Want to Taste the Future?

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Columbus, Contest, Events

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One of the events I look forward to attending, year in and year out since 2006, is Taste the Future, Columbus State’s fundraising event to provide culinary students with scholarships. Not only is a fantastic cause, but it’s station after station of delicious food from leading Columbus restaurants.

If you missed my previous coverage, you can view the slideshows for 2008, 2007, and 2006.

I was lucky enough to be invited to a Media Preview Party for Taste the Future last night, where I had the opportunity to nosh on appetizers and meet some of the people involved. There was a spread laid out for us.

We had a really kickin’ hummus:

Hummus with a Kick

A fruit plate:

Fruit Plate

A cheese and cracker plate:

Cheese and Crackers

And the centerpiece of the evening (and also what Elevator Brewery is making this year) was the crab-stuffed scallops.

Crab-Stuffed Scallops

Chef Nate Crockett of Elevator also tried to demo how to make the scallop dish, but the weather didn’t quite cooperate.

Chef Nate Crockett of Elevator Brewery

As a result of the generosity of Columbus State, I’m privileged to be able to give away a pair of tickets ($200 value) to my readers! To enter to win, visit the menu section of the Taste the Future site, and pick out the dish you’d most look forward to trying if you got to go. Leave a comment on this entry with your choice, and please make sure that your email address is linked somewhere so that if you win I can contact you. The contest ends at 11:59PM on September 10th September 11th (yay, contest extended one more day!), and winner will be chosen by a random number generator. You must be able to pick up (or have me drop off) the tickets locally.

Update: RANDOM.ORG chose a #, and the winner is #10, Brittany. Congratulations!

Update #2: Brittany already won tickets elsewhere (with luck like that, girl – you should enter the lottery!), so wanted me to award these tickets to the next person in line. Put the variables through RANDOM.ORG again, and the new winner is #27, Kelly – congrats!

59 Responses to “Want to Taste the Future?”

  1. Melissa Says:

    G. Michael's Bistro & Bar
    * Low Country Shrimp and Grits with Andouille Sausage; Country Raised Shrimp, Tomatoes and Scallions, Served on Creamy Stone-Ground Grits

    YUM!

    or Jeni's ice cream, of course. :)

  2. Jessica H Says:

    Cameron Mitchell Catering
    Braised Pork Wonton Taco, Kimichi Slaw, Avocado & Cucumber Mousse

    That sounds like HEAVEN. Really everything looks fabulous though :o)

  3. Nick Says:

    I'll have to second the Low Country Shrimp and Grits with Andouille Sausage from G. Michael's!

  4. Kelly Says:

    Sage's pork belly. I love the food at Sage and it's pork belly. Jeni's also sounded pretty darn good.

  5. Crys Richards Says:

    If I win, I will be taking my husband. He loves coffee, so I think his favorite would be the espresso bar from Stauf's Coffee. There is so much yummy looking stuff it's hard for me to decide my favorite, but I am going with the menu from Bistro 2110 at the Blackwell Hotel of curried lamb ribs with peach ginger chutney and the buckeye cheesecake tartlets.

  6. Justin T Says:

    Sage's Pork Belly sounds fantastic.

  7. Sarah Says:

    Low Country Shrimp and Grits with Andouille Sausage; Country Raised Shrimp, Tomatoes and Scallions, Served on Creamy Stone-Ground Grits

    Although, the crab stuffed scallops sound fantastic as well.

  8. d mahoney Says:

    Mini Flank Steak Matahambre Stuffed with Garlic, Peppers, and Onions accompanied by Fresh Charred Tomato Salsa. sounds wonderful.
    Dan

  9. Nate Says:

    Definitely the Curried Lamb Ribs with Peach-Ginger Chutney. Lamb has always been my favorite, bar none, and Peach-Ginger would be an uncommonly perfect match.

  10. Brittany Says:

    Oh man, they all look SO good :)

    I think I will go with The Suisse Shop's Double Chocolate Cake. But really…as a pregnant woman, I could eat it ALL! :)

    bams0803@yahoo.com

  11. Jennifer Says:

    Pan Seared Sea Scallops with Gnocchi, Sweet Potato, Spinach and Lobster-Sherry Butter sounds fantastic!

  12. Stephanie Says:

    Oh, everything sounds delicious, but if I had to pick just one I'd have to go for the Bravo! Italian Kitchen selection Pan Seared Sea Scallops with Gnocchi, Sweet Potato, Spinach and Lobster-Sherry Butter. The Low Country Shrimp & Grits was a super close second though!

