Todd English's Blue Zoo - 2009 Food & Wine Signature Dinner

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  1. ehagerty

    ehagerty DIS Veteran

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    My goal for today is to get pictures loaded. Commentary may - or may not - follow. Fellow guests - feel free to weigh in with your analysis....

    Appetizers at the cocktail party


    Pork Belly

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    Tuna & Caviar


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    Lobster on skewers, with celery leaf

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    Bartender making "Blue"berry martinis


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    Fish - didn't think to get the details - all I could think of was Ace Ventura...

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    Meeting up with other foodies


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    ...of course, Jason & Brenda are FAMOUS on the Disboards, so no need to "protect" their identity!!

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    Amuse
    apple ... cider, celery
    ruffino orvieto classico, orvieto​


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    Todd, chatting up the crowd between courses

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    Vinter (Ruffino) explaining the pairings


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    1st
    scallop ...
    lobster jus, littleneck clam, iberico ham broth, sorrel

    ruffino "libaio" chardonney, toscana

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    Chef Chris, giving the details

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  3. TDC Nala

    TDC Nala <font color=red>1937, what a year that was<br><fon Moderator

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    They didn't get loaded at the dinner? everyone else did.
     
  4. ehagerty

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    2nd
    porcini papardelle ....
    santedame estate romitorio di dantedame, toscana
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    3rd
    vitello tonnato ....
    sweetbreads, toro, lemon, garlic chip

    ruffino riserva ducale oro chianti classico riserva, toscana
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    or a slightly different angle

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    4th
    wagyu ... shortrib, cauliflower, petite vegetables

    tenuate greppone mazzi brunello di montalcino, toscana​

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    ... another slightly different angle, showcasing the cauliflower (one guest's favorite part!)

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  5. ehagerty

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    and a toast to the red wines!!

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  6. ehagerty

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    I am congenitally unable to smile on demand.... Todd was very accommodating!

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  7. BriarRosie

    BriarRosie <font color=blue>Creator of Tag Fairy Haiku:<br>Cl

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    I am so glad I missed the photo op with Todd. He's too oily and smarmy.

    Ewww.
     
  8. TheDISneyFamily

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    Hey, where did the pictures of Catherine & Lori go? :confused3

    Love the pictures! You really should consider being a professional culinary photographer. :goodvibes

    Glad you all had such wonderful evening with friends! :grouphug: Thanks for the review! :thumbsup2

    BTW, Todd looks great even if he is a scoundrel pirate: and three sheets to the wind. ;)
     
  9. ehagerty

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    5th
    humboldt fog .....
    chestnut, maple, brioche, nitro raisin

    ruffino modus "super tuscan", toscana​

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    6th
    pear and cramel millefeuille .....
    tonka bean ice cream

    ruffino serelle vin santo del chianti, Toscana​


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  10. ehagerty

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    Until the next time!

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  11. TDC Nala

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    That picture of the sweetbread is great!

    Can't wait to see your V&A photos this time.
     
  12. Briarmom

    Briarmom Bessie Robindale<br><font color=b26b70>Larry's bee

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    I so wish I could have been there. Bendy looks all lushy and boozy.:thumbsup2
     
  13. ehagerty

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    Random, summary thoughts in the 12 minutes I have before I need to go pack for 3 day getaway to Ohio.....


    - Will do some "clean up posting" when I return (next Monday)

    - V&A pictures have been downloaded to computer, uploaded to web host site - just need to get started on the Dis posting

    - Mushroom pasta and tuna on sweetbreads were surprisingly salty - as in "not subtle salt" at all.

    - Everything else was good

    - Overall summary - "value for the dollar"

    --- I chose this dinner because it was available on a night when I was available. It was attractive because I have never dined here before, and its reputation on the Dis was pretty positive.

    --- Once booked, I connected with Dis-folk and was graciously invited to share a table.

    --- The company was very entertaining - lotsa laughs, food commentary challenge


    - BUT - the final "test" is "Would I do it again?" and "Would I recommend it to others?"

    --- Answer? Company aside (food only) = Maybe. Left to my own devices, for the dollar, V&A (regular dining room) with wine pairing and TiW discount was about the same price. I definitely enjoyed the food-n-wine at V&A the next night more.


    As always, these choices are rarely mutually exclusive. Chances are, you can do both. BUT, IF you have to choose......
     
  14. ClareH37

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    Thank you so much for posting - I am drooling at all that beautiful food!

    I'm from the UK and every visit to Florida I *have* to visit Blue Zoo, pure heaven :goodvibes
     
  15. purpliequeen

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    I can't wait to dine at Bluezoo during our next trip. Thanks for the pics and review.

    Side note: I go to school with Todd English's son. :)
     
  16. DizOz

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    That was snesational. Thanks for the great pictures and details.

    Now I am off to clean the drool from my keyboard.
     
  17. ehagerty

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    Just letting you know I reposted some pictures - had to clarify what was OK.
     
  18. oybolshoi

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    Your pictures are amazing and lovely as always Ellen ... our food pictures don't look nearly as good as yours do. :thumbsup2

    And I love that picture that you took of Jay and me ... it's too cute! I know that no one will believe it, but Jay was actually the boozy one that night. :cutie:
     
  19. Briarmom

    Briarmom Bessie Robindale<br><font color=b26b70>Larry's bee

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    :rolleyes1 Uh huh.
     

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