I attended the second annual North Eats Event this past Sunday. The event, like the previous year, was held at the Hilton Oceanfront Resort in Carlsbad. Sponsored by Baker and Olive and Ono Yum North Eats brought together around 34 North County based restaurants and businesses for a 4 hour tasting event.
Nice view from the patio area.
The weather and setting were perfect and the crowd turn out was just about right. There were enough people there to give the atmosphere a buzz of energy but not so many people in attendance you wanted to punch someone. Tickets were a very reasonable $65 and the variety and quality of the tastings were at a higher standard than you find at lot of these kind of events.
The crowd enjoying the food and the weather.
A few of the participants phoned it in but over all the food was impressive. My opinion is, if you’re a restaurant doing these kind of events bring your “A” game. Do not play it safe for the crowd, do what you do well and stand out, these are foodies and industry people attending this event not conventioneers. The goal after all is for them to be wowed and to come visit your restaurant.
I paced myself and tried pretty much everything on offer. I am posting what I thought were the standouts and highlights of the day.
My favorite dish by far was from Panca Peruvian Cuisine and Rotisserie.
Muscles with Peruvian peppers, onion, tomato, and Peruvian corn.
Just a perfectly balanced, flavorful, bite of goodness.
Chef Iole and her husband Miguel from Panca. …I do not take blame for Miguel making that face while taking this picture…i think he did it on purpose:)
Runner up for best dish IMO was Local Tap House’s Ono fish taco on Japanese Radish.
Again, refreshing perfectly balanced and flavorful.
Plating fun at the LTH table
Chef Daniel (R) and The LTH Crew
Real Bar and Bistro was in attendance. You know when Chef Jason shows up he is bringing flavor and everything is going to be made from scratch.
Lamb sausage, pickled carrots, lentils, pesto.
Of course he’s smiling the man makes great food.
I had never tried these guys before, 2Good2b Bakery & Cafe from Encinitas.
They do gluten, soy and rice free cafe fare and desserts. Delicious and you would never know. That Truffle with raspberry balsamic was enough to make a non chocolate lover like me blush.
The 2good2b team. Really talented and nice guys.
Of course Wrench and Rodent was there with Hamachi Sashimi, beets, and micro greens.
One of Chef Davin Waites’ (R) last picture as a single man.
Chef Stephen of The Privateer served up a simple looking but flavor packed dish of Marinated Artichoke salad w/Ricotta Salata and Melgarejo Hojiblanca Olive Oil with Sicilian Lemon Balsamic.
Charlie, James and Chef Stephen (The vegetable whisperer) from The Privateer.
Lamb Harissa from Solterra, Encinitas.
Very tender flavorful Lamb.
Blue Oceans’ Sashimi with green curry. Nice dish just needed more punch in the curry.
A good gauge of how someone did is to watch where all the Chefs head to as soon as service winds down to grab food. That hands down was Petite Madeline.
The hands down favorite by far, Petite Madeline’s Day Buns.
Some french word for sandwich I can’t spell…basically Red Apple balsamic vinegar with arugula, apple, pickled onion, crispy prosciutto and gruyere.
These sold (well, were given away) like hot cakes.
The guys from Living Tea Brewing Company bringing local, fresh kombucha to the masses. Love the Blood Orange & Hibiscus blend.
I want to say thank you to the person who invited me to the event. I would go again next year and would recommend you to do the same. I would put it smaller size wise but better food wise than the many “Taste Of” events held around the county.