Last night I was at Fork the Fire with my wife and our son, and we had a blast. Mission was packed. Lots of folks were there (even Sid Hartman, although I spent my time talking to his son Chad while Sid made the rounds). I also had the opportunity to say hi to Stewart and Heidi as they went out the door to visit the other restaurants that were all doing whatever they could in support of the event. Anoush and Elli Ansari told me as I was leaving that they thought they had about 400 people through the doors at Mission by 6:30 p.m. Nice! Everyone did a great job with the food, but these stood out in no particular order.
Sameh Wadi and his team did a lobster and beet composition that I thought was superb, very delicate and very fresh. My 5-year-old ate three of them, including one while he was fussing as I tried to con him into heading out the door. He didn’t want to leave and go home to bed.
Dakota’s Jack Reibel did a ridiculously sublime smoked salmon and pumpernickel ‘terrine’ that reminded me again that he is the most underrated chef in the Twin Cities. Often overlooked for national awards, he is one of the most talented chefs not just in our state, but in the region. The Spicy Crispy Sweetbreads with Honey Glaze he would turned out at Goodfellow’s are one of my all time top ten Twin Cities best dishes.
Vincent’s salmon with beet/apple/horseradish was a killer and Noah devoured his (my kid is a great eater... so proud of him) portion. Mission did cupcakes, deviled eggs, and pot roast mini’s (superb). Murray’s did a great steak and mushroom-brandy thing. I liked Edina Grill’s fish taco; Masa-Lurcat et al did a mini foie profiterole and a rilette crostini that I ate quickly (yum!); but the cake taker might have been Tom Broder’s sliced to order La Quercia prosciutto roulades. That stuff was heavenly; I can smell that gamy cured pork aroma through my nose as I write this.
All in all a great night.