Where Savory, Sweet, and Couture Meet

April 12th, 2010 by Lacey Luce
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By Lacey Luce

Beef Carpaccio

Prime Beef Carpaccio on potato pancakes

Food does not immediately come to mind when I hear the word fashion—in fact, the stereotypes surrounding the fashion industry are pretty much anti-gourmet.

An event, however, … well … that’s something else entirely.

On May 8 CCAD doesn’t just produce a fashion show, we produce a fashion event, and food is the perfect accessory for such an event.

As the resident foodie in our office I naturally lobbied for the opportunity to write about the delectable delights, the epicurean edibles that will be the divas in the room during the pre-show Champagne brunch.

Before I write anything else, I have to give props to the chefs, Jamie Kline and Jay Ingram from Cameron Mitchell Catering, who have designed a menu that is both sophisticated and playful.

Fortunately for me, a part of the catering process is a tasting. Samples of each item on the proposed menu are offered up to be judged, it’s like an audition for food. Picture seven raucous judges (a selection of individuals who are involved in every aspect of making this event shine) sitting around an elegantly set table and bantering back and forth—declaring favorites and noting what was good but could be cut. That was a good day.

A few highlights ….

monti cristo

Monti Cristo with roasted turkey, ham, Swiss & raspberry preserves

The Crowd Favorites:

  • Monte Cristos. These unassuming little triangles are a delightful twist on the classic sandwich, with roasted turkey, ham, Swiss cheese, and raspberry preserves. The grilled bread is perfectly crisp and the hint of raspberry adds just the right sweet note against the savory meats.
  • Waffles and chicken. This soulful, southern-inspired dish was described by one judge as “life changing.” Little waffles are lightly soaked in Ohio maple syrup and topped with a crisp bite of chicken—heavenly.

My Personal Favorites:

  • Prime beef Carpaccio on a potato pancake. This pretty little appetizer could be on the cover of Bon Appetite. The thinly shaved Carpaccio is delicate and flavorful and rests beautifully atop the savory pancake, which has a perfect hint of chive.
  • Park farms chicken with spring vegetables and lemon thyme jus. First let me say that I love chefs who cook with seasonal produce and support local farmers—which Cameron Mitchell’s does. Second, just when I thought I couldn’t be surprised by chicken and vegetables Jamie and Jay came into my life. The chicken is fork moist, and perfectly seasoned, the vegetables are sweet and crisp, and the lemon thyme jus does what a sauce should do—brighten the flavors not smother them.

Cavatappi Pasta

Cavatappi pasta with creamed leeks, baby spinach, tomato & parmasan cream

The Surprises:

  • Molasses muffins with honey butter. They’re mini muffins and they’re brown, so I was not prepared to be so wowed. Moist little bites of heaven, these muffins are the dark horse contender on the menu—to be fair, it’s the honey butter (another local item) that puts them over the top.
  • Cavatappi pasta with creamed leeks, baby spinach, tomato, parmesan cream, and spring vegetables. I love pasta, but it takes a lot to impress me where pasta is concerned. This dish may look like pasta and vegetables, but the flavors are subtle, complex, and layered. This was one dish where I couldn’t quite figure out all the ingredients (I did ask but I won’t divulge Chef Jamie’s secrets).

Brioche-crusted wild salmon with asparagus & citris vinaigrette

I’ve only given you a small taste of the items that Designer Ticket holders will experience for themselves on May 8. Delicacies range from strawberry balsamic French toast to brioche-crusted salmon with asparagus, each delivered in fashionable portions to ensure dainty dining.

Hungry? Get your Designer Tickets and remember that while you’re savoring Champagne and fire-roasted apples and gorgonzola poppadam, you’re helping us raise scholarship dollars for CCAD students.

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The CCAD Fashion Show is an annual fundraising event that showcases the talent of graduating Columbus College of Art & Design Fashion Design Seniors. This popular event sells out every year and this blog is a portal through which to view the behind-the-scenes goings on.

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