This was SO MUCH FUN! I encourage everyone to do it if and when it gets around to your area.
The theme was nueva (nuevo?) latina...very yummy latin cooking. The chef was extremely personable sharing all sorts of information and tips (searing, blanching etc) and they had a huge screen and were videotaping so you could see the cooking presentation on the screen if you weren't directly in front of the station.
The up sides:
Little baggies with sponsor goodies Tabasco sauce, coffee, almond council recipes, hand lotion, April CL (anyone need one?)..fun stuff
The chef was very friendly and answering lots of questions.
Food was tasty!
They arranged large tables so you sat with several people you didn't know which made for a fun time around a table Also they managed to decorate the tables very nicely despite being in an auditorium...very festive.
They also had salsa and flamenco dancers...ole!
Raffles and giveaways! I was one number off ...pooey!
The down sides: (only a couple and no biggie!)
People missing some goodies from their baggies
They provided some recipes, but gave no nutritional info
The serving sizes on the recipes are not what we got served. I'm sure this was because this was a large event and therefore serving one TBSP of sauce over meat is not going to keep it moist and hot for too long...however I got the feeling there was more oil in the meal than the recipes indicated.
Ensalda de Palmito - This was WONDERFUL. A delicious salad with mango, jicama, hearts of palm and and pumpkin seeds with a delicious tangy lime/cilantro dressing. YUM!
Pollo con Chimichurri - Chicken with Chimichurri salsa. Again delicious. They served this with skin on but it would be delicious with skinless boneless breasts as well. The chimichurri was absolutely a repeat and would be great over grilled anything in my opinion.
Broccolini - A cross between asparagus and broccoli..pretty tasty.
Yucca - I'm turned onto yucca! They boiled these and then pan tossed them with caramelized onions and garlic in a little olive oil. The flavor is a bit sweeter than potatoes...I liked this a lot!
Lemon Flan for dessert - I'm not a huge flan fan but this wasn't as jiggly as flan usually is. He used ff sweetened condensed milk so it was a nice sweet light ending to a flavorful evening.
Almond Jade Stir Fry
Almond Ginger Pear Scones
Mesclun Salad with Spicy Almonds and Turkey
Crunchy Fruit and Almond Granola
Almond and Polenta Cake
Roasted Almonds with Coriander, Chili and Olive Oil
Pan Roasted Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Smashed Almonds, Mascarpone and Lemon
Roasted Sweet Garlic and Almond Soup
Dried Tomato Almond Tapenade
I would totally be willing to type up some of these recipes in exchange for a little nutritional info maybe?
They are doing Great American Cooking in June and I for one am looking forward to it!