Wow, was this good! It was refreshing and smooth and not too sweet. I’d love to have one beachside on holiday, ahhhh.
Tasting: Housemade meatball and garlic crostini’s- a tender combination of pork, beef, and veal
slow roasted in our signature passata di pomodoro sauce, topped with whipped ricotta
Pairing: Pineapple Mint Illegalito Mojito Italiano – housemade passionfruit purée, fresh mint and
basil, housemade coriander syrup, hand-crafted Boca Loca
Promotion: Complimentary dessert with purchase of an entrée
Tasting: Báhn Mí Vietnamese Baguette – slow-cooked pulled pork, buttery spicy aioli, cilantro,
pickled carrots, daikon and jalapeño
Pairing: Spicy Lover – Partida Reposado Tequila, cucumber, lime juice, Tabasco Green Sauce,
cilantro, organic agave nectar
Promotion: 15% off entire check with purchase of entrée
Once I took the cilantro off the Báhn Mí, I dug right in. (If you know me, you know my issues with cilantro.) It was perfectly seasoned and had incredible texture with the crunch from the pickled carrots, and a little kick with the jalapeno.
Tasting: Traditional Irish Favorites – Shepherd’s Pie, Guinness mac and cheese served with Irish
soda bread and butter
Pairing: Special Black Velvet – delicious combination of Guinness and cider
Promotion: 20% off entire check with purchase of entrée, not to be combined with any other
discounts or offers
I didn’t try the Shepards pie, but everyone said it was delicious. The soda bread was a nice compliment to the Black Velvet, a delicious combination of Guiness and cider.
I wish I could have some now!
We then moved on to Max’s Grille, a Mizner Park landmark. I’ve been going there for as long as I can remember for everything from brunch to happy hour and was looking forward to trying something new there. The Blood Orange and Jalapeno Maragarita wasn’t like any drink I’ve tried before. A little sweet and a little savory. Worth a try!
Next door to Max’s is Racks, which was my last stop on the tour. The tuna tacos were wonderful! Light and crispy with a bit of crunch. I had to restrain myself and have just one.
The drink at Racks was tasty, and I got a kick out of the Tang Rim with honey, mango melon vodka, Triple Sec and a splash of lime. I would definitely go back there to try some more bevvies and bites.
The selections I didn’t taste are listed below. Although I didn’t get to enjoy them, they sure look fantastic! I hope you’ll get to try them and enjoy all the Tastemakers event has to offer!
•Truluck’s – Fresh Pacific Stone Crab with Poema Cava wine with crisp, clean and
elegant citrus notes and lovely dry minerality.
•Uncle Julio’s – Shrimp and Mango Guacamole made with diced mango, jalapeno
and red bell peppers and topped with chili dusted jumbo shrimp. Served with a
Spiced Mango Passion Margarita (1800 Reposado Tequila, mango passion puree,
lime juice with fresh cilantro, jalapeno silver & chili lime spice rum).
•Karma– Chicken Pot Stickers – pan-fried, garlic chili dipping sauce, spicy mustard
Pairing: Sasyr – Super Tuscan, Tuscany, Italy
Promotion: Complimentary dessert with purchase of entrée
• Villagio – Beef Carpaccio (thin slices of cured filet mignon topped with mixed
greens and parmesan cheese drizzled with lemon vinaigrette) paired with Birra
Dolce Vita, a very smooth golden pale Italian brew.
Tickets, available at Mizner Park, and are $30 per person and include one
tasting and select beverage at each participating restaurant on either evening with
presentation of the VIP Ticket Book. In addition, each restaurant will provide an
exclusive offering valid from August 1 – October 31, 2013.