You know what I love more than good food? Ok, I actually can’t write that with a straight face, so instead….You know what I love just as much as good food? The answer is conversing with those responsible for the good food. That is exactly what I had the privilege of doing a few weeks ago at my new favorite neighborhood haunt: Bleu & Fig. The owners of the event space in Clintonville (check out my last post for some more in depth info on B&F) invited some of the best local food entrepreneurs set up shop for the evening and invited attendees to taste their creations.
What is a party without a little charcuterie? Answer: Not a party that I want to be at. Especially not without the delicious cured meats handmade by Chef Dave Lesgold. Available for sampling were four of his most popular meats (all named after Ninja Turtles, btw). My personal favorite was the warm and chewy April, Lesgold’s take on Sopressata. Paired with the gruyere cheese and fig jam (also homemade), this was such a fabulous symphony in my mouth. Sometimes cured meats can be a little tough, but all of the samples had the most splendid textures, not too chewy, but almost buttery. So yummy. You can’t order online yet, but if you’re local, you can find a list of where to find these bites here.
I had never heard of Bacca before sampling their delish cold brew that night, and now I can’t stop thinking about it. Chatting with one of Bacca’s co-founders, Jared, I learned that they roast in small batches right in downtown and these guys know their coffee! The cold brew was perfectly balanced and they even sell it in a bag to store in your fridge. Like wine in a box, but for your mornings! I also just want to take a moment to compliment their adorable branding. They got style – Check them out for yourself!
For sampling, there was white chocolate and pumpkin pecan cheesecake bites from the Cheesecake Girl! They conveniently paired with the selection of wines from Baltimore, Ohio winery, 1201 Wine. My favorite combination was the white chocolate cheesecake with the pinot noir
As always, there were samplings of more of Bleu & Fig’s spectacular dishes including a warm and comforting roasted fall vegetable risotto, tender rosemary focaccia bread, a spicy chai crinkle cookie, and their signature candied bacon – the perfect sweet and savory treat.
Every bite and sip at Talk and Taste was made by a local entrepreneur that is passionate about their craft. It was inspiring to speak with these local business owners and her about their journey to finding their food niche. It was a great evening and I enjoyed supporting these small businesses. I love shopping small for the holidays and I think I got a head start for gift ideas! I hope that after reading you did too!
Until next time!