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Sun WineFest 2012: part one

Last weekend Meg and I attended the Celebrity Chef Dine Around at the 2012 Sun Winefest at Mohegan Sun.  We had booked these tickets a few months ago (best birthday present) and were so excited to meet some of our favorite celebrity chefs.  There were many surprises, much delicious food and we will certainly be attending again next year.  In part one of my review, I will highlight a few of the chefs and meals that made the night such a great experience.

Arriving at Mohegan Sun

The dine around featured more than a dozen chefs, with several we were really looking forward to meeting and trying their food.

Ceviche taco from Todd English's taco bar

I knew I would have to eat some food that I do not customarily eat.  This taco, a ceviche of tuna, topped with cilantro and jalapeños, also had a pile of crispy pig ear on top.  I removed most of it, but it did add a nice crunch.

Meg's plate, sans pig ear, with extra guacamole and no jalapeños

Me with Iron Chef Marc Forgione

I had to give one of the newest Iron Chef’s the business for wearing an Eli Manning jersey in New England.  He was a great sport about it, his entire family was great, and his meal (Potato hash cake with chili-barbeque mustard and a smoke Berkshire pork tenderloin) was delicious.  It was great that he was willing to take a minute to talk and snap a photo.

I don’t have a picture of it, but the meal prepared by Chef Govind Armstrong was our favorite small dish of the night.  Chef Armstrong prepared a seared salmon with a chick pea fritter (think falafel) and piquillo peppers.  The flavor combination was so fresh, the peppers adding a great flavor profile to the entire bite.  Next time I am in Los Angeles I will certainly try to check out his signature restaurant, 8oz Burger Bar (he must serve more than burgers there, right? 🙂

Tune in to the next installment when we review Bobby Flay’s Blue Burger sliders, share his Ciroc Peach Jalapeño Kicker drink recipe, meet Elizabeth Faulker (Iron Chef finalist), flex our muscles with Robert Irvine and enjoy a decadent dessert with Jacques Torres.  Wow, that will be a packed post, I am full just thinking about it!

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This entry was posted on February 1, 2012 by in Healthy living, Peter Waterman's posts and tagged , , , , , .
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