15 Things We Ate and Drank Saturday at Devoured Food + Wine Classic 2014
Lon's at the Hermosa Inn offered a nice bite in the form of a beet salad with housemade bacon and ricotta cheese, though it wasn't one of the most memorable dishes of the day. We were also disappointed by the shrimp bahn mi from Clever Koi. The sandwich featured a strange shrimp patty accompanied by yuzu slaw, Sriracha aioli and black sesame bun that fell on the drier side than we would have liked.
Evie Carpenter Lobster from Tonto Bar and Grill.
Chef Michael Rusconi served a tasty Dungeness crab and shrimp salad with yellow gazpacho and avocado that -- like many of the layered dishes of the day -- was difficult to eat out of a small cup. Another inconveniently-plated but enjoyable dish came from Cartwright's Sonoran Ranch House, which served a warm canella braised duck with bourbon braised peaches, smoky bleu cheese, and a crostini.
Gertrude's at the Desert Botanical Garden served one of the most interesting bites of the day, in the form of a saffron macaron with coriander ganache and a cilantro marshmallow. The restaurant's savory dish, which combined goat, tepary beans, smoked corn, and cotija cheese, didn't bowl us over. St. Francis' Skuna Bay citus and beet-cured salmon with dill pickled mustard seed and crème fraiche made for a simple but refreshing bite. And The Vig's piping hot gazpacho was a surprisingly complex and delicious dish.
There's no way we could have tried all of the wines at this year's event and remained upright but of those we did, one of our favorites was the 2013 Meskeoli from Dos Cabezas Wineworks. The white wine blends a unique variety of grapes including Voignier, Reisling, Albarito, Muscat, and Malvasia to create a well balanced and easy to enjoy wine. Winemaker Todd Bostock joined three other Arizona winemakers -- Kent Callagan of Callaghan Vineyards, Maynard James Keenan of Caduceus Cellars, and Rob Hammelmann of Sand-Reckoner Vineyards -- for an Arizona Winemaker's panel led by Pavle Millic of FnB Restaurant in Scottsdale. Each of the winemakers poured one of their wines, talked about the state of Arizona wines, and fielding questions from the audience.
Evie Carpenter The Arizona Winemakers panel.