The Masters of Food and Wine held their third annual event here in Mendoza last week at The Park Hyatt Mendoza. Internationally acclaimed chefs created gastronomic materpieces paired with amazing wines from local wineries. The festivities were kicked off with the Opening Cocktail and wine tasting. Many small and outstanding local producers were in attendance for the estimated 1200 guests that frolicked in the Salon de Espejos, as well as outside on the terrace, sampling tapas from the reigning chefs tables. Some highlights included savory tacos, chorizo and quail with a succulent sauce and sushi (we are starved for sushi here in Mendoza!).
The Vines Vinoteca hosted chef Bejamin Ford, son of Harrison Ford, on our outdoor deck where he delighted guests with a tasty rabbit tapa. The Vinoteca itself was turned into a veritable pastry shop with all sorts of sweet niblets.
Over the next 2 days, there were various lunches and dinners at the founding wineries, where the international chefs displayed their skills with the local produce and meats.
I attended an beautiful luncheon at Bodega Zuccardi with chef Andrew Ormsby. He created for us
- Mushroom and Jalepeno strudel
- Squash 3 ways- Ravioli, a delicious pure, and a fried squash blossom
- Lamb chops breaded with a potato pure and delicate sauce
- Valentine's Desserts
The afternoon was a mixture of good food, delicious wines, laughter, new friends and lovely memories.
If you can come next year, you should begin your travel plans now!
For a spanish article on the event, check out: http://cavaargentina.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6533&Itemid=354