Last Saturday marked the 14th installment of the North Market’s annual fundraiser, the Apron Gala, where the market opens up after hours and each of the vendors prepare dishes that showcase their offerings. In many cases, they make dishes that they don’t usually offer during normal business hours, which allows their creativity to shine through and really turns out to be something special. Paul and I were able to attend again this year because of the kindness and generosity of the North Market, in particular their tireless marketing director, Mary Martineau.
This year, there were tons of standout dishes, in particular one of the favorites of the crowd were the fantastic bison sliders with duck fat fries from Kitchen Little at North Market Poultry and Game. I would love to see these little bundles of joy offered as a regular item from their kitchen.
Also near the top of my personal list was the New Orleans inspired spread offered by Omega Artisan Baking – a recent trip left them wanting to share the culture of the area with the rest of us here in Columbus, and one of the results was a deeply satisfying (but not overly spicy) gumbo over rice.
Also high on my list was the Liege waffles from A Taste of Belgium topped with fresh mozzarella and a beautifully savory sun dried tomato vinaigrette that played upon the sweetness of the waffle perfectly. Again, if this were a regular menu item I’d be ordering this with regularity.
Hubert at Hania’s said that people tore through 200+ mielone and pierogi with sauteed onions in no time flat. As someone who regularly purchases these items because I’ve long known how good they were, it doesn’t surprise me one bit.
We took tons of other pictures – I’ve put them all together in a Flickr set for your viewing enjoyment.
I’m already looking forward to next year. If you went this year, what were your favorite dishes?