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Old 10-20-2009, 04:15 PM   #1
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Todd English's Blue Zoo - 2009 Food & Wine Signature Dinner

My goal for today is to get pictures loaded. Commentary may - or may not - follow. Fellow guests - feel free to weigh in with your analysis....

Appetizers at the cocktail party


Pork Belly






Tuna & Caviar







Lobster on skewers, with celery leaf






Bartender making "Blue"berry martinis







Fish - didn't think to get the details - all I could think of was Ace Ventura...








Meeting up with other foodies








...of course, Jason & Brenda are FAMOUS on the Disboards, so no need to "protect" their identity!!








Amuse
apple ... cider, celery
ruffino orvieto classico, orvieto












Todd, chatting up the crowd between courses






Vinter (Ruffino) explaining the pairings







1st
scallop ...
lobster jus, littleneck clam, iberico ham broth, sorrel
ruffino "libaio" chardonney, toscana
















Chef Chris, giving the details






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Old 10-20-2009, 04:21 PM   #2
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They didn't get loaded at the dinner? everyone else did.
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Old 10-20-2009, 04:24 PM   #3
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2nd
porcini papardelle ....
santedame estate romitorio di dantedame, toscana





3rd
vitello tonnato ....
sweetbreads, toro, lemon, garlic chip

ruffino riserva ducale oro chianti classico riserva, toscana





or a slightly different angle









4th
wagyu ... shortrib, cauliflower, petite vegetables

tenuate greppone mazzi brunello di montalcino, toscana





... another slightly different angle, showcasing the cauliflower (one guest's favorite part!)






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Old 10-20-2009, 04:30 PM   #4
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Meeting Fellow Dissers.....




and a toast to the red wines!!







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Old 10-20-2009, 04:34 PM   #5
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Todd, Smoozing with the guests...

I am congenitally unable to smile on demand.... Todd was very accommodating!


















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Old 10-20-2009, 05:09 PM   #6
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I am so glad I missed the photo op with Todd. He's too oily and smarmy.

Ewww.
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Old 10-21-2009, 06:18 AM   #7
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Hey, where did the pictures of Catherine & Lori go?

Love the pictures! You really should consider being a professional culinary photographer.

Glad you all had such wonderful evening with friends! Thanks for the review!

BTW, Todd looks great even if he is a scoundrel and three sheets to the wind.
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Old 10-21-2009, 04:11 PM   #8
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Cheese Plate & Dessert

5th
humboldt fog .....
chestnut, maple, brioche, nitro raisin

ruffino modus "super tuscan", toscana











6th
pear and cramel millefeuille .....
tonka bean ice cream

ruffino serelle vin santo del chianti, Toscana












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Old 10-21-2009, 04:13 PM   #9
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Happy Birthday, Brenda

Until the next time!






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That picture of the sweetbread is great!

Can't wait to see your V&A photos this time.
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I so wish I could have been there. Bendy looks all lushy and boozy.
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Old 10-22-2009, 07:57 PM   #12
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It WAS fun!!!

Random, summary thoughts in the 12 minutes I have before I need to go pack for 3 day getaway to Ohio.....


- Will do some "clean up posting" when I return (next Monday)

- V&A pictures have been downloaded to computer, uploaded to web host site - just need to get started on the Dis posting

- Mushroom pasta and tuna on sweetbreads were surprisingly salty - as in "not subtle salt" at all.

- Everything else was good

- Overall summary - "value for the dollar"

--- I chose this dinner because it was available on a night when I was available. It was attractive because I have never dined here before, and its reputation on the Dis was pretty positive.

--- Once booked, I connected with Dis-folk and was graciously invited to share a table.

--- The company was very entertaining - lotsa laughs, food commentary challenge


- BUT - the final "test" is "Would I do it again?" and "Would I recommend it to others?"

--- Answer? Company aside (food only) = Maybe. Left to my own devices, for the dollar, V&A (regular dining room) with wine pairing and TiW discount was about the same price. I definitely enjoyed the food-n-wine at V&A the next night more.


As always, these choices are rarely mutually exclusive. Chances are, you can do both. BUT, IF you have to choose......
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Old 10-23-2009, 02:07 PM   #13
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Thank you so much for posting - I am drooling at all that beautiful food!

I'm from the UK and every visit to Florida I *have* to visit Blue Zoo, pure heaven
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I can't wait to dine at Bluezoo during our next trip. Thanks for the pics and review.

Side note: I go to school with Todd English's son.
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That was snesational. Thanks for the great pictures and details.

Now I am off to clean the drool from my keyboard.
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