The amazing Ms. Sarah Holodick is back to share some insights and pics of her recent encounters with two of TV’s most famous foodies — Robert Irvine and Andrew Zimmern! Don’tcha just wish you coulda been there? Stay tuned for the review of Robert Irvine’s demo. Below is the review of Andrew Zimmern’s demo.
Andrew Zimmern Demo: Saturday, October 23, 2010
On Saturday, October 23rd, Matt and I had the opportunity to see Andrew Zimmern’s Culinary Demonstration at the Festival Center of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. We had seen him at last year’s demonstration and book signing, and he did not disappoint! He is a sincerely personable individual, and his stories are not only entertaining — you truly learn from him. It’s entertaining to watch him cook (as opposed to eating grubs and durian)!
What stood out to me not only last year, but this year as well, was the slight fear among guests that he would prepare bugs or the like for us. Andrew has literally been typecast as “the guy who eats all that weird stuff on TV.” While this is true of what he often does on his show, he does in fact realize that most Americans probably aren’t so keen on being that adventurous. Last year he prepared a delicious quail dish, Sweet & Sour Quail. It wasn’t until after I ate it that I realized it was something I’d never eaten before.
Before Andrew came out, representatives of Batasolo Wines spoke to us about their wines. We were served Batasiolo Gavi de Gavi.
Andrew came out and immediately go to work on preparing this year’s dish, “Minced ‘Dragon and Phoenix’ in Lettuce Cups.”
The end product was this:
The lettuce cup was delicious. The dish had a nice amount of heat, and the flavors were layered beautifully. It was also noted that it was a great chance to use up spare bits of any type of meat or veggies you may have. The recipe could be treated more like a guide for adapting other flavors. He also said that he likes to serve this dish “Family Style”, and to plate a the filling to share and give each person their own wedge of lettuce to build their own cups. After the demonstration, he held a book signing/autograph session where you could get your picture taken with him and ask him questions.
I’ll definitely be making this recipe at home, and hopefully you do too! Here is the recipe — enjoy!