Flavors of the Fall

As soon as I saw the BostonChefs.com e-newsletter about the “Flavors of the Fall” food fest, I knew I’d somehow sucker myself into attending, despite the $65 charge; hey, it’s for a good cause! The proceeds went towards the Cambridge Community Art Center, so I felt less guilty 😉 Below is the menu/vendor list for the evening, featuring seasonal tastings from Cambridge & Somerville chefs/restaurants.

Hungry Mother
duck prosciutto & sweet potato aioli on dark rye
(the best table presentation!)

Hungry Mother table

Hungry Mother table

EVOO
albacore tuna with pumpkin kimchee and gingered Concord grape glaze

EVOO

EVOO

Harvest
ginger braised pork slider with root vegetable slaw
peanut butter chocolate semifreddo
Jack & Arnie, minted tea & bouron

Harvest - pork slider & cocktail

Harvest - pork slider & cocktail

Bergamot
braised shortrib dumpling with porcini aioli

Bergamot, Garden, The Blue Room

Bergamot, Garden, The Blue Room

Garden at The Cellar
Macallan 12 cured salmon, cigar smoke and orange crème fraiche on rye toast
(see above)

The Blue Room
rabbit rillette on Iggy’s ficelle with pickled cape cranberries
(see above)

Russell House
smoked duck rillette on toasted raisin baguette with pickled pears & micro celery
(forgot to take a pic!)

UpStairs on the Square
afternoon tea treats – tea sandwiches, savory bites and sweets

UpStairs on the Square

UpStairs on the Square

Sandrine’s Bistro
pumpkin crème brulee

pumpkin creme brulee & pumpkin cheesecake ice cream

pumpkin creme brulee & pumpkin cheesecake ice cream

J.P. Licks Homemade Ice Cream Café
Carrot Cake, Wild Turkey Bourbon, and Pumpkin Cheesecake ice cream

wild turkey bourbon & carrot cake ice cream

wild turkey bourbon & carrot cake ice cream

Drinks / Cocktails
Noir, sample signature cocktails: Drunken Angel, Body Heat Cider
Brooklyn Brewery / Jacob’s Creek Wines
The Macallan

Passed Hors D’oevres
Rialto Restaurant
chestnut coup with parmesan cream
Henrietta’s Table
heirloom pumpkin soup with toasted pumpkin seeds

Henrietta's Table and Hungry Mother
Henrietta’s Table and Hungry Mother

My favorite, by far, was the pumpkin soup! A close second was the rabbit rillette with pickled cape cranberries – I may have had upwards of 10 pieces! Best dessert hands down was JP Licks’ Pumpkin Cheesecake ice cream. A close second had to be Harvest’s PB & chocolate semifreddo.
My only issue is that I wish there were more vendors; and I wish the vendors who were there were more prepared (some ran out of their tastings after 1 hour!). Overall my friend & I had a great time, enjoying the food, wine, and jazz band 🙂

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