wining, dining ..and judging.
I had the honor of guest judging a food competition on saturday in downtown des moines, battledish. [J] & I spent the day visiting seven local restaurants, sampling each chef’s custom dishes + cocktails. and picking our favorites.
to say it was fun would be an understatement. eating, drinking, & spending time with my fiance are three of my favorite things.
mini smoked chicken tostadas + melon margartia at liberty’s grill.
braised pork belly + bourbon street beet martini at alba.
smoked miso ramen at tacopocalypse.
fresh carrot, ginger & sweet potato pizza at gusto.
half of the esteemed guest judges.
pork tenderloin with fried corn pudding & bacon-braised greens + a moroccan 75 cocktail at proof.
surf & turf beef short rib & a seared scallop + a new york sour cocktail at BOS.
argentinian beef tenderloin at dos rios.
the pictures truly don’t do the food justice. everything was beyond scrumptious. and my personal favorite was the pork tenderloin from proof + smoked chicken tostada from liberty’s grill
because I am a sucker for mexican food. I’ll be back.
then [J] & I went home, got dressed up in our finest sweats, and spent the remainder of the day lounging on the couch. that’s how you end a successful day.