Martha's Vineyard Food and Wine Festival (Slideshow)
November 7, 2013
A celebration of food at New England's most treasured little island
Fresh of the Farm
"Fresh off the Farm" was held in Ag Hall. Owned by the Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Society, this 21-acre site includes a 100-year-old post and beam barn reconstructed in 1993, which hosts the annual Agricultural Fair.
Most folks are familiar with kimchi as a Korean condiment. Jan Burhman of "The Kitchen Porch" presented her "Island Kimchi," a local version of a spicy fermented cabbage using island-grown produce.
Larsen’s Fish Market
Larsen's Fish Market, located in the small fishing village of Menemsha, has a reputation as one of the best places on the island to enjoy the freshest seafood in a rustic setting.
At Larsen's dining area, grab a bowl of the best clam "chowda" and enjoy the view. The owner received a visit from Giada De Laurentiis, who wanted her recipe for the famous chowder!
Chocolate and Wine
Taza Chocolate offered six different chocolates including 87 percent Stone Ground Dark Chocolate, Chipotle Chocolate Mexicano, and Salted Almond Chocolate Mexicano paired with tawny ports, cabernet sauvignon and zinfandel wines. The Chocolate Tasting Guide is a must-have for hosting a chocolate and wine tasting party. It includes tried and true classic pairings, bold and adventurous conversation starters, and unconventional and controversial pairings that are crazy, or crazy good!
At the Sommelier Slam!, Joseph Carr, founder of Joseph Carr Wines, discussed how his failure to make it as a busboy in his first restaurant job led to his career as a sommelier, wine industry executive, and now a leading California wine producer. Also pictured: chef and sommelier Dominick Purnomo (center) and Dan Michaud of Ruby Wines, Inc. (left).
Carrot Ginger Risotto
One of the tastings included this coconut oil poached East Coast halibut on carrot-ginger risotto topped with fennel, radish, and micro greens salad. Recommended pairing were 2012 Joseph Carr "Sonoma Coast" Chardonnay (Sonoma, Ca.), 2010 Gunderlock "Jean Baptiste" Kabinett Riesling (Mosel, Germany), and 2012 Domaine Fournier "Les Bells Vignes" Sancerre (Loire Valley, France).
Kitchen Porch Catering served a delectable scallop mousse served in a scallop shell, slightly crisped with a torch and topped with a bacon vinaigrette — simply divine!
Chef Dan and intern Kay presenting from the Newes From America Pub, located at the Kelley House in Edgartown. This was one of our top tastings at the event!
Nathan Gould, executive chef of the Water Street Restaurant located in the Harbor View Hotel, gives a live cooking demonstration for a large audience at the Grand Tasting.