My many years of practicing typing on my iPhone culminated in a victory last week in a twitter contest run by @TallyMall. I was, yes I really was, the fastest respondent to answer who I wanted to see most at the Tallahassee Chef’s Sampler. My answer = @CravingsTruck. The Cravings Truck is a local chicken and waffle food truck who is a wonderful addition to the local restaurant scene and a wonderful community member. Follow them…eat them.
So, I won two tickets to the Chef Sampler! Thanks again @TallyMall (Alicia is the woman behind the mall). Those who know me well will not be surprised by my winning. But this one was for a “talent”, go figure!
Abe and I went, with a friend from work (hi Tara!) who came along to experience the fun too. Now, Abe and I went to a similar event in Columbus so we thought we knew what we were in for. The mall being full of people, a band, and food after hours was not what we were expecting (and I was warned!). It was the craziest thing, and way too much fun. Lots of local restaurants gave out samplers of food, there was wine and beer flowing, and even one place had tequila (Cabo’s, big shout out for that). I also have now pieced together why the Sampler is not on a Friday/Saturday night. With all the booze floating around, it would have been a little bananas.
Favourite stands of the three of us…
Another Broken Egg, you rocked that lightly seared tuna salad. Dressing was great, probably best single dish all night!
Barnacle Bill’s, shut the front door with your raw oysters shucked by some very busy men right in front of us, and a smoked salmon spread/salad. You go.
Angelette’s Cajun Kitchen. We love you because you are our neighbour. We’ve been meaning to write a post about you for a while for a while. But we loved your grit cakes topped with Andouille and crawfish cream sauce! Tasty
Cravings Truck…how can I not love your red velvet waffles? I don’t even like red velvet, and I love your waffle. Super happy to see you at the Sampler! And you won me the tickets
Carrie Ann & Co., Inc, your desserts were great! A buckeye? In Florida? Oh yeah. Abe went nuts for the carrot cake.
Bite of Your Life , you were a happy little cupcake stand, with FANTASTIC chocolate espresso cupcakes with an insane frosting. You made me very happy.
Finally, the prize for the best overall experience at a stand goes to Honey Baked Ham. I’ll be honest, I was too full to even eat, but Abe and Tara did and were impressed with the Ham Salad. The best part though was the man in the turkey costume. Mr. Turkey needs a raise Honey Baked Ham!
In the end, honourable mentions go to a great gumbo at Harry’s (with great staff workin’ the table!!!), we heard wonderful things about Earth Fare but the line was always too long (other than the banana’s we cut in for…), and to the others we enjoyed!
It all started and ended with a banana.