  13. Sonali Says:

    Ohio Grown Apple Flatbread with Grapes, Basil, Ohio Blue Cheese & Smoked Chicken

    sounds very interesting…….and a bit odd..

  14. Charise Says:

    Oh pretty much all of it sounds amazing … but I'll go with the Ohio Sweet Corn Bread Pudding with Rosemary Carmel Sauce .. sounds like comfort food with a twist!

  15. Beth K Says:

    How fresh and wonderful does the local red & yellow tomato gazpacho with CRAB and summer corn salad from Aramark Columbus Convention Center sound??? Definitely my choice!

  16. Susan Says:

    The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro
    Chef Richard Blondin
    This dish sounds really interesting!!

    Scallop Pomponnette with Sauce Bonne Femme

  17. nalene Says:

    Sage American Bistro
    Chef William Glover

    Crispy Pork Belly, Creamed Corn, Jalapeno Ketchup, Smoked Paprika Oil

    ORRR

    Low Country Shrimp and Grits with Andouille Sausage; Country Raised Shrimp, Tomatoes and Scallions, Served on Creamy Stone-Ground Grits

    Love your blog!
    Thanks,
    nalene@gmail.com

  18. enigmama Says:

    Low Country Shrimp and Grits with Andouille Sausage for me.
    Any of the scallop dishes for the hubby.
    I love G Michaels and I love shrimp and grits.
    All the food looks wonderful! Thanks so much for offering this!
    mel0076@yahoo.com

  19. Rachel Says:

    I would love to try the sweet corn bread pudding. Mmm…

  20. Robin Says:

    Wow! What a menu! If I had to pick just one to try………(cause lobster-sherry butter sounds like the most delicious kind of butter ever)

    Bravo! Italian Kitchen
    Chef Mark Grant

    * Pan Seared Sea Scallops with Gnocchi, Sweet Potato, Spinach and Lobster-Sherry Butter

  21. Amber Says:

    Curried Lamb Ribs with Peach-Ginger Chutney that sounds amazing!!!

    Thanks!

    Amber
    a_stroh@yahoo.com

  22. Rebecca Pettis Says:

    Crab Stuffed Scallops: House Made Crab Cake Mix Stuffed in a U-10 Sea Scallop with a LawnMower Lite Lime Citrus Buerre Blanc & Micro Green Salad

    Sounds yummy!

    Rebecca

    becka818@gmail.com

  23. The Healthy Hostess Says:

    There are so many amazing foods on the menu! I would love to try the buckeye tartlet and the Elevator's blackberry mousse! :) Ali

  24. Chris Says:

    Definitely the pork belly from Sage American Bistro … although I rarely turn down duck confit.

  25. TMWeddle Says:

    I'd try the Low Country Shrimp and Grits with Andouille Sausage; Country Raised Shrimp, Tomatoes and Scallions, Served on Creamy Stone-Ground Grits from J. Michael's

    TMWeddle

    TMWeddle@aol.com

  26. Lauren Says:

    Those scallops and the Local Red & Yellow Tomato Gazpacho with Crab & Summer Corn Salad, Cilantro Oil definitely caught my eye… yum!

  27. Kelly Says:

    mmm…I think dessert first with The Suisse Shop! I'm looking forward to your coverage of this event. $100 is a bit steep but I've enjoyed drooling over all the pictures you've posted of the previous years offerings…Thanks!!

  28. Anne Says:

    I most want to try the crispy pork belly!

  29. Katie Says:

    Those scallops look absolutely delicious! And I love the melon balls – that must have taken quite some time to do them all.

  30. Fred Says:

    At first it was going to be the scallops from Elevator I'm partial to their food (and beer!). Then I saw Ohio Grown Apple Flatbread with Grapes, Basil, Ohio Blue Cheese & Smoked Chicken from Limited brands and my mouth started to water. So I'm going with the Smoked Chicken from Limited Brands.

  31. Alana Says:

    Everything sounds good, and so many people have not posted what they are bringing, but if I had to narrow it down….

    Low Country Shrimp and Grits with Andouille Sausage; Country Raised Shrimp, Tomatoes and Scallions, Served on Creamy Stone-Ground Grits….

  32. Suzanne Says:

    I think everyone's smitten with it, but I, too, am salivating over the prospect of Sage's crispy pork belly. Mmm…fatty goodness punctuated by little flourishes of acid, heat, sweetness and smoke.

    On the other hand, now that we are in a month with an "r", the Columbus Fish Market's oyster shooters tempt me sorely. How can something slimy and gray be so addictive and sensual?

