Thursday, March 22, 2007

celebrity chef event

tonight i attended capital area humane society's celebrity chef event. not only is it a fun evening, it combines my two favorite things in life: pets and food. this year i was especially interested in going because it was held in the huntington club at ohio stadium, a venue for which opportunities to visit are few and far between.

the concept is simple: charge patrons $35 to sample food from local celebrities (sports, news and politicians) and hot local restaurants & caterers, enjoy live music and a cash bar. not only does capitol area humane society raise a good bit of money but new restaurants get to showcase their food to a few hundred happy people. plus you get to hang out with some of capital area's awesome adoptable animals! being able to make a meal from tiny bites of lots of delicious foods is pretty much my perfect dining experience so i was in heaven.

the huntington club proved to be a venue far superior to the last celebrity chef event i attended at the blackwell. the flow was much better and it never really felt too crowded. i sampled food from latitude 41, z cucina, betty's, jeni's ice cream, vito's catering, wild oats, the greek corner, edible arrangements, and top steak house.

by far, my favorite item of the evening was the butterscotch panacota from z cucina.

another standout was the eggplant tapanade (or was it ragout?) over polenta from vito's catering. it had a piquant element that may have been olives or pimentos. i'd like to attempt a version of this at some point in the future.

also, jeni's ice cream was dishing absolutely huge portions of quite a few flavors. i had the apricot yogurt and it was spectacular (...and then i had the gravel road, but that was it, i swear!). then i gushed like a total geek to jeni about how much i loved the buttercup squash ice cream this winter.
a fun evening for a great cause!

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