Another top three dish was Biwa's beef skewers with rice sticks and green onion. So delicious, with great meat cooked rare and a sweet and spicy sauce brushed on:
Andy Ricker, under the Ping sign, had some tasty pork buns:
The Swamp Shack, a downtown cart, had shrimp etouffe:
I was so enamored with the smoky jerk chicken wings that Brian (Apizza Scholls) and Rodney (Podnah's) made that I was obviously too busy licking jerk sauce off my fingers to take a pic. So very sorry guys, I should have come back to ask for another wing so I could get a pic, but I was distracted by wines and my GF...mea culpa!
What wines? Well, I was wooed by a white blend from Austria by Wieninger, actually. Delicious wine and a great pairing for both the Beaker and Flask entry (pics later on) and Lovely's Fifty Fifty Viridian apricot ice cream (ditto). Here's the bottle:
Anne Amie was pouring their Pinot and also had some of their amazing Prisme for tasting. Syncline (from WA) was there too, with their Gruner Veltliner which was very nice, indeed. And one of the local PDX Urban Wineries, Grochau Cellars was there pouring their 2009 Pinot. It was good, but they also had a bit of their 2004 Cuvee Des Amis, and that was really nice. With all the young wines that folks tend to trot out at these events, it was so nice to have something with some age on it!
Dessert was taken care of by Lovely's Fifty Fifty. Salted caramel and Viridian apricot were the delicious choices:
Ristretto had some very smooth cold-brewed coffee which they were serving on ice, which was great, because it was fairly hot before the sun went down:
And the third of the top three was a goat terrine from Beaker & Flask. I am guessing the goat was confit, because it was rich and soft and delicious under the super crunchy exterior. Some green goddess and a sweet squash pickle slice rounded out all of the flavors so beautifully. A great dish extremely well done!
Sundown and the end of the evening brought out the fire dancing! So cool and a lot of fun to watch:
Next year, buy some tickets and go!!