We attended an annual event in our area that we have come to love. Feast with the Beast 2014 was Monday night and we had a terrific time. This is a zoological fundraiser where area restaurants are set up around the N.E.W. Zoo and offer samples of some of their best dishes.
Being the foodie I am, this is quite the event for me. I love tasting new and interesting recipes and this is the perfect place to do it. My husband, on the other hand, just likes to eat which also makes this his perfect atmosphere. The zoo itself is closed down and only ticket holders are able to attend this special event. We had the pleasure of attending this year with a friend my husband works with and his wife. This was their first time and I do believe they left pretty happy (and it has nothing to do with all the sangria we tasted).
Let’s talk about the food, shall we? There were a total of 44 food tasting tables. They had everything and anything you could think of to sample. To list a few, we had ribs and corn on the cob,
roast pork with pancetta apple ragout and tavern chips with some type of yummy sauce and berry drizzle,
and citrus crab in a cucumber cup.
As you move through the zoo they also have local beer vendors with all their specialty brews along with wine tastings from local wineries. We spent our fair share of time tasting at these tables (ok, I’ll admit, us wives had fun at the wine tables). And then we came across a table that was sampling flavored vodka. This made me smile because a few weeks ago I visited Door County with some girl friends and we were all so excited to finally get there to wine and vodka taste only to find out you had to pay to do the vodka tasting. We then opted out and stuck with the wine tasting. So, here was my opportunity and I was not going to pass it up. They offered strawberry and peach vodka mixed with juice or lemonade. The strawberry lemonade was good but the peach vodka mixed 50/50 with cranberry and orange juice was out of this world. I can’t wait to try this at home:)
By the time we made it to the other side of the zoo I was beyond full!!! My husband and his friend were still going strong so we finished the food tables while enjoying the live entertainment.
Then it was time to back track to a few favorites (ribs for the guys and sangria and vodka for the women) and walk off some calories at the same time. This is when we started to actually notice the zoo animals.
It was a two hour event that offers great food, a nice walk, and a fun atmosphere. We consider this our annual date night every year and look forward to it all year long. This means I accomplished one of my August goals, met a fun couple, and found a few new restaurants we plan to try in the near future.