The winemaker’s dinner at Fleming’s this past Thursday night was their best yet, and Chef Charlie Flint even had my dinner date, Mr. Chatterbox, raving about the tender duck breast with blackberries.
Matt Orr, Sarasota Magazine’s Mr. Chatterbox and friends at the Florida Winefest & Auction’s Winemakers’ Dinner.
The weekend ended on a high note with breakfast at the new Word of Mouth (more on that next week) and the Iron Chef competition in Venice on Sunday afternoon. I had the good fortune to be a judge- the secret ingredient was tomatoes, and Chef Antonio Pariano from Restaurant Cassariano nailed his simple and elegant dish of chicken caprese.
Above top, competitors in Venice’s Iron Chef competition; directly above, the winning dish–chicken caprese.