October 5, 2011

The Creative Edge Culinary Council

Last week I had the privilege of attending the Creative Edge Culinary Council's Taste of Catalan dinner. The Creative Edge is a catering company by day, but with the Culinary Council, founded by Carla Ruben, they have created a chef exchange program to bring some of the most talented chefs from around the world to work in their kitchens.

I have to admit that at first glance of the menu, filled with boundary-pushing exotic flavors, I was a bit intimidated, but the intimate setting, friendly and vivacious company, and approachable chefs eased me into what turned out to be a complete culinary rollercoaster, (free of the implicit motion sickness). The combination of raw shrimp and duck may not seem so palatable, but chefs Rafa Peña (El Bulli, Gresca) and Johan Jureskog (Rolfs Kok, Allmanna Galleriet) created one of the most memorable and flavorful dishes I've ever had in my life! The signature drink of the night, sangria with prosecco and rosemary infused gin, kept my thirst quenched until the last bite of the roquefort, apple, and lychee dessert - which was an exceptionally inventive combination of sweet and savory. I loved every bite, (though, admittedly, I skipped the veal).


What are some of the most memorable meals you've had? Do you find yourself pushing your palette and exposing your tastebuds to new (and maybe a bit foreign) flavors?

13 comments:

  1. Ah cooking, that is our division! I think Belgium has the most Michelin stars per square kilometer! Cooking shows are huge in Belgium but not completely my cup of tea! Oh my girl, those pictures are insane!! They are so so gorgeous! The light is perfect! My favorite one: the delicious dish on the eclectic grandma’s dinner plate! I must say I don’t know anything about food! Once had a fabulous tuna salad at the lamb’s club! Tuna salads can be so boring but this one was so fresh! Oh and yes the blue cheese burger at the spotted pig, I never ate something like this before, it is like NYC is a lot more peculiar than Belgium! in our little city we don’t have those kind of restaurants, so we have to go to a major city for unexpected restaurants

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  2. i am so hungry. your pics are so sexy

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  3. You took some amazing photos - and I'm so jealous that you got to attend that thing!

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  4. I just ate dinner and you managed to make me drool anyways. Gah! I wanna go to one of thooooose!!!! Fabulous pictures.

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  5. OK seriously...I know I always say this, but you're blog is amazing. xoxo

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  6. Thank you so much! I feel very lucky to have been invited.

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  7. I love, love, love Belgian food. I think if I ever visit I'll be basically stuffed the entire duration of my visit. New York is definitely on its own plane, though: inventive, avant-garde, creative.... Blue Cheese Burger sounds incredible! Can't believe I still haven't been to The Spotted Pig.

    How about next time you're in NYC we break bread together?!

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  8. Then I've done my job!!! Thank you, doll.

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  9. Yes!!! We have some amazing restaurants in Brooklyn, too. Let's do it.

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  10. Ohhh, where are you going on your honeymoon?! Depending on the locale I'd love to try to make some great recommendations!!

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  11. we're just going to book somewhere nice in chicago for a couple of days since the husband to be is worried about leaving work for too long during the busy season at his job (which i'm okay with). but yes, i'd love suggestions, please!

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