Greenwich Wine & Food Festival
It's not everyday you have Duff Goldman, Richard Blais and Dale Talde in the same room, unless you work at Food Network or Bravo, which is why I was beyond thrilled when CTBites invited me to attend the Greenwich Wine & Food Festival to wine and dine among these culinary greats.
The first thing on my agenda was, of course, wine. I grabbed a wine glass and immediately made a bee line to the tents to make the rounds for booze and food. There wasn't a lot in the way of gluten-free options to choose from, but I had some definite highlights including the freshly shaved jamon from Barcelona, the brisket from Q Restaurant & Bar in Port Chester (holy crap was it tender!), the ribs from Bobby Q's (which is always a favorite of mine) and even Shake Shack, which had a horde of people swarming around from the moment it opened. I have to give major props to the Shake Shack people because even though they were serving straight cheeseburgers, they went out of their way to accommodate my request to make mine gluten-free: meaning the woman changed her gloves, went to the grill to get a burger for me and put it on lettuce and tomato and brought it over to me. THAT'S solid customer service folks!
There were actually two places that offered gluten-free food, one was a spirits maker called Spiked Seltzer which touted "gluten-free" in huge wording on their sign. I stopped by and tried a drink and enjoyed it for the most part. It was light and refreshing with almost a subtle flavor of beer. It seemed liked it would be the perfect summer drink as an alternative to wine.
My next gluten-free find was at Chantilly Pastisserie, which I would normally have just kept walking past without batting an eye as they were clearly not a gluten-free bakery, but I stopped by and asked them if they sold anything gluten-free and lo and behold they did! I bought a flourless chocolate cookie from them that was one of the most incredible gluten-free treats I've had. It was heavy, dense and absolutely decadent. Loooooved it!
After eating and drinking we stopped by the tents to hear Richard Blaise, Duff Goldman and Dale Talde present. Of the three, I thought Richard and Duff were the best. Richard was completely gregarious and in his element - an obviously seasoned presenter. Duff was hilarious and I learned how I can completely ruin someone's car using only balogna and sun.
We headed out shortly after as the sunshine and wine was starting to take it's toll on my delicate constitution. Next time I'll bring a hat. ;)
For more info on the festival, visit http://greenwichwineandfood.com/.