  33. Shannon Says:

    It all sounds so good, but I think I'm most looking forward to the Blue Cheese & Date Croquetas from Chef Yow at Barcelona Restaurant – at least at the moment. ;-)

  34. Shannon Says:

    It all sounds so good, but I think I'm most looking forward to the Blue Cheese & Date Croquetas from Chef Yow at Barcelona Restaurant – at least at the moment. ;-)

    Shannon
    LHIChef@gmail.com

  35. Drea Says:

    Oh, wow! It all sounds so good! I'm pretty curious about the Mojito Ceviche from Posh Nosh
    but I'm also thinking Sage's pork belly would be really yummy!

  36. Katie Says:

    Sage's "Crispy Pork Belly, Creamed Corn, Jalapeno Ketchup, Smoked Paprika Oil" Sounds so yum!

  37. Kim Says:

    I'd definitely be interested in trying the Curried Lamb Ribs with Peach-Ginger Chutney–sounds like an amazing combination!

    murphyks@gmail.com

  38. Lily Savage Says:

    Wild Mushroom Saute, Puff Pastry, Crème Fraiche….. the thought of morels and other 'shrooms is mouthwatering. made by Catering by Design

  39. jennerasian Says:

    Goat Cheese and Roasted Vegetable Ravioli Braciole

    jennifer.duann@gmail.com

  40. Lynz Says:

    Pan Seared Sea Scallops with Gnocchi, Sweet Potato, Spinach and Lobster-Sherry Butter

  41. Matt Says:

    Johnny Cakes Topped with Smoked Barbeque Pulled Chicken & a Sweet Pickled Vegetable Salad

    Never had Johnny cakes. Everything sounds good though.

  42. Meghan Says:

    This sounds great, and it's from local ingreidents: Ohio Sweet Corn Bread Pudding with Rosemary Carmel Sauce

  43. Casey Says:

    I'd have to go with the drool-inducing Suisse Almond Torte from The Suisse Shop.

  44. Amy Says:

    Johnny Cakes Topped with Smoked Barbeque Pulled Chicken & a Sweet Pickled Vegetable Salad from the High Street Grill in the Westin.

    Pickle anything and I'm in!

  45. sarah Says:

    So many choices! blue cheese & date's Yum

  46. Molly Says:

    Sage American Bistro; Chef Glover's Crispy Pork Belly with Creamed Corn, Jalapeno Ketchup and Smoked Paprika Oil

  47. Susan M. Says:

    G. Michael's Low Country Shrimp and Grits with Andouille Sausage. YUM.

  48. Angela Says:

    sweet corn bread pudding sounds amazing!!!

  49. Angela Says:

    angela.han.k@gmail.com (for above entry)

  50. Leanna Says:

    Buckeye cheesecake tartlets!

  51. ALH1985 Says:

    The Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus

    Crab Stuffed Scallops: House Made Crab Cake Mix Stuffed in a U-10 Sea Scallop with a LawnMower Lite Lime Citrus Beurre Blanc & Micro Green Salad

    My dad and I have been trying different ways to spice up scallops! I would love to take him there and experience new foods!

    AllysonHalls@gmail.com

  52. Mary Beth Says:

    If I have to choose just one- Seared Sea Scallops with Peach Ginger Relish and Sticky Rice from The Medallion Club.

  53. Rachel Says:

    I would love to try the goat cheese ravioli and all the desserts. :)

  54. Amy Says:

    Pulled Confit of Duck Leg with Cheese Tortellini in a Creamy Duck Jus from Burgundy Room. That place does everything right.

  55. Jim Says:

    The Ohio Grown Apple Flatbread with Grapes, Basil, Ohio Blue Cheese & Smoked Chicken sounds amazing.

    Jim

    jmsbmck@yahoo.com

  56. Kara Says:

    Scallop Pomponnette with Sauce Bonne Femme from the Refectory.

  57. erin m Says:

    Crab Stuffed Scallops: House Made Crab Cake Mix Stuffed in a U-10 Sea Scallop with a LawnMower Lite Lime Citrus Beurre Blanc & Micro Green Salad

  58. erin m Says:

    Crab Stuffed Scallops: House Made Crab Cake Mix Stuffed in a U-10 Sea Scallop with a LawnMower Lite Lime Citrus Beurre Blanc & Micro Green Salad

  59. columbusfoodie Says:

    Guess what? You won! Is there a way for me to get the tickets to you this weekend?Becke

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