Culinary Adventures at the 19th annual “Epicurean Affair”
Welcome to the first blog post of Truly Scrumptious. We decided there would be no better way to launch a blog with the name Truly Scrumptious than to cover an event that very decidedly falls in the category of delightful, excellent, and, of course, delicious.
So we set our palates for an event that is billed as the “city’s culinary event of the year”, the 19th annual “Epicurean Affair”. Held just last night, we were most eager to sample our way through scads of nibbles and libations from the more than 100 promised bars, restaurants and chefs (who, by the way, have a litany of stars and A’s running behind their names and eateries).
The Flamingo Las Vegas’ pool and oasis-like garden area was the setting for the “Epicurean Affair”. However, the name was a misnomer. It probably should have been called the “Slider Affair” as the cute mini sandwiches were the order of the day. It started with the very first booth in the door, Margaritaville. The Jimmy Buffett eatery offered a traditional slider called the Landshark and from there we came across every kind of slider you could ever dream up: Turkey, pork belly, Kobe beef, Serrano (BLT), lamb, and even a dessert slider at Paris’ Le Burger Brasserie that consisted of Chocolate and Brioche.
The Flamingo’s Steakhouse 46 seemed to be the fan favorite of most attendees we encountered. It was probably because of the sheer volume and variety of sliders they offered. They had Kobe Beef, Foie Gras and Brandied Cherries, Lamb with Figs and Smoked Gouda, Hawaiian Sliders with Teriyaki Mushrooms and Caramelized Pineapple, Salmon with Fresh Herb Salad and Roasted Pepper Coulis, and Turkey with Marmalade Sauce – and that was just from the BBQ. Their cold sliders consisted of Turkey Swiss, Veggie Burger with Quail Eggs, Veggie, and Lobster.
But it wasn’t all slider central, there were plenty of other culinary treats to be had. Some of our favorites included the Red Hawaiian Tartar at Bradley Odgen. His creamy Carrot Soup was a big hit as well. The Pork Belly Slider at Dos Caminos was really fantastic because the pork belly had a wonderful crunch as well as spicy sauce. MGM’s Diego offered a Tequila Braised Shrimp with Avocado Mousse that was a delightful surprise because the shrimp had a sweet taste from a marinade that included cinnamon and clove. TAO’s Lobster Wonton with Ginger-Shitake Broth was a resounding flavor success; we sucked the bowl dry. Envy The Steakhouse had a Garlic Marinated Prawn that was right-off-the-grill-perfect and the garlic was subtle, which is always tough to pull off.
Probably the most unique item we encountered were the Foie Gras Lollipops with Macadamia Nut coating from M Resort’s Veloce Cibo. We were also impressed with Bellagio’s Jasmine. They served up a bite-sized Braised Kobe Beef Short Rib Cube as well as a Dungeness Crab Salad in a Watermelon Cube; both were heavenly and decidedly different from the norm at the event. Binion’s Ranch Steakhouse also hit the unique zone with their Calamari Steak topped with Citrus Sauce and paired with Seaweed Salad as did Toby Keith’s I Love this Bar & Grill with their Fried Chicken and Blue Tortilla Waffle combination drizzled in sweet syrup.
Because our tummies are only so big and the event was only three hours, we never even sampled the desserts or cocktails offered at this fantastic foodie affair. We will just have to make it our mission for next year.
This entry was posted on Friday, April 24th, 2009 at 11:17 am
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