I've had April 17th circled on my calendar for several months. After attending my first Taste of the Nation here in Charlotte last year, I've been anxiously awaiting the 2013 event. In addition to hosting dozens of Charlotte's finest restaurants who prepare their signature entrees, the event donates all proceeds to Share Our Strength in an effort to eliminate childhood hunger.
The event was held at the Wells Fargo Center Atrium, with the VIP entry beginning at 6pm and the regular admission at 7pm. There appeared to be a huge turnout for the event.
My dates for the evening were Dad and Mom. After I made them drool describing all of last year's dishes, I didn't have to do much convincing to get them to drive from Atlanta for the 2013 night of eats.
I believe I was quite successful in capturing the majority of the dishes on camera. The restaurant staff provided impressive detail of the ingredients and cooking methods for each dish, but my appetite overpowered my patience to write down each details for later use. You'll notice that there are probably more pictures of meat in this single post than there have been in the past year on my blog. While I follow a largely vegetarian diet on a day-to-day basis, night's like this require flexibility in my food philosophy.
Without further ado, I'll let the pictures and basic descriptions do justice to the incredible evening.
|Napa on Providence's|
Meatball served over a Polenta Cake
|Duck over a Herb Sauce and Sliced Radish|
|Pork Tenderloin, Goat Cheese Potatoes, and Greens|
|Several plates from Cantina 1511|
Pork taco, Meatball, and Carnitas
|Queen City Q's BBQ Sliders|
|Yet another meatball - seemingly the theme of the evening.|
|The dessert on the background is a take on an Arnold Palmer prepared by Gallery Restaurant.|
Caramel over a shortcake cookie and topped with a lemon mousse.
|My favorite bite of the evening|
Cornbread topped with BBQ pork and garnished with slaw
|Upstream's White Tuna over Sticky Rice|
|Seared Scallop over Frisee Salad|
|Harper's BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich, Slaw, Homemade Pickle, and Crispy Pork Skins|
|Beef Tenderloin and Cheese Popover|
|The dessert spread prepared by Johnson and Wales|