Eat, Drink, and Be Pretty Last Night at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival
Alissa Irei Scottsdale Culinary Festival's annual Eat, Drink, and Be Pretty event brings together style, sustenance, and spirits in one rollicking bash.
The Scottsdale Culinary Festival's Eat, Drink, and Be Pretty fête is arguably more about seeing and being seen than it is about eating -- Be Pretty, Drink, and Eat might be a more apropos name. It's the sort of event that doesn't favor any foods too messy or cumbersome; if you can't eat it without smearing your lipstick, you probably won't find it at the party. But while the food wasn't of the no-holds-barred sort you'll see at, say, the festival's Burger Battle, neither did it disappoint.
Alissa Irei Little Cleo's smoked and cured sturgeon "bacon," with a quail egg and creme fraiche on a toasted baguette.
The event, held at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, included food from more than 20 area restaurants. One standout came from seafood concept Little Cleo's. Called "Bacon and Eggs," it consisted of a quail egg and a bite of sturgeon served on a baguette with a dab of creme fraiche. We admired the dish's diverse flavors and textures and were particularly impressed by the sturgeon, which was smoked and cured like bacon. Maybe more people should treat fish like pigs.
Alissa Irei The Milagro Grill's bacon-wrapped asparagus, sirloin steak, and cotija cheese on a potato croquette.
Another pleaser - Milagro Grill's bacon-wrapped asparagus, sirloin steak, and cotija cheese on a crunchy yet pillowy potato croquette. What's not to like? As a fellow partygoer remarked, "You had me at bacon."
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