sharon hage kept it simple and perfect (of course): fresh goat milk ricotta, spring peas, mint, pea shoots. Damn, we miss Sharon
nice guy. Food just okay.
Christina LaBarba took a break from organizing Chefs for Farmers to schmooze with Mansion chef J. Chastain
j. chastain is the mansion's new chef de cuisine
eveyone's posing at TACA
tiffany derry-mitchell's scallops
matt mccallister unpacked his crazy suitcase and came up with ash-poached scallops
tiffany derry-mitchell of private/social
crazy good ancho-cocoa rubbed quail with polenta and fig syrup, from tucker's point (bermuda) chef serge bottelli. i've eaten at his restaurant and now i have to go back.
tre wilcox was represtenting, too, with his spicy tuna with cucumber-mint gel and tomatoes
damn, the guy is photogenic
you could win nice bottles of wine at the $25 wine pull
bruno davallion and his pork belly with smoked hummus, pickled ramps and rhubarb (such a nice guy to have so much talent)
stephan pyles went with farmed salmon. Really.
but that's okay, given that stephan pyles is one of the most charitable guys ever, and his chefs are cool, too
tim byres sent dry cured pork with purslane and cantaloupe (i didn't see him there)
corks for the cork pull
brian lusher served a veal and foie gras terrine with beet and walnut salad and golden raisins
even a brief rain didn't stop the party
yep, even chef bruno davaillon stands in line for chef sharon hage's food
nobu's white fish with citrus salsa was soooo good
nobu grilling off the white fish
carlos hannon of rosewood san miguel de allendes served duck tacos
crescent court's juan rosado's tamarind short ribs with crispy sticky rice and pickled veggies hit all the right buttons. need to try his restaurant to see if it's all this good.
Here’s something that will surprise absolutely no one: The Mansion on Turtle Creek knows how to throw a party, and the Mansion’s Stephanie Hutson must be sleeping well knowing that the 2012 TACA Lexus Party on the Green went really well.
Terrific music, outstanding food, meet-and-greets with two dozen of the best resort chefs in the world (including Mansion chef Bruno Davaillon), a handful of Dallas chef luminaries, and a half dozen open bars scattered around the grounds of the Mansion’s courtyard just so the food didn’t get lonely in your stomach. You could win a Lexus, a bottle of wine, a week at a Rosewood resort somewhere exotic, or just stroll the grounds and eat your weight in really good food (though, honestly, for some of the attendees, that would only be an In-N-Out burger’s worth of heft).
I’ve attended the TACA party in previous years, but this year’s was one of the best. Ever.