Monday, May 7, 2012

Oceans 6 at the Optimist #AFWF

This weekend brings the 2nd Annual Atlanta Food and Wine Festival to our fair city. I was fortunate enough to win a weekend pass to attend last year and had a lot of fun, especially at the cocktail classes, but no such luck this year. In addition to all of the different classes and seminars, the tasting tent and Connoisseur Lounge for the high rollers, there are also a series of dinners hosted at some of Atlanta's best restaurants featuring the Chefs who are in town to participate in the festival.

Of all of the dinners offered, I have to say, the one that most catches my eye is the Oceans 6 dinner at The Optimist. First, because of the incredibly talented Chefs involved and second, for the chance to have a preview of The Optimist. I love being one of the first people to check out a new restaurant! I've been following their construction progress and it looks like it's going to be a gorgeous space.

Because I love you guys, I have something no one else has, a sneak peek at the menu for this fantastic dinner! It may change a little as they will be using the freshest seafood, caught that day and you never know what the boats are going to bring in, but it gives you a pretty good idea of what you are going to enjoy.
Amuse - Wood roasted jonah crab, toast, butter and chile
1st - Mike Lata, Figcrudo of mackerel, wahoo or rudderfish and or oyster.  

2nd - Norman Van Aken, Norman's - Key West Shrimp and Corn Flan with Coconut Milk, Citrus and Saffron

3rd - Dean Max, 3030 Ocean - Sebastian Inlet Clams BLT, with smoked bacon, grilled red romaine, Calabrian pepper meets Florida Tomato jus, and Basil bubbles

4th - Brandon McGlamery, Luma on Park - sea urchin casarecce and duck sausage with stinging nettle or ramp pesto

5th - Bryan Caswell, Reef - Roasted fish, possibly Almaco Jack or Cobia, Pork Belly, Radishes & Sweet Onions, Pickled Loquat 

Dessert - Ford Fry, The Optimist "Key lime pie" filled brioche doughnut, coconut ice cream

All that will be paired with amazing wines selected by Master Sommelier Kathy Morgan.

If you want in on this epic dinner, there are still a few tickets left, you can get yours here.

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