind that, Benedryl to the rescue, and the eating goes on.), kabobs on pita, mac 'n' cheese from Zink, Krispy Kreme bread pudding, lamb bbq and grits, french macaroons from CPCC, sashimi tuna salad, lobster and shrimp cakes from Mez, a berry parfait from Gallery, chocolates made of 71% dark chocolate, prime rib sandwiches, and Shock Top beer.

Unfortunately, I was full before I could hit up all the food stations. It's too bad that Taste of the Nation isn't a two-day event. Check out these pictures from the event.

See your party pics from the event here on QC After Dark.

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