New Times Pairings 2011 Winners Announced
|The squash shooter from 3030 Ocean|
Without further delay, we are pleased to announce the winners for Best Overall, Most Unique Dish, Most Decadent Dish, and Best Sweet.
Escolar is a white tuna that chef Michael Bennett says is "a rich fish, richer than salmon, that's great as sushi and terrific on the grill." The chef uses a Caribbean rub of pink and green crushed peppercorns and cocoa powder --"a tribute to Incans"-- then blankets the fish in a white Bordeaux and hazelnut liqueur beurre blanc. His acidic condiment to contrast with the richness of the fish is a papaya and pineapple kimchee. The final touch is a "tobacco" onion garnish (dressed with flour and chili powder) for crunch. "The fish and kimchee is a yin and yang on the palate," said Bennett. Caribbean escolar on tonight's menu for $15.
Escarole, beans and cervelatta
A humble balanced dish made with chicken stock, escarole, white beans, and a standout pork sausage.
Old Bay and lime rock shrimp
Turns out the local offering of rock shrimp lightly dressed secured third place and a double win for the Marriott Harbor Beach Hotel, which also houses 3030 Ocean (see below).
Steamed Pork Buns
A glutenous bun showcased a slice of pork, pickles, and a fish sauce-spiked slaw.
Squash shooter with spicy rock shrimp
A fall favorite in a shot glass is garnished with a dollop of creme fraiche, a bite of local shrimp and paired with Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale, apropos for the season.
The Gelato Shoppe
Guinness ice cream
As it turns out, chocolate and Guinness make a terrific pair. Though less creamy than the hazelnut gelato from the same store, the main ingredient won over the judges.
Check out the evening's slideshow here.
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