Last Night's Dishcrawl Was a Tour de Gastronomy Through Las Olas
For all of you who don't know what Dishcrawl is, it's an event geared especially toward foodies and those who just wanna eat. This guided tour takes participants to four local restaurants, allowing them to taste specialty meals. The kicker, however, is that those partaking in Dishcrawl have no idea what restaurants they are stopping at, let alone what they are being served, until the night of the event. Las Olas was the village of choice for last night's Dishcrawl.
Rebecca Shapiro, the Broward Dishcrawl event coordinator, says the secrecy only adds appeal. "It helps build anticipation," says Shapiro. "It's a food adventure. Plus, it may cause judgment [about the restaurants] if you know beforehand."
1. Las Olas Wine Café
A wine boutique stocked with 40 flavors in self-dispensing wine machines, the Las Olas Wine Café served pita with Mediterranean hummus, salmon on crostinis and caprese sandwiches on baguette along with Sicamore Lane Chardonnay and Merlot. Although the pita with hummus tasted like, well, your standard pita and hummus dish, the salmon dish and caprese sandwiches were exceptionally delicious. Perhaps it was the little touches such as the lemon and chive cream cheese with the salmon as well as the homemade basil pesto combo with the crunchy baguette and fresh mozzarella cheese that really made the other dishes stand out.
The servers prepare everything themselves and so were extremely knowledgeable about the food. "Our food is great," said Erika, a server. "Our cheese plates and tapas are great to go with wine. You can even custom-make your cheese plate." Judging by the empty platter of food at the end of our 30-minute stay, participants of the Dishcrawl enjoyed the food as well.
Las Olas Wine Café is located at 922 E. Las Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-760-1882, or visit lasolaswinecafe.com.