Saturday was the Taste of the Nation event. This was one of those rare occasions when Alan actually put on a tie. He was looking hot in his dress pants, white shirt, jacket, and, of course, his tie. I wore a long, black dress with heels.
Taste of the Nation was from 6:30 to 10:00 pm. We were assigned a two hour shift beginning at 5:30 pm directing people who were arriving to the ballroom. Our volunteer assignment was not challenging or difficult, and the most uncomfortable thing about it for me was standing in heels for two hours. As Alan and I assisted others, we noticed some interesting outfits, such as about nine different people, both male and female, arriving in pirate attire. As it later turned out, these individuals were serving food for the restaurant Dakota Food Group and Signature by the Lake, whose creations were all pirate related.
After our volunteer shift ended, I kicked off my shoes as we were allowed to enjoy all of the pleasures of the event which included food, drinks, a silent auction, and live music, provided by The Forefathers. Some of the more expensive restaurants providing food were The Capital Grille, Season’s 52, Norman’s, and Ruth’s Chris Steak House.
Although there were multiple venues like the ones mentioned above, I mostly focused my attentions on the various food options. As I moved from table to table sampling various dishes, I felt like I was on Top Chef. I enjoyed the centre crab and mango in a martini glass from Everglades, the lobster slider (Maine lobster patty served on a brioche bun) and tropical chips from Jeffery’s Restaurant and Piano Bar, something like scalloped potatoes and caviar from Manuel’s, jumbo lump crab cakes and a tropical mango sauce from Sharks Underwater Grill, Thai chili shrimp and squid salad by Whole Foods Market, and pan-seared gator cakes with raspberry melba sauce from Champions Gate Golf Club. There were also many delectable deserts like Chef Jean-Louis’ famous bananas foster, a peanut butter and chocolate shot glass desert from Season’s 52, and the watermelon soda from Norman’s.