The Martha’s Vineyard Food and Wine Festival is a fun event to wrap up the summer. This year I participated in the Opening Reception, the Grand Tasting and the Tapas Challenge. It was great to get away, relax and hang out with some good friends.
The opening reception was all about desserts. So I brought my pastry chef, Katie. We served Butterscotch Pudding with “Bad Breakfast” Topping. The “Bad Breakfast” Topping, bourbon soaked cherries, almonds and cornflakes, really made this dish. Held at The Atlantic, it’s a fun way to start the weekend.
Saturday was the main event. The Grand Tasting was held at The Field Club. Held outside under tents, it brings together great restaurants from the Vineyard, Boston and beyond. Our table was next to Chef Levon Wallace from Water St. Perfect chance to size up the competition before the Tapas Challenge later that night.
The Tasting went great. Our signature Tibetan Pork Momos were a hit.
Once that was done, we packed up and headed over to the Harborview Hotel. It’s a beautiful space right on the edge of town overlooking a lighthouse. This is where the Tapas Challenge was. The three courses were Pear, Oysters and Duck. Each course was paired with wines. Levon had the home court advantage.
I put Katie on a crash course of shucking oysters, something she had never done before, but did great with. We tried a few different things in our prep time, but overall I think we came out with a strong menu.
Course One: Pear
2010 Ladera Sagrada “Castello de Papa” godello (Valdeorras)
light, high minerality
Frisee salad with pear puree, candied bacon, candied meyer lemon, meyer lemon vinaigrette
Fingerlink potato with poached pear and blue cheese
Course Two: Oyster
2010 Bodegas Berroia “Berroja” (Chacoli De Bizcaia)
grapefruit and straw
Oyster with amarillo nuoc cham
Course Three: Duck
2009 Bodegas Indiano “El Brozal” Tinto (Rioja)
chocolate, dark cherries
Duck Mole Taco with Dried Cherries Salsa Verde
French toast with duck hash and poached egg
After the diners voted, we took questions while the votes were tallied. We prevailed, though it was close. One more night and it was back to Boston in the morning.