Want to Taste the Future?

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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 thoughts on “Want to Taste the Future?

  1. Melissa

    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

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

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

  3. Crys Richards

    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.

  4. Sarah

    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.

  5. d mahoney

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

  6. Nate

    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.

  7. Jennifer

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

  8. Stephanie

    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!

  9. Sonali

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

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

  10. Charise

    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!

  11. Beth K

    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!

  12. Susan

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

    Scallop Pomponnette with Sauce Bonne Femme

  13. nalene

    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

  14. enigmama

    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

  15. Robin

    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

  16. TMWeddle

    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

  17. Lauren

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

  18. Kelly

    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!!

  19. Fred

    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.

  20. Alana

    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….

  21. Suzanne

    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?

  22. Shannon

    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. 😉

  23. Shannon

    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

  24. Drea

    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!

  25. Lily Savage

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

  26. Matt

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

    Never had Johnny cakes. Everything sounds good though.

  27. Meghan

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

  28. Amy

    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!

  29. Molly

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

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